Friends Of MFHS

MFHS Seeking Nominations for 2018 Rose Allan Tucker Award

Maternal and Family Health Services is seeking nominations for the Rose Allan Tucker Award, which will be presented at the agency’s 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on October 17th at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

The late Rose Tucker was a former Luzerne County Commissioner and long-time employee of MFHS. She dedicated her life to public service as a community leader, political activist, health advocate, and champion for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She opened doors for women to take leadership roles in the community and extended herself to help those in need.

Since 1996, MFHS has celebrated her legacy by presenting the Rose Tucker Award to a person who demonstrates a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for women, children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. With her passing in 2009, the Rose Tucker Award has taken on even greater significance as it helps keep her legacy alive and serves as a reminder of Rose Tucker’s great contributions to the community.

Nominees for the award should demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a significant positive impact on the health and welfare of women, children and families.

Nomination forms are available on our Annual Meeting page or by calling 1-800-367-6347. Deadline for submissions is August 27th, 2018.

August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Week!

Starting Wednesday, August 1st, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) will host World Breastfeeding Week 2018, a global initiative aimed at educating and promoting the multifaceted benefits of mothers breastfeeding their babies. The three areas of emphasis regarding this year’s World Breastfeeding Week are “(1) preventing malnutrition in all its forms, (2) ensuring food security, even in times of crisis, and (3) breaking the cycle of poverty.” These three focal points are significant ways that breastfeeding can have a positive impact on societies across the globe.

Breastfeeding is a cost-free, environmentally-free way to give your baby all the nutrition he or she needs. Breastfeeding has a significant positive impact on both mother and baby, with health, social, and economic benefits. Some of the health benefits for baby include prevention of malnutrition and increased immunity from certain illnesses; other benefits are improved intelligence and emotional bonding with the mother. Benefits for a breastfeeding mother include reduced risk of certain cancers and hypertension. WABA, and related organizations like UNICEF, advocate for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by supplementing until 2 years of age.

At Maternal and Family Health Services, we foster a positive, judgment-free environment in which new moms can learn how to safely breastfeed their babies. All MFHS WIC Nutrition Centers provide clients with breastfeeding education and support. And numerous WIC Nutrition locations participate in the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. This program gives breastfeeding WIC moms the opportunity to receive support and tips from a former client who previously breastfed and is now a passionate advocate. We strive to inform families in Northeast Pennsylvania about breastfeeding as the perfect infant food, and change public perceptions about breastfeeding.

 

Thank You Sun Buick GMC for Sponsoring our 2018 Hole-In-One Contest

Pictured: Jim Schilling, MFHS Development & Communications Officer, and Lori Guitson, Owner, Sun Buick GMC.

Sun Buick GMC, Moosic, is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest at the Maternal and Family Health Services 25th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 14, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top.

The hole-in-one prize is a 2018 Buick Regal TOUR X and will go to the lucky golfer at the MFHS Tournament who gets a hole-in-one on hole 9 of the Ridge course.

For more information about golf and sponsorship opportunities, e-mail golf@mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

The 25th Annual MFHS Golf Tournament is June 14th

In just over two weeks, we will be celebrating our 25th year of the MFHS golf tournament at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. Join us on Thursday, June 14th to support children and families in our community.

The golf tournament is open to anyone who enjoys playing golf, and the event will be held rain or shine! Operating in a four person captain and crew format, the fee is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome. This cost includes green fees, a cart, lunch, dinner, and refreshments. Grand prizes will be awarded to our top male and female flights. Raffles and a silent auction will also occur throughout the day at the tournament.

To register as a golfer or to sponsor the tournament, please visit our golf page. We offer a number of sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses who are motivated to donate to MFHS in support of our various programs and services. Thanks to the generous donations of community members, Maternal and Family Health Services has been able to positively impact the lives of approximately 100,000 women and children in Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. For over 45 years, we have served local families with our comprehensive health and wellness programs like the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental Nutrition Program.

Tee Off Tuesday: Enter to win a FREE vacation!

As May comes to an end, it’s time to get ready for summer! Are you hoping to take a fun family vacation this summer? Thanks to Sundance Vacations, we are giving away a fabulous trip to your choice of Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach South Carolina! Raffle tickets for the South Carolina vacation will be sold at our golf tournament on June 14th, but you don’t need to attend the tournament to buy tickets. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the MFHS golf tournament, and on the day of the tournament the winner will be drawn for the 8 day/ 7 night South Carolina vacation.

Tickets are $25 for 1 entry, 2 for $40, or buy 3 get 1 free. Celebrate our 25th year of the golf tournament by entering to win this exciting trip! Click here to enter the South Carolina vacation raffle and learn more. And if you are interested in golfing in the tournament, you can register to play on our golf page.

