CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently awarded grants from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund to three organizations in Osceola Mills.
This year the Osceola Mills Community Library, the Osceola Mills Community Historical Foundation and the Osceola Mills United Methodist Church will split more than $1,200.
This was the first year for grants from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund. Mattern, who died in 2011, was raised in Osceola Mills and very community-minded, according to her attorney, Larry Seaman.
When she died, Mattern left a trust without an heir. Seaman decided setting up a fund to benefit these organizations was the best way to honor her memory.
“She was always thinking about somebody else and she worried about others more than she worried about herself,” he said.
Because of the fund, these groups will be awarded money on a yearly basis for the unlimited future.
“She would be very pleased to know this is what happened,” Seaman said.
This year the Osceola Mills Community Library will use the money to purchase a computer for public use. The library was formed in 2012 after the Clearfield County library system decided to close the Osceola Mills branch. Volunteers stepped in to run the library and it is now financed only by donations and other fundraising efforts.
The Osceola Mills Community Historical Foundation, which is converting their steam radiators to hot water radiators, will use the money to cover this cost. Their building houses the library, museum and the community meeting rooms. This conversion, which is projected to cost $3,500, will save an estimated $1,000 a year in heating costs.
The Osceola Mills United Methodist Church will use their grant to help pay for the replacement of the steps in the main entranceway.
The Osceola Mills Fire Company is also eligible for funds but they did not apply for a grant.
Established in 2004, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is one of more than 300 community foundations in the United States. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Clearfield County through the support of services that promote health, education, social welfare, public and urban affairs, arts and culture, conservation and the environment.
The foundation accomplishes this by stimulating the establishment of endowments to serve local communities now and in the future, and by awarding grants to local charitable organizations.
The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation welcomes inquiries from potential donors or those interested in establishing funds to benefit local communities and organizations.
Additional information regarding the Foundation is available at the foundation’s Web site (www.Clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org) or by calling 814-592-7331.
Contributions to the Sara Jane Mattern Fund or any of the foundation’s funds may be made at the Web site or be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.