Bloomsburg Foundation Awards 2019 Grants

Foundation board members and grant recipients at the BACF luncheon Sept 5.

Front row (sitting L-R): Pam Simpson, Orangeville Public Library; Lisa Shosh, The Arc Susquehanna Valley; Lois Hess, PA P.E.T.S.; Jacqueline Willis, Susquehanna Valley Reading Partners; Regina Kotzer, Eos Therapeutic Riding Center.

Back row (standing L-R): John Thompson, BACF Board President; Fred Gaffney, BACF Board Member; Pam Young, BACF Board Member; Ginny Weibel, The Children’s Museum, Inc.; Oren Helbok, The Exchange; Rev. Steve Engelhardt, Coalition for Social Equity; Debbie Jones, Columbia Child Development Program; Ammon Young, Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library; Jim McCann, Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc.; Scott McBride, Bloomsburg Fire Department; Lauren Martz, BACF Board Member; Sandie Yule, AGAPE Love From Above to Our Community; Kristin Austin, BACF Board Member; Fred Trump, BACF Board Member.

From Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation (BACF) recently awarded $9,600 to local nonprofits during its competitive grantround, which included grants to six different Chamber members. The awards were granted through the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation Fund. The Foundation focused its funding on organizations that invest in community programs ad projects within Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. Grant recipients received the awards during the BACF annual luncheon on Sept. 5.

This year’s grant recipients include:

AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community – (W.I.N.) Women in Need, $700
• Bloomsburg Fire Department – Thermal Infrared Camera, $700
• Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc. – 2019/2020 Preventing Blindness in Our Community Initiative, $500
• Coalition for Social Equity – Organization Support in Honor of Isabelle Tarr, $1,000
Columbia Child Development Program – Increase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Materials for 2-5-year old’s, $750
Wesley United Methodist Church (Community Friendship Meal) – Restock the 2019 Emergency Pantry, $700
• Eos Therapeutic Riding Center – Purchase new Copier/Printer, $1,000
Exchange Arts, d.b.a. The Exchange – Bringing the Blues to Bloomsburg Town Park, $500
• Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library – Filling the Gaps: Updating the Children’s Book Collection at the Traveling Library, $550
• Orangeville Public Library – Expansion of the Orangeville Library for Children’s Room Addition, $1,000
• Pennsylvania Pets, Inc. – Bloomsburg Area Spay/Neuter Program, $700
• The Arc Susquehanna Valley – Social Recreation Programs for the Differently Abled in Bloomsburg, $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc. – Outdoor Classroom Improvements, $300

The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, which helps administer BACF’s grant investments. Nonprofit organizations that provide programming in the Bloomsburg community and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply during the 2020 competitive grantround, which can be done online when the grantround is opened. 

2019 BACF board members included John Thompson, chair; Fred Gaffney; Paul Reichart; Rick Vanderpool; Kristin Austin; C. Cleveland Hummel, Lauren Martz, Fred Trump, Pam Young