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Grant Wish List

The grant wish list is a simple listing of any granting needs from area nonprofits that are served by the Community Foundation.  Submissions to be included are accepted at any time and will be added to the list as we receive them.  This list can be especially helpful for our donor advisors so that they can see what immediate needs there are in our community that align with their interests.  Not only is this list available to the public here on our website, but we also directly share it with our donor advisors and with local media.  Our goal is to help as many nonprofits secure the funding that they need to meet their mission and goals.

More information about each organization can be found by clicking on their name, which will link you to their website.

ACMH Foundation
Requesting: $5,000

We are seeking funding for implementation of a veteran's treatment court.  ACMH Foundation has created a restricted fund to facilitate the receipt of donations from foundations, employers and individuals who want a way to give back to those who have served our country.

wish updated 8/16/19

American Cancer Society
Requesting: $4,000

The American Cancer Society offers many programs and services to help cancer patients along their journey.  Through our Wig Coupon Program, we offer women cancer patients who are experiencing hair loss during treatment a $70 coupon towards the purchase of a new wig from our "tlc" Catalogue.  Many wigs are at or below that coupon amount making the wigs free.  Many women undergoing treatment indicate hair loss as one of the most devastating side-effects of treatment.  Wigs at a retail salon can be very costly and add to the financial burden patients face.  Additional funds for this program will help us to continue providing this valuable program to women in Western Pennsylvania.  Our requested amount would allow us to provide 57 women caner patients with a wig coupon.

wish updated 5/28/19

Allegheny River Development Corporation
Requesting: $15,147

We are seeking funding for lock operations for community events.

wish updated 8/16/19

Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, Inc.
Requesting: $9,500

We are seeking to provide a much needed improvement to the Kittanning Empowerment Center (KEC).  The KEC operates 4 days a week and primarily serves individuals on a fixed/limited income.  KEC offers free meals to those who attend, along with a variety of social activities, education and peer support.  The goal of KEC is to offer a healthy, positive center for individuals in recovery to meet, spend time, and receive assistance.

wish updated 8/16/19

Animal Protectors
Requesting: Supplies for Kittens

  • KMR powdered formula
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Litter (unscented, dust free)
  • Kitten nursing bottles
  • Replacement nipples for bottles
  • "Miracle Nipple" nursing nipples
  • PetSmart gift cards
  • Monetary donations (to offset cost of additional vaccines and medications)
  • Cat beds (especially covered or tent style)
  • Scratching posts or pads
  • Extra soft blankets and towels
  • Toys

wish updated 6/4/19

Apollo Area Historical Society
Requesting: $200

We are requesting funding to get children's costumes (1816's) includes hats, vests, aprons, etc., for when children visit our Cabin.

wish updated 8/16/19

Armstrong Community Theater
Requesting:Any Amount

Generous gifts made it possible for the Armstrong Community Theater to thrive in 2018!  ACT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a positive outlet for cultural and artistic expression to all who wish to entertain.  There are two ways to contribute to ACT:

1. Advertising-Advertise in the Playbills for one or more of the year's productions.  Special pricing is available if you advertise in all five productions! 

2. Contributions-A tax-deductible charitable donation with various levels of recognition.  Contributors are listed in all playbills, newsletters, and on the theater's website.

wish updated 6/4/19

Armstrong County Community Action Agency
Requesting: $5,000

We are seeking funding to provide approximately 58 persons per month for emergency transportation services and the total one-way trips will be approximately 3,292 for the year.  These trips will be made possible through the purchase of local Town and Country Transit bus tickets, local Uber services or Sheetz gas cards.

wish updated 8/16/19

Armstrong High School STEAM Club
Requesting: $2,500

We are seeking funding to build, paint and install 3 murals on the front of the King Lanes Bowling Center in Kittanning.  The goal is to collaborate with students, teachers and community members to create a beautiful work of art in Kittanning.

wish updated 8/16/19

ARC Manor
Requesting: $5,550

The Life Skills program is designed to promote nutritional health as well as strengthen family connections.  It will provide essential life skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, and planning nutritious yet affordable meals, since this is an important skill for the participants in the residential program at ARC Manor.  The hope is to increase the overall well-being of our clients, teaching them important and valuable skills that will not only positively impact their life, but will also have a ripple effect in the lives of others, especially their family.

wish updated 8/16/19

Arts on the Allegheny
Requesting: $4,200

We are seeking to provide two performances of the Shakespeare play, MacBeth-one for students and one for the public.  This will provide a cultural experience to students and adults in Armstrong County they would not ordinarily have the opportunity to see.

wish updated 8/16/19

Blessings Foster Care Ministry
Requesting: $3,600

We are raising funds to open a closet for foster families and their children.  Our closet (opening in downtown Kittanning) will provide access to the supplies and necessities needed for children entering into emergency foster care.  Our goal from the beginning of our nonprofit has been to "give these children our best-not our leftovers".  This will be something we keep in mind as we set up the closet and provide a space these children can be proud of.

