SAFE HARBOUR SURPASSES ANNUAL CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING GOAL
William E. Snell, Jr., president and CEO of F&M Trust, (left) presents a check for $2500 to Safe Harbour representing the bank’s commitment to the 2012-2013 Annual Campaign. Accepting the check from Snell (from left to right) were Wendell Hollinger - Safe Harbour president, Ed Bidelspach - F & M Trust assistant vice president and chair of the Safe Harbour Board of Directors, and Scott K. Shewell - Safe Harbour vice president for community relations and development.
(Carlisle, PA) Safe Harbour has surpassed its 2012-2013 Annual Campaign fundraising goal thanks, in part, to support from F&M Trust. Safe Harbour raised $61,750 in donations and pledges between December 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013, topping the fund drive’s original goal of $46,000.
William E. Snell, Jr., president and CEO of F&M Trust, presented Safe Harbour with a check for $2,500, representing F&M Trust’s commitment to the 2012-2013 Annual Campaign.
In addition to the monetary donations, Safe Harbour received more than $1,000 in donated items from the “Linen and Things Campaign” laundry baskets that were located at each of the F&M Trust community banking offices in Cumberland County. Safe Harbor received critically needed items – pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, mattress covers, as well as personal hygiene products for adults and children – that help them assist residents in creating a safe and secure place to live.
“As the corporate partner of Safe Harbour’s Annual Campaign, F&M Trust is proud to have played a significant role in assisting the non-profit organization in bettering its fundraising goal for this campaign,” said Snell. “I thank the churches, community members, businesses, corporations, and organizations that supported Safe Harbour with their continuing generosity and compassion for those in need.
“More than 25 percent of the Safe Harbour’s annual operating budget is comprised of community donations,” Snell added. “Without the charity of our fellow Cumberland County citizens, Safe Harbour would not be able to assist those in the community who rely on its services to transition to independence.”
Ed Bidelspach, F & M Trust assistant vice president and chair of the Safe Harbour Board of Directors, said, “We are pleased to have exceeded the fundraising goal for the Annual Campaign. These funds significantly support Safe Harbour’s day-to-day operations in serving the homeless individuals and families in Cumberland County. I am especially proud of our F&M Trust colleagues who enthusiastically supported the donation drive and diligently reminded our customers of the effort when they visited our community banking offices. Their efforts were considerable and the results were substantial.”
“The dollars and pledges, as well as the material donations are greatly appreciated by the residents and clients of Safe Harbour. The community’s kindness and consideration of our mission in providing housing and support services for those in need is gratifying,” said Wendell Hollinger, Safe Harbour’s president. “We will be good stewards of these funds and use them efficiently and effectively in support of Safe Harbour.”
While Safe Harbour is pleased to have surpassed its Annual Campaign goal, there is still a great need and an even greater uncertainty regarding monetary donations cautioned Scott K. Shewell, Safe Harbour vice president for community relations and development.
“The last half of our current fiscal year presents several challenges to meeting our yearly fundraising goal. In recent years, Safe Harbour has needed to raise additional dollars to fill in gaps created by reductions in state and federal programmatic funding,” Shewell said. “Those cuts combined with the looming uncertainty of the possible federal funding cuts known as sequestration present serious concerns about the ability of all non-profit organizations to continue receiving charitable contributions at levels needed to support current programs and services.
“Safe Harbour is working diligently to reach our collective fundraising goal of $161,000 in community donations and special events proceeds,” Shewell added. “The success of the Annual Campaign has given us a significant boost toward that goal. It would be very disappointing to lose that momentum in the next several months.”
The funds raised by Safe Harbour’s Annual Campaign are used to support the Safe Harbour residents and families by providing a warm shelter, a safe environment and educational services. Community members may still make a donation or a pledge of on-going support to Safe Harbour by contacting the organization by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (717) 249-2200.
ABOUT SAFE HARBOUR- Safe Harbour is a not-for-profit organization that provides a continuum of housing services for the homeless and potentially homeless of Cumberland County. Safe Harbour is governed by an independent Board of Directors and derives its financial support from individuals, organizations, churches, fees paid by residents, commercial rents, investments, foundations, federal and state grants, as well as the United Way. Safe Harbour’s services include operating an emergency shelter for families and single females who are in desperate need of a secure place to live and an environment to begin getting their lives under control; a bridge housing program that helps individuals and families in need of longer-term assistance to continue acquiring the skills necessary for independent living and a productive life style; and single-room-occupancy (SRO) permanent housing facilities that offer housing opportunities to single individuals who are ready for independent living, but need additional “life support.”
ABOUT F&M TRUST– F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with over $1 billion in assets. With twenty-six community-banking offices in Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Huntington Counties, the bank has offices in Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Newville, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Marion, Mont Alto, Greencastle, St. Thomas, Hustontown, McConnellsburg, Orbisonia, and Warfordsburg.
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