Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a
distribution of $3,900 in funding to area food banks.
was provided to food pantries managed by Central Pennsylvania Community Action
in the communities of Clearfield, Curwensville,
Philipsburg, Burnside/Mahaffey, Houtzdale, Osceola Mills, Karthaus, West
Branch/Allport and 2 DuBois locations – the DuBois Ministerium Food Pantry and
emergency needs at the DuBois Salvation Army.
was also provided to the Living Bread Ministries, which operates a location in
section of Clearfield, and the Clearfield
Salvation Army for their food bank.
Executive Director Mark B. McCracken joined with Community Action Director of
Operations and Finance Michelle Stiner to visit several food pantry
the visits McCracken noted “the community food pantries have become an
important resource to help families in communities all across Clearfield County.
Clearfield County Charitable Foundation has a specific fund, the Basic Needs
Fund, that is dedicated to supporting area food banks and this year the CCCF
Board added an additional distribution for the Philipsburg Food Pantry to help
people who utilize that location”.
Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is working to enhance communities
throughout Clearfield County through funding, grants
and scholarship opportunities.
who would like to contribute to support future distributions to area food
pantries can visit the CCCF website at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org and donate online
specifically to the Basic Needs Fund or send donations by mail to PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
Pictured, from left to right, are: Mark McCracken, executive director of the
Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, Sherry Skidmore, grants administrator
at Community Guidance
Center, and Terry Struble,
superintendent of Clearfield Area
Feb. 18, 2020
CLEARFIELD – The Community Guidance Center recently received a grant from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation for a collaborative project between the Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High School and Community Guidance Center’s Drug and Alcohol program.
The Bison Outreach Project involves student volunteers who will help
distribute drug and alcohol treatment information at Bison sporting events.
“The Bison Outreach Project coordinated between the Community
and the Clearfield Area
School District is the exact type
of project the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation looks to support with
funding,” said Mark B. McCracken, the foundation’s executive director.
“It meets the goals of the Charitable Foundation to support projects that
will better the community overall and, even more importantly, the involvement
of young people in this positive project is what is needed to build our next
generation of community leaders.”
For more information about the Drug and Alcohol program at Community
To make an appointment or a referral, call 814-765-5337.
Names Executive Director, Announces Opening of Office
Jan. 13, 2020
As the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation approaches its 20th year of existence and a new decade begins, the board of directors of the foundation has been looking at ways to stimulate growth and identify new projects for the foundation to become involved in.
To attain this goal, in early 2019, the board of
directors began searching for an executive director to run the operations of
the foundation and a central location for an office for the foundation.
Foundation Board Chairman Kevin McMillen announced
today the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is appointing Mark B.
McCracken to the position of Executive Director and, in the very near future,
an office for the foundation will be opened in the former Sears building at the
corner of Market and Third streets in Clearfield. The office space is being leased from
Community Media Group, the parent company of The Progress.
McMillen stated “We are pleased to have Mark
McCracken working for the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation. He recently completed 16 years serving as
Clearfield County Commissioner and has experience working with communities and
leaders throughout the county. He has
past experience serving on area charitable and community agency boards
including the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Central Pennsylvania
Community Action, Clearfield Area United Way and the former Clearfield Chapter
of the American Red Cross”.
“Additionally Mark has served on many important
regional and state level boards including the North Central Pennsylvania
Regional Planning and Development Commission board, was twice appointed by
Governor Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 911
Advisory Committee and was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Counties
Health Insurance Purchasing Cooperative (PCHIPC), where he served 10 years as
chairman of the PCHIPC board”.
