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2021

  • United Way of Franklin County-Stepping Forward Works – This program will connect individuals with the opportunity to explore in-demand career pathways in the community.
  • WellSpan Summit Physician Services – Community Health Worker: This grant serves as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, and close health care gaps.
  • WellSpan Summit Physician Services – Community Health Worker for the Spanish/Latino population: This grant serves as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the Spanish/Latino population to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, and close health care gaps.
  • Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)—Quest for SEAL: This program is designed to mitigate the district’s lack of mental health intervention services for students in the middle and high schools. By adding a full-time social worker to assist with these issues, the connections between students, parents, teachers, and social service agencies will be provided to the school district.
  • Penn State University- Veterans Equine Riding Program: This program will provide opportunities for veterans to develop physical and relational skills in a non-threatening and motivational environment.
  • Keystone Health- Crisis Intervention Certification- This program will focus on Keystone Health’s staff becoming certified as an approved entity for part of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. They plan to have staff (current and future) receive training and certification from the American Association of Suicidology in order to reduce local suicides and allow them to provide appropriate resources when taking a call through the Lifeline/988 number.
  • CONTACT Helpline- Connect to Home- This program will connect Franklin County residents who are homeless or near homeless with resources to address their housing or homeless concerns.
  • PennCares Support Services- Care to the Caregiver- This project is a series of events to decrease anxiety and depression of family caregivers who care for individuals with disabilities.
  • The Institute- Turning the Page on Movement: StoryWalk® at Pine Hill Recreation Area- This project seeks to increase resources for families and children to engage in playful outdoor movement while enjoying a literacy component.
  • First Start Partnerships for Children and Families, Inc.- The Family Center- This program will focus on creating a stronger community through thriving families and will ready children through a brick and mortar Family Center in Franklin County. The main goal will be to increase the proportion of children who are developmentally ready for school.
  • Slow the Spread Grants- 19 organizations in Franklin County received Slow the Spread grants through WellSpan Health to assist them in maneuvering through the difficulties that COVID-19 presented. $78,376.66 was awarded in total to the organizations between November 2020 and January 2021. The funds supported food, housing, medical, virtual, and sanitation/prevention needs of the grant recipients.
  • Recuperative Care Sites- Summit Endowment will provide funding to start a Recuperative Care Site. A special project application was developed and will focus on the urgency of creating innovative approaches to managing stable individuals being discharged from a hospital for recovery.

2020

United Way of Franklin County – This program will connect individuals with the opportunity to explore in-demand career pathways in the community.

WellSpan Summit Physician Services – Community Health Worker:  This grant serves as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, and close health care gaps.

WellSpan Summit Physician Services – Community Health Worker for the Spanish/Latino population:  This grant serves as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the Spanish/Latino population to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, and close health care gaps.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. – The Gleaning Project for Healthy Outcomes: This grant will expand on the outcomes from the 2010-20 grant with a goal of seeking additional growers, farmers, and community partners to further enable the program to glean more produce that will in turn be distributed to additional families/individuals.

Chambersburg Memorial YMCA LIVESTRONG at the YMCA II– This is an expansion of their 12-week evidenced based program that helps cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis in a small group supportive environment that focuses on physical activity.  Participants will meet two times per week for 90 minutes each session.  Three 12-week sessions are planned for the first year.  Instructors perform functional assessments in week one and participants will receive an individualized exercise program.  The Livestrong Program is offered free of charge to participants.

Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)—Quest for SEAL: This program is designed to mitigate the district’s lack of mental health intervention services for students in the middle and high schools. By adding a full-time social worker to assist with these issues, the connections between students, parents, teachers, and social service agencies will be provided to the school district.

Keystone Rural Health Center- Stepping Stone to Better Health: This program will improve the health of the population by collaborating with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and providing medically tailored food boxes to Keystone’s food insecure, uncontrolled diabetic patients.

Penn State University- Veterans Equine Riding Program: This program will provide opportunities for veterans to develop physical and relational skills in a non-threatening and motivational environment.

Franklin County Library System- Check Out Our Backyard: This program will assemble backpacks for adults and youth to be checked out for exploring and hiking in the surrounding area of each of their six branches.

Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)—Kindergarten Camp:This program will help learners who demonstrate the need to strengthen skills that are needed to be a successful kindergarten learner.

Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)—Wonderwalk for Preschoolers: This program will provide the opportunity for families to participate in a 75-minute Wonderwalk, which will increase language and discovery associated with the senses and observe and focus on nature.

Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)— Read to Me: Dialogic Reading for Family Engagement: This program will increase family engagement overall by introducing caregivers to dialogic reading, which involves an adult and child having a discussion about what they are reading.

United Way of Franklin County- Born Learning Academy: This program will utilize research-driven resources to help families provide the appropriate level of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development to be ready and successful in school.

WellSpan Chambersburg Heart Failure Clinic- Low Sodium Food Pantry: This program will be staffed with a dietician and will provide food and educational tools to help encourage healthy nutrition in their population of heart failure clients.

2019

Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. Downtown Farmers

Market: Market in the Park – The market, held for 20 consecutive Saturdays at Main Street Park from May 25 through October 5, offers residents fresh, local produce at reasonable prices. Presentations are held the first Saturday of the month on food preparation, and a community health nurse is available on the second Saturday of each month to answer health-related questions and offer free blood pressure screenings.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. – The Gleaning Project for Healthy Outcomes

This grant expands on the original outcomes from the 2017-18 grant with a goal of seeking additional growers, farmers, and community partners to further enable the program to glean more produce that will be distributed to additional families/individuals.

Chambersburg Memorial YMCA – LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

Participants meet for a 90-minute session, twice a week. Three 12-week sessions are planned. Instructors perform functional assessments in week one and participants receive an individualized exercise program. This program is offered at no charge to participants.

Noah’s House Recovery Homes – Gracie’s Place

Noah’s House offers a home to 15 males in Franklin County conducive to long-term recovery through a loving, supportive environment. Noah’s House offers an atmosphere of accountability and support, navigating clients to supporting agencies that address drug or alcohol addiction, mental health, and physical needs. Noah’s House promotes long-term recovery through optimal opportunities that will result in change.

Summit Physician Services-Community Health Worker Program

This program will serve as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, close health care gaps.

Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation (WABEC)

This program is designed to mitigate the district’s lack of mental health intervention services for students in the middle and high schools. By adding a full-time social worker to assist with these issues, the connections between students, parents, teachers, and social service agencies will be provided to the school district.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.-Poverty Simulations

This program will highlight how poverty impacts the social determinants of health by helping participants see the impact that poverty has on health through group poverty simulations.

Shippensburg University Foundation-Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition

This program will provide weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food for children and their families with food insecurity in the Shippensburg Area School District. The food selected will include fruits and vegetables. The program was awarded an Accelerating Community Impact Grant in 2018 as well as a Level I grant in 2019.

Happy Feet Walking Parties at the Franklin County Housing Authority-WellSpan Health

This program will engage Franklin County Housing Authority community members in a 4-week walking program to increase physical activity levels in program participants.

2018

Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc. Downtown Farmers

Market: Market in the Park – The market, held for 20 consecutive Saturdays at Main Street Park from May 26 through October 6, offers residents fresh, local produce at reasonable prices. Presentations are held the first Saturday of the month on food preparation, and a community health nurse is available on the second Saturday of each month to answer health-related questions and offer free blood pressure screenings.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. – The Gleaning Project for Healthy Outcomes

This grant expands on the original outcomes from the 2017-18 grant with a goal of seeking additional growers, farmers, and community partners to further enable the program to glean more produce that will be distributed to additional families/individuals.

Chambersburg Memorial YMCA – LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

This grant provides a 12-week evidence-based program to help cancer survivors reclaim their health and wellbeing in a small group environment with a focus on physical activity.

Waynesboro Area YMCA – LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

This grant provides a 12-week evidence-based program to help cancer survivors reclaim their health and wellbeing in a small group environment with a focus on physical activity.

Chambersburg Memorial YMCA – LIVESTRONG at the YMCA II

This is an expansion of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Participants meet for a 90-minute session, twice a week. Three 12-week sessions are planned. Instructors perform functional assessments in week one and participants receive an individualized exercise program. This program is offered at no charge to participants.

Waynesboro YMCA – LIVESTRONG at the YMCA II

This is an expansion of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Participants meet for a 90-minute session, twice a week. Three 12-week sessions are planned. Instructors perform functional assessments in week one and participants receive an individualized exercise program. This program is offered at no charge to participants.

