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Millennium Circle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Woodlands Resort
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Doors open at 11:30 AM
Luncheon starts promptly at noon


Millennium Circle Members, where do you see the local needs in 2021?
The grant award for 2021 will be $25,000
Millennium Circle members, help us identify a community need by nominating a charity or charities you believe would significantly address that need.
Nonprofit organizations, seek out a Millennium Circle member and ask them to nominate your organization.

Click here for a Millennium Circle Nomination Form
Click here for a Millennium Circle Membership list

The Millennium Circle is changing its grant process slightly.

What’s New? A Video/Application submission.

Due Date: Friday, October 22
We need your application and your 4-minute video by the close of business on that day.
We are asking each applicant to submit a 4-minute video (MP3 or MP4 format preferred). While we do not require a professional quality video, we hope this video becomes a marketing piece for your organization. We will post this story-telling opportunity on our website in our “Grant Wish Book” section following the forum. Funders and donors will have access to this site, and your carefully crafted video could inspire them to support your organization. It’s important to The Luzerne Foundation to publicly showcase our strategic priorities to inform and educate potential donors and support our nonprofits.
Tools to create your 4-minute video

Release Form
Filming Guidelines

Wondering how to submit your video and application? You can submit to The Luzerne Foundation’s Dropbox or by using any of the following free software:

Why this change?
A video presentation coupled with 2 minutes of Q & A provides a “virtual site visit experience” allowing the voting audience to make a more informed decision. We piloted the video idea this spring during our Nonprofit Forum which proved to be very successful.
How will this work? Participants are limited to the first 20 qualified, completed applications received and signed by a Millennium Circle Member by the cut-off date of October 22, whichever comes first. Incomplete applications will be not be considered nor can we “hold your place” in line until missing data is supplied. The 2021 Millennium Circle Advisory Committee will deliberate and select 4-6 finalists who will make their presentations at the luncheon on November 10th.
What’s the same: As always, Millennium Circle members will have the opportunity to hear from 4-6 finalists the day of the luncheon on November 10th via video and in-person for Q &A at noon at the Woodlands, and cast their vote for a deserving charity who will receive $25,000.
Last year, Volunteers in Medicine received the $25,000 grant. Click here to learn more!
Please call The Luzerne Foundation at 570.822.2065 if you have any questions. You may ask the nonprofit organization to help complete the form; however, it must include a Millennium Circle Member’s signature upon submission.
We are looking forward to seeing you at The Millennium Circle Luncheon on November 10.

The Millennium Circle Fund of The Luzerne Foundation was created by a special group of donors whose one- time gifts of $2,000 play a pivotal role in helping The Luzerne Foundation identify unmet community needs. The ultimate goal is to have 2,000 members and a fund that would support the community with grants of $200,000 or more each year.

Join the Millennium Circle!

If you’d like to join or if you’d like more information, download the Millennium Circle Brochure  or call us at 570-822-2065.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has rendered us many challenges and has limited our ability to hold social gatherings, but one thing COVID-19 cannot do is prevent us from being… Here for Good.
As a Millennium Circle Member, you already understand what it means to be our community’s eyes and ears. Now more than ever, WE NEED YOU, and our nonprofit organizations need your nomination.

2020 Millennium Circle Fund Grant Recipient

The Millennium Circle Fund of The Luzerne Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Volunteers in Medicine after members listened intently to five presentations and cast their vote. With the 2020 grant award considered, the Millennium Circle Fund has awarded $414,000 in grant funding since its inception in 2001.
“We are so very thrilled and excited to have the support of the Millennium Circle Members and the community. The funds will be used during this critical time to help keep our low-income neighbors healthy, well, and working. Thanks so much to the Luzerne Foundation and it’s supporters for being Hometown Heroes,” commented Kelly Ranieli, Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director.
“Although the COVID pandemic has altered our lives, it cannot change the commitment our Millennium Circle members. Many thanks to everyone who participated in today’s virtual event. Five incredible presentations captured the most significant needs in Luzerne County. After thoughtful consideration, The Millennium Circle membership voted and awarded Volunteers in Medicine the $25,000 grant. Many thanks to all of the charities for their participation, and congratulations to Volunteers in Medicine on being selected as the 2020 Grant Recipient,” said Charles Barber, President & CEO.

About Volunteers in Medicine…

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is for the community by the community. VIM is truly a FREE clinic and not a federally qualified center that charges for services. Patients are working, on unemployment, or actively looking for work and their income is at 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Medical, dental and behavioral health services are provided by an inter-professional team of staff and volunteers. In June of 2020, VIM received the Patient Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee of Quality Assurance to validate the quality care being provided for the last 12 years. There are only 6 free clinics out of 1800 in the nation that have received the PCMH certification. Primary and preventative care, chiropractic, counseling, chronic disease management, psychiatric evaluations, medicine therapy, case management, women’s health, dental care, medications, testing and specialty services were expanded to ensure comprehensive care.

2019 Millennium Circle Fund Grant Recipient

A History of Making a Difference

Over the past decade the Millennium Circle Fund has granted over $414,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout Luzerne County. Previous recipients:

2020 $25,000 Volunteers in Medicine
2019 $25,000 CASA of Luzerne County
2018 $25,000 United Way of Wyoming Valley – Nurse’s Pantry
2017 $25,000 Brandon’s Forever Home – After school Tutoring and Family Meal Program
2016 $22,000 The Hope Center of Wyoming Valley to expand Dental and Free Clinics for the Uninsured & Underinsured
2015 $20,000 CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) – Food 4 Kids Weekends Backpack Program
2014 $20,000 $10,000 to Volunteers of America/Ruth’s Place for shelter expansion
$10,000 to CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living
2013 $20,000 Family Service Association of NEPA for the Help Line to “Dial 211” Conversion
2012 $20,000 Anti-Bullying Coalition of Luzerne County
2011 $20,000 Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Dinners for Kids Program
2010 $20,000 Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley for their Help Line program
2009 $22,000 Ruth’s Place Homeless Women’s Shelter in Wilkes-Barre for renovation of new location
2008 $30,000 Care & Concern Ministries in Pittston for facilities enhancement for program services
2007 $30,000 Volunteers in Medicine, a program providing health care services to our “working poor,” as well as other uninsured and under-insured area residents
2006 $25,000 Luzerne-Wyoming Counties’ Drug and Alcohol Program for prevention services delivered in all public school districts within Luzerne County
2005 $20,000 McGlynn Learning Center for education programs provided to at-risk children who reside in Wilkes-Barre
2004 $15,000 Friday’s Child, a program available to autistic children and directed by the Jewish Community Center, Wilkes-Barre
2003 $10,000 Candy’s Place, a community support center for cancer patients and their loved ones
2002 $10,000 Diamond City Partnership for Downtown Wilkes-Barre revitalization
2001 $10,000 28 “Follow Your Dreams” motivational presentations held at local high schools


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