On accepting the position McCracken said “This is an
exciting opportunity and I look forward to continuing the work the original
founders of the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation started almost 20 years
ago. The current board of directors
have put a great amount of time and effort into growing the foundation in
recent years and I want to build on that success. I am also looking forward to working with
the people who have established individual funds managed by the
foundation. My foremost goal is to
recruit new involvement and grow all the funds so communities and individuals
throughout Clearfield County can see benefits and positive results”.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation was
formed on November 4, 2001, starting with one fund valued at $10,000 and has
now grown to 46 active funds totaling almost $7 million in value as of December
31st, 2019. Through
scholarships and grants, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is working
to enhance the quality of living in communities all over Clearfield
County. Since 2006, the CCCF grant program alone has awarded over
$102,900 to 74 different groups in Clearfield County.
You can learn more about the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation by visiting their website at www. clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org.
Children are able to participate in various creative activities in CAST’s Seeds Of Art program which received one of the CCCF’s recent grants.(Photo courtesy of CAST)
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently awarded 32 grants totaling over $23,000 to a variety of projects throughout the county.
year’s recipients are Big Run Park-$500, Bilger’s Rocks-$750, Bob Perks Fund- $1,000,
Bucktail Council BSA-$500, Catholic Charities Counseling in DuBois- $1,000, Cen
Clear Child Services for the Child Advocacy Center-$1,000, Children’s Aid
Society-$1,000, Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre (CAST) $500, Clearfield Cancer
Support Inc. $1,000, , Clearfield Volunteer Fire Dept.-$500, Clearfield YMCA-$500,
Coalport Streetscape Committee-$500, Community Guidance Center of Clearfield-$500,
Curwensville Pike Township Historical Society-$500, Curwensville Regional Development
Corp.-$1,000, Downtown DuBois Revitilization Group-$500, DuBois Area Community
Concert Association, Inc.-$500, DuBois Senior and Community Center-$500, Grampian
Lions Club-$1,000, Greater Clearfield Chamber of Commerce-$500, Junior
Achievement of Western PA-$500, Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus-$500, Lydia
Circle of Faith at the United Lutheran Church in Houtzdale-$500,
Resources Foundation/Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging-$739.88,
School-$928, Square One Community DuBois Furniture Bank-$500, Susquehanna River
Arts Center (SRACC) in Clearfield-$365, andYMCA of Centre County Moshannon
2006, the CCCF’s grant program has awarded over $102,900 to 74 different groups
in the county.
money for the general grants comes from the Community Fund and the Clearfield, Curwensville and Lawrence Township Fund
(CCL Donor Designated Fund).
Sara Jane Mattern Fund also supplied $5,000 split between four groups in
Osceola Mills: the Columbia Fire Company,
the Osceola Mills Community Library, the Osceola Mills Community Historical
Foundation and the Osceola Mills United Methodist Church.
the last 7 years, the Mattern Fund has given a total of over $30,000 to these
vital parts of the Osceola Mills community.
Contributions to the Community Fund, the CCL Donor Designated Fund, the Mattern Fund or any of the foundation’s endowment funds may be made at the website www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org through Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
Anyone interested in starting a fund can call 592-7331.
Boyles Insurance of Clearfield, represented by Sherry Wood, left, made a $500 donation recently to Matt Day, right, for the Bob E. Day Scholarship Fund.
Each year employees of Boyles Insurance skip buying birthday gifts for each other and instead collect money that is matched by the company for a charitable donation. An employee is then chosen who then selects which charity to honor. This year Wood chose the Bob E. Day Scholarship Fund which is handled by the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation.
Bob E. Day, who died in Oct. 2018,
came to this area from Michigan
in 1967 to work at the AM radio station, WCPA where he became a fixture until
it was sold in 2007.
At that point, WOKW, the rival
station, knowing Day’s importance to the community, quickly scooped him up.
At his new station, Day hosted a popular local show, Sunday Super Gold, was the announcer at many different high school sporting events, read the news, and did live remotes, commercials and anything else required.
Off the air, he served as master of ceremonies, a DJ, host and announcer for many special occasions.
Day was known as the voice of Clearfield and it is easy to declare he had the most recognizable voice in the county. Everyone knew him as the man with a smile on his face and a song in his heart.
