Communities that Care (CTC) develops and implements strategies which encourage healthy behavior and productive interaction among youngsters and all members of the community.

Our leader Rich Palazzo and his team provide a SAFE​ ​environment where students develop positive social skills while playing and interacting with their peers.

Exercise, Fresh Air, Crafts, and Games are all part of the after school FUN

Professional staff provide ACADEMIC ​assistance every Monday thru Thursday.  Homework completion is a big part of the program.

Community partners provide ongoing ENRICHING ​activities throughout the school semester.  Highlights for Children, Wayne County YMCA,  Greater Carbondale YMCA, The Wayne Memorial Health System and Lacawac Sanctuary.

All 3rd-5th Grade Students at Lakeside Elementary are welcome to apply. We meet every day from 3-5:30PM when school is in session. We offer scholarships so no student is denied and the late BUS ​provides transportation home.

Honesdale Communities That Care is a 501(c)(3) non profit afterschool enrichment program that has been operating since 1995.

Ready to join us!  Get your Application form here.

Current Happenings

2022-2023 School Year


Help us through Volunteering!

CTC encourages middle and high school students in the Wayne Highlands School District to volunteer at our program. Volunteers frequently help CTC students with homework, play games/sports with the CTC students, help CTC students with arts & crafts, lead various activities, and help CTC staff wherever possible. Volunteering at CTC is a great way to gain experience working with younger children as well as gain volunteer hours! All middle and high school volunteers must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with their school to volunteer at CTC.

Adult community members looking to volunteer at CTC are also welcome. Proper clearances must be obtained prior to volunteering at CTC. Information concerning child clearances can be found here.

If you are an older student or community member looking to volunteer at CTC, please contact Richard Palazzo at 570-229- 0055 or honesdalectc@gmail.com .

Mission Statement

Communities That Care

Mission Statement:

Communities That Care is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in our community through the implementation of strategies that encourage healthy youth development and prevent youth from developing high risk behaviors.


CTC Staff:

Richard Palazzo –Executive Director

Board Members:
Timothy Morgan
Maria Diehl
Michelle Valinski
Cheryl Smith
Tina Hoehn
Joe Lobasso
Amanda Miller
Charlotte Myers
Sandra Rickard

CTC also has two junior board members who are students from Honesdale High School.

CTC is funded through various donations and grants from differing agencies and foundations, as well donations from community members. A small portion of CTC funding comes from tuition paid by the parents/guardians of CTC students. CTC is always accepting donations which will help us provide scholarships for needy families to attend CTC, as well expand program offerings. If you are interested in donating to CTC and need more information please contact Richard Palazzo at 570-229- 0055 or honesdalectc@gmail.com.

Donations are currently accepted via checks in the mail and can be made out to Honesdale Communities That Care and sent to:

Honesdale Communities That Care
P.O. Box 494
Honesdale, PA 18431.