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

Foundation announces Dessen community service awards

The CAN DO Community Foundation announced the selection of seven area students as recipients of the Edgar L. Dessen Community Service Award. The Dessen award is a scholarship that allows community-minded juniors from high schools located in the CAN DO service area the opportunity to enroll in the Junior Leadership of Greater Hazleton program. The Edgar L. Dessen Community Service Award is available to incoming juniors from Hazleton Area High School, Immanuel Christian School, Marian Catholic High School, MMI Preparatory School and Weatherly Area High School.

CAN DO Foundation Scholarship

The CAN DO Community Foundation Award at Penn State Hazleton is awarded annually at the annual Highacres Society Dinner. This scholarship honors and recognizes outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student enrolled in the baccalaureate degree in business at the Hazleton campus of Penn State University. 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. The CAN DO Community Foundation Award is given for one academic year, and a recipient is able to be considered for the scholarship again through continued academic achievement. The Penn State Hazleton Scholarship Commitee selects the recipients of the scholarship.  The 2013 recipients of the scholarship were Marsha R. Murphy, Brittany A. Saccketti, Amanda L. Spitzer and Victoria M. Vetter.

Scholarship recipient offers thanks to foundation

The CAN DO Community Foundation recently received this letter of appreciation, posted here with permission.   My name is Jennifer Sando and I am a student at Penn State Hazleton majoring in Medical Laboratory Science. I will be graduating this Spring semester and currently hold a 3.6 overall GPA. I am a recipient of the CAN DO scholarship for the 2013/2014 school year. I would like to take this time to thank you for your generosity. Along with being a full time student, I am a mother of two young children and currently working three jobs. Your contribution means so much to students such as myself that are working around the clock to better their lives and the lives of their families. It is because of men and women such as yourself that assist in allowing that student to become successful. Your generosity gives a student like me the motivation to go on and the strength to continue toward the future. With deepest gratitude.... Thank you.  Jennifer Sando

CAN DO Community Foundation presents fifth annual Joseph Yenchko Awards to Ferrwood students

The CAN DO Community Foundation recently presented the fifth annual Joseph Yenchko Awards – scholarships named for the first CAN DO employee – to six area students to attend Ferrwood Music Camp. Foundation President Gary F. Lamont announced that the awards were presented to: Melissa Clatch of Drums, a student at Drums Elementary/Middle School; Sarah Habel of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School; Hannah Kunetz of Hazle Township, a student at McAdoo Kelayres; Megan Novak of Freeland, a student at Freeland Elementary/Middle School; Dustin Snyder of White Haven, a student at Freeland Elementary/Middle School; and Angelina Umbriac of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School.