Anyone wishing to make donations to
the Bob E. Day Scholarship can send checks to the CCCF, PO
Box 1442, Clearfield PA
16830 or donate on their
website clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org via Paypal.
Since 2006, the Clearfield County
Charitable Foundation has given over $84,000 to charitable organizations
throughout the county.
Last year over $20,000 was awarded
to 19 various charities including local playgrounds, cancer support groups,
children and parenting programs, senior exercise classes, food banks, library
services, historical societies, and student art beautification efforts.
The Big Run Park Association said
of their award for playground equipment, “We can assure you that the new
equipment will be enjoyed by community members for many years to come.”
Jamie Houseknecht, Program
Coordinator of the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund noted that their group has
a goal of lessening “the unrelenting burden of unpaid bills so cancer patients
worry less about their financial situation and focus their energy on their
health and recovery.”
The CCCF aggress with their goals
and gave grants to both the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund and Clearfield
Cancer Support Inc. to assist them in their efforts.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
was also grateful for their funding which went to the Fresh Express food
distribution program at the Moshannon Valley YMCA.
“Because of you, thousands of
families do not have to choose between paying heating bills or paying for
groceries this winter,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the group.
All of these monies were given as
part of the CCCF’s goal to support various groups that provide services in the
areas of health, education, social welfare, arts/culture, and
They are now excepting applications
for their 2019 grants.
To be eligible for a grant award,
applying agencies/organizations must provide services in local communities and
be located within Clearfield County.
Priority is given to projects that
have potential for long-term impact, support the county’s overall needs, do not
duplicate other services and will aid residents not currently being served.
The grants are funded from money
held by the CCCF in its Community Fund and the CCL Donor Designated Fund for
organizations in Clearfield Borough/Curwensville Borough/Lawrence Township.
These funds were established for
the specific purpose of making grants to worthwhile projects benefiting Clearfield
The deadline for the submission of
grant applications is Sept. 27. Awards
will be announced by January 2020.
Grant application guidelines and forms can be downloaded from the website: www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org.
Agencies can also request an
application and guidelines via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (814)592-7331.
Established in 2004, the Clearfield
County Charitable Foundation is one of more than 300 community foundations in
the United States.
addition to offering their annual grants, the CCCF handles the Sarah Jane
Mattern Fund which provides funding for organizations in Osceola Mills, and
they make annual donations to area food banks from their Basic Needs Fund.
The CCCF is also home for many local charitable endowment funds for various charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community forever. Currently the CCCF has 45 different endowment funds including 14 scholarship funds. As of July 2019, the Charitable Foundation’s assets have a market value over $6 million.
Contributions to any of the Charitable Foundation’s funds may be made at the website through Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
The CCCF welcomes inquiries from
potential donors or those interested in establishing funds to benefit local
communities and organizations.
The family of a well-known and
loved Philipsburg-Osceola athlete has taken steps to ensure her legacy by
setting up a scholarship in her name.
On December 26, Taylor “T-Harp” Harpster died after a car accident on State Route 322 in Philipsburg. She was only 27-years-old.
Taylor described by her father, John Harpster, as “happy go-lucky” was successful in three different sports while in high school.
She made all-star status in
softball as a catcher for three straight years and was on the 2007 PIAA
championship team, led the volleyball team to a District 6 title, and scored
over 1,300 point in basketball.
Playing sports taught her how to
deal with people and when to accept a loss and move on, he said.
As for the scholarship, she would
want to continue to help others, he said.
“The requirements are minimal,”
John said. “You don’t have to be the smartest or most athletic.”
The first of the scholarships will
be given out this semester. The hope is that they will be able to give out two
$1,000 scholarships every year for the unforeseeable future.
The Taylor Harpster “T-Harp”
Memorial Scholarship was established through the Clearfield County Charitable
Foundation which made it easy, John said.
“They were already set up for it
and we didn’t have to go through all the red tape.”
