Friends Of MFHS

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.

NEPA Match Day 2018

Maternal and Family Health Services is excited to be apart of the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s NEPA Match Day collective. This is the fourth year that we are honored to be included in this day dedicated to helping nonprofits who serve people in Lackawanna County. On NEPA Match Day, the foundation will match up to $1,000 of donations made to each nonprofit in the collective. The great consideration of the Scranton Area Foundation and the NEPA Match Day initiative encourages growth and additional impact for the organizations involved. Every year, through the generous donations made to these organizations, we are able to improve the lives of the people we proudly serve.

Here is a list of the 25 wonderful nonprofits that comprise the 2018 collective:

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

On May 4th, your donation to our region will have double the impact. Donations made to the Scranton Area Foundation on NEPA Match Day will be shared equally among the collective. Visit the Scranton Area Foundation website to learn more about NEPA Match Day.

Thinking about Black Friday shopping?

Online shopping has become an increasingly popular way of buying things, like gifts for the holidays. An added benefit of online shopping is being able to support MFHS while doing so! Through our partnerships with Goodshop, AmazonSmile, and Giving Assistant, donating to MFHS has never been simpler.

Doing your online shopping through Goodshop is a convenient way to help our organization. A portion of your purchases made through Goodshop at over 5,000 stores will be donated to MFHS. The best part? This service is of no cost to you. The site also lists tons of coupons at various stores so you can save money while you shop.

Similar to Goodshop, Giving Assistant is a free service that also allows users to donate a percentage of money spent to our organization. In addition, members are given special access to coupons and cash back at retailers.

AmazonSmile lets you shop online at Amazon, but with the added benefit of supporting a nonprofit of your choosing. A percentage of your purchases made on Amazon will be given to Maternal and Family Health Services. And this service is also of no cost to users!

Visit our Shop. Save. Support. page to join any or all of these great programs today!

#GivingTuesday is November 28th!

#GivingTuesday, an international day of charitable giving, is only two weeks away! On November 28th, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, MFHS will be participating in Giving Tuesday by hosting fundraisers on our Facebook page.

This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $2 million in matching funds for nonprofits on Facebook on this day. For each organization, the foundation will match up to $50,000 raised on its Facebook page.

To celebrate this wonderful opportunity, we ask that you consider making a donation to MFHS on #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to get involved by sending us your #UNselfie, a picture of yourself with a sign saying why you support our agency, or simply by posting online about your donation. Be sure to tag us and use our hashtag, #FamilytoFamily, to demonstrate your support for local families. We’ll be sharing some of those pictures here and our social media. You can download a blank copy of our sign here.

Your generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated, and we wish you all the best as we enter into the holiday season.

 

Nurse-Family Partnership Holiday Party!

We are pleased to announce our annual holiday party celebrating the Nurse-Family Partnership program. For seven years, we have expressed our gratitude to our devoted nurses and wonderful clients by throwing a party for them. This event celebrates the magic of the holidays, and the children are each given a toy and the opportunity to meet Santa. The party has been greatly successful in the past, and we hope to continue this tradition.

We would like to ask for your donations to help fund this celebratory event. Monetary donations and gift donations will both be accepted. Please submit your generous donations by December 12th, so that the funds and toys can go toward the holiday party.

Your support is much appreciated, and we wish you the very best this upcoming holiday season!