The CAN DO Community Foundation

The CAN DO Community Foundation is locally owned and sponsored. Originated in 1992 through the efforts of CAN DO, Inc. (the Community Area New Development Organization), the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization exempt for federal income tax under Section 501C(3) under the Internal Revenue Code and is designated a public charity.

Through this authority, the Foundation supports worthwhile community projects that can make a difference and improve the Greater Hazleton community. The Foundation attracts and manages funds from a broad spectrum of donors with the desire to have their gift applied to CPR with the ultimate goal of making a positive difference to the present and future well-being of the Hazleton area.

Community Foundation News

Historic Marker Dedicated at Ferrwood Music Camp

  Ferrwood Music Camp held a dedication of a historic marker followed by an open-air concert on July 14. Father Anthony, Generose of Queen of Heaven Church, Reverend Earl Roberts lll of Lattimer United Methodist Church and Richard Kline, Chairman of the Ritual Committee of Agudas Israel Syngogue, blessed the plaque at the music camp. The music camp has been the venue for music instruction and outdoor activities for youth since 1967. It is tucked away in Drums on Middle Road near the Drums Elementary School.

CAN DO Community Foundation Holds 25th Annual Meeting, Celebrates at Ferrwood

  The CAN DO Community Foundation marked its 25th anniversary with a celebration Friday at Ferrwood Music Camp. The Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary since the music camp was first held at Ferrwood. The event included a blessing and dedication of the historic marker commemorating the camp as a National Register of Historical Places property. It was followed by an open-air concert that featured performances by the student musicians. The Foundation has spent many years overseeing the restoration of Ferrwood. Thanks to the support of the community; donated labor and materials; contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and unions; and various grants, the foundation is successful in its continuing effort of restoring the local landmark located in Drums.

Historic Marker to be Dedicated at Ferrwood Music Camp

 A historic marker commemorating the Ferrwood Music Camp being selected for the National Register of Historic Places will be dedicated on Friday, July 14 at the music camp in Drums. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places that have been deemed worthy of preservation. The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will begin at 4:45 p.m. when the Reverend Anthony Generose and the Reverend Earl Roberts will conduct a brief ceremony to bless the bronze marker. The dedication will be part of a 25th anniversary celebration for the CAN DO Community Foundation, a major supporter of the music camp.

CAN DO Community Foundation holds Board of Directors meeting

The CAN DO Community Foundation recently held its Board of Directors meeting at the Freeland YMCA and got a first-hand look at the restoration and improvements that have been made to the building’s façade as a result of the foundation’s involvement. The Freeland community requested the foundation’s assistance and over the past few years, the foundation has worked with the Freeland YMCA, to secure funding for the restoration of the façade and the support of a youth after school program.

Four Penn State Hazleton students receive CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship

Penn State Hazleton students Aaron Kacyon, Devon Dercole, Brittney Saccketti and Bernardo Becerra each recently received a CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship in recognition of the foundation’s annual support of local college students. Kacyon is a senior majoring in information sciences and technology. He is the son of Sherry and Brian Kacyon, Fern Glen.Dercole is a first-year student studying developmental psychology and pre-medicine. She is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and the daughter of Andrea Dercole and Mario Dercole, Hazleton. She works as a caregiver at a local childcare center. Saccketti will receive her degree in business with a concentration in marketing and management in May. She is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and is the daughter of Patricia and Albert Saccketti, Freeland. Becerra is a sophomore accounting major, He is the son of Sandy Peirce and a graduate of Solanco High School in Lancaster County. The CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship honors and recognizes outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student enrolled at the Hazleton campus of Penn State University. It is awarded annually at the Highacres Society Dinner. The scholarship is specifically designated for a student from Greater Hazleton. Full- and part-time students who have attained high academic achievement at the end of their second semester are considered for the award. Continuing education students receive special consideration.