According to the requirements listed for the
award on the website clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org, “this scholarship is
intended for those individuals whose choices and passions reflect those of
T-Harp. She was a team leader and cheerleader. She was always positive in life
John noted that the scholarship is
not limited to colleges but can be used for a trade or nursing school as well.
“This scholarship is something we
feel she would want,” John said.
This notion is seconded by her
former softball coach Jim Gonder who hopes those who are awarded the
scholarship will want to learn more about Taylor.
“She was a great friend, great
student and great teammate. She was special,” he said.
In addition to her sports success
she was a “stellar student” who graduated third in her class in 2010. She went
on to graduate summa cum laude from Lock
in 2014 with an accounting degree.
Some of the things she learned (and
taught others) by playing sports, helped her in life and to become a
“responsible young lady.”
Jim recalled a time that his
daughter had problems with another student. Taylor
“stepped in and took care of it,” he said.
“If you were her friend, you were
always her friend and she stuck up for you.
“We won’t soon forget her.”
Another step to keep her memory
alive was taken when John and his wife, Bobbi, added a special bench honoring
their daughter at the Lady Mountie Softball Complex in Philipsburg on March 29.
“It will stir fond memories and I know people
will sit on it and talk about her,” Jim said.
Both the scholarship and the bench
should keep people thinking about T-Harp for years to come, ensuring that the
memory of this special woman will live on.
Donations for the scholarship can
be made via Paypal at the website clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org by going
to “our funds” and choosing the scholarship fund list. Checks can also be sent
to the CCCF, PO Box 1442, Clearfield,
CCCF is a local charitable endowment that funds charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community
The CCCF has 46 different funds including many local charitable groups and 14 scholarship funds. As of April, the CCCF’s assets are over $6 million.
Anyone interested in starting a fund can call 592-7331.
CLEARFIELD -Among the grants awarded recently by the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, is one for the Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County.
The CAC-CC is an ongoing project providing services and support for children who have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse, according to information provided by the center.
It opened in August of 2016 after a
three-year long effort to start a facility in the county.
County has a high number of child
abuse reports and is often higher than Pennsylvania
as a whole.
Between 2011 and 2015 the numbers
of annual child abuse reports in Clearfield
County increased by more than 120%.
In 2017 there was another increase
with a total of 373 reports with 5.6% substantiated, illustrating how important
the CAC is to our area.
At the grand opening, District
Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. who was key to establishing the center, thanked
PCCD (Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency) Chairman Josh Shapiro,
now Pennsylvania Attorney General, for his assistance in obtaining the grant
funding for the center.
“Without the partnership of CenClear and the
stewardship of PCCD Chairman Josh Shapiro our community would be without this
very valuable tool to fight child abuse,” Shaw Jr. said.
Prior to the establishment of the
CAC, child victims and their families would have to go to either Brookville or State
At the CAC victim interviews are conducted “in
a child-friendly, private room by a trained interview specialist. The rest of
the team observes and records the interview from another room. This allows the
team to hear the child’s disclosure and address any investigative and
protective concerns at one time,” according to the CAC.
The CCCF’s grant will go to supplying educational/outreach
materials, replacement toys and furnishings, and provide snacks for the victims
and their families.
The CCCF is a local charitable endowment that funds charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community forever. It provides a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable interests while keeping administrative expenses to a minimum. All funds go to the local charities.
Currently the Charitable Foundation has 43 different funds including many local charitable groups and 12 scholarship funds. As of December 2018, the CCCF’s assets have a market value close to $6 million.
Contributions to any of the CCCF’s endowment funds may be made at the website www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org through Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
Anyone interested in starting a fund can call 592-7331.
Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently awarded grants to 23 local
community agencies and organizations.
year the Foundation gave out over $20,000. The grant recipients were selected
through a competitive review process of all applications submitted from
had a good variety of applications this year for some excellent projects.
We are very happy to support these most worthwhile programs in our community,”
said Grant Committee Chair Nina Davis.
