The Children’s Home Fund, Family and Children Services of Lebanon County Fund, The Kids Trust Fund, and Perry County Community Foundation award $97,411 in grant funds to 32 organizations. 
HARRISBURG, PA (June 22, 2021)— The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announces that $97,411 in grant funds have been awarded to 32 nonprofit organizations through four competitive grant opportunities.
“The most rewarding part of what we do, is seeing our donors’ charitable contributions go back into the community and serve those who need it most,” says Janice Black, president and CEO of TFEC. “The impact of these funds will be felt throughout our entire geographic footprint.”
The grants were awarded through the Children’s Home Fund, Family & Children Services of Lebanon County Fund, The Kids Trust Fund, and Perry County Community Foundation.
Children’s Home Foundation Fund – The mission of the Children’s Home Foundation Fund, a fund of TFEC, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. In accordance with its mission, this opportunity prioritizes human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing, and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts.
Seven grantees were awarded a total of $29,000 for the following programs and projects:
  • Capital Area Head Start, a division of Keystone Services Systems – $3,000 to provide emergency assistance for Head Start families
  • Dauphin County CASA – $6,000 to sustain work for the next year and support disadvantaged children in Dauphin County
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA – $4,000 for programs benefiting children & youth at Camp Curtin & East Shore branches
  • Open Stage Harrisburg – $6,000 for free access to theatre and theatre education for disadvantaged youth
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region, Inc. – $2,000 for Fruit and Fun Extended-A year-round extension of the Fruit and Fun programs
  • The Center for Advanced School Teaching and Learning – $5,000 for musical enrichment to address the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of disadvantaged students
  • World Affairs Council of Harrisburg – $3,000 to support the Global Scholars Education and Enrichment Program for disadvantaged youth in the city of Harrisburg and surrounding areas
Family & Children Services of Lebanon County Fund – The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund, a fund of TFEC, awards grants to nonprofit, social service agencies in support of projects which serve families and children in Lebanon County.
A total of $13,593.00 was distributed to seven organizations for the following programs and projects:
  • Child Care Consultants, Inc. – $1,376.80 for Connections to Caregiving
  • Girls on the Run Lancaster – $2,000 for A Village of Support: Girls on the Run
  • Lebanon Family Health Services, Inc. – $3,216.20 for the Be the One Parenting Program- virtual format
  • The Cedar Foundation of the Lebanon School District – $1,000 to purchase new winter coats for homeless children in the Lebanon School District
  • On-Fire Youth Ministry, Inc. – $1,500 for Make It Together (M.I.T)
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region, Inc. – $2,500 for the Lebanon County Fruit and Fun Program
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA – $2,000 for RMHC of Central PA supports Lebanon County families
The Kids Trust Fund –The Kids Trust Fund, a fund of TFEC created by and in memory of Gary L. Houck, Jr. provides support and services to young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Its mission is to help young children of abuse grow up in a happy, safe, and exciting environment, and this grant opportunity seeks to support child-focused programs and services in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.
The Kids Trust Fund awarded a total of $32,000 to seven organizations for the following programs and projects:
  • Center For Advanced School Teaching and Learning (Fiscal Sponsor): Rapid Response Team – $1,000 for Rapid Response Project – targeted social worker support
  • Children Aid Society, Southern PA District, Church of Brethren – $6,000 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery
  • Dauphin County CASA – $10,000 for Dauphin County CASA
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA of the Northern Dauphin County Branch – $3,500 for the mentoring program
  • Hoffman Homes, Inc. – $2,500 for clinical resource library replenishment
  • Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $7,500 for trauma-informed support groups for child sexual abuse survivors
  • Summer Program for Youth – $1,500 for music therapy sessions
Perry County Community Foundation – The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a regional foundation of TFEC, which seeks 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 Perry County. Through its grantmaking, PCCF invests in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems and supports projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term.
  • PCCF awarded a total of $22,818 to eleven organizations for the following programs and projects:
  • Capital Area Girls on the Run – $1,870 for Program Support for Capital Area Girls on the Run in Perry County
  • Center For Advanced School Teaching and Learning – $2,000 for Early Childhood Rapid Response Team
  • CONTACT Helpline – $2,000 for Emotional Listening Support
  • Duncannon Senior Citizens Center – $1,824 to feed the hungry with education, nutrition, balanced meals, and healthy choices for our seniors and community
  • Employment Skills Center – $2,000 for Nurse Aide Training for residents of Perry County
  • Heartbeat Community Services – $624 for Abstinence Education and Self-Respect in Relationships
  • Join Hands Ministry – $2,000 for rural poor outreach and empowerment – Back2School
  • Leaf Project Inc. – $2,000 for Cultivating Youth Leaders; Feeding Our Community
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region – $2,500 for Connecting with Seniors
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania – $3,500 for RMHC of Central PA supports Perry County families
  • The David and Libby Rosen Center for Healthy Families – $2,500 for Extending the Classroom Beyond the School Campus
All awarded projects will take place from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, and all grant recipients are registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations or utilize a fiscal sponsor. To learn how to apply to these or other TFEC opportunities, visit and select nonprofits/current grant opportunities, to review the timeline, service area, and funding priorities of each grant opportunity.
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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), a community foundation, inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations. TFEC has been serving the South Central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area for 100 years. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Community Foundation. For more information on TFEC, please visit
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