Erie Gives

An Erie Gives Day donation location was set up Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Corry Hi-Ed Building. Representatives of several nonprofits participating in Erie Gives Day stopped by the location, including a group from the Corry Public Library. From left are Community Leader for Impact Corry Betsy Grinder, who assisted potential donors Tuesday at the donation location; Adah Richards, 13, representing the pre-teen department of the Corry Public Library; Tracy Blair, director of the children's department at the library; Vicki Richards, representing the adult department of the library; and Abram Richards, 3, representing the children's department of the library.

Corry-area nonprofits and residents set a new donation record during a ninth-annual Erie Gives

Day, bringing in a total of $285,605 between 23 organizations.

The event, which is sponsored by the Erie Community Foundation, took place for 12 hours on

Tuesday and allowed donors to give to their favorite charities.

"We couldn't be any happier," said Bill Nichols, chairman of the Corry Community Foundation.

"This certainly shows that there is interest in what we are doing here."

For the third year in a row, CCF is offering a $10,000 pro-rated match to the Corry-area

nonprofits. The local groups will also have an opportunity to receive a pro-rated match from


Individual checks, with the pro-rated matches factored in from CCF and ECF, will be distributed

to the nonprofits on Tuesday, Aug. 27, during an Erie Gives Check Distribution Day.

The organization to receive the most donations locally was The Foundation for Sustainable

Forests with a total of $159,157.

"We are very excited as an organization," said Annie Socci, executive director of The

Foundation for Sustainable Forests. "We had the most donors ever at 114, so that really shows

the strength of our base and it was a really exciting part of the day."

FSF was established in 2004 by Spartansburg resident Tom Firth and is operated by a 10-

member board. The organization strives to protect forested lands, promote healthy ecosystems,

support rural communities through working forests and highlight sustainable forestry practices in

the region.

A portion of the Erie Gives Day funds was donated to FSF by an anonymous couple who have

earmarked the money toward the purchase of a piece of land that will protected by the

organization in perpetuity. FSF has already begun investigating what property they will purchase

and will announce the location at a later date.

Socci said the rest of the funds will cover the cost of outreach programs and events, along with

covering fees associated with land acquisitions.

The total results, listed by amounts, are as follows:

• The Foundation for Sustainable Forests — $159,157

• Corry Community Development Corp. d/b/a Impact Corry — $46,323

• YMCA of Corry — $43, 889

• Corry Higher Education Council — $9,076

• Corry Community Foundation — $3,793

• Corry Area Food Pantry — $3,146

• Corry Area Historical Society Inc. — $2,782

• St. Thomas the Apostle Church — $2,273

• Village Friends — $1,949

• Corry Public Library — $1,877

• LifeCare — $1,782

• Mead Park Association — $1,679

• St. Elizabeth Cemetery — $1,489

• Doorkeepers Christian Outreach — $1,330

• Corry PTO — $1,120

• Corry Area Arts Council Inc. — $1,047

• Love INC of Union City, Spartansburg and Corry — $802

• Corry Memorial Hospital — $558

• Pine Grove Cemetery — $415

• Corry Area School District Foundation — $390

• St. Elizabeth Cemetery — $267

• Hope Ministry — $267

• Corry Rotary Club — $194

This year's total more than quadrupled the amount that was brought in during the 2018

campaign, which was $64,455 with 23 nonprofit organization participating.

The total for the 2017 campaign was $67,410.36 with 20 agencies participating and the total for

the 2016 campaign was $51,286 with 14 organizations participating.

The total for the 2015 campaign was $22,576 with 12 nonprofit participating and the total for the

2014 campaign was $31,613.44 with six agencies participating.

The history of totals and participating agencies were provided by CCF. 

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