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.
Madeline Vetter recently received a CAN DO Community Foundation Scholarship in recognition of the foundation’s annual support of local college students. Vetter is the daughter of Dawn and Harry Vetter, Hazleton, and a 2015 Marian High School graduate. A first-year student at Penn State Hazleton, Vetter is studying in the university’s Division of Undergraduate Studies program. 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 CAN DO Community Foundation sponsored a historical marker at the Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue site to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the day two coal miners trapped in a mine cave-in were rescued.
Seven local incoming seniors have been awarded their certification for successfully completing the Junior Leadership of Greater Hazleton program as Edgar L. Dessen Community Service Award recipients. The students graduated from the Junior Leadership 2014-15 program and are now recognized as “Dessen scholars.”
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.
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