McMillen, CCCF Board Chairman noted that “the Foundation has reached an asset
size that allows us to continue to increase the amount of money we distribute,
through our competitive grant program, to Clearfield County
“Thanks to all who have generously given (donations) to the Foundation.”
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently (Jan. 2018) awarded grants to 27 local community agencies and organizations.
This year the Foundation gave out over
$18,000. The grant recipients were selected through a competitive review
process from all applications submitted from throughout Clearfield
According to Kevin McMillen,
Foundation President, “the Foundation has reached an asset size that allows us
to continue to increase the amount of money we distribute, through our
competitive grant program, to Clearfield
County charities. Thanks to all who
have generously given (donations) to the Foundation.”
This year’s recipients are:
Agape Community Services in DuBois
got $500 for a Fresh Start program to teach money management skills.
The Bob Perks Cancer Assistance
Fund in State College got $500 to provide gift
cards for food to Clearfield County
Bucktail Council, Boy Scouts of America,
DuBois got $500 for a nutritional and exercise program to combat childhood
Catholic Charities Adoption
Services in DuBois got $500 for a pregnancy and parent support program.
Children’s Aid Society, Clearfield,
received $500 to help them repair their playground.
Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre
(CAST), Clearfield, got $500
for their Seeds of Art Summer Camp.
Clearfield County League on Social
Services received $500 for professional development classes for the public.
The Clearfield County Cancer
Support Group received $500 to provide support to area cancer patients.
Curwensville High School Local
History Class got $500 to create local history signs about the Pennsylvania
Bucktails for Rails to Trails.
Historical Society got $500 to help with the renovations of their museum at the
DuBois Area Historical Society got
$400 to build shelving to store large books, manuscripts and maps.
DuBois Concert Association
received $500 for a student outreach program.
DuBois Nursing Home Auxiliary
received $500 to provide gifts and a Christmas party for residents.
Friends of Curwensville
Lake got $500 to repair their
pavilions and restrooms.
Glen Richey Fireman’s Recreational
Park got $500 to create another
baseball field at their park.
Grampian Lions Club received $500
to provide hearing aids and glasses to people without insurance.
Greater Clearfield Area Chamber of
Commerce will get $500 for a program to help educate 8th grade
students in the Clearfield School
District about employment opportunities in the
Haven House, DuBois, got $500 to
help build a gazebo at their facility.
Living Bread Ministries in Clearfield
received $500 for a refrigerator for their facility.
Orphans of the Storm in
Curwensville received $500 for their pet spay and neuter program.
Penn Highlands Clearfield got $500
for a clinical simulation center for healthcare students.
The Salvation Army posts in Clearfield
and DuBois will each receive $500 for their Ark of Learning programs.
Serving Hands Ministry in DuBois
got $350 to provide support for elderly residents who need help with lawn work
and maintenance for their home.
Susquehanna River Arts Center of
Clearfield County (SRACC) received $385 for Clearfield
School District students to paint
murals in Downtown Clearfield.
Elementary School was awarded $500 for
their Summer READ Challenge program.
These grants were made possible
from money held by the foundation in its Community Fund and the CCL Donor
Designated Fund for organizations in Clearfield Borough/Curwensville
These funds were established for
the specific purpose of making grants to worthwhile projects benefiting Clearfield
The total amount given this year
includes $5,300 for four groups in Osceola Mills from the Sara Jane Mattern
Fund. Each year the Osceola Mills
Church, the Columbia Fire Company,
the Osceola Mills Historical Society and Library are eligible to apply for
CCCF itself is a local charitable endowment that funds charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community
forever. It provides a simple way to fulfill multiple charitable interests
while keeping administrative expenses to a minimum. All funds go to the local
Currently the Foundation has 44 different funds including
many local charitable groups and 12 scholarship funds. As of December 2017, the
Foundation’s assets have a market value close to $4 million.
to the Community Fund, the CCL Donor Designated Fund, the Mattern Fund or any
of the foundation’s endowment funds may be made at the website
Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
in starting a fund can call 592-7331.