Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation
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In 1986, Mechanicsburg community leaders established the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation (MACF) to build permanent endowments to benefit the Mechanicsburg area’s ZIP codes of 17055 and 17050. MACF decided to affiliate itself as a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities to help minimize the expenses associated with creating an independent community foundation. The MACF Advisory Committee provides insight on local issues to strengthen fundraising and grantmaking efforts for the benefit of Mechanicsburg area residents.
Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation currently manages 77 funds with assets totaling $6,146,524 (12/31/22).
Patricia Herring, Chair
Amy Bockis, Vice Chair
Murrel Walters III
Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Robert E. Caplan, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, serve as ex officios on all committees.
Foster M. Berkheimer
Patrica ‘Tita’ Eberly
Linda Mohler Humes
Charles E. Shields, Sr. (posthumously)
Milton Weber (posthumously)
MACF conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg area (zip codes 17050 & 17055). MACF’s strategic grantmaking focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems, and to support projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. The overarching goal is to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Mechanicsburg area.
2023 Advisory Committee Directed Grants Total: $62,840.59
The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties
The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties will use this grant to provide life-saving equipment and training for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). This project will positively impact the health, safety, and quality of life for the people who work and live in the Mechanicsburg Area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
The grant will support Mechanicsburg-area matches made through the school-based youth mentoring program. Big Brothers Big Sisters evidence-based programs promote positive school engagement and educational success.
Blue Mountain Escape, Inc.
Blue Mountain Escape strives to provide the Mechanicsburg Community with safe, structured housing and recovery services for victims of substance use disorders that focus on women, pregnant and postpartum women, and women with children. Funds will support emergency basic needs and workforce development programs.
Cumberland County Library System Foundation
The Cumberland County Library System Foundation will use this grant to support the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library’s School Readiness & Enhancement Programs. These programs ensure that children are ready to start school and prepared to succeed once they enroll.
The grant will support Cumberland Street Reach-Mechanicsburg, which helps to address the community issue of homelessness in Mechanicsburg, PA by providing support, services, and referrals to those who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Employment Skills Center
The grant will support a project that provides Nurse Aide and Emergency Medical Technician Training, free of charge, to residents of Mechanicsburg. This training will address the critical need for frontline healthcare workers.
Girls on the Run Mid State PA
GOTR Mid State PA supports the mental, emotional, social and physical health of girls in grades 3-8 in Mechanicsburg through evidence-based out of school time programs that teach girls skills to navigate life with confidence. This grant will support positive holistic health outcomes for girls.
Homeland Hospice will use this grant to support the In-Home Relief Program, which offers up to 32 hours per month of additional care at no charge to the patient.
Hospice of Central PA
This grant will support complementary therapies, like palliative massage, and community bereavement support which address the stress and difficulties facing patients and their families at the end of life.
Junior Achievement of South Central PA
Junior Achievement of South Central PA will use this grant to support students in the Mechanicsburg and Cumberland Valley School Districts participation in Junior Achievement programs during the 2023-24 school year.
Mechanicsburg Art Center
The Art Center School & Galleries is committed to the safety of our artists. These funds will support installing HEPA Air Filters in the Barn. This promotes a studio environment free from silica dust and the risk of silicosis caused by working with pottery, ceramics, and glass.
New Hope Ministries
Grant funds will be used to assist low-income Mechanicsburg residents who lack essential needs such as food, heat, utilities, and transportation. In addition to providing basic needs, New Hope Ministries will work with guests to achieve stability in their lives.
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research
This grant will support the Science Program and Research Coach (SPARC) mobile science program to increase the number of students engaging with STEM education and careers by bringing biomedical concepts, hands-on activities, and career pathway guidance to Mechanicsburg schools and afterschool programs.
Vickie’s Angel Walk Inc.
These funds will alleviate financial stress for families affected by a cancer diagnosis and active treatment by providing financial assistance to help families remain stable during a loss of income or savings.
2022 Total Grants Awarded*: $279,595
*Includes grants directed by donors and grants directed by Advisory Committee.
2022 Scholarships Total: $58,655 | 25 students
- Seidle Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Cynthia L. Coller Memorial Scholarship
- Erik J. Fullas Scholarship for Wrestlers
- Carol Hoy Scholarship
- Judith A. Ingram Memorial Scholarship
- Ken and Romaine Kauffman Scholarship
- Mechanicsburg Area High School Alumni Association Fund
- Harry A. Berkheimer Lineman of the Year Scholarship
- Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg Charitable Fund
- William Murray Foundation Scholarship Fund
- Operation Wildcat Scholarship
- Dorothy M. Peele Scholarship Fund
- Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship
- Charles Shields Scholarship
- Singiser Family Fund
- Richard N. Wevodau Scholarship