Since 1992, the CAN DO Community Foundation has aided numerous non-profit organizations throughout Greater Hazleton through its mission of conservation, preservation and reclamation. The Foundation’s support of these projects is made possible in part through generous contributions to the annual fund drive.
This week, the Foundation kicked off its 2018 drive in hopes of increasing its endowment so it’s able to continue supporting important projects that benefit the community.
For the sixth consecutive year, Earl C. Berger will serve as chairman of the annual fund drive. He will be assisted by the following committee chairpersons and committee members: Matthew B. Bayzick, Eugene M. Dougherty, Dr. Anthony Falvello, George R. Hludzik, Mark Imbriaco, Gary F. Lamont, Robert J. Moisey, E. Richard Moore, Kevin O’Donnell, Donald M. Pachence, John Patton CPA, Lonnie Polli, E. Thomas Sandrock, Krista Schneider, John J. Spevak, Chris Stamatopoulos and Nancy R. Stasko.
Since its founding, the CAN DO Community Foundation’s endowment has grown from numerous sources including the donation of real estate, individual and corporate gifts, memorial donations, foundations and investment income.
The Foundation’s mission is to select projects that will benefit from conservation, preservation and reclamation of distressed landscape and historic and other locally significant buildings. “CPR – Breathing New Life into Our Community” is the foundation’s slogan, referring to its mission.
The foundation supports worthwhile community projects that make a difference and improve the Greater Hazleton community.
Among the many projects the Foundation is currently supporting are the Ferrwood Camp, Sofia Coxe House in Drifton, the Freeland YMCA, the Greater Hazleton Historical Society on Wyoming Street, the Saint Gabriel House and an adjoining downtown neighborhood residential Historic District Preservation Study. Additionally, the Foundation has been assisting the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress with several revitalization projects in the downtown, including: helping to fund the completion of Phase II renovations on the former Security Savings building that will become a community art center, contributing funds toward the Launch Box incubator facility and facade renovations on the property at 21-23 W. Broad Street that will become the home of Irish-style pub and eatery Broad and Barrel and, along with CAN DO, providing “naming rights” funding that will complete the proposed landscape development at the park adjoining the art center at the corner of Broad and Laurel streets.
For more information on the foundation's accomplishments and activities, please visit our web site at www.candocommunityfoundation.com.