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Alex Molfetas, owner of Center City Print in Scranton, presents a check in the amount of $5,000 to the Scranton Area Community Foundation for the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

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The Scranton Area Community Foundation accepted a $5,000 donation from Center City Print for the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund recently.

Alex Molfetas, owner of Center City Print in Scranton and Kingston, made the contribution to the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund after selling posters and yard signs featuring an illustration of a nurse with a mask featuring the American flag to help essential workers facing urgent financial needs during the pandemic. This contribution will directly support nonprofit organizations that are helping healthcare workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Center City Print takes great pride in giving back to the community,” stated Molfetas. “We wanted to make a difference to show support to healthcare workers in the community who are affected by this crisis.” He added, “The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been a great partner helping us to carry out our desire to give back during these challenging times.”

Molfetas made the special print illustration available online through Center City Print’s website, offering posters and yard signs ranging from $3 to $14 with all proceeds going directly to the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund. The posters and yard signs can be spotted on display in various locations across the region.

“We are grateful for the support from Center City Print to the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund,” stated Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “To date, because of generous support from charitably-minded businesses like Center City Print, the Scranton Area Community Foundation has been able to distribute nearly $900,000 in emergency funding to over 100 nonprofit organizations across the region through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund,” she added.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation created the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund in March to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to community-based nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences of the crisis. In addition to the support from Center City Print, the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund has been supported by numerous businesses and foundations including the Margaret Briggs Foundation, Wells Fargo, the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, PPL Foundation, The Robert Cavanaugh Family Trust, M&T Bank, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, Minooka Subaru, the Willary Foundation and many other generous individuals and charitable funds.

To apply for a grant from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, nonprofit organizations can visit www.safdn.org/covid19. The Foundation will receive input on grant decisions from an advisory committee composed of partner organizations and representatives from the foundation, nonprofit, and civic sectors.

To make a contribution to the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, please visit www.safdn.org/covid19 or contribute by check made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation indicating “COVID-19 Fund” in the memo mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.

For more information on the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $44 million and more than 200 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019.

Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 through assets under management.

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