Penn East FCU Donates 14,000 Diapers and Baby Wipes to MFHS

Jean Holmgren
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May 20, 2022, Lackawanna County, PA – Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) is pleased to announce that a Mother’s Day Diaper Drive organized by Penn East Federal Credit Union collected 14,000 diapers and baby wipes and $700 in cash donations for the families enrolled in their Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program.

The Penn East FCU Community Involvement Committee (CIC) coordinated the activity at all five Penn East FCU branches during the month of April, with the goal of collecting over 1,500 diapers.

“We are so grateful to the staff and customers of Penn East FCU for supporting our Nurse-Family Partnership clients,” said MFHS President and CEO, Maria Montoro Edwards, PhD, “The response was incredible, and will make such a difference to the at-risk mothers and children we serve.”

The Nurse-Family Partnership program pairs specially trained nurses with at risk, often young, first-time mothers-to-be, beginning early in the pregnancy and continuing until the child’s second birthday. NFP nurses help families prepare for their child, and help them lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.

Penn East has been an integral part of the community in Lackawanna to, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties for over eighty years. Penn East FCU’s team believes that by assisting and being involved in their membership counties, they can help to create and be a part of a more positive future for Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through the diaper drive, the community-minded credit has made a positive impact in the lives of the local families that MFHS serves.


Back Row: Lynn Laurie, NFP Nurse Supervisor; Cheryl Kramer, NFP Nurse; Marie C Beggin, Vice President of Commercial and Consumer Lending Penn East FCU; David Saxton, AVP of Marketing Penn East FCU; Brenda Grunza, NFP Nurse; Debbie Rutkoski, NFP Nurse; Lynn Mylet, NFP Nurse; Mary Amico, NFP Nurse; Maria Montoro Edwards, MFHS President & CEO.

Front Row: Ann Jones, Director of NFP; Catherine Evans, NFP Nurse; Ann Marie Jennings, NFP Nurse Supervisor; Lorianne Masi, NFP Nurse.

About Penn East Federal Credit Union: “We exist to make a difference in our members’ lives.” That is the common thread that goes across all of Penn East FCU’s endeavors. With over eighty years in business, 23,000 members, and five branches, the community-oriented credit union is a vital part of Northeastern Pennsylvania, providing trusted financial solutions, integrity, and reliability.

About Maternal Family Health Services: Maternal and Family Health Services is a non-profit health and human service organization working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children by offering programs that prevent disease, promote wellness, and empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. The agency oversees a network of health and nutrition centers in 17 Pennsylvania counties serving nearly 90,000 individuals each year through the following core programs: WIC Nutrition Program, Family Planning Program, Nurse-Family Partnership, the SafeTeens Initiative, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program.  For more information, call 1-800-367-6347, or visit