$3,000 grant for Hospice of the Sacred Heart

Hospice of the Sacred Heart recently received a grant for $3,000 from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation. The grant will cover a portion of operating expenses due to the loss of volunteer hours and other COVID-19-related expenses.

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation primarily awards grants to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Shown from left: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarships Manager, Scranton Area Community Foundation, Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Brittany Pagnotti, Community Manager, Scranton Area Community Foundation, and Frank Caputo, Grants and Communication Coordinator, Scranton Area Community Foundation

Grant to support aquatics staffing at YMCA in Dunmore

Shown at the presentation are, from left: Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton YMCA; Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarships Manager, Scranton Area Community Foundation, and Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Greater Scranton YMCA was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation to support aquatics staffing at the YMCA.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Scranton YMCA was able to fully staff both pools in its facility and offer 283 swim lessons per session. Following the pandemic, the YMCA has only been able to offer 183 swim lessons per session, a reduction of more than 600 swim lessons annually. The biggest loss, though, has been to our community, as learning to swim is one of the most important life lessons a child can learn.

This grant award from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, in conjunction with the $14,000 grant award the Greater Scranton YMCA received in May, 2022 from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, has allowed the YMCA to increase lifeguard pay rates with the goal of attracting more staff, as well as retaining existing staff who need a pay increase. Adding more team members to the aquatics department will directly impact the YMCA’s capacity to provide needed services to our community, including offering an increased number of life- saving swim lessons annually, making more pool time available to members and guests, and ensuring the resources are available to implement more youth, adult and family programming.

“We are so grateful to the Robert H. Spitz Foundation for their generous support of our YMCA,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “This grant award, along with the grant we received from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, will allow our YMCA to increase the number of swim lessons we offer annually, as well as add additional lifeguards to our team.”

For more information about aquatics programming at the Greater Scranton YMCA, contact Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, at kbrewster@greaterscrantonymca.org or call (570) 828- 3112.

Educational seminar planned for November 3rd

Members of the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Estate Planning Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania gather together at the Century Club of Scranton to plan the upcoming educational seminar, Understanding Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Other Forms of Philanthropy with Donald W. Kramer, Esq., taking place on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Shown seated from left: Elizabeth Bonczar-Witko, Financial Consultant and Manager at Armanino,k and Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. Standing, same order: Brittany Pagnotti, Scranton Area Community Foundation Communications Manager; Olivia Kirk, CFP®, Tier 1 Capital, LLC Chief Operating Officer, and Mary Hirthler, Wealth Advisor at Jacobi Capital Management, LLC.