UNC’s Illumination Youth Arts Opening Night Reception & Exhibit

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) Illumination Youth Arts is presenting their first ever multimedia interactive exhibit titled “Illuminated Echoes: Ancient Games and Youth Artistry.” The public is invited to their opening night reception on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 6:00 pm at AFA Gallery, 101 Penn Avenue in downtown Scranton. The show runs until April 18, 2024.  The display includes photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and pottery from 22 UNC Youth Artists. Guests are encouraged to mingle with the artists on March 28 to learn about their masterpieces and play the interactive component of the exhibit – the recreation of lost and ancient games. They will learn the history of the games and how to play the replicas created by the artists using 3D design/printing and pottery techniques.

Featured artists include Jaida Rosa, Fourth Grade, featuring her ceramics. Tiana Jeter, Seventh Grade, highlighting her photography and ceramics. Janyah Currie, a high school sophomore, displaying her photography, mixed media, and ceramics. Janiya Jones, a high school sophomore, will be presenting her 3D design and photography. Lizmary Camacho, a high school senior, will be showing photography and mixed media. Enjelis Madera, a high school senior, will be featuring her photography, mixed media, and ceramics.

Illumination Youth Arts is funded by Lackawanna County, The City of Scranton, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, and the Overlook Estate Foundation.

For more information, contact Kylee Colvin, UNC’s Community Youth Manager at 570-961-1592, ext. 105.

UNC Announces 2nd Annual Designer Purse Bingo

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) is pleased to announce our second annual Designer Purse Bingo on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Holy Cross High School at 501 East Drinker Street in Dunmore.  The doors open at 5:30pm and bingo starts at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. A very special thank you to our $10,000 presenting sponsor Grimm Construction. Admission covers 20 games of exciting Bingo with “celebrity” callers for a chance to win amazing designer purses from Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach, and many more. Additional purchases can be made the day of the event for three special games, basket raffles, 50/50, and $20 gift card pull. Light refreshments will also be available to purchase. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and beverages including alcoholic drinks, making this event for the 21+ crowd only.  For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please visit: uncnepa.org/bingo

Citizens Saving Bank Sponsors UNC in Upcoming Designer Purse Bingo

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) received $500.00 sponsorship from Citizens Saving Bank for our second annual Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Holy Cross High School in Dunmore. The doors open at 5:30pm and bingo starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Admission covers 20 games of exciting Bingo with “celebrity” callers for a chance to win amazing designer purses. Additional purchases can be made the day of the event for three special games, basket raffles, 50/50, and $20 gift card pull. Light refreshments will also be available to purchase. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and beverages including alcoholic drinks, making this event for the 21+ crowd only. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please visit: uncnepa.org/bingo.

United Neighborhood Center Announces 2nd Annual Designer Purse BINGO

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) is pleased to announce our second annual Designer Purse Bingo on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Holy Cross High School at 501 East Drinker Street in Dunmore.  The doors open at 5:30pm and bingo starts at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. A very special thank you to our $10,000 presenting sponsor Grimm Construction. Admission covers 20 games of exciting Bingo with “celebrity” callers for a chance to win amazing designer purses from Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach, and many more. Additional purchases can be made the day of the event for three special games, basket raffles, 50/50, and $20 gift card pull. Light refreshments will also be available to purchase. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and beverages including alcoholic drinks, making this event for the 21+ crowd only.  For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please visit: uncnepa.org/bingo

Donate Non-Perishable Food to United Neighborhood Centers

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted the Mardi Gras Business Card Exchange at Urban Co-Works on Wednesday, February 21. Chamber members networked, toured the facility, and ate great food. The Chamber and Urban Co-Works partnered to collect non-perishable food items from Chamber members to support the United Neighborhood Center pantry. Chamber members are encouraged to continue supporting UNC by donating directly to the organization.

Through collected efforts of The Chamber and members like FNCB Bank, UNC was gifted non-perishable food items to stock their pantry. You and your business can continue to support UNC and other nonprofit members in the greater Scranton community by donating directly to them. Search for fellow members and see how you can help them.

