Nonprofits connect at community workshop

Milford. The Greater Pike Community Foundation nurtured collaboration among the more than 45 local nonprofit organizations at its annual workshop.

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  • Michael McDonald of Habitat for Humanity shares information about his organization with other workshop attendees (Photo provided)

“Through this wonderful event, American Readers Theatre reconnected with GAIT and Safe Haven, and we are planning to collaborate in future programs."
Jeffrey Stocker, American Readers Theatre

Charity and community spirit were celebrated as Greater Pike Community Foundation hosted more than 60 people representing 45 local nonprofit organizations for the 21st annual Community Workshop on April 9.

Attendees had an opportunity to make a three-minute presentation about their organizations while also learning about other nonprofits, upcoming events, and initiatives.

“Like you, Greater Pike is a nonprofit too,” said Jenni Hamill, Greater Pike’s Executive Director, as she opened the morning’s workshop.

Hamill highlighted the types of charitable funds offered through the Foundation, including organizational endowment funds. She emphasized that the permanence of endowment funds is highly marketable to supporters and donors who care about the future and longevity of organizations as well as their day-to-day operations. She also recognized Pike County Light and Power (PCL&P) for its 20-year of sponsorship of this event.

“This gathering is quite remarkable,” said Greater Pike board member Maryanne Monte. “No matter how well-informed you think you are about local nonprofit organizations in our area, you can’t help but be surprised and inspired by the sheer volume of organized service and giving spread across our area. One of the best parts of the day was watching attendees from other organizations networking and learning how they can work together to be even more effective.”

Making connections

The attendees valued making connections with other nonprofits.

“Through this wonderful event, American Readers Theatre (ART) reconnected with GAIT and Safe Haven, and we are planning to collaborate in future programs,” said Jeffrey Stocker, Director of ART.

Tamara Chant, representing the Pinchot Institute, agreed.

“There were so many natural partners for us in the room," Chant said. "Angie Smith of 4-H and the Penn State Extension and I spoke about meeting to talk about early forest conservation education."

For the first two decades, the workshop was sponsored by the Milford Historic Preservation Trust’s Milford Enhancement Committee (MEC), which initially focused on Milford enhancement efforts. Over the years, however, the event has grown and expanded both in scope and numbers to represent the entire Pike County area. Consequently, in 2018, the MEC officially handed over sponsorship of the workshop to Greater Pike Community Foundation, which brings together the champions of the best of the community, making it a special place to live.

The Greater Pike Community Foundation was created to enable generous individuals, families, and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted, long-term community philanthropy. The Foundation provides a permanent and personal way to give back to the region.

For more information about establishing a fund in memory of a loved one, or to discuss how to realize your charitable goals for the future, contact Hamill at or 570-832-4686, or visit

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