FCFP Pearls with a Passion 2019

Pearls with a Passion Grant recipients pose with FCFP Board of Directors Chair, Tammy Weber (far left), and FCFP President and CEO, Jennifer Wilson (far right). 

WILLIAMSPORT -- The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) announces the 2019 Pearls with a Passion Fund grant awards.  Pearls with a Passion is a women’s giving society initiative that brings together women from a variety of backgrounds with a common goal – to create powerful communities through passionate giving.  This fund empowers women across our region to get involved, to impact lives forever, to celebrate the role in our community and inspire others to give.

The Pearls with a Passion Fund members voted to focus the 2019 grantmaking dollars on programs and projects that benefit individuals, children and families in crisis.  This year’s grant cycle received more than $68,000 in requests with $20,000 available for grantmaking.  

The grants awarded for 2019 are as follows:

· Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc. received $1,800 for their Share-a-Night Program, which offers support for families unable to afford the suggested donation to stay at the Ronald McDonald House overnight.

· Family Promise of Lycoming County, Inc. received $3,000 for their “Warming the Community” clothes closet, which distributes free specialty work wear clothing, children’s coats, bedding and school supplies to community residents in need.

· YWCA Northcentral PA received $3,000 to provide 31-day bus passes to women and children clients of Wise Options who do not have their own transportation to travel to work, appointments or counseling services. 

· American Rescue Workers, Inc. received $3,400 to purchase commercial washers and dryers for the 70 plus residents of the shelter. 

· Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way received $3,800 for their A.L.I.C.E. (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) program, which supplies emergency funds for families in need whose salaries are above the guidelines to qualify for assistance. 

· West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, Inc. received $5,000 for their “Warm Hand Off” Project which supplies personal care items for individuals discharged from the hospital into on-going inpatient treatment facilities.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.