Danville Area Community Foundation Awards Over $44K to Local Nonprofits

(L-R) Ken Ackerman, DACF Board Member; Jim McCann, Central Susquehanna Sight Services; Greg Cole, DACF Board Member; Bonnie Trump, DACF Board Member; Randy May, DACF Board Member; Diana Verbeck, Danville Child Development Center; Rebecca Dressler, Danville Business Alliance; Heather Laubach, Danville Area Community Center; Shannon Butters, Girls on the Run of the Greater Susquehanna Valley; Lois Hess, PA P.E.T.S.; John Moyer, Danville Fire Department; Jennifer Powell, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Sue Tinsley, Montour County Historical Society; Patrick Derrickson, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; Kathleen McQuiston, Thomas Beaver Free Library; Michelle Difebo, Danville Lady Railers; Anne Poler, Columbia-Montour Council No. 504 Boy Scouts of America; Stephanie Hamme, North Branch Young Life; Ginnetta Reed, Ronald McDonald House of Danville; John Brady, Zing Productions; Bob Stoudt, Montour Area Recreation Commission

The Danville Area Community Foundation (DACF) presented $44,360 to local nonprofit organizations during a celebratory luncheon held on Friday, Oct. 5, at The Iron Fork restaurant at Frosty Valley Resort. The 20 organizations receiving these grants included nine Chamber members.

These grants were awarded through the DACF’s recent competitive grantround supported by the following DACF funds: Joan and Fred Miller Family Fund, Holdren Family Fund, Jim and Jackie Shutt Fund, May Family Fund, Metzer Fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund, Eleanor M. Burke Fund, Terry and Sandy O’Rourke Family Fund, The Booth Family Fund, Ackerman Family Fund, and The Cole Family Fund.

The DACF administers a total of 69 endowed and pass-through funds investing over $240,000 annually to local nonprofits and students. These funds include scholarship, donor-advised, field-of-interest, designated, agency and unrestricted funds. A complete listing of DACF funds can be found on the Foundation’s website.

The 2018 Grant Recipients Include:
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, North Central Secure Treatment Unit After School Drama Program Support Grant $500
• Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Food Security Network in Greater Danville Area $1,000
Central Susquehanna Community Foundation – Youth in Philanthropy Fund, Danville High School Youth in Philanthropy Program Support 2018-19 Academic Year $2,460
• Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc., 2018/2019 Prevention of Blindness Programs for Young Children and Adults $1,000
Columbia Montour Council No. 504 Boy Scouts of America, Financial Assistance for Scouts $5,500
• Danville Area Community Center, Organization Support & Making Community Connections $3,000
• Danville Area Diaper Bank, Danville Area Diaper Bank $1,000
Danville Business Alliance, Organization Support & 2018/2019 Bicycle Rack Initiative $2,000
Danville Child Development Center, DCDC’s Out of School Time program: Ensuring High Quality Afterschool Environments $2,000
• Danville Fire Department, Ladder truck replacement $1,000
• Danville Lady Railers, Hess Field Revitalization $1,000
Geisinger, Support of Geisinger Nurses $3,000
• Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley, Financial Assistance Initiative $500
Montour Area Recreation Commission, Organization Support & Equipment Trailer Purchase $6,500
• Montour County Historical Society, Organization Support & Boyd House Project $7,100
• North Branch Young Life, North Branch Young Life Mentorship Expansion $1,000
• Pennsylvania Pets Inc., Organization Support $1,000
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Share-A-Night Program $500
Thomas Beaver Free Library, Support of Science Fiction Collection in memory of Pat Ackerman & Organization Support $2,800
• Zing Productions, Community Outreach Project $1,500

The Danville Area Community Foundation’s mission is to provide for charitable needs in the Danville area. DACF is an affiliate of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) which administers DACF’s grant and scholarship programs. For more information, please visit csgiving.org or contact Christine Pangelinan, CSCF Program Officer, via email.

DACF Board Members are Jean Knouse, Chair, Bonnie Trump, Second Vice Chair, Wendy S. Tripoli, Financial Liaison, Ken Altenbach, Secretary, Ken Ackerman, Robert O. Booth, Greg Cole, Donald G. Cotner, Jr., Bonnie L. Johnson, James D. Kishbaugh, II, Mark LaMotte, Linda Marks, R. Randolph May, Robert J. McWilliams, Jr., O. Fred Miller, III, Robert W. Snyder, Gary W. Visneski, Martin L. Walzer

Member News – October 17, 2018

Member News

  • NEPIRC, DRIVE and SEDA-COG will team up to host a Lunch and Learn titled “Cybersecurity Trends & Safeguards for Manufacturers next Tuesday, Oct. 23,  from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Monty’s on the Bloomsburg University campus. This free seminar is specifically intended for manufacturers and helping them respond to current threats and trends in the cybersecurity world. Topics covered will include ransomware, hacking, breaches and disasters, and safeguards will also be presented including best practices for prevention, mitigation and incident response. See the flyer for more information, and register online, by email, or call 570-704-0018. 


  • The Press Enterprise will host a Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2-6 p.m. at Berwick Golf Club. There is no cost to attend, and PA CareerLink Columbia/Montour Counties will also be on hand for some free job search workshops. There will also be door prizes every hour. Businesses interested in being a vendor are asked to register by Oct. 11. For more information or to register, call 570-387-1234 or visit the Facebook event page


  • The Bloomsburg Area YMCA will host its annual Trunk or Treat from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Join the Y and other local organizations for a night of spooky family fun featuring fun activities, a haunted walk-through and plenty of Halloween candy. If your organization would like to take part in this event, call 570-784-0188 to reserve your spot.


  • Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln will host a Penn State football tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12-3 p.m. at the Berwick dealership located at 1120 West Front St. (Rt. 11). Join them as the Nittany Lions take on Iowa, watch the game on their big screen and enjoy some tailgate food and beverages and other fun surprises while you’re there. In additional, Operation Kidsafe will be on site offering free digital fingerprinting and photos for your child in case of emergency. Operation KidSafe captures your child’s picture and fingerprints using a digital video capture device, digital ink-less fingerprint capture device, and specialized software. The captured data is assembled and a quality 8.5 x 11 printout is given to the parent. The parent can use the printout they receive to provide anywhere in the world to instantly aid in an investigation.



  • Ken Pollock Ford Lincoln, along with all of the other Ken Pollock dealerships throughout northeast Pennsylvania, will also hosts its fifth annual Trunk or Treat from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. All Ken Pollock dealerships will be loaded with treats and good eats. Wear your best costume and stop in for some fun.


  • Commonwealth Health – Berwick Hospital Center will hold an open house and community hernia screening from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The open house will include tours of the hospital and blood pressure checks, informational stations on Berwick Retirement Village and the hospital services, and a meet-and-greet with the primary care physicians affiliated with Berwick Medical Professionals. An educational session and hernia screenings – both free to the public – will be offered at this time by general surgeons who are on staff at Berwick Hospital. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in scheduling a hernia screening is asked to call 570-354-6515 or visit MyBerwickHerniaSeminar.com. Berwick Hospital Center is located at 701 East 16th St., Berwick. 


  • Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital will once again offer a complimentary meal for veterans on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the GBH dining room. There will be four separate seatings – at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m., and the meal is complimentary for all U.S. veterans and one guest. Join GBH as they celebrate the service of our veterans to the U.S. Because seating is limited each hour, reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 2. Call 570-387-2145 today to reserve your seat(s). The buffet dinner includes carved roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, green beans, beverages and cake and ice cream. 


  • NEPIRC will conduct a free leadership training seminar titled “Leadership Development Essentials” on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, located at 725 West Front St. (Rt. 11) in Berwick. This program is intended to help individuals become stronger, more impactful leaders. While joining other managers and supervisors to discuss workplace challenges, attendees will explore topics that include self-awareness, power & authority, risk & failure and leadership style. Using self-assessment tools and experiential learning, attendees will examine their strengths and weaknesses while exploring best practices of exceptional leaders. Register via the NEPIRC event website


  • MePush will be hosting a series of study sessions throughout the fall at its conference room at 130 Buffalo Rd., Lewisburg, for information technology professionals that are taking and interested in getting together to study for the Cisco CCNA exam. This major certification in the IT industry is a big undertaking for some, so MePush would like to offer a forum to help other IT pros in the area improve their skills and certifications. If interested, please email Art so MePush can have a headcount. 

Members Get Updates on Geisinger’s Initiatives, Learn About Highly-Rated ER at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Attendees had an opportunity to meet and greet with the leadership team at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, learn about the latest initiatives of the Geisinger system, as well as hear about how the emergency department at Geisinger Bloomsburg ranks high compared to other EDs across the state at the first of two Business After Hours this month on Oct. 10. 

Members in attendance were able to enjoy some delicious appetizers prepared by the food services staff at GBH while catching up or meeting new business contacts. Attendees also had a chance to take a tour of the hospital, learn about some of Geisinger’s ongoing initiatives aimed at maintaining the health of its patients and the community at large, as well as hear about how GBH’s emergency department is ranked in the top five percent in Pennsylvania for emergency care, based on patient survey responses from Oct. 2017-2018 and compared to 94 other Pennsylvania emergency departments in the Press Ganey database, a third-party patient experience service provider. For patients in need to emergency services, the GBH ED can often provide a better patient experience, and if the patient’s condition warrants a higher level of care than can be delivered at GBH, the patient can easily be transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 

Business After Hours provide regular opportunities to build business relationships while learning about the services offered by other Chamber members. The next Business After Hours will be held at Camp Victory on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Welcome Back Bloomsburg Area YMCA

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, the Bloomsburg Area YMCA, to help us fulfill our mission.

Previously a member that the Chamber is happy to welcome back after a short absence, the Bloomsburg Area YMCA is dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsbility, and this is reflected in its programs and events. Its mission is to nurture every child and teen, improve the health and well-being of residents of the community and to support fellow cause-driven organizations in Columbia County. Located at 30 East 7th St. in Bloomsburg, the Bloomsburg Y is open Monday-Thursday from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. They can be reached by phone at 570-784-0188, or visit their website or Facebook page

October is Local Chamber of Commerce Month in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf has officially declared October 2018 as “Local Chamber of Commerce Month” in Pennsylvania. The Governor issued an official proclamation making that declaration. 

Below is the text of that proclamation.


It is my pleasure to join with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry to support October 2018 as Local Chamber of Commerce Month in Pennsylvania. 

Since its inception, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has served and advocated for Pennsylvania businesses. Our local chambers of commerce play a critical role in supporting the needs of our vibrant business community and are essential to the Commonwealth’s continued economic growth and advancement. As my administration works hard to retain current and create new family sustaining jobs by supporting business and industry throughout the Commonwealth, I am grateful for our local chambers of commerce for providing the invaluable role that they play in ensuring that businesses new and old can continue to prosper in Pennsylvania. I commend Pennsylvania’s local chambers of commerce for representing thousands of businesses, and I am certain their efforts to enhance our communities will serve as an inspiration across the Commonwealth for years to come.

As Governor, and on behalf of all citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am honored to support October 2018 as Local Chamber of Commerce Month. Please accept my best wishes for continued success.

Tom Wolf
October 2018