Noah’s House Recovery Homes – Recovery and Support Services

Noah’s House offers a home to 15 males in Franklin County conducive to long-term recovery through a loving, supportive environment. Noah’s House offers an atmosphere of accountability and support, navigating clients to supporting agencies that address drug or alcohol addiction, mental health, and physical needs. Noah’s House promotes long-term recovery through optimal opportunities that will result in change.

Summit Physician Services-Community Health Worker Program

This program will serve as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, close health care gaps.

Shippensburg University Foundation-Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition

This program will provide weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food for children and their families with food insecurity in the Shippensburg Area School District. The food selected will include fruits and vegetables. The program was awarded an Accelerating Community Impact Grant in 2018 as well as a Level I grant in 2019.

2017

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.

The Gleaning Project - This is a community engagement initiative designed to feed and nourish the under-resourced of Franklin County with fresh locally grown produce that would otherwise be wasted.

Summit Physician Services/Waynesboro Hospital

Franklin County Paramedic Collaborative - The Medic Unit, based out of Waynesboro, provides daily coverage 4 hours Monday through Friday, scheduling appointments based on referrals, following discharged patients, drawing blood, performing environmental safety checks or completing medication  reconciliations. 

Waynesboro Community and Human Services

Community Nurse Project Expansion - This program will provide professional health care services in the home for low income residents, educate clients about their health problems and related positive self-care practices, and focus outreach to community organizations to obtain basic human supports such as health insurance and transportation.

Summit Physician Services

Community Health Worker Program - This program will serve as a link or liaison between the health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services, increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency, improve quality and cultural competence of service delivery, close health care gaps.

Chambersburg Hispanic American Center

Prepare Your Child for Preschool or Kindergarten at Home - This grant will offer a 5-week, 10 session bilingual program for low-income Hispanic parents of infants and toddlers that will enable them to create activities at home promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development of their children.

Noah's House Recovery Homes

Recovery and Support Services - Noah’s House offers a home to 15 males in Franklin County that is conducive to long-term recovery through a loving, supportive environment. Noah’s house offers an atmosphere of accountability and support, navigating everyone to supporting agencies that will address drug/alcohol, mental health, and physical needs.  Noah’s House will promote long-term recovery through optimal opportunities that will result in change.

Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition

Hound Packs Program - This program will provide weekend backpacks filled with nutritious food for children and their families with food insecurity in the Shippensburg Area School District. The food selected will include fruits and vegetables. Volunteers from partnerships will purchase, pick up, prepare, and deliver the backpacks to Shippensburg schools.  Families will be selected by the school guidance counselors.  The children will pick up their Hound Pack at the end of the day on Friday and return the empty bag on Monday.

2016

Homes for America for the Senior Nutrition Program.  This grant provides a senior nutrition program to residents of the Tower at Falling Spring.  The program partners with local farmers markets and restaurants to provide weekly continental breakfasts and bi-monthly meals from October through March.

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Kids POP Club.  This grant has helped expands the Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club at North Square Farmers Market to empower kids to make healthy eating choices and educate them about where their foods comes from.

Summit Health Community Health for the Eat Well, Play Hard program.  This grant targets Head Start classes and focuses on improving nutrition and physical activity behaviors of preschool-aged children, their families, and caregivers.  It includes educational strategies and skill-building activities to promote behavior change to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, decrease electronic screen time, and increase physical activity.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for the Double Dollars Project.  This grant partners SCCAP and the North Square Farmers Market to offer double dollars for produce purchased using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and also pilot a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in cooperation with local farms.  The initiative works to increase produce consumption among individuals eligible for SNAP benefits.  It encourages SNAP recipients to purchase fresh, local produce from regional markets by doubling their purchasing power through a match of up to $10 per visit on SNAP-eligible purchases.

Summit Physician Services and Waynesboro Hospital for the Paramedic Collaborative.  This grant provides patients who could benefit from periodic monitoring, such as those recently discharged from the hospital, an improved quality of life by conducting checks to decrease potential hospital readmissions.  Services provided through this program include home safety checks and reconciliation of medications.

Summit Health Community Health for the “Prevent T2” diabetes prevention program.  This grant provides an evidence-based program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote lifestyle change and prevent diabetes.  The goal is to implement a year-long community health program in partnership with primary care offices and Franklin County employers for people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  The program helps those people make lifestyle changes such s increasing physical activity, eating healthier, learning to problem solve, and equipping them with healthy coping skills.

