Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide critical services for non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as municipalities.

Do your organization have trouble finding volunteers? Wonder how to engage younger      volunteers? Need to identify risks for volunteers that help your program?

Penn State Extension is offering a class for groups that depend on volunteers to help carry out their mission.  The class, “Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program,” will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Tunkhannock Library.

Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees, and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.

“Tools For An Effective Volunteer Program” help managers of volunteer programs improve volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition of volunteers’ efforts that are appropriate for both the organization and the volunteers.

Register for the workshop online at

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at

Lackawanna County Women’s Commission’s “Taking Time For You” Seminar

People are always on the run. Whether it is work or attending family activities, people are constantly pressed for time. To help break the fast-paced cycle, the Lackawanna County Commission For Women is offering “Taking Time For You” on Wednesday, April 29, from 5 PM – 8 PM at The Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Vine Street, Scranton. Reservations are $15 per person and can be made by contacting Christina Sullivan in the Commissioners’ Office at 570-963-6800.

Seated, l-r, are Mary Jane Memolo, Commission program chair; Donna A. Barbetti, Commission President; and Judy Cosgrove, Commission member. Standing, l-r, are Katie Gilmartin and Judith Cowley Scheatzle, PsyD, LPC, speakers; and Marie Santilli, Marilyn Vitali-Flynn and Laurie Cadden, Commission members.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Fourteen More Community Re-Invest Projects

Fourteen new projects, focusing on youth recreation, the environment and accessibility were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $200,943.

Since the Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013, the Commissioners have approved grants for 71 projects totaling $1,105,610.  In all of the projects, the Community Re-Invest Program has provided the “last mile” funding to help complete the initiatives, which has allowed these valuable community projects to come to fruition.  The total amount of public-private investment in all of these ventures is $5,150,683.

The funding for these projects once again highlights the Commissioners’ commitment to the growth and enhancement of Lackawanna County’s communities and neighborhoods.  The funding helped to leverage new development in our boroughs, townships and municipalities.

“These projects represent our commitment to Lackawanna County’s quality of life.  A vital part of our economic development program is to improve our neighborhoods and recreational facilities, which is the core of the Community Re-Invest Program,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

“Once again, we are giving back to our communities and neighborhoods.  This round of funding involves opportunities dealing with the environment, youth and preserving history,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

“I am very impressed with the breadth of the projects funded by the Community Re-Invest Program.  It has served as a true partnership with the County, our communities and civic groups.  It has been a win-win opportunity for everyone involved,” explained Commissioner Edward G. Staback.

The projects that were approved during this round of funding include: 

Applicant: Roaring Brook Township

        Project Description: Upgrade recycling drop-off site by constructing a 35’ x 45’ concrete pad, blacktopping around the pad to meet the parking lot, improve drainage, and install two light posts.

        Total Project Cost: $20,240

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: South Scranton Little League

        Project Description: Repairs to the little league field fence and purchasing new bleachers for the first-base side of the field.

        Total Project Cost: $19,500

        Amount from CRP Program: $8,000 

Applicant: Blakely Borough

        Project Description: Purchase and install 10 new benches and two display boards at the Borough’s Recreation Complex (formerly Mellow Park).

        Total Project Cost: $19,818

        Amount from CRP Program: $14,522 

Applicant: Abington Little League

        Project Description: Installation of a play area at the little league complex in Glenburn Township, which will include a five-12 year-old play set, a two-five year-old play set, four swings, benches and fencing.

        Total Project Cost: $75,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $20,000 

Applicant: Ronald McDonald House

        Project Description: Construction of a front porch with a handicap accessible ramp.

        Total Project Cost: $29,500

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Scott Baseball Association

        Project Description: Restoration and upgrades to the teener field, which includes a new backstop, fencing, breakaway base pads, the refurbishing of existing bleachers, and the purchase of new bleachers for the visiting team side.

        Total Project Cost: $8,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $6,000 

Applicant: Benton Township

        Project Description: Community center upgrades, which includes the installation of an updated fire alarm system, security lock doorways, and ADA handicap-accessible restroom.

        Total Project Cost: $20,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Glenburn Township

        Project Description: Refurbishing the landmark caboose on display at the municipal building.  This entails repainting the exterior and interior, undercoating the bottom, coating the roof, and replacing the window glass.

        Total Project Cost: $11,240

        Amount from CRP Program: $7,000 

Applicant: Theodore J. Wint VFW Post 25 (Scranton)

        Project Description: Construction of a handicap-accessible ramp and vestibule at the entrance to the post home.

        Total Project Cost: $51,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Friends of the Forgotten (Dunmore)

        Project Description: Refurbish the tank at South Blakely and Cherry Streets in Dunmore, install a Korean War Memorial, eight new flagpoles and a pedestrian friendly surface, and landscape the area.

        Total Project Cost: $40,750

        Amount from CRP Program: $14,000 

Applicant: Aylesworth Creek Reservoir Park Authority

        Project Description: The construction of a handicap-accessible fishing pier at the Lackawanna River is the final component of the Gravity Slope Recreational Area in Archbald at the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

        Total Project Cost: $51,911

        Amount from CRP Program: $30,000 

Applicant: Waverly Community House

        Project Description: Construct an ADA handicap-accessible restroom on the lower floor and install a new set of ADA compliant exterior doors.

        Total Project Cost: $20,213

        Amount from CRP Program: $16,421 

Applicant: North Abington Township

        Project Description: Construct an ADA-compliant municipal building to replace the existing structure that is not up to ADA regulations and also lacks restroom facilities.

        Total Project Cost: $618,533

        Amount from CRP Program: $15,000 

Applicant: Mayfield Junior Baseball Association

        Project Description: Construction of new dugouts and fencing at the Mayfield Sports Complex.

        Total Project Cost: $14,000

        Amount from CRP Program: $10,000 

Projects will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout 2015.  Boroughs, municipalities, townships and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit applications for projects that are ready to start so that the Community Re-Invest Program can help to successfully complete them.