Happy Hour Fundraiser on May 3rd!

 

On May 3rd, join MFHS at Rodano’s for a happy hour to raise money for NEPA Match Day! Rodano’s will donate all tips and a portion of sales to MFHS for NEPA Match Day, an initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Scranton Area Foundation created NEPA Match Day to assist nonprofits who serve residents of Lackawanna County. Each year, the Scranton Area Foundation assembles a collective of 25 nonprofits that volunteer to participate in NEPA Match Day. We are proud to once again be a part of this fantastic event.

Donations made to the participating organizations on this day will be matched by the foundation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 per nonprofit. Your donation of $25 becomes $50, $50 becomes $100, and so on. And all of the money raised goes back into supporting families in our area.

The happy hour is a great opportunity to donate to MFHS and double your impact! To learn more about donating to any of the organizations on NEPA Match Day, visit the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

Listed below are the organizations in this year’s NEPA Match Day collective:

1. Alzheimer’s Association
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
6. EOTC
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Heritage Valley Partners
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of NEPA
24. United Neighborhood Centers
25. Women’s Resource Center

Join us for #NEPAMatchDay 2018

For the 4th year in a row, the first Friday in May will be NEPA Match Day! The Scranton Area Community Foundation has assembled an amazing group of 25 nonprofit agencies serving the people of Lackawanna County for the 2018 NEPA Match Day collective. Maternal & Family Health Services is proud to be part of this group again!

In the months leading up to May 4, 2018, the collective will work together to spread the word about the critical work being done in our region by these nonprofits. Then, on May 4th, for every dollar you donate to one of the participating partners, the Scranton Area Community Foundation will match your donation…dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 for EACH nonprofit. For one day, your $25 gift becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and the support you give will stay in our region.

By working together for 24 hours, we have the ability to strengthen our community and the nonprofits that strive to make our community a better place to live by over $50,000! For the past two years, NEPA Match Day has far exceeded the $50,000 goal, but the success of NEPA Match Day depends entirely on the gifts you make to the NEPA Match Day collective on May 4th.

You can learn more about Match Day by visiting the Scranton Area Foundation’s website.

So, on Friday, May 4, 2018, please consider making a contribution directly to one of these terrific nonprofits:

1. Alzheimer’s Association
2. Catherine McAuley Center
3. Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA
4. Countryside Conservancy
5. Dress for Success Lackawanna
6. EOTC
7. Everhart Museum
8. Greater Carbondale YMCA
9. Greater Scranton YMCA
10. Heritage Valley Partners
11. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
12. Jewish Family Service of NEPA
13. Junior League of Scranton
14. Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
15. Lackawanna Pro Bono
16. Leadership Lackawanna
17. Marley’s Mission
18. Maternal and Family Health Services
19. Meals on Wheels of NEPA
20. NEPA Rainbow Alliance
21. Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
22. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
23. The Arc of NEPA
24. United Neighborhood Centers
25. Women’s Resource Center

*Please give directly to the nonprofit of your choice. If you would like to support the entire NEPA Match Day collective, you can donate to the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Any NEPA Match Day gifts received by the Foundation will be divided equally between the above-listed nonprofits.

UPDATED: Weather Alert March 7 & 8, 2018

Due to the inclement weather and Governor Wolf declaring a state of emergency, MFHS offices  will be closed Wednesday March 7th, and will not open until 9 am on Thursday March 8th, in order to give crews time to clean the roads. Our offices will be open Wednesday morning, but if there are changes as the storm arrives, we will post updates here.

If you have an appointment at any of our locations on the 7th or 8th and won’t be able to make it due to the weather, please call your local office, or our administration office at 570-826-1777, and we will be happy to help you reschedule your appointment.

Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded $115,000 Highmark Foundation Grant

Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO, with Jane Brooks, Highmark Foundation Program Officer.

Maternal and Family Health Services announces they are a recipient of a $115,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation. The grant funds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the MFHS Circle of Care office on Madison Avenue in Scranton.

MFHS provides services to over 100,000 individuals annually across Northeast Pennsylvania through a network of programs that includes: Reproductive Healthcare, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition (WIC) program, the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening program, the Nurse-Family Partnership program, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus prenatal program. The Circle of Care office is a unique location that provides access to these programs in one convenient location.

“The addition of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will help us better serve an increasing number of high-risk clients with additional screenings and counseling,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO. “They will help coordinate client care across programs and physicians, as well as provide referrals and resources to help our clients have healthy babies and lead healthy lives.”

“The Highmark Foundation has a long history of providing public health grants that focus on improving health, preventing disease and promoting wellness among families,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “Through this grant, we can help Maternal and Family Health Services expand critical services to high-risk women, teens and babies for improved health outcomes.”

Save the Date: MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

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On June 16th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. We will have face painting, balloon animals, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.