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Carbon County Community Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Awards for Eight Area Organizations and Launches New Fund

Carbon County Community Foundation (CCCF) is gaining momentum and continuing to make its mark in the region. This month, $11,500 in grants were awarded to eight nonprofit organizations serving Carbon County. “One of CCCF’s goals is to reach all parts of Carbon County by providing grant awards for deserving community-oriented projects,” said Chris Anthony, the Foundation’s Vice-chairman and owner of Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton. Since 2016, the Carbon County Community Foundation has awarded more than $44,000 in grants in the region. Anthony added, “Many of these projects would not be possible without the support of CCCF.”

On the occasion of their 2018 grant awards presentation, the Foundation took the opportunity to inaugurate their new 20/20 Circle. CCCF aims to raise $250,000 to build an endowment fund (the 20/20 Fund) advised by its donors, who will meet annually to award a $10,000 grant to a charitable organization seeking to better the lives of residents of Carbon County.

Carbon County Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as an umbrella for many distinct charitable funds, offering them each professional expertise, time and cost savings, and greater impact achieved through working together. “While giving to our community today is an important part of what we do by distributing grants and facilitating donations, our goal is to manage many of our funds as endowments to provide stable income for the causes that matter most for generations to come,” said Executive Director Amber Breiner. “People who care about our region can make a difference and leave a lasting legacy by establishing or contributing to a fund at the Carbon County Community Foundation.”

Since hiring their first executive director in late 2017, CCCF has added five new funds for the benefit of the community including two donor-advised funds, a scholarship, a fund to support the arts, and the area’s first giving circle—the 20/20 Fund. The $11,500 in grants was awarded from CCCF’s discretionary/impact Fund for Carbon County which is overseen by their Board of Directors who at this point are all founding members who each pledged $25,000 to help create and build the fund. The following community organizations were awarded grants from the Fund for Carbon County this cycle:

  • Meals on Wheels of Palmerton – $2,000 – To deliver three nutritiously balanced meals, five days a week including holidays, to individuals in the Palmerton/Bowmanstown PA area who because of age, physical capacity or other reasons cannot shop nor cook for themselves
  • Palmerton Area Recreation Committee – $2,000 – For financial assistance to fund the Palmerton Summer Recreation Program
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – $2,500 – To provide free hot lunches to children and their families in the Jim Thorpe SD
  • Family Promise of Carbon County – $1,000 – To provide screening services and transportation necessary for shelter operation
  • Panther Valley School District – $1,000 – To build a playground for students at the Panther Valley Elementary School
  • CareNet of Carbon County – $1,000 – For medical conversion to enable CareNet center to provide free limited obstetrical ultrasound services to the community
  • Victim’s Resource Center – $1,000 – For crime prevention education programs presented to children in area schools
  • Kidder Township – $1,000 – For recruitment and Retention Videos for Volunteer Emergency Services

The Carbon County Community Foundation was formed in 2015 with the mission to improve the quality of life for residents of the Carbon County region, now and forever. The Foundation exists to simultaneously be a philanthropic leader, a community resource and a financial steward.

Carbon County Community Foundation’s role in charitable giving is:

  • to help donors realize their goals today and in the future
  • to improve the capacity of nonprofits to meet vital needs through grants and workshops
  • to facilitate opportunities for collaboration and innovation
  • to build resources and strengthen our community

Learn more about CCCF. Call to schedule an appointment to discuss how the Community Foundation might help support your philanthropic goals: 1-855-545-1311.

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