Grant-Writing Program To Help Non-Profits Get The Most From Their Efforts

A common misconception in the grant writing process is that the actual proposal is a major component of the grant seeking process.  However, to be successful, grant writing is a process that entails careful planning, research and outreach, as well as cultivating relationships. The grant-writing and fund-raising environment is increasingly competitive.  Organization and preparation matter and can assist in your organization successfully receiving a grant.

Penn State Extension is offering a program on grant-writing for non-profit organizations and municipalities seeking financial support for a project or a new program.

The workshop addresses how to work effectively with foundations, components of an effective proposal, evaluation strategies, and how a grant proposal is reviewed.  The program will conclude with a panel presentation of representatives from local foundations and an elected state official.

This workshop is recommended for staff, volunteers and board members of community nonprofits, local governments and other community organizations.

The program will be held Tuesday, May 12, 1 PM – 4 PM at the Penn State Worthington Scranton campus off Route 347 near I-81. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person.

To register, go to

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

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

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Tolstoy

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County can help you with both! We are proud to partner with The Greenhouse Project for our upcoming series of events at the McNulty Greenhouse at Nay Aug Park, 200 Arthur Avenue, Scranton.

We will be having programs/workshops on the following:

  • Rain Barrels on Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m.
  • Soils on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
  • Planning A Garden on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m.
  • Growing good tomatoes on Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m.
  • Get to Know the Insects in Your Garden on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m.
  • Milkweeds, Monarchs and More on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m.
  • Composting on Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m.                                                      

All of the presentations are free, but reservations are required.  Please bring a comfortable chair.

For more information or to register, please contact the Penn State Extension Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.