Support the Center

Surprisingly, the DHCC does not currently receive state or federal tax monies; therefore, our quality programs and educational activities would not be possible without the generous support from the individuals and businesses in our community. In fact, 25% of our funding comes from program fees, 34% of our funding comes from grants, and the remaining 41% of our funding comes from generous donors like you. We are profoundly grateful to all those whose contributions helped make the Donald Heiter Community Center the fine hub of activity that it is today, and we continue to rely on the help of our community to sustain our excellence and secure our future.


The DHCC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization supporting the diverse needs of residents in the Central Susquehanna Valley area. All donations are tax deductible and put to immediate use.

The Donald Heiter Community Center
100 North Fifth Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837

To speak to someone about a contribution, call (570) 524-5000. You may also use our contact form or make a contribution through:

If you are using a credit card to donate to the Center, please be aware that some of your contribution will be used to cover the credit card transaction fees that are assessed.


There are many ways in which individuals can make a large impact in our community: attending programs and events, making an annual fund donation, creating a scholarship, or by including us in your estate planning.


Businesses can now support the DHCC by sponsoring a fundraising event, by matching employee gifts made, or by participating in our Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) program.

Offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the EITC program allows businesses to receive significant tax credits when they contribute to a qualified educational improvement organization (EIO) such as the Donald Heiter Community Center. Funding from the EITC program provides for the not-operating expenses of our Academic Enrichment After School Care program and Summer Day Camp curriculum. The best part of the EITC program is that your tax dollars stay in our community, rather than get redistributed to other parts of the Commonwealth.

If your business pays any of the following Pennsylvania taxes, you are eligible to receive a 90% tax credit if you sign up for two years in the program and a 75% tax credit if you sign up for one year:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax

For more information about the EITC, please visit the DCED website at

If you want to sponsor an event, you not only get the tax-deductible donation letter, you also get advertising exposure (ie. your business name and logo on printed materials and event announcements), as well as that satisfying feeling of supporting your community.

To find out how your business can make a tax-deductible donation, or participate in the EITC program, please contact us at (570) 524-5000.


We are always looking for community members who want to volunteer for community service and lend their time or talent to benefit the DHCC. If you want to teach a class, organize a community event, or just help out in our garden, we would love to hear from you.

Call us at 524-5000 to speak with our Community Volunteer Coordinator.


We do not receive state or federal tax dollars to run the DHCC; however, we do apply for local and state grants. Below are local area and state grants we apply to regularly (listed alphabetically). Given the proposed state and federal cutbacks scheduled for the next fiscal year, and the slow stock market recovery which affects their endowments, many agencies will not have as much money to grant in the coming years. Therefore, we expect to receive less of our operating budget from grant sources. If you know of other grants we may qualify for, or would like to help champion our grant application with one of the agencies listed below, please contact us at (570) 524-5000.

Local Grants we apply for

Baltimore Life Insurance, First Community Foundation (Book of Dreams, Lindig Trust), Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, Combined Federal Campaign, ConAgra Foods Foundation, Degenstein Foundation, Guyer Foundation, High Mark, John Apple Fund, John Family Foundation, Lou Harris Fund (distributed through Red Cross and the United Way), Ronald McDonald House Charities, Smith Fund, Sunbury Area Health Foundation, Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau, Union County United Way, and the Whipple Fund.

State Grants we apply for

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), PA Humanities Council, PA Council of the Arts (distributed through the Mid State RC&D).


According to Pennsylvania state poverty guidelines, a family of four, which makes $22,000 or less, is considered ‘low income’, and a family of four, which makes between $22,000 and $35,000, is considered ‘moderate income’. At this time we provide scholarship assistance to a few qualified low-income families.

Times are tough, and the demand for affordable childcare is rising. In response, we need to offer scholarships to those families. This year we are creating a scholarship program to have a greater impact on our community. Our scholarship program will help low-income families afford quality care for their children during the school year and over the summer break, which will give our children a safe, healthy, academically enriching experience so they can thrive in our community.

Annual Scholarships

We offer a sliding scale subsidized fee structure for all of our programs which allows everyone to participate regardless of their ability to pay.

