The Summit Endowment addresses the community’s health needs by supporting the development of programs and activities of other non-profit organizations that will measurably improve the health of our neighbors.

The Endowment also strives to better understand and address the social determinants of health and the distinct needs of vulnerable populations by supporting health initiatives and improving health where people live, learn, work, and play. 

This year, Summit Endowment provided $277,147.83 in grant funds. Programs funded included:

Mental Health Association for the QPR Gatekeeper Training. This grant will be used to make training available to seven hundred community members. They will learn to identify the warning signs of suicide, understand the underlying problems that lead people to choose suicide as a solution, learn intervention techniques, and how to make appropriate referrals.

Homes for America for the Senior Nutrition Program. This grant will be used to provide a senior nutrition program to the residents at the Tower at Falling Spring. They will partner with local farmers markets and restaurants to provide weekly continental breakfasts and bi-monthly meals from October through March.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for Community Engagement on Poverty and Health. This grant will be used to engage the community on poverty and health through conversations and community events. 

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Kids POP Club. This grant will be used to expand the Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club at the North Square Farmers Market in order to empower kids to make healthy eating choices and introduce them to where their food comes from.

Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness for the Healthy Eating Adventure. This grant will be used to reduce obesity rates among adults and increase the amount of vegetables in diets of people age two and older.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. for the Gleaning Project. This grant will be used to feed and nourish the under-resourced population of Franklin County with fresh, locally grown produce that would otherwise be wasted.

Waynesboro Community and Human Services for the Community Nurse Program. This grant will be used to expand its home nursing care services to include Mont Alto, South Mountain, Blue Ridge Summit, and Quincy Township.

Summit Physician Services and Waynesboro Hospital for the Paramedic Collaborative. This grant will be used to improve the quality of life for patients recently discharged from the hospital through monitoring to decrease potential readmissions, conducting home safety checks, and reconciling medications.

Keystone Health for the Behavioral Health Mentoring Program. This grant will be used to decrease the no-show and appointment cancellation rates, as well as assign a mentor who will assist with any roadblocks to attending appointments while providing mental health support, assistance with transportation resources, insurance, and other issues impeding appointment attendance.

Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living for the Vegetable Literacy at Fulton Farm program. This grant will be used to expand the summer on-farm program, the North Square Farmers Market program, as well as further develop this curriculum, facilitate programs, and improve assessment tools specific to nutrition and on-farm education.

Boys & Girls Club for the Triple Play program. This grant will be used to increase knowledge of healthy habits, good nutrition, and physical fitness in children and youth. It also aims to help children increase their daily physical activity, increase their ability to interact positively with all youth and engage in healthy relationships, and to develop leadership skills.

Healthy Communities Partnership for the Go Girls Go program. This grant will be used to increase mental health and wellness by bringing girls together for pro-social bonding, mentoring, and education through health and fitness. It also aims to keep girls participating in organized sporting activities and interested in fitness activities, which will significantly affect the incidence of depressive disorders.

Mental Health Association for Wellness Awareness. This grant will be used to increase awareness of suicide as preventable and adolescent mental health concerns as treatable. It also aims to decrease the number and rate of suicides in Franklin County, and to increase connection to appropriate mental health resources.

Renfrew Museum & Park for the Eating With Your Ancestors program. This grant will be used to teach healthy nutrition to families who have young children. Families will learn how to choose, grow, prepare, and cook healthy foods, thus promoting weight loss and helping to reduce childhood obesity.  

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