Apply for a Mini-grant from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund

The Greater Pike Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of a request for applications for mini-grants from eligible non-profit organizations in the greater Pike County area. Funding for this program comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation, a donor-designated fund established in 2014 to support our community and organizations with innovative ideas for improving our quality of life.

“We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity and forward thinking. Because of her philanthropic planning, we are able to provide much-needed funds yearly to non-profits in our community,” said Jim Pedranti, Board Chair for the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

The deadline for applying is March 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The application form and details concerning eligibility and requirements can be found at the Foundation’s website. Greater Pike encourages all applicants to read the directions carefully as they have been changed. No application will be considered if missing required components after the deadline.

Greater Pike stresses that innovative programs and projects will be prioritized over applications for funding for core operating expenses. Three grants of $500 each will be awarded.

“Greater Pike is such a wonderful realization of a dream many of us have had to create and sustain local philanthropy. I was honored to establish a ‘donor-directed’ fund at Greater Pike and I know this is just the beginning of much good work for the organization,” said Barbara J. Buchanan, who is a Board Member Emerita.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

Those interested in learning more about how to establish a fund at Greater Pike are encouraged to get in touch with any Greater Pike board member, or to email Board Chair Jim Pedranti, or call 570-296-6959.

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Emergency Funds for Local Food Pantry

The Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County serves over 500 families struggling to buy groceries in our community. As is often the case after the holidays, however, the Pantry is finding itself struggling to satisfy the many requests for food during these cold months. Learning of this dilemma, the Greater Pike Community Foundation approved an emergency funding request for $1,000 to help make-up the shortfall.

“Even after the Season of Giving has drawn to a close, the Greater Pike Community Foundation is here supporting causes that matter and people who care,” said Jim Pedranti, Board Chair of Greater Pike.

Photo of an emergency funds food pantry donation by Greater Pike Community Foundation.
Pictured, from left to right: John Esposito and Junior Zayed, Key Foods Milford; Nancy Potter, Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County; GPCF Board Members Jim Pedranti, Maryanne Monte, and Rosann Kalish.

Because of the emergency funding dollars, the Pantry will be able to reach out to local food providers to keep their shelves stocked. Nancy Potter, Volunteer Director of the Pantry, expressed her gratitude for ongoing community support, and noted that these extra special commitments represent the spirit of giving in Pike County throughout the year.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals for the future, please email Jim Pedranti or call 570- 296-6959.

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Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund for Puerto Rico and Mexico Raises Over $6,300

Pike County area residents opened their hearts and checkbooks to support disaster relief efforts following a hurricane in Puerto Rico and earthquake in Mexico earlier this fall. The Greater Pike Community Foundation’s Hotel Fauchère Emergency Relief Fund, established by Hotel Fauchère employees and management received donations exceeding $6300 in a little over one month.

The Emergency Fund was established as a pass-through fund of the Greater Pike Community Foundation with 100% of proceeds being donated to relief efforts in the affected areas.

“We are pleased to support Salud y Acupuntura para el Pueblo, a grass roots health care organization on the frontlines of relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and Global Giving Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund, to each receive half of the funds raised”, said Xavier Morales, the Hotel Fauchère’s maître d’hotel, and a native of Puerto Rico, who coordinated the company’s effort.

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The Hotel Fauchère.

The funds were raised when Hotel Fauchère’s Executive Chef, Michael Glatz, who lived in Vieques, Puerto Rico, for many years, created an arroz con pollo special—both Puerto Rican-style and Mexican-style—and 100% of the entrée price was donated to the fund. The hotel’s front of house staff promoted the special to guests with a display of Mexican and Puerto Rican flags. In addition, donations were sent directly to Greater Pike by those who heard about the effort and wanted to help.

“I’m very proud of our entire team and grateful to our guests for supporting this effort,” said Sean Strub, the hotel’s owner who also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. “At this time of year, when we reflect and give thanks for all our good fortune, it is appropriate to reach out and help those who have suffered such terrible disasters.”

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was created to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region we love and have worked so hard to nurture and maintain.

For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals for the future, please email Jim Pedranti or call 570-296-6959. You can also browse our website and Facebook page.

4th Annual Dinner

At its 4th Annual Dinner, the Greater Pike Community Foundation presented the Richard L. Snyder Business Leadership Award to Lewis J. Critelli, President of Wayne Bank, and the Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award for demonstrating philanthropic leadership to Richard and Rebecca Lindsey.

As part of the award, each honoree was able to designate a $1,000 mini-grant from Greater Pike to a local non-profit organization of their choice. Mr. Critelli directed his grant to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Dingmans Ferry; the Lindseys directed theirs to the Good Shepherd Child Care Center in Milford.

The dinner was held October 4, 2017, at the Walpack Inn, and enjoyed attendance of 170 guests, a 20% increase over the previous year. The 2018 dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at a venue to be determined. For information, or to volunteer on the dinner committee, please email Jenni Hamill.

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GPCF Receives Hometown Star Award

Business leaders from around the area gathered at Silver Birches on Lake Wallenpaupack on November 3rd, 2017, to celebrate success at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber of Champion Awards” dinner. Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) was honored to receive the 2017 Organization Hometown Star Award for enabling generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy.

Photo of GPCF President James Pedranti accepting the Hometown Star Award from the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.James Pedranti, Chair of the GPCF Board accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation stating, “This is a great time to be on the Board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation. We are growing and the community is increasingly aware of our vision for the future in creating a permanent collection of funds for the long-term benefit of the greater Pike area.  As our slogan says, we are ‘For Good.  Forever’.”