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The Luzerne Foundation awards program grants

LUZERNE -- The Luzerne Foundation recently announced the recipients for its fall 2008 health and general grant cycles.

Non-profit organizations receiving grants from The Foundation’s Health Fund include: Luzerne County Head Start, Healthy Smiles, Happy Children; Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic, Comprehensive Care for Type 1 & 2 Diabetics; Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley, Help Line; Ruth’s Place, Staff Support; Greater Pittston YMCA, Ryan’s Program; Candy’s Place, Creative Workshops for Survival; Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc., Smile Happy; Jewish Community Center Day Camp, Autism Program.

Non-profit organizations receiving grants from The Foundation’s Field of Interest funds include: Hoyt Library, Software Updates & Furnishings, funded by Maslow Fund for the Arts, Fund for Luzerne County, Celebrity Luncheon Fund, and Ben Franklin Fund; Luzerne Conservation District, Rain Barrel Workshop funded by Historic Landscape and Preservation Fund; Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Music Therapy Program funded by Maslow Fund for the Arts; Women’s Resource Center, Safer Shelter Project funded by McGowan Fund; Catholic Social Services, Rose of Sharon Project, funded by Fund for Luzerne County; St. Vincent DePaul, Used Clothing Room Project funded by Fund for Luzerne County; NEPA Intergenerational Coalition, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, funded by McGowan Fund and Fund for Luzerne County; Catherine McAuley House, Homeless Assistance funded by Fund for Luzerne County; Serento Gardens, Drug Treatment Project, funded by Fund for Luzerne County; Fine Arts Fiesta, General Support, funded by Maslow Fund for the Arts; Kirby Center – General Support, funded by Maslow Fund for the Arts; First Night Hazleton, General Support, funded by Fund for Luzerne County; Foundation for Free Enterprise, General Support, funded by Fund for Luzerne County.

The Grants Committee reviewed 84 applications that in total requested $312,416 in funding for programs and services valued at $5.2 million.

The Luzerne Foundation is the community foundation serving all of Luzerne County. The Foundation accepts gifts of all types and makes grants to non-profit organizations based on measured community needs.

Since its formation in 1994, The Foundation has grown to include nearly 220 distinct funds and has distributed more than $9.7 million in grants in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the country. For more information call (570) 714-1570 or go to www.luzfdn.org.

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