Like many, the North East Community Foundation has had to adapt its routine this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The members of the board of directors met in early May by conference call to address upcoming events, grant requests and ongoing community needs.
After discussion, the board voted to cancel all NECF sponsored events planned for the spring and summer including the Fourth of July Fireworks and the Summer Concerts in the Park with the Erie Philharmonic.
The Community Foundation’s annual meeting is also canceled. An annual report will still be made available to donors and the community.
This year, rather than select an individual Lake & Smith award winner, NECF would like to highlight the individuals, organizations and businesses who have stepped up during this crisis and throughout the year to benefit the North East community.
Anyone who would like to recognize the generosity of a North East resident, business or group may comment on The North East Community Foundation Facebook page or email Jennifer Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions should be made by June 12.
In new business, the board awarded a $1,000 grant to Powerful Pink Warriors for supporting breast cancer patients and awareness in 2020.
The organization, formerly known as Pattie’s Pink Warriors, was recently transitioned to Penny Johnson and renamed.
A revised grant request from Sustain North East was approved to reallocate funds previously granted in 2020 to be used toward retaining Altair Real Estate Services for assistance in future development of downtown North East.
The next meeting will be held during the third quarter of 2020. To learn more about The North East Community Foundation, and how to donate or grant request, visit www.necommunityfoundation.org.