Community Partnerships RC&D explores different funding options

Organization celebrates 25th anniversary

LEWISTOWN — Community Partnerships RC&D met for its winter council meeting on Thursday to discuss the future of the organization.

RC&D is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is planning a celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8, at its Taylor House Headquarters, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. The celebration is open to the public and there will be entertainment, snacks and examples of the organization’s involvement in past projects.

RC&D serves Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. The

organization focuses on environmental and agricultural education, as well as promoting the arts. It works closely with farmers, conservationist and artists.

Funding streams was among the many topics, and the board has encouraged diversification in the face of flat state funding, as well as concerns over the future of the National Endowment of the Arts.

The board also decided to pursue a line of credit, which would be used as a last resort.

RC&D Director Sam Price said he has had some productive meetings with possible contributors in Mifflin County.

Price and the board have decided to reinforce their outreach efforts throughout their coverage area to shore up program funding for RC&D.

Another source of funding the board is pursuing, is through the Raise the Region fundraising event. The 30 hour online event raises money for hundreds of nonprofits throughout central Pennsylvania. The public can go online to www.raisetheregion.org starting March 8 and donate to any organization.

Price said in addition, he has been working on an application for RC&D to be deemed an Educational Improvement Organization through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This could open more doors for funding for RC&D as well as help to expand educational programming.

Price said one educational program in particular that is fairly new, the Young Scientists Camp, will be held again this year at two separate times and locations over the summer. The first session is from July 10-14 and is in Mifflinburg, while the Aug. 7-11 session will be held in Lewistown.

For more information on RC&D programming visit www.prideincommunity.org or call 248-4901.

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