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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 Animal Welfare Collaborative Google Group

The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative has recently created a Google Group! Google Groups is a service from Google that provides discussion groups for people sharing common interests. The NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Google Group was established by the communications committee and provides an opportunity for anyone involved with the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative to share resources and communicate quickly and efficiently. We encourage you to join the Group for another way to stay connected!

Join the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Google Group
Our committees are hard at work! In addition to the communications committee creating the Google Group for us all to stay connected, the steering committee is currently working on creating a Code of Ethics. More updates will be provided soon.

Please take this brief survey…

Many of our discussions have centered on a serious need for shelter and rescue veterinary services. With the current public health crisis, we are hearing that many shelters and rescues are struggling even more now to prepare for a potential influx of homeless animals due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the challenge of obtaining veterinary care for rescued animals in our region is even more important. The Collaborative would like to understand more about this issue and how it is impacting you and the animals (and people) you serve, in order to seek a solution. Please take a few moments to answer a few brief questions. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, April 17, 2020. Complete only one survey per organization, please.

Take Survey

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 grants to 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.

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Webinar Opportunities

The Scranton Area Community Foundation, through its Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, has established a program of weekly webinars to help nonprofits during this unprecedented time, including training programs on crisis management, operations management, increasing fundraising revenue, and building sustainability. The next webinar will take place on Friday, April 17, 2020, at 12:00 pm (noon) and will focus on Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Times.

Presented by Frank Abdale, the webinar will touch on topics including how to establish priorities among the many urgent issues at hand, how to project multiple financial and programmatic scenarios based on potential changes in funding, how to use issues that arise in times of crisis as data collection that helps inform future planning, and more.

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

Register for Webinar

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Please mark your calendars for the next virtual committee meetings:

Steering/Governance Committee
Thursday, April 16, 2020 

6:00 PM

Programs Committee

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
5:00 PM
Animal Care Summit Committee
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
5:00 PM


/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.

Next NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Meeting

Please note that in light of the current public health crisis, the next NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative Meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Albright Community Library (500 Vine St, Scranton) will be moved to a virtual meeting.

We will send further details about this meeting ASAP. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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