Northwest Bank Supports Community Foundation

Northwest Bank presents a generous pledge of $5,000 per year for the next three years to help with the operational cost of the McKean County Community Foundation, which is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies.  As a young organization, it is growing, and the support of Northwest Bank is greatly appreciated. “We realize the Foundation is just starting and we feel confident that the Community Foundation will grow and support the community for years to come” said Julie Marasco.

Community foundations are unique, grant-making public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined geographic area. The McKean County Community Foundation is a collection of many charitable funds each reflecting the diverse ways that people choose to help their community and support the causes that matter to them. Currently they have 20 individuals, families and businesses that have created funds.   “We help match donor desires with community needs,” Paula Fritz Eddy remarked.  “We are so grateful that Northwest Bank understands and supports the work we do,” Eddy continued.

The McKean County Community Foundation’s leadership is Robert Esch, as Board President and Rick Esch as Treasurer, and community members who make up the eleven-member Board. “Since the beginning we have focused on having representation from as many areas of the county as possible – Smethport, Port Allegany, Bradford, Eldred, Kane, Mount Jewett,” Robert Esch emphasized.  In addition to Bob and Rick the board members include: Sara Eddy Furlong of Lewis Run, Secretary; Tim Asinger of Bradford, Lori Freer of Eldred, Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, David Krantz of Bradford, Judy Bodamer from Port Allegany, Roni Swanson of Kane, Paige LaBrozzi of Bradford and Jim Evans of Bradford.

The Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen our region through development, stewardship and grant making as it works with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, please call our office at 1-844-238-2289 or visit our website at

Pictured Left to Right are: Richard Esch, Julie Marasco, Paula Fritz Eddy, Robert Esch