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CIE makes donation to Connellsville Community Ministries

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 6:42 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Connellsville Industrial Enterprise Inc. donated $20,000 to the Connellsville Area Community Ministries. From left are CEI member Al Premus, CEI Treasurer Bill Stoots, CEI Vice President Bill Swan, CACM Director Chip Rowan and CACM Assistant Director Shelly Auer.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries' Sharing the Harvest Campaign got a boost in the arm with the presentation of a $20,000 check from Connellsville Industrial Enterprises Inc.

The campaign is in its first year. Its goal is to collect $100,000, said Chip Rowan, the ministries executive director.

“This check is a big boost to our campaign,” Rowan said.

CIE is a nonprofit organization formed 50 years ago.

Organizations and groups that have benefited from the generosity of CIE to date include Wesley Health Center, Highlands Hospital, the Connellsville Cultural Trust, the Dunbar and the Connellsville historical societies, the Youghiogheny Bike Trail, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and the Carnegie Public Library.

“We were able to distribute the money to be used in many different ways to worthy, nonprofit organizations,” said Bill Swan, CIE vice president.

With CIE's contribution, donations are now at $37,000 for the campaign.

Rowan said a breakdown of the $100,000 will be: $35,000 for crisis assistance; $5,000 for Partners for Life Mentoring; $5,000 for the PUMP Program; $5,000 for the food pantry; and $55,000 for ministry building improvements.

“We really appreciate the donation,” Rowan said.

CACM Assistant Director Shelly Auer said all donations received are handled wisely within the ministry.

“Anytime that we get a donation, large or small, people can be assured that we are good stewards of the money, and we will see that it goes back to the community to make the community a better place,” Auer said.

The campaign will be held through the end of November.

Next year, CACM will mark 40 years of serving residents in the Connellsville Area School District.

“We are dedicated to what we do here,” Rowan said. “The money that we receive through this campaign will be used in a lot of different ways to help a lot of different people. That is what we are all about.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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