Purpose and Mission
Summit Endowment exists to identify and address our area's health needs and to encourage development of programs and activities of nonprofit organizations that will measurably improve the health of people in our service area.
The Summit Endowment provides grants to non-profit organizations in the area for collaborative, outcome-focused projects that address health issues affecting residents in Summit Health's service areas.
The Summit Endowment Committee, a committee of the Summit Health Board, serves as the Grant Review Committee and maintains independent authority to review proposed projects, award funds, and monitor progress of funded projects.
To date, the Endowment has awarded 141 grants to local organizations for a total of more than 3 million dollars.
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Grants Awarded 2013
- The Summit Health Community Health Department - will be used for a Drop 10 in 10 with Smart Technology program. The smart technology is called FitBit, which is an activity monitoring device that syncs with smartphones so you can keep track of activity like exercise, steps made and even calories burned.
- The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation - Will expand the Foundation’s grief and loss lending library.
- Chambersburg Hospital Research Department’s - Cardiac Intervention Medication Program to provide the first month of essential medications to cardiac interventional patients who are uninsured or underinsured until they are able to secure or become eligible for other financial aid.
- Keystone Health Dental Care’s - Infant and Toddler Cavities Prevention Program to place a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner in our community to provide tooth decay prevention education at birthing classes, at the school district’s kindergarten enrollment nights, and through other local agencies.
- Healthy Communities Partnership’s - Look What We’re Not Doing! Program to provide eye-catching, youth-friendly, and relevant posters around Franklin County secondary schools to address adolescent substance use and risky behavior.
- The House of Grace’s - Healthy Living Choices Program to provide a series of nutrition education and exercise classes with a three-month follow-up session to address the multiple health issues experienced by participants at the House of Grace.
- Keystone Health Behavioral Health’s - Stress-Less for Healthy Living Program to help individuals with mental health disorders, through the group therapy process, to deal with their illness and the stress it causes by developing positive life skills in the area of nutrition and fitness.
- LIFE Lutheran Services, Inc,’s - Diabetes Prevention and Maintenance Program to elevate awareness of the risks of diabetes and to encourage behaviors that help LIFE program participants monitor and control their own conditions.
Grants Awarded 2012
- Interfaith Housing Alliance - Continue onsite health and wellness program for senior residents age 55 and older that is focused on the management and prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- LIU12 Franklin County Literacy Council - ESL Health Literacy Program – A two-part program that aims to equip English Language Learners with the skill and knowledge they need to improve their nutrition and to be better able to navigate the health care system.
- Penn State Cooperative Extension - Dining with Diabetes research-based education program with three series of six classes.
- Penn State Month Alto - Nursing Faculty Support – Continue the employment of two, master’s prepared nursing faculty for the Associate Nursing Degree Program.
- Waynesboro Community & Human Services - Community Nurse Program in Washington Township – Expanding community nursing to help low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients manage their acute and chronic medical problems in their homes.
- Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts - Art Classes at The Tower at Falling Spring – Two series of 10 classes each of free, interactive are workshops to the residents.
- Keystone Health - Information and health screenings at Southgate - To provide prevention information and screenings including National HIV Testing Days.
- The Kidney Foundation of Central PA - KIDnE Screening Program – Upcoming free kidney disease screening.
- UCP of South Central PA - Peach Tree Preschool – Kindergarten readiness program that consists of typical developing children and children with special needs ages four and five.
- Waynesboro Hospital - Group Lifestyle Balance - Provide an evidence-based curriculum to persons identified as pre-diabetic as well as those at risk for developing diabetes.
- Family Care Services - Training Material for CPR and First Aid – Upgrade materials to continue to teach CPR and First Aid classes to staff and provider families. Equipment will be loaned to other community organizations upon request.
- MACWell - Everyday Chefs: A Nutrition Education Initiative of the Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness –For Tuscarora Area families that will be taught by local restaurant and experience hands-on activities such as meal planning, grocery shopping.
- Penn State Cooperative Extension - Vengan Aqui! Healthy Life with Diabetes! – Provide a three hour workshop with cooking, tasting, lecture, discussion and physical activity to underserved community (both English speaking and those with limited English who primarily speak Spanish) with type 2 diabetes.
- Greencastle-Antrim Endowment Scholarships - Three one-year scholarships awarded for graduating seniors at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School who are pursuing a career in health care.
Grants Awarded 2011
- Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg & Shippensburg Zumba fitness classes.
- Chambersburg Council for the Arts Art classes for seniors.
- Children’s Aid Society (Frances Leiter Center) Summer therapeutic services for Head Start children and their families.
- Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program A sensory trail to provide experiences that offers riders opportunities to see, hear, smell, touch and talk about items they encounter.
- Healthy Communities Partnership Expansion of a school-based mentoring program to include drug and alcohol prevention.
- House of Grace Expand a physical fitness program to engage the majority of the women who attend the House of Grace.
- Interfaith Housing Alliance Wellness program for seniors to aid with prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- Keystone Health Autism fair to educate families of young children with autism.
- Maternal Child Health Dept. of Chambersburg Hospital Brochures to educate Hispanic community members about effective prenatal care.
- Penn State Cooperative Extension “Dining with Diabetes” program to educate community members with Type 2 diabetes.
- Penn State Mont Alto One grant for software upgrade for equipment in simulation lab used for Nursing education and one grant for two faculty members for RN degree program.
- UCP of South Central PA Kindergarten readiness program that combines typically developing children and children with developmental delays.
- Waynesboro Area Human Services Council Program to help low-income diabetics purchase prescriptions and supplies to manage their diabetes.