Grant received for Muncy’s cemetery
MUNCY – The Muncy Cemetery is proud to be a recipient of a $9,000 grant from the Margaret Waldron Memorial Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The grant will be used for the removal of dead and storm damaged trees and for road maintenance in 2019.
The Muncy Cemetery was established in 1857 as a non-profit community cemetery, supervised by a volunteer board of directors. The cemetery grounds include 46 acres containing 18,916 developed and maintained burial sites. The first burial was a child of the hotel keeper James Robbins.
The first contribution towards perpetual care for the cemetery was from the late, humble and beloved Cassie Fredericks, who toiled as a seamstress during the 1800’s and saved $25, which was donated upon her death for her perpetual care.
Muncy Cemetery serves the community as a financially responsible, peaceful and pleasant eternal resting place, out of the flood plain. The cemetery commemorates the lives of the interred, and assists their living descendants in maintaining, conserving, and restoring the beautiful cemetery grounds according to John Young, board treasurer for the Muncy Cemetery. “We want to optimize the cemetery’s potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation and promotion of the Muncy Cemetery’s unique heritage.”
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works to improve the quality of life in northcentral Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.
The Margaret Waldron Memorial Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania distributed over $160,000 during 2018 for charitable purposes in the Muncy community.