Knowles Insurance Supports UNC and WNEP Feed a Friend Program

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) received a $500.00 donation from Knowles Insurance in Scranton on Monday, November 13, 2023.  All monetary donations to Feed a Friend will help feed families with children in Lackawanna County to receive a gift card to a local grocery store to buy your favorite traditional foods to celebrate Thanksgiving. UNC is grateful to be the designated Lackawanna County WNEP Feed a Friend agency for 39 years. To make a monetary donation, go to: uncnepa.org/one-time-donation/ or mail checks payable to United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 425 Alder Street, Scranton, PA 18505. You can make a non-perishable food donation at more than 70 locations throughout Lackawanna County.

United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Received Proclamation Honoring Centennial

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) invites guests to join them as they receive a proclamation honoring the Centennial Celebration from the Mayor Paige G. Cognetti, City of Scranton. The reading of the proclamation will take place on the steps of City Hall, located at 340 North Washington Avenue in downtown Scranton, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 11:00 am. 

All media outlets are invited to capture is momentous milestone.  UNC President and CEO, Lisa Durkin, will be available for interviews immediately following.

The Steamtown National Historic Site to Host “Stuff the Caboose” Event

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) invites the public to “Stuff the Caboose” and enjoy some holiday cheer on Friday, November 17, 2023, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This free family event will take place at Steamtown NHS, located at 350 Cliff Street in Scranton. 

The holiday season is just around the corner! Steamtown NHS and its partners are asking for your help to restock the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA Food Pantry with non-perishable food items. Interact with Scranton’s police and fire departments and their equipment, enjoy the sounds of holiday music provided by students from West Scranton High School Strings and Band, sample s’mores over a horizontal “Ring of Fire”, and take in the sight of locomotives decorated with holiday lights. Visitors will also have photo opportunities with the former Nay Aug Park Miniature Train to capture new memories or relive those from long ago! 

UNC Farmers Markets Moved Indoors

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) two weekly, year-round Farmers Markets in Carbondale and South Side of Scranton have moved to their indoor locations.

Information about both market is listed below:

  • Carbondale Farmers Market is located at the Fallbrook Senior Community Center at 185 Fallbrook Street in Carbondale. Carbondale Farmers Market is excited to welcome new vendors such as 3rd Kingdom Mushroom’s from Vandling, PA. 3rd Kingdom Mushroom’s provides fresh, high-quality gourmet mushrooms and sell seasonally varieties. Stop by to try dried mushrooms such as Reishi, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, and more.
  • South Side Farmers Market is located at 509 Cedar Avenue in Scranton. South Side Farmers Market will continue to host vendors such as Fullers Overlook Farm, Quails-R-Us, George’s Farm, Bread Services, and many more. Try freshly brewed hot coffee from our new vendor Café Fresco or get something special from C’est Handmade.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania Farmers Market offers customers that are SNAP/EDT recipients can make us part of their weekly shopping. SNAP/EBT recipients can receive Food Bucks to purchase additional fresh produce. Food Bucks are earned at the point of purchase. For every $4.00 spent, SNAP/EBT clients receive an additional $2.00 for produce. Individuals with SNAP/EDT benefits are encouraged to visit the UNC table during the markets operating hour to learn more about the program.

United Neighborhood Centers and The Original Coney Island Celebrate 100 Years

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) and The Original Coney Island of Scranton met on Friday, October 13, 2023, to commemorate their Centennial with a picture. Both institutions are celebrating 100 Years of Service to the Community. UNC is one of the largest, and longest operating, nonprofit organizations in the region and The Original Coney Island of Scranton is the oldest cultural institution in the county, both are committed to the social, cultural, and economic development of NEPA. 

For the history of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, please visit uncnepa.org/about

For the history of The Original Coney Island of Scranton, please visit coneyislandofscranton.com/our-history.html

Attached picture includes, front row: Rachel Millan, The Original Coney Island of Scranton Staff; Kendra Hanor, UNC Staff Accountant, Danielle Pietrucha, UNC Director of Human Resources; Lisa Durkin, UNC President and CEO; Martin Fotta, UNC Chief Operating Officer; Kelly Langan, UNC Director of Children & Teens; Patrice Sottung, UNC Staff Accountant. Back row: Jermey Palochko, The Original Coney Island of Scranton Staff; Brendan Bell, The Original Coney Island of Scranton Owner; Holly Yorkonis, UNC Assistant Director of Community Revitalization; Kathleen Hoban, UNC Chief Financial Officer; and Joy Hubshman, Director of Community Housing