Trinity Child Care Center Gets Helping Hand

The Matt McGloin Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, recently presented a $9,000 grant to fund a new outdoor accessible play area at Saint Joseph’s Center Trinity Child Care Center.

Shown from left: Atty. Charles Volpe, David Price, Scranton Area Community Foundation board secretary; Keith Eckel, Bailey McGloin and Matt McGloin, The Matt McGloin Foundation; Michele Johnston, RN, Director of Trinity Child Care Center; Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, President and CEO, Saint Joseph’s Center, and Brittany Pagnotti, Scranton Area Community Foundation communications manager.

Leadership Lackawanna Works to Better Dunmore Community with Service Projects

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Each year, the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program class completes various service projects to help fulfill a need in this area. This year the team worked with St. Joseph’s Center to equip both the Multi-Purpose and Therapy Room at the Trinity Child Care Center in Dunmore. 

This included purchasing equipment that the staff requires to meet children’s needs in a nurturing environment that enhances each child’s growth and development such as, therapy mats, interactive carpets, sensory tactile sets, booster seats and skill developing games. 

In addition, they are creating a small, outdoor playground area for the children equipped with slides, climbing walls and sensory toys.  A ribbon cutting for this team is planned for the fall. 

leadership lackawannaBy working with fellow non-profit organizations, participants expand their leadership abilities, build teamwork, develop resourcefulness, engender a sense of accomplishment through the impact such projects have on the community, and further develop their skills. 

Projects give participants the opportunity to assess and evaluate how well they work with others to develop a group, reach a consensus, and solve problems in order to reach a common goal. This year, the Core Program Class of 2019 raised more than $43,600 in cash and in-kind donations to complete four service projects. 

Leadership Lackawanna’s efforts benefited these other outstanding Lackawanna County-based organizations:

*By transforming the lobby of the Ritz Theater on Wyoming Avenue in downtown Scranton, the class has brought this iconic landmark back to life.  With an emphasis on historic significance, the team created a vibrant, living display including archival photos, advertisements, and images pertaining to the theater, as well as genuine artifacts found in the Ritz Theater’s collection.   

*This team transformed a room inside the NEPA Youth Shelter into a creative musical space hence providing teens with a safe place to express themselves and showcase their musical abilities. The room is furnished with state-of-the-art sound recording equipment and software and includes a sound-proof studio recording booth.   

*This team has transformed the Junior Ballroom, in the lower level of the building, to a functional black box theater. They developed the overall design, marketing strategies, implementation and construction of the space. which included installing lights, configuring audio equipment, and hanging curtains.  

Now complete, the space can be used for productions including summer campers and musical dance productions. Additionally, classes and workshops for all ages in acting, improvisation, musical theater, and dance will be held in the space.


SHOWN ABOVE: Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership development organization, recently held its first Welcome Scranton! program. Welcome Scranton! gives participants an insider’s look at our community over the course of two and a half days.

Class members included, front row, from left: Jennie Knies, Penn State Scranton; Dominick Mitchell, program coordinator, Leadership Lackawanna; Nicole Morristell, executive director, Leadership Lackawanna; Mike Vivlemore, Tobyhanna Army Depot, and Michele Santaniello, Fidelity Bank.

Back row: Lindsey Billen, Commonwealth Health/Regional Hospital of Scranton; Elizabeth Turner, Olyphant Self Storage; Michele Nicoteri, Penn State Scranton; Pam Fisher, Benco Dental; Henry Matute, Penn State Scranton; Mechele Greene, Matthew A. Berger, MD; Lissandra Bertagnoli, Prudential; and Erica Burger, NBT Bank.

Jeanne Hugenbruch, St. Joseph’s Center, was also a member of this class.

Working to Ensure “Fun For All” Kids at St. Joseph’s Center

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“Fun for All” project team members are shown first row, from left: Sherry A. Frable, Marywood University; Michele Johnston, director of Trinity Childcare Center at St. Joseph’s Center; Michelle McMaster; Fidelity Bank, and Lisa M. Wesneski, Tobyhanna Army Depot. Second row, same order: Jill Krolikowski, Penn Foster; Ann Rink, administrator of community relations at St. Joseph’s Center/Trinity Day Center; Christy Healey, Penn State Scranton; Kevin Morgan, Montage Mountain Resorts; Carmen A. Brutico, Sordoni Construction Services Inc., and Jeff Bonczek, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP.

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program 2019 project team, “Fun for All,” in coordination with St. Joseph’s Center’s Trinity Child Care Center, is working on several projects that will help the children at the Center play in a relaxed and fun environment.

Through fundraisers, donations, and the generous support of Matt McGloin, in conjunction with the Matt McGloin Foundation, Leadership’s “Fun for All” team will equip the Trinity Child Care Center’s Multi-Purpose and Therapy Room, and the outside playground area.

The Trinity Child Care Center was specifically initiated for children who are medically fragile or technology dependent. This service can be utilized as an alternative or a supplement to in-home nursing care. Designed to serve children who require medical care throughout the day, St. Joseph’s Center at Trinity meets an existing community need for parents who are working or attending school, who have had difficulty finding appropriate day care services.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program is a 10-month leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills building program. Participants gain an understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton area, through monthly sessions. Areas of focus include: community development, economic development, government, health care, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and media, with sessions featuring widely recognized specialists. Members of the class devote a large portion of their time to develop and implement community projects.

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