Waynesboro Community and Human Services for the Community Nurse Program.  This grant has helped expand home nursing care services to include the Borough of Mont Alto, South Mountain, Blue Ridge Summit, and Quincy Township.  The program previously was available only within the Borough of Waynesboro.  The Community Nurse Program assists vulnerable individuals who, for varying reasons, may have difficulty traveling to a doctor’s office by providing long or short- term nursing services.  Services are provided daily, weekly, monthly, or occasionally.

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Truancy Intervention Project, “Check and Connect.”  This program is supplemented by Early Intervention strategies to reduce truancy and help increase high school graduation rates.  The program has been implemented at Chambersburg elementary, middle, and high schools through collaboration with Chambersburg Area School District.

South Central Community Action programs, Inc. for The Gleaning Project.  The goal of this project is to provide the under-resources population of Franklin County with fresh, locally grown produce to help reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and prevent produce from going to waste.  In 2015, approximately 300,000 pounds of fresh, local produce was donated from 80 farms, orchards, and personal gardens.  The fresh fruits and vegetables were then distributed for free to more than 23,000 community members in need with assistance from 70 community partners.

2015

Mental Health Association for the QPR Gatekeeper Training. This grant will be used to make training available to seven hundred community members. They will learn to identify the warning signs of suicide, understand the underlying problems that lead people to choose suicide as a solution, learn intervention techniques, and how to make appropriate referrals.

Homes for America for the Senior Nutrition Program. This grant will be used to provide a senior nutrition program to the residents at the Tower at Falling Spring. They will partner with local farmers markets and restaurants to provide weekly continental breakfasts and bi-monthly meals from October through March.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for Community Engagement on Poverty and Health. This grant will be used to engage the community on poverty and health through conversations and community events. 

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Kids POP Club. This grant will be used to expand the Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club at the North Square Farmers Market in order to empower kids to make healthy eating choices and introduce them to where their food comes from.

Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness for the Healthy Eating Adventure. This grant will be used to reduce obesity rates among adults and increase the amount of vegetables in diets of people age two and older.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for the Gleaning Project. This grant will be used to feed and nourish the under-resourced population of Franklin County with fresh, locally grown produce that would otherwise be wasted.

Waynesboro Community and Human Services for the Community Nurse Program. This grant will be used to expand its home nursing care services to include Mont Alto, South Mountain, Blue Ridge Summit, and Quincy Township.

Summit Physician Services and Waynesboro Hospital for the Paramedic Collaborative. This grant will be used to improve the quality of life for patients recently discharged from the hospital through monitoring to decrease potential readmissions, conducting home safety checks, and reconciling medications.

Keystone Health for the Behavioral Health Mentoring Program. This grant will be used to decrease the no-show and appointment cancellation rates, as well as assign a mentor who will assist with any roadblocks to attending appointments while providing mental health support, assistance with transportation resources, insurance, and other issues impeding appointment attendance.

Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living for the Vegetable Literacy at Fulton Farm program. This grant will be used to expand the summer on-farm program, the North Square Farmers Market program, as well as further develop this curriculum, facilitate programs, and improve assessment tools specific to nutrition and on-farm education.

Boys & Girls Club for the Triple Play program. This grant will be used to increase knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition, and physical fitness in children and youth. It also aims to help children increase their daily physical activity, increase their ability to interact positively with all youth and engage in healthy relationships, and to develop leadership skills.

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Go Girls Go program. This grant will be used to increase mental health and wellness by bringing girls together for pro-social bonding, mentoring, and education through health and fitness. It also aims to keep girls participating in organized sporting activities and interested in fitness activities, which will significantly affect the incidence of depressive disorders.

Mental Health Association for Wellness Awareness. This grant will be used to increase awareness of suicide as preventable and adolescent mental health concerns as treatable. It also aims to decrease the number and rate of suicides in Franklin County, and to increase connection to appropriate mental health resources.

Renfrew Museum & Park for the Eating With Your Ancestors program. This grant will be used to teach healthy nutrition to families who have young children. Families will learn how to choose, grow, prepare, and cook healthy foods, thus promoting weight loss and helping to reduce childhood obesity.  

2014

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc (SCCAP) will use grant for The Gleaning Program to provide access to fresh fruits & vegetables from local farmers, orchards, etc. that are willing to donate their remaining crops to be gleaned so that they can be utilized at sites including the SCCAP food pantries throughout Franklin County, the Franklin County Homeless Shelter, soup kitchens, etc. for use by low-income community members.

