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.
Downtown Hazleton’s revitalization is moving ahead full steam on the north side of Broad Street between Wyoming and Laurel streets, where construction crews are working on the future home of Broad and Barrel, an Irish style pub and restaurant that is expected to open in mid 2018. CAN DO, Inc. purchased the building at 21-23 West Broad Street a year ago as part of its continuing commitment to the downtown with plans to renovate it into a beautiful addition to the streetscape and to attract a tenant like the one that will be leasing the building to operate the eatery. “CAN DO is continuing its commitment to the City of Hazleton and Greater Hazleton by investing in our downtown,” said Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO’s president. “The CAN DO Community Foundation has taken an active role in our downtown as well and is investing in its revitalization. When this restaurant opens next year and the Arts Center is completed, it will be a beautiful destination and will attract more people to our center city. CAN DO has been a part of the downtown since the 1990s when we built our headquarters at the intersection of Broad and Church streets."
The CAN DO Community Foundation, at a recent meeting, received a final closeout report from Nancy Stasko on the initial phase of the reclamation of the Little League practice fields at the Correale Stadium complex located at 11th and Monges streets. The practice fields continually experienced rainwater runoff during severe storms. The runoff would erode and wash away the top soil and turf, leaving the fields unsuitable for use. CAN DO Community Foundation was asked to become involved and, over the years, teamed up with Hazleton Little League, the City of Hazleton, Hazle Township and CAN DO to improve the fields needed to meet the increased demand for kids having a desire to learn to play baseball. Working in collaboration with these partners, phase one has been completed. The Foundation’s model is to “adopt” a project and work with partners to secure funding and donated services to accomplish a project.
CAN DO Community Foundation Recognizes “Campership” Benefactors and Contributors at Ferrwood Music Camp
There was a special evening held recently at Ferrwood Music Camp to celebrate 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. 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 Synagogue, blessed the plaque at the music camp during a ceremony that included a resolution by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives presented by Representative Tarah Toohil’s office. It was followed by an open-air concert that featured performances by the 250 student musicians.
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.
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.
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