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Updates from the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative


Updates from the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative
Here are the latest updates and news from the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative…

NEPA Pet Food Pantry 

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative is proudly funding a NEPA Pet Food Pantry on Saturday, June 20, 2020. This NEPA Pet Food Pantry is a project of the Scranton Animal Shelter Association, hosted by the Scranton Animal Supply House. Pet owners in need of food for their pets can be directed to the application on our new website: https://www.nepaawc.org/nepa-pet-food-pantry-application/

Please help to spread the word about the NEPA Pet Food Pantry! Help us to advertise the NEPA Pet Food Pantry through contacts with billboards, media, etc. Please let us know if you are willing to reach out to specific contacts! Reach out to Nora Kern at Nora@safdn.org.

Invite friends to like and follow the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Facebook page. Volunteers may be needed for the pantry pick-up. If interested in volunteering, please contact scrantonanimalsupplyhouse@gmail.com.

With the goal of keeping animals in their loving homes during a time of widespread financial distress, the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative is proud to sponsor this effort.

The Collaborative Has a New Website! 

We are excited to announce that the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative has its own website! nepaawc.org is now live!

A special thank you to Rosemary Bohenek for taking the lead in establishing this website for the Collaborative and working on all design and implementation! Please check the website often for updates.

Check out the new website!


A free webinar opportunity:
The Dangerous Link between Child and Animal Maltreatment

Mission Kids, a nonprofit organization in East Norriton, PA, is hosting a collaborative presentation and panel discussion on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. exploring the dangerous link between animal and child maltreatment. This webinar is ideal for anyone working, volunteering or advocating in animal protection, child welfare, healthcare, legal services, law enforcement, mental health, and victim services. For more information, visit their Facebook event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2706872859532954/


Register for this free webinar here


Upcoming Committee Meetings
Please mark your calendars for the next virtual committee meetings:
Steering/Governance Committee
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Programs/Summit Committee
Wednesday, July 22, 2020* (*note this is a date change)
5:00 PM

Communications/Advocacy/Legislative Committee

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
5:00 PM

A unique Zoom link will be sent to participants of each committee with instructions on how to join these virtual committee meetings.

NEPA Gives made history on Friday, June 5, 2020. 

The Scranton Area Community Foundation announced this week that 167 local nonprofit organizations worked together to collectively raise a total of $523,683 in 24 hours for NEPA Gives.

NEPA Gives, which accepted donations online at nepagives.org on Friday, made history as the single largest day of philanthropy in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

NEPA Gives was hosted by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with The Luzerne Foundation, Greater Pike Community Foundation, Wayne County Community Foundation, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC), and other community sponsors to raise awareness about the critical work nonprofit organizations carry out across the region and to help charitable organizations raise much-needed funds, especially during these challenging times.

Over 2,700 donors generously supported NEPA Gives. NEPA Gives was also generously supported by numerous sponsors including DiscoverNEPA, WVIA Public Media, Cumulus Media, Hawk Family Foundation, Schwartz Mack Foundation, Tighe Foundation, Women in Philanthropy, the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, and many others.

Adding to the momentum, over 125 prizes and matching incentives were awarded to participating nonprofits for notable achievements, all sponsored by generous businesses, foundations, donors, and others across the region. The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative was proud to participate in NEPA Gives as a sponsor, sponsoring the ‘Collaborating for the Animals Happy Hour Prize‘ which awarded two prizes of $500 randomly selected from organizations who are active members of the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative and who received donations during NEPA Gives between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
Congratulations to In Pursuit of Grace and to the Scranton Animal Shelter Association Inc, who were the recipients of this prize!

To learn more about NEPA Gives, and the event that took place on June 5th, visit: https://www.nepagives.org/


The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative will set the standard for all animal welfare initiatives in NEPA and will work together, utilizing available resources to improve both the care and lives of animals.

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative will work on initiatives aimed at ensuring animals in NEPA achieve a happy and healthy life—free from abuse and neglect.

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative is a project of The Scranton Area Community Foundation. Established in 2019, the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative is a collective of animal shelters, rescues, advocates, and sanctuaries in the region that are interested in coming together to advance various causes in animal welfare and to increase the collective resources available to these agencies. Activities of the collaborative include education, professional development, fundraising and other practices that move the goals of the collaborative forward. The Scranton Area Community Foundation serves as the convener of the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative.

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