Pennstar Bank congratulates Pocono Alliance Service Award


Stroudsburg, PA – Pennstar Bank announced a $2,500 contribution to Pocono Alliance to support PoconoInfo: Monroe County’s Information and Referral Helpline. The donation is part of an initiative of Pennstar Bank to reinvest into the community.

Are you tired of spending precious minutes and hours contacting agency after agency to find the right service option for your needs? Then your next call should be to PoconoInfo. PoconoInfo is your first stop shop for Human Service information in Monroe County.

PoconoInfo’s information & referral helpline has been linking individuals and human service agencies since 2004. PoconoInfo has a database of over 850 services available to Monroe County residents. With a simple phone call to PoconoInfo (570-517-3954), residents can speak to a call specialist who will help them search for services such as local food pantries, consumer advocacy/debt services, veteran affairs, prescription assistance and many other programs. The call specialist will then provide contact information and program details for these services to help clients find the help they need faster. This valuable information service is free for all Monroe County residents.

“Pennstar Bank recognizes Pocono Alliance’s commitment to improve the quality of life in Monroe County.” John Koczwara, Vice President, Branch Sales Manager of Pennstar Bank, added, “We believe in supporting local programs that truly make a difference. PoconoInfo is a critical component for connecting people with the valuable resources available to them.” PoconoInfo’s database of services is available 24-hours a day online at Clients can search for services online using keywords or by service categories. The database will provide them with program descriptions, hours of operation and contact information.

“Pocono Alliance is very grateful for Pennstar’s contribution” said Michael Tukeva, Executive Director. “We hope to see more Monroe County businesses support the efforts of PoconoInfo through donations as well as by putting PoconoInfo brochures and flyers in their employees’ break room.” Businesses that would like more information should contact Arthur Piancone at (570) 517-3953 or

About Pocono Alliance, Inc.
Pocono Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Monroe County by identifying human service needs and working towards solutions. Pocono Alliance has four committees; Education, Health, Housing and Transportation; that serve as the table in which representatives from local agencies, education systems, government and service providers in our community identify human service needs, assist with program development and deliver services in Monroe County. Pocono Alliance encourages non-profiting planning and execution of interagency collaboration in Monroe County. Individuals in need of any health and human service need should contact PoconoInfo (570-517-3954); a free program of the Pocono Alliance that provide a single point of access to health and human services to empower individuals to make informed choices regarding their needs that may improve their quality of life. For more information on the Help Us Help Others Campaign, please contact Michael Tukeva, Executive Director (570-517-3955). You can also check us out on Facebook.

About Pennstar
Pennstar Bank provides personal banking, asset management and business services. The independent community bank, headquartered in Scranton, Pa., has 38 offices in six northeastern Pennsylvania counties. Norwich, N.Y.-based NBT Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Pennstar Bank, had assets of $5.5 billion as of March 31, 2010.