On October 29th, 20/20 Circle Members and guests will hear from four Carbon County nonprofit groups about the amazing community projects they are organizing.  Following the meeting, 20/20 Circle members will vote to decide which organization will be the recipient of a $2500 grant from the 20/20 Fund to support their project.

Finalist Organizations:

The mission of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

‘Comfortable in Your Own Skin’ is a six-week series that provides education and resources to individuals to help them adjust to the physical and emotional changes they may experience due to cancer.

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Body image is a critical psychosocial issue for cancer patients as they often undergo significant changes to appearance and functioning.  Participants in the ‘Comfortable in Your Own Skin’ program learn about a variety of topics including, makeup application to even out skin tone and disguise scars and rashes; tying scarves; safe sunscreens; organic products; and understanding labels.

If funded, this program will be offered in Carbon County to area residents in addition to the monthly support group that already takes place.  The team at the Cancer Support Community estimates that the program will impact 100 individuals in Carbon County.

The mission of CTC Manufacturing is to provide job training and employment for individuals with disabilities who want to work, offering competitive wages, benefits, job security, and opportunities for promotion.

The organization has been in existence since 1971 and was still using many of the original workspaces which were hand made with fiberboard.  These tables would not withstand the cleaning and sanitization protocols that are needed to keep employees safe in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The leadership team at CTC Manufacturing was committed to bringing their 30 employees back to work after the government mandated shutdowns were lifted, but would only do so if they could ensure their health and safety.

They purchased and installed new formica tabletops across the workshop, an expense that significantly impacted the funds that would normally support their mission and annual budget.  CTC Manufacturing is hoping this grant can help offset that impact and cost.

Now that the new tables are installed, CTC can continue to provide a safe and welcoming space to hire, train, and employ their diverse workforce.

The Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 was established to provide fire and rescue services to the residents of Penn Forest Township.  The Fire Company meets this responsibility with a dedicated staff of volunteer professionals.

The Fire Company often responds to carbon monoxide, odor of gas, flammable liquid spills, and other hazardous materials calls.  Multigas meters are needed to ensure the safety of firefighters, civilians, and to protect the environment.

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The Fire Company would like to purchase a Sensit P400 4 gas meter and a Sensit HXG-3 combustible gas leak detector.  These meters will allow their volunteer firefighters to monitor and accurately measure the presence of different gases to determine if they are life threatening and how to appropriately mitigate the incident.

This equipment purchase will impact the approximately 10,000 permanent residents of Penn Forest as well as the estimated 10,000 additional seasonal and tourist visitors each year.

The mission of Raising the House is to provide financial assistance to students and families within the Palmerton Area School District while honoring the memory of Mr. Blaine R. House.

Backpack Buddies will provide low-income student in the Palmerton Area School District with weekly backpacks of food to supplement their nutritional needs each week.

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Raising the House will work with Palmerton Jr. High’s guidance counselor to identify those students that may not have access to adequate meals on the weekends.  These students will receive backpacks of food every other Friday for the entire school year starting in October.

At the end of last school year, the Jr. High had an estimated 286 students, of whom 31.1% qualified for free or reduced lunch.  The Backpack Buddies program will support an estimated 27 students during this school year, or about 10% of the school’s population.

Donate to a Finalist Organization:

We have one $2,500 grant to award this year from the 20/20 Fund, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if ALL FOUR projects could be funded?  Consider making a contribution through the form below or by contacting the Carbon County Community Foundation at 1-855-545-1311 and your gift will be directed to the organization of your choice.

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