We are asking for funding to purchase clothing racks, shoe racks, shelving, seating, and the supplies to create a beautiful space for the children to visit.  These will not be recurring costs and once purchased they will be utilized in our closet indefinitely.

wish updated 9/17/19

Blessings in a Backpack
Requesting: Any Amount

Blessings in a Backpack provide food to elementary school children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Students receive a bag of 8 food items. These foods are kid friendly and require little to no preparation.

Currently, we are serving 260 students at West Hills Primary and Intermediate schools, Lenape Elementary School, Elderton Elementary, Shannock Valley Elementary School and Dayton Elementary.

Our program relies soley on donations and grants.  The cost to feed one student per school year is $100.  We need $24,000 minimum to sustain our program annually.  Any amount is greatly appreciated.

wish updated 5/28/19

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland Counties Chapter
Requesting: $5,000

We're requesting funding to operate a Christian Day Camp from August 3-7, 2020 for children ages 6-13 offering a structured opportunity to mature spiritually in Christ.

wish updated 8/16/19

Christopher's Light
Requesting: $3,800

We're requesting funding to purchase items such as clothing/personal items for families and office equipment (printer, refrigerator, storage units) and items for children's activity events.

wish updated 8/16/19

Dayton Agricultural & Mechanical Association (Dayton Fair)
Requesting: $7,139.63

We're seeking funding to enhance the aesthetics of the office by replacing carpeting damaged by flooding for those who work in it as well as all state dignitaries and others who visit there during fair week.

wish updated 8/16/19

Don't Stop Dreamin'
Requesting: $2,000

We create everlasting memories that enrich the lives of residents and patients by bringing joy and happiness through the granting of their Dreams.

wish updated 8/16/19

Downtown Kittanning Revitalization
Requesting: $8,000

We are requesting money for the flowers and upkeep on Market Street to keep it looking beautiful!

wish updated 5/28/19

Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Requesting: $2,000

We are seeking funding for mobile services for women in Armstrong County who are entering the workforce.

wish updated 8/16/19

 

East End United Community Center
Requesting: $10,000

We are seeking funding to provide individual and group grief counseling services to youth and families who have experienced loss related to death, divorce, family separation, incarceration, etc. 

wish updated 8/16/19

Elderton Volunteer Fire Department
Requesting: $5,000

We have several old, outdated laptops that we use for our call reports and purchasing new equipment and for on scene use that need replaced.  They were donated to us years ago already refurbished when we received them, and now only 1 our of the 5 work.  We would also like to replace a projector and screen with a big screen smart TV that we that we would use for training purposes not only for our company but to have the ability to host and open our doors for neighboring companies to hold training classes and keep up to date on the every day changing training requirements that the fire industry goes through.

wish updated 5/30/19

Erie Philharmonic
Requesting: Sponsorship

The Erie Philharmonic has a groundbreaking experience coming up this fall.  On September 21, the Erie Philharmonic will present a movie night with original Bugs Bunny cartoons with live orchestra.  We bring in a movie theatre-sized screen and suspend it over the stage.  We then play 20 original Looney Tunes cartoons with live orchestra-it's simply amazing.

The concerts that we're doing in Erie are actually the world premiere of this new show-we will literally be the first orchestra on the planet to present this new concert.  Warner Bros. will be in town for a press conference as well.  Proceeds from all concerts go to help support our nationally recognized outreach programs that reach thousands of children each year including piano donations, innovative virtual reality experiences, free youth concerts, instrumental zoos, school visits from Grammy-winning artists and more.

We are presenting two performances of this concert (2:30pm and 8pm), meaning that your sponsorship would be recognized at each show.

