The Board of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation has announced that the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary has been selected to receive one of the Foundation’s community grant awards. 


The Board of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation has announced that the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary has been selected to receive one of the Foundation’s community grant awards.  
Todd Stephens, Joan Gillner and William W. Davis, Jr., on behalf of the Sanctuary, received a check in the amount of $3,500.00 from Villaume Foundation Board President, Paul Edwards.
The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 that operates a 600-acre wildlife sanctuary; a museum that displays Dorflinger cut glass manufactured in White Mills between 1866 and 1921; and an eight-week long summer music festival.
The Villaume grant will aid in the creation of a heritage trail with a walking path and a centrally located parking area in the old Dorflinger factory site near Ash and Charles Streets linking the Historic White Mills Firehouse and the 1867 Glassworker’s House. The project also includes the development and installation of interpretive panels to be placed in the Dorflinger Historic District. These panels and paths form a heritage trail within the community tying together two properties owned and managed by the Sanctuary.  The heritage trail can link to five miles of existing nature trails at the Sanctuary and Glass Museum to a potential Delaware and Hudson Canal towpath to trail from White Mills to Hawley.
The John and Helen Villaume Foundation was established by Honesdale natives John and Helen Villaume to benefit charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational programs within Wayne County.  Since its inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling approximately $684,000.    
Additional information about the Foundation and grant applications may be obtained from: The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, c/o Wayne Bank Wealth Management and Trust Department, 717 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431; by phone: 570-253-8507; or email: amanda.sheptak@waynebank.com.