Some of the many charities of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties
compiled by Christopher Bilardi
Because of space constraints, this is only a partial list. For more organizations and their profile information, please visit the website for the National Center for Charitable Statistics: http://nccsdataweb.urban.org. The organizations below were chosen at random.
Abington Heights Student Aid Fund Inc.
Address: 106 Abbey Dr., South Abington Twp, PA 18411
Mission Statement: To provide scholarships to college students.
Address: PO Box 1368, Scranton, PA 18501
Mission Statement: To promote mental well-being, supports recovery in adults who have mental illness, resiliency in children and adolescents who have emotional disorders, and everyday lives for persons who have developmental disabilities, to provide them advocacy and culturally competent services.
Artists for Art (AFA)
Address: 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, PA 18503
Mission Statement: To present the work of regional visual artists to the community; to raise awareness of the visual arts; to provide services for local visual artists.
Ballet Theatre of Scranton
Address: 310 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503
Mission Statement: To provide the finest dance education and production, and to work with national and international choreographers and artists.
Carbondale Center for Small Business Technology Transfer Inc.
Address: 10 Enterprise, Carbondale, PA 18407
Mission Statement: To provide technical support, business assistance, financial resources and appropriate facilities to entrepreneurs, small businesses and light industry/light assembly manufacturers working with technology applications or innovative products or processes.
Catherine McAuley Center
Address: 430 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505
Mission Statement: To directly minister to women and to the economically poor. The Center commits itself to meeting the housing needs of women, providing temporary shelter for women and children who are in a crisis which leaves them homeless or without substantial resources. The center provides programs and supportive services that assist women in obtaining permanent housing which is safe, decent, and affordable, and provides a support system to women, and a bridge to self reliance.
Address: PO Box 55, La Plume, PA 18440
Mission Statement: The Countryside Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting lands and waters in and near the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed for the public benefit, now and for the future. The Conservancy works in Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Deutsch Institute Applied Research Center for Handicapped
Address: 615 Jefferson Ave., Lower Level, Scranton, PA 18510
Mission Statement: We are dedicated to developing and expanding leisure and recreational interests for persons with disabilities and special needs. The Deutsch Institute makes use of existing resources and facilities as well as volunteer services to initiate pilot programs, as well as cooperative community ventures with social service agencies.
Dress for Success Lackawanna
Address: 431 N. 7th Ave. Suite B, Scranton, PA 18503
Telephone: (570) 941–0339
Mission Statement: To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support to help women thrive in the workplace and in life.
Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania (EOTC)
Address: 431 N 7th Ave., Scranton, PA 18503
Telephone: (570) 348–6484
Mission Statement: With respect for the individual and with the highest professional standards, EOTC offers a variety of programs that promote family stability and economic self sufficiency.
Address: 1509 Maple St., Scranton, PA 18505
Mission Statement: To provide a continuum of quality programs and services designed to enhance the emotional, behavioral and social well being of children and families in the communities we serve.
Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc.
Address: PO Box 1, Olyphant, PA 18447
Mission Statement: To be a definite source for all researchers in Northeastern Pennsylvania from the earliest records to the present; to instill an interest in genealogy by promoting the grandeur of the past and the magnitude of our heritage; to provide quality workshops and research assistance in person, by e-mail, mail, phone and fax; to acquire or copy and digitize an in-house database of all existing genealogical records within the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne in Northeastern Pennsylvania; to provide a centrally- located, complete research facility with a microfilm room, library area and quality equipment, staffed by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers; to provide computer matching service for surnames and kinships.
Heritage Valley Partners
Address: 213 S 7th Ave., Scranton, PA 18505
Mission Statement: Promoting the development of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s historic, cultural, and economic and natural resources through preservation, education, and promotion of local heritage.
Jamie Kotula Foundation
Address: 120 Whitetail Dr., Scranton, PA 18504
Mission Statement: The Jamie Kotula Foundation was created to enrich lives through random acts of kindness. The Foundation has raised and distributed more than $100,000 in the form of scholarships to deserving students and through donations to local charitable organizations since it was formed in memory of our son, who was tragically taken from us in a car accident in January 2011.