For more information on sponsoring, please contact Steve Weiser at sweiser@eriephil.org

wish updated 6/3/19

Evangelical Lutheran School Worthington
Requesting: $2,000

We are requesting scholarship funds to help families who need assistance with early education as well to help families that may develop a need throughout the school year.

wish updated 8/16/19

Feed My Sheep Pantry
Requesting: $1,000

We are requesting funding to continue providing supplies for our families.  Since our conception in October of 2016, we have grown to providing to over twenty families on a monthly basis.

wish updated 6/17/19

Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership, Inc.
Requesting: $2,500-3,000

We are seeking funding to acquire a storage trailer or utility container to house our necessities in carrying out our very mission.  The building in which all equipment and lighting displays are presently stored is up for sale and we do not have the means by which to purchase the building due to extensive major repairs needed.

wish updated 8/16/19

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival
Requesting: $3,000

We are requesting funding to purchase a tent structure to cover our new North Stage in order to provide a sturdy and consistent venue for our entertainers.  Currently we are renting this structure.

wish updated 8/16/19

Fostering Music
Requesting: $2,400

Fostering Music is dedicated to enriching the lives of children currently in, or adopted out of, the foster care system, by providing musical instruments and quality music instruction in conjunction with local music stores.  By partnering with local foster care agencies, we are able to identify the children in Western Pennsylvania with the greatest need.

We are requesting funding for the music instruction of two Armstrong County children for the 2019 calendar year.  Fostering Music pays $1,200 per year per child for music education.

wish updated 2/18/19

Friends of Old Economy Village
Requesting: $5,000

The Friends of Old Economy Village is seeking support for "Bringing History Alive", a programming initiative aiming to increase visitation, improve educational programming, and create a friendly and flexible experience for those visiting Old Economy Village.  Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community.  Old Economy Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Friends of Old Economy Village which is a non-profit community-based organization.

Old Economy Village is operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Harmonie Associates dba the Friends of Old Economy Village (FOEV).  The PHMC provides basic operating support such as administration, site maintenance, and preservation, collection management, exhibits, and educational program development.  FOEV's focus is on the public's access to the site, including daily tours, specials events, school tours, and facility rentals, as well as site marketing and advocacy.  The growth of Old Economy Village now depends on growing the operations and resources of FOEV.  Admissions, museum store sales, fundraising events, and membership, as well as support from corporate and foundation communities, are all integral parts of the FOEV budget.

FOEV's goal is to increase earned income and donor contributions.  In the fall of 2017, the FOEV Board approached the Jack Buncher Foundation with our "Bringing History Alive campaign, a $182,500 fundraising and growth plan.  Graced with a $50,000 challenge grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation, the Friends met the initial challenge by the beginning of 2018 and have used the funds to increase existing staff to full time, hire an internal marketer, triple our marketing budget, increase programming, and hire additional docents.  As of today, over 100 donors have contributed $146,500 towards our $182,500 goal.  Our plan requires us to reach our goal by the end of 2019, and then continue to raise $90,000 annually to support our programming.

Since the beginning of 2018, "Bringing History Alive" has increased our attendance and our income stream.  We have experienced a 14.4% growth in visitations and a 27.9% increase in admission revenue in this first year and a half.  In addition to the monetary challenge presented to us by the Jack Buncher Foundation, the Foundation also hoped to help FOEV open doors to other foundations and corporate gifts.

wish updated 6/3/19

Fun and Freedom, Inc.
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting funding for a project where we are partnering with Grace Brethren Church in West Kittanning to develop 108 acres owned by Grace Brethren Church into a day and overnight camp for youth and a multi-purpose retreat center for family and community events.

wish updated 8/16/19

George G. McMurtry Vandergrift No. 1 Fire Dept.
Requesting: $4985

We're seeking funding to purchase a set of 4 "rescue 42's" adjustable stabilization struts to be used to stabilize overturned vehicles while injured occupants are extricated from motor vehicle accidents for treatment and transport by EMS personnel.

wish updated 8/16/19

Grace Christian School
Requesting: Any Amount

Grace Christian School is a non-profit, school that follows a basic American principle of choice.  The students who attend here come for a variety of reasons.  Primarily parents/guardians choose us to have a quality education that addresses their holistic needs of the spiritual, physical, mental, social and physiological aspects of education.

Parents/guardians have found through the individual attention due to the smaller classrooms, their child improves not only in education, but their behavior improves at home and in the public arena.

Grace Christian is a ministry to the whole family.  This year school families have faced unexpected expenditures that have left them with an inability to meet tuition obligations.  Loss of employment, death of spouse, and the separation of parents.  This has created a huge burden on an already tight budget.  It affects not only the students, but also impacts the ability of the school to meet salaries of the staff.  It has a snowball effect.  Many of these affected students get lost in the public school system.  Grace Christian has been the environment where they have thrived.  Grace Christian nurtures the students so that will optimize their individual abilities.

