Fidelity Bank, in Dunmore, recently presented 37 local non-profit organizations and educational institutions with Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds totaling $630,000. Contributions ranged from $2,500 to $120,000 per organization. The EITC program is in keeping with Fidelity Bank’s commitment to support the communities it serves in Northeastern Pennsylvania through charitable giving. Through partnerships between local businesses, parents, and scholarship organizations, EITC funding gives local students opportunities for better educational outcomes.
“Fidelity Bank is proud to support the education of talented young people in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Bank’s participation in the EITC program is an important investment in the communities we serve, and we look forward to watching the youth of our region grow and prosper,” said Daniel J. Santaniello, President and CEO, Fidelity Bank.
The list of organizations who received EITC funding is as follows:
- The Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation: Funds support need-based scholarship awards to more than 1,000 students in Diocesan schools through the EITC and OSTC programs.
- United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties: Funds supported scholarships for 145 pre-kindergarten students from income eligible families in five counties, totaling more than $270,000 in financial assistance for children to attend quality pre-kindergarten programs in 2017-2018.
- Greater Scranton YMCA: Funds supported the purchase of a van for the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program (SLLP) at the Mid Valley Elementary Center. The SLLP is a six-week academic and enrichment program designed for rising first through fifth grade students from low-income families. The goal of the SLLP is to prevent summer learning loss through a combination of literacy instruction, enrichment activities aligned to literacy instruction and positive youth development opportunities.
- Commonwealth Charitable Management: Funds support EVERFI—Financial Literacy and Vault—Understanding Money programs, for students in in the Riverside, North Pocono, Dunmore, Pittston Area and Lake-Lehman School Districts.
- Greater Pittston YMCA: Funds support pre-kindergarten programs at the Greater Pittston YMCA.
- Luzerne County Community College Foundation: Funds support youth summer educational camps and Early College Tuition Assistance Program. The LCCC Early College Program offers prepared high school students the opportunity to earn college credits, which can be used for high school credit or an Associate degree at the College. In addition, credits can be transferred to any of the 38 colleges and universities that have agreements with LCCC. The program has grown from three school districts to 24 throughout the region located in Luzerne, Columbia, Northumberland and Lackawanna Counties.
- NativityMiguel School of Scranton: Funds support scholarships at NativityMiguel School of Scranton, a tuition-free school that provides Catholic education to children with academic potential.
- Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association (WVIA): Funds support WVIA’s educational programs, providing teachers with curricular resources and tools, inspiring early literacy in children in kindergarten through third grade, and offering career direction to high school students. Highlights of the programs made possible with EITC funding include: The Enhanced Scholar Program offering educational resources, professional development, and events to children in grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families and educators; Artist of the Week programming; the Young Writers and Illustrators Contest; The Summer Reading Challenge; and Educational Camps and Workshops for educators, just to name a few.
- PA Council on Financial Literacy: A portion of this funding supports the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Stock Market Challenges. Students in grades six to 12 through manage hypothetical $100,000 portfolios in a market simulator that follows real stocks on the New York and Nasdaq exchanges. Students whose investments produce the greatest returns receive cash prizes. About 750 students in both counties participate, and the council is recruiting more districts to participate in both counties for this year’s challenge.
- Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple: Funds benefit after school programming, theatrical productions, a free family film series, children’s series, performing arts summer camp, and the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Series and Day at the Scranton Cultural Center.
- Scranton Preparatory School: Funds support scholarships at Scranton Preparatory School, a Catholic and Jesuit college preparatory school for students in grades 9 through 12.
- Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA: Funds provide scholarships to children who otherwise may not be able to attend preschool.
- Marywood University: Funds support Marywood’s MOMENTUM program, a dual enrollment program which enables area students to earn college credits at a significantly reduced cost while still in high school, enhancing their academic future.
- Wyoming Valley Montessori School: Funds support need-based financial aid for students to attend an accredited Montessori school.
- King’s College: Funds will support the Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Program at King’s College, offered to income eligible families with young children enrolled in the Pre-K program at King’s College Early Learning Center.
- Lackawanna College: Funds support programs related to natural animal habitats, the ecosystem, and other environmental topics at Lackawanna College’s Environmental Education Center for kindergarten to twelfth grade students in Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne, Luzerne, Monroe, and Pike Counties.
- NEPA Center for Independent Living: Funds support a program for high school students age 14 to 21 with disabilities at the Transitional Skills Center in Scranton, where they will gain the skills needed to succeed in competitive employment and/or post-secondary education.
