Selby Family Memorial Fund awards $58,200 in grants through the Adams County Community Foundation Fund for Littlestown

The late Dick Selby created The Bernard, Mary, and Richard Selby Family Memorial Fund as a permanent charitable endowment to honor his parents, Mary and Bernard, and the family’s commitment to their hometown of Littlestown. Each year the Fund distributes charitable grants to nonprofits serving Littlestown, including three organizations that were important to Bernard and Mary Selby during their lifetime, and other grants to meet evolving community needs. Thanks to the Community Foundation’s careful investment in long-term growth, this year’s grants for Littlestown total $58,200. The Fund will continue for generations to come, a permanent reminder of the Selby family’s community spirit and generosity. Since its inception in 2019, the Selby Family Memorial Fund has granted $190,000 to Littlestown nonprofits.

Below: Members of the Adams County Community Foundation board, staff, and Fund for Littlestown Grants Committee, along with representatives from Littlestown nonprofits supported by the Selby Fund at the May 30, 2023, Selby Fund Grant Announcement.

2023 Selby Fund for Littlestown

The 2023 grants for Littlestown include:

Adams County Office for Aging, Littlestown Area Senior Center – $4,800

The senior center offers adults aged 60+ a place to socialize, exercise, and participate in educational programs and the arts. This grant will pay to install energy-efficient windows.

Adams County Library System, Littlestown Library – $1,000

The grant will expand the children’s nonfiction book collection, providing Littlestown area residents with a wider range of titles and subjects.

Borough of Littlestown, Community Park – $5,000

Pavilion roof replacement will be supported by this grant, as one of multiple Community Park improvements is underway.

Littlestown Area Historical Society – $2,500

This grant will assist with site permits and excavation for a new structure to preserve and display items of local historic interest.

Littlestown Area Historical Society – $1,000

This sponsorship will add attractions during the 2023 celebration of Good Ole Days.

Littlestown Band Booster Association – $4,200

This grant will purchase a scissor lift podium for the Littlestown Area School District marching band.

New Hope Ministries – $5,000

New Hope staff and volunteers work with people in need to achieve food security and housing stability. This grant supports emergency assistance with food, rent, utility bills, and transportation.

Ruth’s Harvest Littlestown – $5,000

This grant supports the packages of healthy food that income-eligible K-8th grade students receive for the weekend, and items not usually available in the clothing bank, such as socks and undergarments.

Redeemers United Church of Christ – $5,000

Upgrades to Redeemer’s social hall and kitchen for use by multiple community groups.

Thunderbolt Foundation – for Littlestown FFA – $ 1,500

This grant will cover expenses related to planting and growing sweet corn so Littlestown FFA students can educate their younger peers and distribute corn to students and the community.

The Bernard, Mary, and Richard Selby Family Memorial Fund designates three Littlestown organizations for annual grants. This year they received:

Alpha Fire Company #1 – $5,800

St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church – $11,600

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – $5,800

About the Adams County Community Foundation

The Adams County Community Foundation promotes and facilitates charitable giving and builds a permanent civic endowment for Adams County, the Fund for Adams County. The Community Foundation provides a home for a variety of charitable funds, some created to support changing needs in Adams County, others established by donors, including endowments directed to a specific organization or purpose, scholarship funds, and donor-advised funds, which may make distributions anywhere in Pennsylvania or across the country.

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