Grace Christian does not subscribe to an entitlement mentality.  Parents are asked to work at the school to supplement tuition.  Simply stated, the resources to help families have been exhausted this year.  Resulting in some families that cannot continue to send their students to Grace Christian School.  We bear a heavy burden that these students will not be able to return.

Several students who have attended Grace Christian (in the testimony of the parents) have shown remarkable improvement.  They need us, but we need financial help to continue this ministry.

 

During the last five years the enrollment has doubled, necessitating securing additional equipment for the safety of our students and staying current with the educational trends of today.  Our wish list includes:

  • one 14 passenger school bus
  • tables for cafeteria
  • smart-boards for computer rooms
  • kindergarten classroom shelving and storage
  • magnetic chalkboards
  • I-Pads for kindergarten
  • laminating machine
  • office chairs
  • funding for guest speakers, artists and general assemblies

wish updated 5/28/19

HAVIN (Helping All Victims in Need)
Requesting: $3,795

We are seeking funding to purchase a mobile recording device to utilize in conducting forensic interviews for children and individuals with disabilities who are alleged victims of sexual abuse who are unable to access this service within Kay's Cottage at HAVIN.  To minimize the number of times a child sexual abuse victim or an individual is subjected to interviews and ensure the interview is conducted by nationally accredited forensic interviewers.

wish updated 8/16/19

Hose Hook and Ladder #1
Requesting: $4,000

We are seeking funding to purchase 5 handheld thermal imagining devices to aid in limited visibility search and rescue of victims, to aid in locating victims who have become unconscious due to the harmful gases found in smoke and to increase fire fighter situational awareness for their safety to better react to changing conditions around them that may be hidden by limited visibility.

wish updated 8/16/19

Kiski Township Fire Department #1
Requesting: $10,400-$14,000

We are seeking funding for 3-4 portable radios to enhance firefighter safety.  It is not financially feasible for every firefighter on scene to have a radio but we are striving to provide every team operating in an immediately dangerous to life and health atmosphere to have radio communication capabilities.

wish updated 8/16/19

Kittanning Borough Police Department
Requesting: $4,066.66

We are requesting funding for the purchase and installation of solar powered lighted pedestrian crossing signs to be located at the intersection of N. Water and Arch St. for both northbound and southbound traffic in Kittanning Borough.

wish updated 8/16/19

Kittanning Public Library
Requesting: $1703

We are seeking funding to be able to offer an in-house and in outreach areas a Scan Day where the public can bring personal records, photographs, objects, etc. to be digitized to build lasting legacies of their local history.

wish updated 8/16/19

Kittanning Salvation Army
Requesting: Any Amount

Programs
1. Utility assistance
2. Rent assistance
3. Youth programming
4. Bridging the Gap, At risk teenage intervention program that's been running for 7 years
5. Literacy for children
6. Emergency food pantry
7. Monthly community meal
8. Sponsors to send children to overnight camp
9. Pathway of Hope, one on one intensive casework for parents with children under 18 years old

Projects
1. Computer lab to help teens and adults ($5,000)
2. Hygiene, diaper and cleaning pantry for people who can't afford those items. 
3. Update sound equipment and multimedia for church and the ability to teach children and adults ($22,000)

Our vision for the community is to lower the walls that we all face day after day to better each other with an overall community support network.  Not just us.  To make real change, it takes a collected effort.

wish updated 5/28/19

Kittanning Township Fire Department
Requesting: $4,300

We are seeking funding to purchase 3 small generators to be used to power electric sump pumps and lighting during emergency situations, flooding and incidents that require lighting for traffic control during the dark hours.

wish updated 8/16/19

Life Choices
Requesting: Various Amounts

Life Choices is a non-profit organization that began as a pregnancy crisis hotline in 1984.  Today, there are 3 avenues of the organization, all providing FREE services to the community:

1.      My Choice Medical Clinic - INTERVENTION - Four clinics in four counties: Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, and Westmoreland. Each clinic provides pregnancy testing & verification (via ultrasound), STD/STI testing & treatment, parenting education, sexual risk avoidance education, post-abortion recovery programs, physical resources (diapers, wipes, etc.), and more!  

2.      My Choice Education - PREVENTION - A sexual risk avoidance curriculum including character development and healthy relationships is presented in public and private schools in grades 4-12 (age appropriate of course).  This same curriculum has been adjusted to suit an adult audience and is presented in the Butler & Armstrong County prisons.

