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Calling all runners and walkers! Don't forget to register for our annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine MD2 students!

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Friends of the Poor is once again participating in Boscov's Friends Helping Friends program! Purchase a coupon from us for $5 and receive 25% off your purchases on October 17th! If you are interested, please comment here or email,

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Our Turkey Trot Committee set up a SWB Railriders Fundraiser as a lead up to our 5k/10k/tiny trot this November! The game is this Sunday, August 27th, and $5 of each ticket sale will go to Friends of the Poor! Make sure you buy your tickets by tomorrow! For more information call 570-558-4606 or email

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  • January: Host Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon and educational program for school children and adults and commemorative civil rights march.
  • March: Provide St. Patrick's Day dinner for 400 local seniors and homeless adults.
  • April: Provide and distribute Easter food baskets.
  • Summer: Conduct numerous excursions for area youth complete with daily meals and transportation. Field trips are recreational, social and cultural, historical and educational, and fun.
  • Summer Lunches are also hosted for children in all six of the Scranton family housing developments and both Carbondale family housing developments on weekdays.
  • Camp Connections at Keystone College
  • October: Coordinate transportation for area children to attend Halloween events sponsored by community groups.
  • November: Provides Thanksgiving Dinner Community Program for adults, seniors, homeless individuals and families. Participates with area organizers who sponsor "Family to Family" Thanksgiving food distribution.
  • December: Coordinate transportation for area children to attend Christmas events sponsored by community groups. Purchase and distribute new toys to families. Sponsor a holiday dinner for senior citizens and homeless adults. Distribute Christmas food baskets.
  • During the school year we have an after-school program with Marywood University and the University of Scranton students for our children at Valley View Terrace and Washington Plaza. The program occurs on Mondays and Thursdays from 3pm-4:30pm for Valley View and Wednesdays for Washington Plaza. It allows the kids to access help with their homework, have a healthy meal, and lets the kids interact with each other while playing and learning from fun games and activities. This program is always looking for volunteers to act as mentors.