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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.

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Donation Total: $2,000.00 One Time

Local nonprofits, how does $25,000 sound?

Millennium Circle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 3, 2022

The Woodlands Resort
1073 Highway 315 
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Doors open at 11:30 AM  
Luncheon starts promptly at noon

The luncheon is free; however, donations are encouraged and appreciated.

Guests are welcome!

Please include any dietary concerns at that time.

The grant award for 2022 will be $25,000…

Luzerne County Nonprofit organizations, seek out a Millennium Circle member and ask them to nominate your organization. 

Millennium Circle members, nominate your favorite charity

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

Due Date: Friday, October 7th at the close of business

How will this work? Completed applications should be received and signed by a Millennium Circle Member by the cut-off date of October 7th.  Incomplete applications will be not be considered nor can we “hold your place” in line until missing data is supplied. The 2022 Millennium Circle Advisory Committee will deliberate and select 4-6 finalists who will make their presentations at the luncheon on November 3rd.

 As always, Millennium Circle members will have the opportunity to hear from 4-6 finalists the day of the luncheon on November 3rd, at noon at the Woodlands, and cast their vote for a deserving charity that will receive $25,000.

  Last year, Fork Over Love received the 2021 $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 3.

2021 Millennium Circle Fund Grant Recipient

Members of The Millennium Circle Fund of The Luzerne Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Fork Over Love after listening intently to six presentations before casting their vote. With the 2021 grant award considered, the Millennium Circle Fund has awarded $439,000 in grant funding since its inception in 2001.
“We are beyond excited to receive the Millennium Circle 2021 grant from The Luzerne Foundation. This is not just a win for Fork Over Love, this is a win for the entire community. The money we receive will help us continue to our mission to nourish the community by strengthening our small, independent restaurants as we pay them to provide hot, nutritious takeout meals that we can then distribute to our neighbors for free. Fork Over Love is proof positive that together we can create a new system of care, one that satisfies everyone’s hunger for food, connection, belonging, love.” commented , Tracey Selingo, Founder and Chair of Fork Over Love.
“Although the COVID pandemic has altered our lives, it cannot change the commitment of our Millennium Circle members. Many thanks to everyone who came to the luncheon. Six incredible presentations captured the most significant needs in Luzerne County. After thoughtful consideration, The Millennium Circle membership voted and awarded Fork Over Love the $25,000 grant. Many thanks to all of the charities for their participation, and congratulations to Fork Over Love on being selected as the 2021 Grant Recipient,” said C. David Pedri, Esq., President & CEO.

About Fork Over Love…

Fork Over Love (FOL) is a 100% volunteer- and donation-based 501(c)(3) dedicated to changing the narrative on food insecurity in Luzerne County by elevating all who are struggling with a new system of community care.

To this end, FOL solicits the help of the community to strengthen our small, independent restaurant community by paying them to provide hot, nutritious takeout meals that are then distributed to the entire community for free so that our food-insecure neighbors can access healthy meals with absolute dignity and no stigma or shame.
FOL believes that food is the foundation of a healthy life and that restaurants are the foundation of a healthy, culturally diverse community.
By investing in our restaurants to feed our people, we know that we are creating a socially innovative and responsible solution to nourish our entire community with dignity, grace, and power—physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, culturally, and economically.
Since its inception on January 8, 2021, FOL has held 41 free community dinners throughout Luzerne County, reinvested over $130,000 in the restaurant community, and served over 13,000 meals by engaging 60 restaurants, 30 host sites, and over 130 volunteers.

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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