Keystone Health’s Behavioral Health program received two separate grant awards.

One grant will be used for a Behavioral Health Mentoring program. The grant will be used to develop a pilot project for 12 to15 adults, identified by Keystone Family Medicine and referred to Keystone Behavioral Health. The project will provide those adults with a level of advocacy/mentoring that will decrease the percent of people with a mental health condition who do not attend their first scheduled behavioral health appointment thereby increasing the number of people who receive mental health care.

Keystone Health’s Behavioral Health program will use grant for the Stress-Less for Healthy Living program. The grant is to be used to expand group therapy to help individuals with mental disorders deal with their illness and the stress it causes and develop positive life skills in the area of nutrition and fitness.

Shippensburg Produce & Outreach will use grant to reduce food insecurity for low-income seniors who can not access local resources by providing fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhoods; increasing residents access to fresh local produce with higher nutritional values as part of the Senior Housing Site Delivery Project.

Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living will use grant for Vegetable Literacy at Fulton Farm to expand curriculum specifically for children visiting Fulton Farm that addresses nutrition deficiencies, increases Vegetable Literacy and the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables for Franklin County children, especially our most vulnerable children.

CONTACT Helpline will use grant to help expand the 2-1-1 information phone line program, which provides access to health and human services information and support to those with mental health challenges.

Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness (MacWell)’s Healthy Eating Adventure will use grant to provide three Healthy Eating Adventures throughout the county, and monitor biometric data for participants.

Waynesboro Community and Human Services will use grant to expand and merge free community nursing in Washington Township and the Borough of Waynesboro to help individuals – especially those who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured manage their acute and chronic medical conditions in their homes.

Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition will use grant for the Summer Lunch Program at Katie’s Place to expand quality social services and youth programs that are accessible and safe, including four health education field trips.

House of Grace will use grant for a variety of approaches to nutrition and exercise. The proposed program will address the multiple health issues experience by participants.

Renfrew Museum and Park will use grant for the Renfrew Walking Program to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for people with cardiovascular conditions to exercise via walking; several options on walking trails and paths will be offered; trails will be marked and mapped. Participants will measure distances and record progress.

2013

Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center – To establish a site in Franklin County to provide forensic interviews and specialized medical exams to children when an allegation of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or witness to violence is reported to law enforcement.

Chambersburg Hospital – To hold an autism awareness fair with educational lectures.

Chambersburg Hospital Research Department – To provide the first month of essential medications to cardiac interventional patients who are uninsured or underinsured until they are able to secure or become eligible for other financial aid.

CONTACT Helpline – To increase access to health and human service information and support those with mental health challenges by bringing helpline services to Franklin County via implementation of 2-1-1 telephone number.

Drew Michael Taylor Foundation – To expand the foundation’s grief and loss lending library.

Healthy Communities Partnership – To provide eye-catching, youth-friendly and relevant posters throughout Franklin County secondary schools to address adolescent substance use and risky behavior.

The House of Grace – To utilize a variety of approaches to improve nutrition and exercise. The program addresses the multiple health issues experienced by participants at the House of Grace.

Keystone Health-Dental Care – To place a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner in our community to provide tooth decay prevention education at birthing classes, at the school district’s kindergarten enrollment nights and though other local agencies.

Keystone Health-Behavioral Health – To offer group therapy to help individuals with mental disorders deal with their illness and the stress it causes and develop positive life skills in the areas of nutrition and fitness.

LIFE Lutheran Services, Inc. – To elevate awareness of the risks of diabetes and encourage behaviors that help LIFE program
participants monitor and control their own conditions.

Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 (LIU12) – To prevent obesity and disease by adding a Zumba instructor and a nutritional family program to the Summer School of Excellence program (P3-12th) focused on migrant and English language learner populations.

Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Inc. – To expand a Diabetes screening program to five pharmacy sites throughout Franklin County.

Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness – To promote healthy eating among community members at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition – To expand quality social services and youth programs that are accessible and safe, including four health education field trips.

Summit Health Community Health – To supplement weight loss education with technology that supports individuals in achieving weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight by using FitBit, a monitoring device that syncs with smart phones.

Waynesboro Community & Human Services – To expand free community nursing to Washington Township to help low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents manage their acute and chronic medical problems in their homes.