The CAN DO Community Foundation announced the kick off of its 2019 fund drive, which will benefit non-profit organizations throughout Greater Hazleton.

Since its inception in 1992, the CAN DO Community Foundation has used its mission of conservation, preservation and reclamation to support important projects that benefit the Greater Hazleton community. The Foundation’s support of these projects is made possible in part through generous contributions to the annual fund drive.

CDCF fund drive Earl BergeFor the seventh 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, Melissa Curto, Eugene M. Dougherty, Marybeth Hayden, George R. Hludzik, Mark Imbriaco, Gary F. Lamont, Robert J. Moisey, E. Richard Moore, Kevin O’Donnell, Donald M. Pachence, 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.

Most recently, the Foundation joined CAN DO, it’s sister organization in providing funding that will complete now named CAN DO Community Park at the corner of Broad and Laurel streets. 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 the home the Hazleton Art League and participating in the repurposing of the former “bingo building” on Broad Street for it to become the Hazleton LaunchBox incubator facility.

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, and an adjoining downtown neighborhood residential Historic District Preservation Study.

For more information on the foundation's accomplishments and activities, please visit our web site at

For further information about the foundation or the annual fund drive, please contact Nancy R. Stasko at (570) 455-1508 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..