3.      The Inn, a Maternity Home - RESTORATION - Providing housing for women who are pregnant and at-risk of homelessness.  This includes individualized programming geared toward the goal of community-based self-sufficiency.

REQUESTING: $1,300 FOR CLINIC NEEDS

In order to provide proper and professional care to clients, My Choice Medical Clinic is in need of a few items.  The above cost would take care of all of the following needs.  However, if you are able to offer to donate a physical item, please feel free to contact us at 724-545-2826 (ext. 201):

  • Shelving Units for Storage (3)
  • Water Cooler (2)
  • iPads (2)
  • Paper Shredder
  • Desk

REQUESTING: $5,000 FOR CONFERENCE COSTS

Do you believe in the continued education of professionals?  We certainly do!  The pregnancy and sexual health field is constantly changing.  It is imperative that Life Choices stay educated, informed, and up-to-date in order to truly and compassionately help clients.  Unfortunately, the cost of that education can be quite extensive.  One of our biggest wishes is to see our staff attend a national conference together.  Each year, we have two options through our affiliates.  The above funds would cover the ticket cost for approximately HALF of the staff. 

REQUESTING: $375 FOR GARDENING SUPPLIES

The Inn, a Maternity Home, was gifted the installation of beautiful raised-bed gardens last year by the Leadership Butler County class of 2018.  Life Choices is requesting funds to cover the cost of plants and gardening supplies for spring of 2019.  These gardens help to teach the women in residency responsibility, nutrition, nurturing, work ethic, and so much more.  What a practical way to truly help women break the cycle of poverty and obtain self-sufficiency! 

Requesting: $13,330

The newest clinic in Greensburg is in need of new flooring.  Last year, everything that was essential to open was completed so that the work could begin.  In the first 6 months, this clinic has seen more clients than the first medical clinic saw in the first year!!  Some of the flooring in this clinic, however, is patchy and in need of repair.  While rugs are currently covering most “issues,” one of the wishes is to replace this carpet as soon as possible.

wish updated 5/28/19

Lifesteps, Inc.
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting support to be able to provide an updated kitchen area that will create a more accessible, structured, and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for the program participants while they prepare meals, learn about nutrition, build employment skills and eat their lunch while offering socializing benefits as well.

wish updated 8/16/19

Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation for VNA
Requesting: $9,000

Through coordination efforts with ACMH Hospital and members of the VNA team, we are seeking to help provide better ongoing health to seniors struggling with chronic problems once they are discharged from the hospital.  Fifty telehealth monitors are currently in place in Armstrong County.  The goal is to add 10 additional units, helping 50-60 additional people in the next year.

wish updated 8/16/19

Make a Wish
Requesting: $4,400

Granting wishes isn't just nice, it's necessary.  When a family receives their child's diagnosis their world turns upside down.  Children who receive wishes are facing critical conditions and the medical community is telling us that wishes give hope and a profoundly effective way to cope.  We want to grant the wish of every eligible child, and we need your help.

While we granted 675 wishes this past year, for every child who receives a wish experience, there are always so many more waiting.  As you know, the average cost of a wish is $4,400.  To ensure no medically qualifying child goes without their one true wish, we hope that you will make a $4,400 Wishmaker grant to fund the wish of an Armstrong County child in need.  We are currently working on 8 Armstrong County wishes.

Wishes make a lasting impact.  They provide wish children renewed hope, strengthen family bonds and positively influence a child's medical treatment.  Thanks to new research, medical professionals now believe the experience of a wish is integral to a child's overall treatment plan.

Wishes are powerful facilitators for hope, strength and joy.  Amazingly, we have also found that families of wish recipients benefit immensely from their child's wish experience.  Critical illnesses impact parents and siblings, too; therefore, as often as possible, the wish recipient's family is included in their experience.  After a child's wish is granted, many parents and families report that bonds between family members were strengthened and the wish experience allowed them a rare moment to step away from everything their family has been facing.

wish updated 6/3/19

Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center
Requesting: Various Items

