Holiday Open House Shuttle Information

Our members and their guests have helped us set a record for the largest registration in the history of the Holiday Open House. Because parking will fill up quickly at the Pine Barn Inn, we have made arrangements to have the use of two additional overflow lots and a shuttle to bring attendees from these lots to the Pine Barn.

The two overflow lots are: Geisinger’s overflow valet lot at the corner of Bloom St. and Poplar St. (lower left corner of map below) and Geisinger’s Knapper Clinic lot (upper right). The shuttle, courtesy of Susquehanna Valley Limousine, will run in a continuous loop from these lots to the Pine Barn from 4:30-8:30 p.m. There will be a sign (left) in both lots at the pick-up and drop-off points.

Special thanks to the Pine Barn, Geisinger and Susquehanna Valley Limousine for their cooperation in arranging the extra parking and shuttle service. We look forward to seeing all of our members and guests on Thursday night.

Member News – December 12, 2018

Member News

  • The dealerships of the Ken Pollock Auto Group are currently holding their annual coat drive through Dec. 18 at all of its dealerships through northeastern Pennsylvania, including Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln in Berwick, located at 1120 West Front St. (Rt. 11). Those interested in making a donation can drop off new or slightly used coats of all sizes for both men and women, and the donations will be given to the Columbia County Head Start

 

  • HR4ALL will hold a free luncheon and executive briefing on affordable healthcare options and human resources consulting services on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 12-12:45 p.m., at the Farrington Place, located at 416 W. 3rd St., Williamsport. This event will feature a trio of strategic partners, including HR4ALL, a professional human resources expertise consultant, speaking about a group of small and medium-sized businesses getting together to pool resources that will hopefully enable them to access less expensive, self-funded health plans in the future. For more information, call 570-592-0518, or see the event flyer at right, and to RSVP, text HR4ALL to 555888. 

 

  • Service 1st Federal Credit Union kicked off a Winter Open House at its new Montandon office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 6. The Montandon office is located at 2613 Route 45 in Milton. Service 1st was joined by members, representatives from community organizations and local business leaders to celebrate its 11th location. This new office is a result of a merger with NU Community Credit Union which was effective earlier this year. The Montandon office features an ATM, night depository, and state-of-the-art “Pod” station (service station) for credit union members to conduct transactions. The “Pod” stations are a variation of the traditional teller line, but offer a more personal experience for performing transactions.

Welcome Dutch Hill Painting

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Dutch Hill Paintingto help us fulfill our mission. 

Dutch Hill Painting is a new business located in Bloomsburg that was founded earlier this year by Brandon Ortman. It serves Bloomsburg, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Danville and surrounding areas and provides residential and commercial painting services and makes customer services its top priority, working with customers from estimating through project completion to stay on time and within budget. It provides both interior and exterior residential painting services as well as commercial. Dutch Hill painting can be reached at 570-951-6200 or by email, or visit its website for more information. 

Welcome Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center

More than 400 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and our region. Increased membership allows us to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives in our communities. The Chamber welcomes its newest member, Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center, to help us fulfill our mission. 

Formerly known as the Bloomsburg Health Care Center, the Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center was previously a part of the Bloomsburg Health System and later Geisinger after it acquired BHS. Earlier this year, it was sold to a new ownership group and renamed. It provides top-of-the-line healthcare expertise in a relaxing recovery home and offers both shorter and longer term rehabilitation for individuals with various medical conditions, including but not limited to fractures, hip replacement, wounds, amputations, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other disabilities. It has a team of physicians, therapists, nurses and caregivers to provide each patient with a friendly and familiar environment that feels like home. Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center is located at 211 East 1st St., Bloomsburg, and can be reached at 570-784-5930, or visit its website or Facebook page

Revolving Car Loan Program Offers Low Interest Car Loans to Qualified Individuals and Families

Last year, the United Way of Columbia and Montour County, in partnership with Community Strategies Group and First Columbia Bank & Trust, initiated a revolving car loan program to assist individuals and families in need of transportation to help in gaining and/or keeping employment. Access (or lack thereof) to transportation in one of the top roadblocks to individuals and families gaining and keeping employment so that they can improve their lives and this program, which was started in 2017, is aiming to change that for qualified people in Columbia and Montour counties. 

There are currently openings for qualified individuals and families in both the Berwick and Danville areas, and because the program is a revolving loan, there will also soon be openings for people in Bloomsburg. In the one-and-a-half years since the program began, it has run with a 100% success rate. 

The program is for an individual or family that is currently unemployed or underemployed but could greatly increase their earnings if they had access to reliable transportation. Ideally, employment or an opportunity for greater employment will have been identified for the individual or family. Nonprofits, charities and other human services organizations are able to nominate a client who they believe is ready to make positive changes in their life and with transportation, will have the ability to pay back the auto loan and car insurance over time, along with other car maintenance expenses. Other eligibility requirement are outlined with the program application

Read more about how this program made a positive change for a local family in this Daily Item article from earlier this year. 

For more information or for questions about this program, please contact Adrienne Mael at the United Way of Columbia and Montour County by email or at 570-784-3134, or Beth Burke at Community Strategies Group by email or at 570-784-9373, ext. 113.