Believing in the work of Hope Enterprises Inc., a former educator and his family have set up the Ed, Ann and Noel Harrington Fund to serve the financial needs of the organization.
Ed Harrington, the former superintendent of East Lycoming School District, said it was an easy decision to give to Hope, which provides services and programs to individuals with developmental disabilities, as they've long been supporters of it.
"I knew (Dr. Jim Campbell, Hope president) and the excellent work he's done for those with special needs over the years," Ed Harrington said about why his family chose the organization to be the recipient of their gift. "I just think it's a scenario where I've been very impressed with the efforts of Dr. Campbell's organization."
The fund was established through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and will provide the interest off the fund to Hope each year, while keeping the principal intact.
Campbell said he is very grateful for the Harrington's gift, adding that they've always supported the organization whenever needed.
"They've taken that concern for Hope and the people we serve to another level," Campbell said.
"We're just so grateful, I can't emphasize that enough," he later added.
The couple now lives in Florida but still wanted to support the organization with the funding source and will continue to contribute to the fund. When asked, Ed said he wasn't sure what the organization would use the funds for but he knew they were in good hands.
"I just have a great deal of confidence in (Campbell) and his staff that they will provide the services that are needed," he said.
Campbell said that Hope Enterprises has survived the past 61 years through its "ups and downs" because of the community support, like that of the Harringtons.
Dawn Linn, vice president of planned philanthropy for the foundation, said the gift will have a "lasting impact."
"When I think of their gift, I think of the impact it will have to those utilizing services at Hope Enterprises. And also when I think of that gift, I think of the legacy in that it will have an impact forever," Linn said.