Member News- March 11, 2020

  • Bloomsburg University Extends Spring Break Due to Coronavirus Concerns
    Bloomsburg University students are on Spring Break the week of March 9-13. As of Tuesday, March 10th, the University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  However, over health and safety concerns for campus and the surrounding community, spring break for students is being extended by one week, with classes anticipated to resume on Monday, March 23.  During this extension, faculty will be provided training, both locally and remotely, specific to online course delivery methods.  This will enable continuity of instruction if further delays of students’ return to campus become warranted.
  • Bloomsburg SYKES 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
    Bloomsburg SYKES will be hosting their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 11th, at 11am at Columbia Park in Lime Ridge.  This is a free event, with 4 different age group areas (0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12). All the candy is donated by Sykes 100+ employees and the prizes are bought from fundraisers that are done with the reps. 

  • Bucknell SBDC, DRIVE, and Merck for a Ribbon Cutting for Startup Danville
    Please join the Bucknell Small Business Development Center, DRIVE, and Merck for a Ribbon Cutting for Startup Danville on March 18, from 4pm – 5pm at  418 Railroad St, Danville, PA 17821  

    Startup Danville is a business incubator empowering entrepreneurs creating health, wellness, and technology innovations for the community. This project is supported by Merck’s Neighbor of Choice program, and partners Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and DRIVE in providing programming, services, and space to startup firms.

    This ribbon cutting and grand opening event will feature media, elected officials, economic development partners, funding stakeholders, and is open to the public.

    Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1418953954943303/  

    SBDC RSVP – https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26596

  • Grant Opportunities for Local Nonprofit Organizations Serving the Greater Bloomsburg Area
    The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation announces grant opportunities for local nonprofit organizations serving the greater Bloomsburg area. Grants will be awarded from the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation Fund and the Hartman/Robbins/Stroup Fund. This competitive grant round begins now and will continue into July. Approximately $10,000 is available.

    Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit and governmental organizations are eligible to apply and 100% of requested funding from the above noted funds must be invested within Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

    Grant applications must be completed and submitted through a web-based program. Prior to beginning the grant application process, applicants are encouraged to watch a short tutorial. Interested applicants can find the tutorial and instructions for completing grant application online by visiting www.csgiving.org, clicking on “Receive” and then “Apply for a Grant”. Look for information under the heading “Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation”.

    Grant requests must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on May 28, 2020.

    The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation was created in 1996 from the interest paid back on a loan borrowed by Magee Industrial Enterprises from a Federal Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG). The Town of Bloomsburg invested this interest to create the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation.

    The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation is affiliated with the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) and their grant process is administered by the CSCF. For more information, please contact Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer, at 570-752-3930, ext. 2 or [email protected]

 

Bloomsburg University Extends Spring Break Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Bloomsburg University students are on Spring Break the week of March 9-13. As of Tuesday, March 10th, the University does not have any reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  However, over health and safety concerns for campus and the surrounding community, spring break for students is being extended by one week, with classes anticipated to resume on Monday, March 23.  During this extension, faculty will be provided training, both locally and remotely, specific to online course delivery methods.  This will enable continuity of instruction if further delays of students’ return to campus become warranted. 

Welcome Jim & Vera’s Hoagie Hut

More than 430 businesses and organizations belong to the Chamber to receive benefits and support efforts to strengthen their businesses and the region. Increased membership allows the Chamber to offer additional programs and benefits, have a stronger voice in advocacy and be involved in more activities and initiatives. The Chamber welcomes Jim & Vera’s Hoagie Hut to help us fulfill our mission.

Jim & Vera’s Hoagie Hut offers a variety of hoagies, sandwiches, cheesesteaks, hoagie trays, desserts, and beverages.  Visit their Facebook page for more information.

 

Partnership Seeks to Reduce Substance Use Disorder in the Region

Adrienne Mael (right), President and CEO of the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties recently welcomed Olivia Oden (left), as the organization’s new stigma reduction and education coordinator.

The United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties along with Geisinger Health Plan have joined forces on a two-year program for those struggling with substance use disorder. A $118,500 grant from Pennsylvania’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency enabled the United Way to hire Olivia Oden as their new stigma reduction and education coordinator as well as expand their current United in Recovery program. The Columbia Montour Chamber is a partner organization in United in Recovery to help individuals lead more healthy and productive lives.

“Through a cooperative agreement with Geisinger, Olivia is also an employee with the health insurance company which gives her access to its vast resources and network of providers,” said Adrienne Mael, President and CEO the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties. The main goal of this program is to reduce stigma surrounding addiction, support individuals in recovery, and reduce opioid overdose deaths. Last year the country saw 192 overdose deaths per day, and Pennsylvania is the third-worst state impacted by overdose related deaths.

“We have to realize the disease of substance use can affect anyone,” said Oden. “One in three people are directly affected by substance use disorder or SUD, if not in their immediate family then someone they know.”

Oden’s outreach will include presentations to schools, health care professionals, civic organizations, and employers in an effort to change society’s view on those suffering from substance use disorder. In addition, the United Way is also hosting Recovery Resources Events throughout the year. These community events bring local and state organizations together in one place to offer a judgement-free atmosphere where those in recovery or active addiction can find free assessments, childcare resources, counseling and so much more. The United Way has developed a resource guide (link to attached file) to assist individuals struggling with substance use or other issues.

For more information on the United in Recovery program, upcoming Recovery Resources Events, or the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties in general, visit www.cmcuw.org or call (570) 784-3134.

Explore Member Offerings at Chamber’s Orientation

Anyone is welcome to attend the Columbia Montour Chamber’s Member Orientation, which will be held at one of its members, Hampton Inn, Thursday, March 12th from 8:00-9:30 a.m..  Whether you are a new or existing member, this orientation will help you discover the multitude of benefits and marketing opportunities offered through the Chamber, as well as its ongoing initiatives aimed at economic and community development.  A light breakfast and beverages will be served, free of charge.

Register today online or by calling 570-784-2522.

Member Orientations are sponsored by USG, Kawneer, Bloomsburg University, SEKISUI SPI, PPL Electric Utilities, and Geisinger