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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…

Next NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Meeting

The next NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Meeting has been rescheduled to May 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will take place virtually via Zoom.

[This date was originally scheduled for tonight. We apologize for any inconvenience this sudden date change may cause but we are hosting a virtual fundraiser with the Mayor of Scranton tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Also, there is another fantastic live stream virtual fundraiser for animals happening tonight at 7:00 p.m. called Rock the House for Animals, by the Humane Society of the United States, calling attention to the needs of animals impacted by COVID-19. You can learn more about this event here: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/rock-house-animals]

We hope that you will join us on Thursday, May 14, 2020, as we learn best practices in creating an interactive marketing strategy and framing messages that resonate with the people we want to reach. Tony Bartocci, Partner at Posture Interactive, will be the guest speaker leading this Marketing Strategy session. At this meeting, we will discuss how the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative can publicize its objectives using media, digital marketing, and interactive technology. Updates on the Collaborative’s objectives to date and reports from committee progress will also be discussed.

Please register for this meeting via the button below.

Register for NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Meeting

Please note: to join this Zoom meeting you’ll need this link on May 14th and the below meeting ID and password information:

Meeting ID: 815 5181 9927
Password: NEPA-AWC
Don’t worry–we will resend this information to you as the date gets closer!

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Please mark your calendars for the next virtual committee meetings:
Steering/Governance Committee
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Animal Care Summit Committee
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
5:00 PM

Programs Committee
Wednesday, May 6, 2020* (*note this is a date change)
6:00 PM

Communications/Advocacy/Legislative Committee

Wednesday, May 13, 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.

Highlights from Our Committees:

The Steering Committee is developing a Code of Ethics for the Collaborative. They are also working to establish a pet food pantry for Lackawanna and Luzerne counties during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, to help people keep their pets during periods of unemployment and lost business. This committee is currently working on various aspects of this project, including a website landing page.  

The Animal Care Summit/Pet Expo Committee has discussed a one- to two- day event with an educational focus planned for the Spring of 2021. More details will be shared soon.  

The Communications/Advocacy/Legislative Committee has started a Google Group for the Collaborative so that we can all communicate together effectively. You can join the group here: The committee plans to talk to legislators after the COVID-19 crisis ends. For now, they are focusing on virtual event possibilities and the opportunity to fundraise during NEPA Gives, which will take place on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Check out this Virtual Networking Opportunity! 

The Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence at the Scranton Area Community Foundation is committed to supporting the capacity of nonprofit organizations who are working to fulfill their critical missions during the COVID-19 crisis, and always.

Now, more than ever, leading your nonprofit organization can be a monumental challenge. Join the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. for a virtual networking opportunity for nonprofit executives and those in a leadership role at a nonprofit organization to learn from others and to share experiences as you manage through the current challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. Log on and share your thoughts and ideas with your colleagues on how we can move forward together across our region even more strongly than ever before as we move forward in these coming months.

Friday, May 1, 2020



This opportunity is provided free of charge to community nonprofits thanks to generous support from Moses Taylor Foundation and the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Grant Opportunity!

The Sheldon Family Foundation at the Scranton Area Community Foundation is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations for its 2020 grant cycle. The Sheldon Family Foundation will award two $2,000 grantsto nonprofit organizations that are seeking funding for arts, natural resources/conservation, parks and open spaces, animal welfare, libraries or historical societies.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving communities and located in Lackawanna, Bradford, Wyoming, Susquehanna, or Sullivan County.

Grant applications for the Sheldon Family Foundation are accepted through the online grants portal at the Scranton Area Community Foundation until Friday, May 15, 2020.

Learn More

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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