Jewish Heritage Connection
Address: 529 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509
Mission Statement: To offer Jews of all backgrounds an opportunity to further discover their roots through programs, events, experiences, study groups, one-on-one learning, classes, and weekly e-mails.
Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc.
Address: 321 Spruce St 5th Floor, Scranton, PA 18503
Mission Statement: The Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. program, operating since October 1997, is one of three organizations that provide lawyers, free of charge, to Lackawanna County residents. North Penn Legal Services, like Lackawanna Pro Bono, deals exclusively with civil cases — everything from landlord/tenant disputes to protection-from-abuse orders. The county public defender’s office handles only criminal defendants charged with crimes serious enough that they may go to jail.
Address: PO Box 505, Scranton, PA 18501
Mission Statement: Marley’s Mission provides equine-assisted therapy to children and families who have experienced trauma, especially trauma resulting from abuse and neglect. Marley’s Mission also provides educational opportunities and information for individuals and families regarding child abuse, neglect and trauma therapy.
Address: 406 2nd St., Dalton, PA 18414
Mission Statement: The Mission of Pennwriters Inc. is to help writers of all levels, from novice to award-winning and multi-published writers, improve and succeed in their craft
Ronald McDonald House, Scranton
Address: 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
Mission Statement: To provide temporary lodging, accommodations, and other assistance to patients and their families during treatment at local hospitals in Scranton, PA.
SOS American Foundation Inc.
Address: 421 Leggett Street, Scranton, PA 18508
Phone: (570) 606–4972
Mission Statement: Our developing organization provides different programs to charity-donation organizations that engage in transferring donated foods, clothes, and other manufacturing goods such as: medical supply, medical equipment, educational supply, basic household goods, and toys to homes for foster children. Also, we provide to organizations for the disabled, and veterans’ organizations.
Angeline Elizabeth Kirby Memorial Health Center
Address: 71 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Mission Statement: The preservation and promotion of the health of the residents of Wilkes-Barre and neighboring communities, along with the control and elimination of diseases.
Back Mountain Food Pantry
Address: 40 Knob Hill Rd., William & Melba, Trucksville, PA 18708
Telephone: (570) 696–2917
Mission Statement: The distribution of food and food items to the needy in our area.
Chhips Committee to Help Handicapped Infant’s Parents Succeed
Address: PO Box 454, Hazleton, PA 18201
Mission Statement: To raise funds to cover the cost of therapeutic services for the handicapped infants and children who reside in the geographic regions which encompass the service area of the Helping Hands Society of Hazleton and Carbon County.
Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation
Address: 1086 Highway 315 Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Mission Statement: Our mission is raising funds for the benefit of charitable organizations dedicated to the research, treatment and eradication of childhood diseases and maladies, and supporting other charitable organizations dedicated to the general welfare of children.
Community Services for Sight
Address: 1201 N. Church St Ste 409, Hazle Township, PA 18202
Mission Statement: Providing support and promotion of the interests of the blind and the prevention of blindness in portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill and Carbon counties.
Address: 495 Wyoming St., Hanover Township, Pa 18706
Telephone: (570) 704–1455
Mission Statement: The mission of Cori’s Place Program is helping individuals with disabilities create a better life. The main components of our philosophy are person-centered planning, and positive approaches and practices, which capture the true meaning of working together to empower the person to plan and create a shared commitment for the future. Cori’s Place will ensure that intellectually and physically challenged individuals will find stability and encouragement through expanded daytime services.
Eastern Middle Anthracite Region Recovery (EMARR)
Address: 25 Jaycee Dr. Ste. 2, West Hazleton, PA 18202
Mission Statement: EMARR’s mission is to plan and implement a comprehensive reclamation of the blighted lands and polluted waters created by decades of historic coal mining activity within the EMAR. Since its organization in 2000, EMARR has completed compilation of an extensive GIS database and a comprehensive watershed assessment which quantifies and qualifies the AML discharges within the region. With these tools, EMARR will draft a comprehensive master plan to clean up these discharges over the next decades to restore water resources and land for economic development and community recreation.
