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#PhilanthropyFriday: Awarding our last 65th Anniversary Mini-Grant of 2019


It’s time to award our final 65th-anniversary mini-grant for 2019 and share another one of the many inspiring stories we received when we invited you to Share Your Story to help us highlight the impact we’ve had in the community over the last 65 years. 

This story comes from our friends at the Greenhouse Project, a nonprofit organization growing a sustainable community through education programs, wholesome food priorities and healthy living initiatives. The Greenhouse Project, located in the James Barrett McNulty Greenhouse in Nay Aug Park in Scranton, works to educate children and adults about horticulture, health, preventing disease through diet and active lifestyle, and to support locally-grown food and responsible food policy. In addition to being a source of organic vegetable transplants and flowers for city and county residents, they help to beautify Nay Aug Park, community gardens, and Scranton City Hall. Their many programs also benefit local hunger projects and at-risk members of the community. Additionally, they manage two community gardens and a teaching garden.

Photo submitted by The Greenhouse Project

“In 2016, the Greenhouse Project was able to offer valuable garden education and horticulture therapy to over 400 community members, thanks to support from the Scranton Area Community Foundation. These programs are critical to developing the services that will be the catalyst for long-term, positive change in our communities,” wrote the Greenhouse Project. 

“Also in 2016, with the help of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the Greenhouse Project was able to conduct a weeklong Children’s Summer Camp Gardening Educational Camp for local, at-risk youth. Several of the youth who often struggle to connect with activities found this weeklong camp to be a great fit, and it was made possible largely because of generous support from charitable donors of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.” 

Photo submitted by The Greenhouse Project
We are thankful to hear from our friends at the Greenhouse Project and, in order to show our appreciation, we’d like to award them our final $650 65th Anniversary Mini-Grant of 2019.

We’d like to recognize that our work at the Foundation would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of our many charitable donorsDuring this last month of our sapphire anniversary year, we’d like to call attention to the loyalty of our donors and thank them for making our work possible.

Thanks to The Greenhouse Project for sharing their story and, especially, for reminding us that when we work together, we can create a stronger, kinder, more livable region. 

We would also like to thank all participants who took the time to write to us and share their stories throughout the year to help us celebrate our 65th Anniversary. 

A total of $8,450 was awarded in 2019 to nonprofit organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the 65th-anniversary mini-grants opportunity, funded by the Scranton Area Community Foundation. The Scranton Area Community Foundation awards over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships annually, through the generous support of charitably-minded individuals and businesses.

To learn more about how you can maximize your philanthropic impact to support the causes you care about, please contact us today. 

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