Endowed Scholarships

By creating an endowed scholarship, your donation will continue to provide for a family in our community for years to come. Greater scale donations will be placed in a special account, and each year the interest of that account will be used to provide programming for local children who are unable to afford our fees. While we hope you take advantage of this program to create a legacy for you and your family, we are also happy to keep this donation anonymous.

Estate Gifts and Bequests

To establish an estate gift or bequest, please contact our office directly at (570) 524-5000 or via email at

Be a Part of Something Fun!

Want to make a donation that has a little razzle dazzle? How about one that makes our kids jump up and down with excitement? They will be screaming your name in thanks – trust us!

Summer Camp Field Trips

Your field trip sponsorship includes everything – transportation, fees, and admission costs. What’s more, we will take photos of the kids having a blast during this special day and send them along with a big thank you card – so you can see the impact this kind of gift makes!

Here are eleven (11) really cool field trip sponsorships for this summer

No School Care Days

Sponsoring a No School Care Day outing can mean many things. An example of a previous No School Care Day covers everything from arts and crafts, to exciting activities. Furthermore, we will take photos of the kids having a blast on this special day and send them along with a big thank you card–so you can see the impact this kind of gift makes! Last year, the Degenstein Foundation sponsored Holiday Jam. The kids went roller skating at Sunset Rink, had lunch at Hoss’ Steak House, and then watched a movie at the Selinsgrove Cinema Center. The most often quote from kids that day was, “This is awesome!” Thanks Degenstein!

Here are the 15 wild and crazy No School Days we can name in your honor.

  • $750 — October Teacher In Service
  • $750 — November Teacher In Service Day 1
  • $750 — November Teacher In Service Day 2
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 1
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 2
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 3
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 4
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 5
  • $750 — Winter Break Day 6
  • $750 — January Teacher In Service
  • $750 — President’s Day Vacation 1
  • $750 — President’s Day Vacation 2
  • $750 — April Vacation Day 1
  • $750 — April Vacation Day 2
  • $750 — April Vacation Day 3

Other GREAT donation ideas

  • $700 — Sunscreen for the children so they can play outside all summer long! We would love for a dermatologist to visit our Summer Day Camp and talk about how to properly apply sunscreen and how to care for your skin during the summer months!
  • $500 — New board games (ie. Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders)
  • $500 — Supplies for arts and crafts (ie. popsicle sticks, glue, markers, paper, paint)
  • $250 — Campers spend a day at the pool

Support Health and Well Being

Obesity continues to plague children, and our community is not immune to the effects of poor nutrition and lack of exercise. To put kids on the right track, we send our counselors to  SPARK training so they can create physically active days. Our biggest struggle lies in purchasing healthy snacks.

Because our kitchen is not a Mass Care certified food service, we do not qualify for USDA funding. As a result, we need to pay full price for snacks for all of our children, and often times the most affordable solution is not the healthiest. You can help us by making a donation to provide funds for lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain snacks!

  • $5,000 — Healthy Snacks throughout the School Year
  • $2,500 — Healthy Snacks throughout the Summer
  • $1,800 — 10 water safety and swim instruction for all children enrolled in summer camp
  • $1,000 — SPARK instructor certification or renewal
  • $100 — You can purchase a healthy lunch for the Summer Camp

Support the Arts

Mrs. Betsy Powers, a founding member of the DHCC Board of Directors, requested that, in lieu of flowers at her funeral, donations be made to the DHCC. Due to her love of the arts, we organized music and piano lessons at the Center for the children. During that time, 23 children took piano lessons for an entire school year and loved it! While parents enjoyed the recital at the end of the year. Given the success of the program, we are looking for sponsorship to continue the work Mrs. Powers started.

  • $5,500 pays for a Piano Teacher, music books for the children, and piano maintenance

Support learning and development in our community

  • $5,500 — Americorps Volunteer for the School Year
  • $1,500 — Americorps Volunteer for the Summer
  • $500 — Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association provides Preventative Training for Crisis Management – so staff would be prepared to handle any situation!
  • $500 — Keystone Stars – a program produced by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance a series of programs that benefit administrators of child care centers.
  • $250 — PANO Gold Membership – go through records and provide feedback and courses to remediate any areas that need work.