  • regular coffee
  • tea bags
  • sugar and sweet n low packets
  • juice (apple and orange)
  • brown and white sugar
  • honey
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning, taco seasoning, season salt, chili powder, paprika, dill weed, cilantro, minced garlic in water, garlic powder
  • corn starch
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • mayonnaise/Miracle Whip
  • relish
  • red french dressing, italian dressing, ranch dressing
  • Parmesan cheese
  • noodles: lasagna, large shells, egg
  • rice
  • lunch meat and cheese
  • pepperoni
  • bacon
  • variety pack of individual chips
  • Kool-Aid
  • jelly and sugar free jelly
  • regular and sugar free pancake syrup
  • Ensure protein shakes
  • vegetable oil
  • saltine and Ritz crackers
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • cereal (Cheerios, Captain Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Trix, Fruit Loops, Life, Shredded Wheat
  • Canned Goods (green beans, mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, carrots, spinach, greens, black beans, refried beans, baked beans, black olives, salad olives, tuna, chicken, salmon
  • Cleaning supplies (napkins, paper towels, bleach, dawn dish soap, Pine Sol, SOS pads, scrub brushes, trash bags (13, 33, and 55 gallon), all purpose cleaners with bleach, freezer bags)
  • Office Supplies (printer paper, postage stamps, printer ink: Black and Color HP952 or HP952XL

Wish updated 5/31/19

Orphans of the Storm
Requesting: Any Amount

Please consider donating any of the following items:

  • Gift cards: Tractor Supply, Walmart, PetSmart
  • Clay cat litter (unscented, non-clumping)
  • Dry Purina One Adult dog food- (red bag) any flavor
  • Dry Purina Cat Chow (blue & white bag)
  • Dry Purina Kitten Chow (yellow bag)
  • Dry Purina Dog Chow (green bag)
  • Dry Cat food-any brand
  • Canned dog food (mashed/chopped, no large chunks)
  • Dog leashes (small and large)
  • Large manila envelopes
  • Postage stamps
  • Dish liquid (Ajax and Dawn preferred)
  • Replaceable white mop heads
  • 30-gallon black garbage bags, 13-gallon white garbage bags
  • Laundry detergent (high efficiency)-any brand
  • Unscented dryer sheets
  • Unscented bleach (not ultra)
  • Cat toys
  • Dog/cat shampoo (not flea & tick) 
  • Towels for drying dogs and cleaning

We are also always looking for foster homes for kittens and puppies.

*Items in bold are currently our most needed items.

wish updated 6/4/19

Penn State 4-H Youth Development
Requesting: $5,000

We are seeking funding to work in partnership with the Housing Authority to provide educational after school programs to children and families that live in the public housing system.  To educate the children on 4-H activities including but not limited to hydroponic gardening for small spaces, citizenship, and finance fundamentals.

wish updated 8/16/19

Pine Township Volunteer Fire Company
Requesting: $18,970

We are seeking funding to upgrade our jaws of life tool and also our Hurst hydraulic ram, to decrease extrication time and improve patient care.

wish updated 8/16/19

PitCare: Kim Parsons Library and Community Center
Requesting: $11,500

We are requesting funding for the following:

1. To purchase two STEM and STEAM maker space project tables. ($1,000)
2. To purchase ethnically diverse books for the Kim Parson's Library and Community Center ($1,000)
3. To provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming space for children, youth and families that feels like home. ($2,000)
4. To create and launch literary programs (e.g. Toddler Time, Family Story Time, tutoring) ($2,500)
5. Operational costs, salary to hire a part-time Library Director to oversee the operations and programming. ($5,000)

wish updated 8/16/19

Radioactive Events Center, Inc.
Requesting: $13,300

We are seeking funding for the following projects:

1. Plan and facilitate a seminar on the music industry/music business
2. Plan and host 6 teen music showcases per year
3. Facilitate a monthly live Q&A session for high school students with musicians

updated wish 8/16/19

Ramps of Hope
Requesting: Any Amount

Ramps of Hope is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, Indiana District, which covers Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson and parts of Clearfield Counties.  Our mission is simply to help people with limited mobility have easy access into and out of their own homes.  We build ramps of treated lumber that are temporary but very strong and sturdy to accomplish this purpose.  We have been in existence since 2011 and have built a total of 330 ramps across the four county area since that time.

Armstrong County entered the program in 2013.  We have two teams of volunteers that build, and they have constructed over 100 ramps since entering the ministry.  The ramps are built in 4'x6' sections off site.  On the day of a build, these are trailered to the recipient's home, along with posts and railing materials and any turn sections needed, and assembled.   Assembly time varies depending on the length and difficulty of the ramp but is usually done in just a few hours.

