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Eight Pa. programs awarded Summit Endowment grants

July 09, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Eight grants were awarded to area programs from Summit Endowment to aid them in implementing or continuing programs to benefit the community.

Organizations receiving grants included CONTACT Helpline, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Mercersburg (Pa.) Area Council for Wellness, Waynesboro (Pa.) Community & Human Services, Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Shippensburg (Pa.) Community Resource Coalition, Chambersburg Hospital and Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center.

• The grant awarded to Harrisburg, Pa.-based CONTACT Helpline will be used to help expand services into Franklin County. The Helpline is a 211 telephone number that offers area residents access to health and human service information.

• The grant awarded to Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 will be used for a Family Health and Fitness program. The program’s goal is to prevent obesity and disease by adding a Zumba instructor and a nutritional family program to the Summer School of Excellence program focused on migrant and English language learner populations.

• The grant awarded to Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness will be used to help expand the Healthy Eating Adventure program. The program will provide three adventures each year, and will monitor the biometric data of participants.

• The grant awarded to Waynesboro Community & Human Services will help to continue the Community Nurse program in Washington Township. The program offers free community nursing to Washington Township residents, including low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents, to help them manage their acute and chronic medical conditions in their homes.

• The grant awarded to Lutheran Home Care & Hospice will help to expand its diabetes screening program to five pharmacy sites in Franklin County.

• The grant awarded to Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition will be used to support the Summer Lunch Program. The grant will help expand quality social services and youth programs that are accessible and safe, including four health education field trips.

• The grant awarded to Chambersburg Hospital will help to support an Autism Awareness Fair with activities and an educational series of lectures for individuals with autism, their families, friends, loved ones, and care providers. The Autism Awareness fair will be held on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Middle School South, 1151 E. McKinley St.

• The grant awarded to Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center will help to establish a Franklin County Children’s Advocacy Center. The center will be a place for forensic interviews and specialized medical exams for children when an allegation of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or witness to violence is reported to law enforcement.

The mission of Summit Endowment is to identify and address the communities’ health needs and to encourage development of programs and activities of non-profit organizations that will measurably improve the health of people in the area.

If interested in applying for a Summit Endowment grant, contact Ann Spottswood, Summit Endowment Manager, at 717-267-4861 or by email at aspottswood@summithealth.org.

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