Centre Foundation Awards Over $70,000 in Annual Field Of Interest Grants
Each year, organizations are invited to apply for funding from 15 Field-of-Interest endowment funds, established by donors in support of various causes and/or geographical areas in Centre County that they hold dear.
This year, the Ruth E. Rishel Charitable Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and projects exclusively in the Penns Valley area, will grant to both the Centre Hall Area Library Association and the Friends of the East Penns Valley Library to expand the library’s equity, diversity, and inclusion collection and to increase diversity in the library’s audiobook collection respectively.
“The Centre Hall Area Library serves a growing area of the county, and before COVID-19 restrictions, the library was experiencing steady growth in usage. We believe it is vitally important that our collection reflect the diversity in the community and respond to the need to engage in thoughtful discussions and reflections on the topics that are facing our immediate community as well as the larger society. The library, as a community hub, can be a catalyst for change,” said Rhonda Rumbaugh, Board President of the Centre Hall Library Association.
The grants will fund a variety of programs that focus on education, health and social services, animal welfare, youth development, and the arts.
“We, at Centre Foundation, are excited to watch the growth these projects will bring to our community as a result of the Field of Interest grants,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director. “By implementing the use of endowment funds, our donors are empowered to fill these important areas of need for years to come.”
The grant allocation is as follows:
|Fund Name||Grant Amount||Grant Recipient||Project Description|
|Andrew and Madaline Rishel Family Fund||$515||Salem Lutheran Church||To support the church’s food pantry.|
|Ben Franklin Fund||$2,017||Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America||To provide program assistance for low-income families from Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin counties.|
|Carolyn A. Petrus Memorial Seeing Eye Dog Fund||$15,707||The Seeing Eye||To provide instruction and training for Seeing Eye dog recipients.|
|Centre Children’s Fund ($1,653)||$1,254||Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania||To provide scholarships for youth to attend summer art programs.|
|Centre Children’s Fund ($1,653)||$399||Park Forest Preschool||To provide virtual Family Budgeting 101 workshops in partnership with Interfaith Human Services.|
|Centre County Medical Society Fund||$1,085||Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority||To install interactive play and fitness stations at several local parks.|
|Counseling Service, Inc. Fund||$9,659||Centre Safe||To provide therapy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.|
|Donna L. Litke Occupational Horse Therapy Endowment ($4,344)||$2,172||Hands on Therapeutic Riding Program||To support the care and upkeep of therapy horses.|
|Donna L. Litke Occupational Horse Therapy Endowment ($4,344)||$2,172||Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center||To support the care and upkeep of therapy horses.|
|J. Alvin and Vera E. Knepper Hawbaker Memorial Endowment Fund ($3,680)||$1,840||Centre County Youth Service Bureau||To support the Bellefonte Youth Center.|
|J. Alvin and Vera E. Knepper Hawbaker Memorial Endowment Fund ($3,680)||$1,840||Penns Valley Youth Center||To support the K-5 after school program.|
|Louis E. and Patricia H. Silvi Fund||$1,024||Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania||For kitchen updates to improve health and safety.|
|Mattil Family Fund ($908)||$454||Hope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary||To provide equipment for Centre County’s Humane Society police officer.|
|Mattil Family Fund ($908)||$454||Pets Come First||To support the Community Cat Trap & Release program.|
|Patricia Farrell Music Fund ($8,114)||$1,514||Jana Marie Foundation||To support the Mindful Rhythms workshops.|
|Patricia Farrell Music Fund ($8,114)||$1,600||Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra||To provide free virtual music lessons through the Practice/Play with the PCO program.|
|Patricia Farrell Music Fund ($8,114)||$5,000||The State Theatre||To support the establishment of a streaming event and video series.|
|Philipsburg Area Fund||$1,674||Reliance Fire Co||To purchase wildland protective clothing and PPE for firefighters.|
|Proud to Be An American Fund||$1,420||Constitution Day Centre Hall||To support the celebration of Constitution Day.|
|Ruth E. Rishel Charitable Fund ($2,206)||$1,103||Centre Hall Area Library Association||To expand the library’s Equity/Diversity/Inclusion (EDI) collection for all ages.|
|Ruth E. Rishel Charitable Fund ($2,206)||$1,103||Friends of the East Penns Valley Library||To increase diversity selections of the library’s audiobook collection.|
|William W. and Helen S. Litke Memorial Fund for the Aid and Assistance of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired||$16,335||Centre Volunteers in Medicine||To provide financial assistance to low-income individuals who are seeking hearing aids.|