Every year as word of our work spreads, we see an increase in the need for this service so funding is something we are constantly pursuing.  We do not charge recipients for ramps. Rather, we ask them for any donation they can manage to give.  We do on occasion get very nice donations from recipients and once in a while, someone will be able to pay for their ramp.  However, much more often, recipients have very meager income and can donate little or nothing for their ramp.  We understand this and do our best to obtain the funding so all ramps that are doable can be built.  All labor from intake through building is done by volunteers, mostly from our Methodist churches; however, we are ecumenical on this and readily accept anyone who would like to help!   We must pay for all building materials--treated lumber, (the most expensive part), screws, bolts, concrete slabs, and any other pieces a ramp might require.  As examples, some ramps need gravel or asphalt material at the ends of them.  Ramps have cost anywhere from $150 to over $2,500 with an average cost of $800-$900.  In addition, we purchase the large table saws that are needed and as many tools as we can for teams so workers don't have to bring their own.  Tools wear out and need replaced.

wish updated 5/28/19

Reagan's Journey
Requesting: $1,100

Our mission at Reagan's Journey is to make life better for children with special needs. The road of disability is often
an isolating journey filled with more questions than answers. Contrary to popular belief, not every need is met
medically when a child receives a diagnosis and most often it is also not covered by insurance. Many families have
to pay out of pocket for durable medical equipment and extra medical supplies. At Reagan's Journey, we never want
families to have to choose between life-sustaining items for their child(ren) or food on the table. We aim to remove
barriers to this problem by offering a Lending Closet Program for Durable Medical Equipment and supplies. Families
can borrow items for their children and return them to us when their child’s needs are no longer met. In this manner,
multiple families can now benefit from a single item. In addition to providing for their physical needs, we also aim to
provide annual family events as a way for parents to build relationships that will help them navigate their journey.
Our organization has grown immensely this year and we are set to send out over $350,000 worth of durable medical
equipment and supplies to families in Southwestern PA through our (2) Lending Closet locations. In addition to that
success, our family events are now boasting over 100 guests in attendance per event. We want to make sure that
we are tracking our families, recipients and our donors effectively. For this reason we are requesting funding to
purchase the following:


1. Ipad (with case, wifi, and bluetooth keyboard $1,100) :
● This will be a portable tool allowing us to track each item’s availability which will in turn streamline the
process for families looking to borrow or return items.
● This will enable us to post high quality images of inventory.
● This will also allow us to boast an electronic version of our waiver when signing items out and will also allow
us to utilize a check-in system during our family events.


For more information about Reagan's Journey, visit our website at reagansjourney.org or our Facebook page at
facebook.com/ReagansJourneyInc.

wish updated 6/4/19

Richard G. Snyder YMCA
Requesting: $10,000

We are seeking funding for our after school program at West Hills Intermediate School which provides a safe, healthy program for K-6 students that is not sports based and has a mentor/educational component.

wish updated 8/16/19

Riding for a Cure
Requesting: Any Amount

We're seeking funding to help cancer patients with needs in Butler and Armstrong Counties such as co-pays, medications and wigs.

wish updated 8/16/19

Rory Ridge Rescue
Requesting: Items listed below

  • Hay-round bales or large square bales (horse quality)
  • Endure fly spray
  • Buckeye Grain-Safe n Easy Performance, Cadence Ultra, Gro n Win
  • Halters-all sizes
  • Stall buckets
  • Pelleted horse bedding
  • Trace mineral salt blocks-all sizes
  • Protein tubs
  • Tractor Supply gift cards
  • Rubber stall mats
  • Pitch forks (metal or plastic)
  • ATV/UTV-use to maintain fencing on property and multi use
  • Tractor-used for moving hay to pastures
  • Volunteers for events

*items in bold are immediate needs

We are also seeking funding to purchase an aluminum horse trailer for transport to attend more events/functions with our horses in the local community.  Providing transport quickly and safely of any neglected or homeless horses within our area of rescue.  This will also help us act quickly when needed by an owner surrender or seizure case that we are requested to help with.

wish updated 8/16/19

Royal Family Kids Camp Armstrong-2019
Requesting: $5,000

Royal Family Kids, Inc. is a Christian-based organization with a goal of creating positive, life-changing moments for children, ages 7-11, who have been victims of neglect, abuse, and abandonment and placed in the Armstrong County Foster Care program.  We are anticipating 24 campers this year.  It is our mission to sponsor a five-day summer camp in August of 2019 for children such as these where they will be treated royally for the first time in their young lives.  While in our care for that week, the children will receive encouragement and positive attention from their camp counselors.  They will be exposed to a variety of fun activities designed for positive, self-esteem building experiences.  It is our desire for them to have a week where they can focus on having fun and being a kid.  Our staff members are all volunteer, and because of their commitment to Royal Family Kids Camp Armstrong-2019, every dollar raised is utilized to help them understand that they have value in God's eyes.  They are important to us and that they deserve to be loved.