- NeighborWorks NEPA: Funds support the Scranton Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Education Initiative of NeighborWorks NEPA. The program serves Scranton families with homebuyer education and foreclosure mitigation counseling.
- The University of Scranton: Funds support the University of Success program at The University of Scranton, offering college preparation, study skills, SAT preparation, mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment to underserved teens outside of the regular school day, on weekends and for a two-week academy each July. The program is provided at no charge to the students, and encourages enrollment in college or higher education. This year’s program serves students in Abington Heights, Carbondale Area, Crestwood, Delaware Valley, East Stroudsburg, Hanover Area, Hazelton, Mid Valley, Mountain View, Riverside, Scranton, Tunkhannock, Weatherly, and Wilkes-Barre school districts, among others.
- United Way of Wyoming Valley – Funds contribute to scholarship support for eligible students from the Wyoming Valley attending MMI Preparatory School in Freeland.
- Scranton Hebrew Day School: Funds support the NEPA Jewish Educational Scholarship Fund.
- M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts: Donations support the Kirby Center’s Art in Education program.
- Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania: Funds will support the organization’s scholarship fund.
- Junior Achievement of NEPA: Funds support programs for local students in grades kindergarten through 12 that foster work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, to help them reach their potential.
- Leadership Lackawanna: Funds support Leadership Lackawanna’s youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today. The program develops the leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high school juniors and provides real-world experiences in philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and community service. Community leaders develop the curriculum and each monthly session has a theme, objective, specialized instructional material and various instructors. EITC funds are applied to Crime and Corrections, History and Heritage, Health Care, and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) sessions.
- Misericordia University: Funds support Misericordia’s Speech-Language and Hearing Center to provide much-needed and free services to children in kindergarten through third grade with communication disorders in Luzerne County schools. EITC funding offsets program expenses such as supplies and materials, technology, and transportation.
- Skills in Scranton: Funds support programming designed to help local students and educators to succeed in a technologically challenging global marketplace. Skills in Scranton serves as an intermediary between business, education and community organizations to facilitate partnerships and address workforce preparedness with our youth.
- Voluntary Action Center (VAC): Funds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Programs with High School Mentors. Through this program, high school volunteers offer children individualized time and attention on a consistent basis at the child’s school. Volunteers and children typically meet weekly during the school year, and utilize school resources, including computer labs, library, gym, classroom, and schoolyard.
- Women’s Resource Center (WRC): Funds support WRC’s Safe Dates Program for ninth grade students in Scranton and West Scranton High Schools. The program provides an evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating and sexual abuse, and helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships.
- Abington Community Library: Funds support new programs with a focus on cursive writing for kindergarten to third grade students, STEM and STEAM experiences for middle and high school students, and a photography series culminating in a special exhibit.
- Abington Heights Educational Improvement Organization: Funds benefit programs and initiatives supporting the specialized needs, interests, and talents of students in kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high schools. AEIO programs are designed to challenge Abington Heights students in a wide array of topics within the arts and sciences and traditionally fall outside the regular school curriculum.
- Outreach (formerly Employment Opportunity & Training Center (EOTC) of NEPA): Funds support Outreach’s innovative arts education program for students in the Scranton School District. In collaboration with working artists, area galleries and college partners, the team presents multi-week series of structured workshops primarily targeting students from South Scranton.
- Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania: Funds support Girls Go STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, provided free of charge to ensure that all girls can participate. The STEM Mobile takes STEM education to troops in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, and features hands-on science and math activities.
Fidelity Bank recently awarded a $10,000 EITC contribution to the Scranton Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Education Initiative of NeighborWorks NEPA. From left; Dragan Jokic, Green Ridge Branch Manager, Fidelity Bank, and Jessie Ergott, President and CEO, NeighborWorks NEPA.
Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
In support of Girls Go STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, Fidelity Bank recently contributed $2,500 in EITC funding to the Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA. From left; Lyndsey Mackie, Major Gifts Officer, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, and Nicole Yazinski, Accounts Payable Representative, Fidelity Bank.
Abington Community Library
Fidelity Bank recently awarded a $2,500 EITC contribution to the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit. From left; Branch Manager of the Abington Office of Fidelity Bank Joanne Pezzuti presents a check to Abington Community Library staff members Renee Roberts, Laura Ancherani, and Sandy Lo.
About Fidelity Bank
Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is proud to be an active member of the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With multiple branch locations throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, Fidelity Bank offers full-service Trust & Investment Departments, a mortgage center, and an array of personal and business banking products and services. The Bank provides 24 hour, 7 day a week service to customers through branch offices, online at www.bankatfidelity.com, and through the Customer Care Center at 1-800-388-4380.