CSO working to 'Raise the Region'
SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin-based nonprofit is hoping to not only raise money, but also raise its profile in the inaugural Raise the Region fundraising challenge.
Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. is one of 159 nonprofit organizations competing in the six-county, 24-hour event Tuesday, but the fundraising push will begin sooner than that.
The following local businesses have pledged a portion of their revenue to the cause:
- Friday, Rob's Good Time Grill, 100 S. Market St., Shamokin, will donate $1 from each meal sold, along with a portion of a cover charge collected that night for its DJ entertainment;
- Saturday, Irish Isle Provisions, 911 W. Arch St., Coal Township, will donate $1 from each sale of $25 or more;
- Monday, Brewser's SportsGrille, 839 W. Water St., Coal Township, will donate 20 percent from each bill with each customer coupon, available at CSO's office on the second floor of the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin;
- Tuesday, Wayside Inn, Route 61, Weigh Scales, will donate 20 percent from each bill.
Original Italian Pizza, Shamokin, Rosie's Comfort Shoes, Danville, and Arrowhead Drive-In Restaurant, Milton, have all pledged monetary donations.
Gale Zalar, CSO's community action director, said the organization is continuing to pursue additional fundraising events along with monetary donations from businesses and individuals.
"Any type of donation they could give would be great," Zalar said.
Raise the Region is organized by First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. It's partner, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, has donated $125,000 that will be used to match a portion of money raised by each participating nonprofit. Additional prizes are available to each participant in various fundraising mini-challenges during Tuesday's event.
The minimum donation is $25, and all donations must be made online at www.raisetheregion.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
CSO was front and center during the Flood of 2011, organizing volunteer work that continues to this day, including assistance with carpentry, plumbing, electric and masonry repairs. Among its other programs are a low-income energy assistance program and lessons in financial literacy and budgeting.
Zalar said overtures have been made to everyone CSO works with to help the nonprofit capitalize on the opportunity. It's a new experience for CSO, and Zalar isn't exactly sure how it will turn out.
"This is the first time we ever took on anything like this. I don't even know what to expect," she said. "We're hoping people will actually go on the site and donate."
For more information on the event, visit www.raisetheregion.org. To learn more about CSO or its fundraising efforts, call 644-6575.