Fallen Officers Remembered
Address: PO Box 2299, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Mission Statement: Fallen Officers Remembered, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, is dedicated to carrying out our mission of protecting our community by protecting our law enforcement officers. How? We help provide the officers with life-saving equipment – a bullet-proof vest to help protect themselves from harm. Our officers need to be fully armed and protected to do the job they do to help protect you, and they are not given all of their equipment.
Greater Hazleton Historical Society
Address: 55 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, PA 18201
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Greater Hazleton Historical Society and Museum is to preserve, educate, and share the rich local history of Hazleton and the surrounding area. The Society endeavors to accomplish these three aspects through a variety of online media, museum tours, and special events. The Society also strives to intervene and actively preserve local landmarks; particularly those in danger of deterioration or demolition. It is the goal of the Museum to preserve that which has shaped our local region and to use the lessons from our past to help us understand and embrace the community’s future.
Kathy Labar Animal Foundation
Address: PO Box 949, Conyngham, PA 18219
Mission Statement: To provide food, shelter, and care to stray animals and low-income people.
Lands at Hillside Farms
Address: 65 Hillside Rd., Shavertown, PA 18708
Telephone: (570) 696–2881
Mission Statement: To preserve land, history, and promote lifestyle choices which are healthy, conservation-minded and practical, achieved through family-oriented educational programs, sustainable agricultural activities, and living history, based on strong moral and ethical principles.
Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
Address: PO Box 1, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Mission Statement: To offer theatrical productions and various community services which educate, entertain, and broaden the creative experiences of our audiences, as well as our participants and contributors. As part of that goal, we provide training opportunities for people of all ages to develop their unique talents. As a community theatre, Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre is open to all residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania and invites their participation in fulfilling its mission.
Maternal & Family Health Services Inc.
Address: 15 Public Square, Suite 600, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Telephone: (800) FOR–MFHS
Mission Statement: We are an innovative health and human service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the community through information, education, and quality care.
Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company
Address: PO Box 530, Sugarloaf, PA 18249
Mission Statement: Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Company’s mission is to aid the citizens of Nuremberg, Schuylkill County, and Weston, Luzerne County, and the surrounding area from loss or destruction by fire.
Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Address: 1084 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Mission Statement: To provide access to comprehensive primary and preventive medical and dental services to residents of all income levels within our service area in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with special emphasis on the underinsured and underserved.
Address: PO Box 254, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Mission Statement: Ruth’s Place is dedicated to providing shelter and case management services for women experiencing homelessness while honoring the dignity of each guest. Using evidence-based practices, the program provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Luzerne County; coordinates and collaborates with other service providers and volunteers to assure the provision of services that address their basic physical, financial, health and spiritual needs; and assists sheltered guests to form and follow a permanent housing plan to quickly achieve stable, long-term housing. Ruth’s Place is a faith-based program founded by the Methodist Urban Ministry in 2003. It has been operated by Ruth’s Place: House of Hope, Inc. since 2008.
Valley Santa Inc.
Address: 69 Public Square, 11th Floor, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Mission Statement: To distribute toys to needy children during the holiday season.
Volunteers in Medicine
Address: 190 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Mission Statement: Volunteers in Medicine is a non-profit, community-based organization developed to help meet the primary health care needs of the working uninsured and the underinsured populations in Luzerne County. The program is designed to provide free primary and preventative health services for those individuals who are employed but have no access or cannot afford health insurance.
Wyoming Valley AIDS Council
Address: 330 Bowman St Unit 1, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Mission Statement: Wyoming Valley AIDS Council provides HIV/AIDS compassion, education and support.
Address: 33 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Mission Statement: To provide low-to-moderate-income persons with decent housing facilities.