Royal Family Kids Camp 2019 is scheduled for the week of August 19-23.

wish updated 5/28/19

R&P Coffee Co.
Requesting: Various Amounts

R&P Coffee Co. is a non-profit start-up that is seeking to make Shannock Valley (and the surrounding areas) a better place to live, work, and play.  Overdose and suicide are ravaging rural Pennsylvania.  The state is currently 4th in the nation for overdose rates.  Armstrong County is 4th in the state.  Something needs to change. By restoring community and making place for authentic relationship to happen, we can increase social connections, improve health & economy, decrease drug & suicide rates, and more!  If there is a need in the community, we want to make a difference!

But why coffee??  Coffee shops provide the informal, neutral space, needed for authentic relationships to naturally thrive.  You're primarily there for conversation, you can become a regular, there's no real structure or time constraints to what is happening... A local coffee shop becomes the living room of the community as authentic relationships begin, grow, and thrive.  By having open hours in the evening, R&P will provide a safe place for youth and families to connect and enjoy the past-time of actual neighboring.  We are in need of:

- Painting Materials: $85 

- Electrical Materials: $375 (6 USB receptacles, 8 GFI receptacles, exterior light, cctagonal receptical, pendant track lights)

- Counter/Bar Space: $1,400 (hand washing sink, kitchen sink, faucet, purified water faucet, backsplash, butcher block counter top)

- Cleaning Supplies: $350 (mop, bucket, broom, vacuum)

- Equipment: $11,000 (includes major coffee equipment, ice maker, under counter mini-fridge, counter top display fridge, and normal refrigerator)

- Furniture and Related: $2,200 (entrance rug, area rug, shelving, trash receptacles, chairs, bar stools, butcher block table tops)

- Other Construction: $1,200 (bypass barn door hardware set, black pipe and fittings, lumber)

- Signage: TBD (main sign for building, secondary sign for corner, sign for billboard along 85)

For more information:
We know this is an unusual venture, but social ventures like this are making a difference all across the nation.  For more information about R&P Coffee Co. check out our website:  www.rpcoffeeco.com  Follow us on Facebook & Instagram as well.  Contact info: rpcoffeeco@gmail.com or 814-952-7625

wish updated 6/3/19

St. John's Lutheran Church, Kittanning
Requesting: Any Amount

Narcotics Anonymous meets at our  church 2 times per week, Monday and Friday evenings.  Over the past year, we've seen a growing need with this group.  they have no options for childcare and bring their children to the meetings with them.  As we've been called, we are going to start a program to meet the needs of these children.

We will be planning programming, snacks, activities, homework tutoring and more for the kids who come with their parents, every Monday and Friday evening.  In addition, we would eventually hope to expand this idea to other churches/groups that host Narcotics Anonymous.  If you should grant funds to us, we would use them to purchase snacks, crafts and other items, as well as personal items a child may need, such as school supplies.  We have a qualified and clearanced team of leaders to run the program, and volunteers to help.

wish updated 7/18/19

 

The Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting support for specialized services program.  Individuals who are blind or visually impaired live independently within our community with skills learned at the Blind Association and support services that help to maintain their independence.

wish updated 8/16/19

The Center Midland
Requesting: $6,000

The Center exists to equip and empower generations through Christ.  while we have strong programs for youth, adults and families, including programs in the arts and mentoring, we are currently working in partnership with Saint Monica to renovate an unused space in the Midland community to provide a much needed gathering place for residents.  This space, "The Upper Room," will include a coffee bar, computer lab, meeting space, and a working kitchen.  It will be a space where residents can escape the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.  It is a place where they can commune, hold meetings and host events.  It is a place residents can use to help launch their businesses or sell their wares.  It is a true community space used to help meet the needs of those who will use it.

Our town of Midland is lacking in many resources.  We have no grocery store, doctors, mental health, recovery groups, or even a local coffee shop.  We also have no high school, with the football games and dances that so often unite a community.  Nor do we have any public transportation available.  This once thriving steel town, which lies on the border of the state, has now found itself isolated from not only resources, but the rest of Beaver County.  And, the residents have no place to gather and build community aside from local bars.  The goal of this project is to alleviate the isolation that is prevalent in our town by offering people a place to gather, grow, and to share their skills.  This space is a step towards the renewal of creativity, partnerships, and building a strong, vibrant, healthy community.

This space will also address the equity issues of food and mobility.  The town of Midland is a true food desert, with extremely limited access to fresh produce and variety.  The working kitchen in this space will allow residents to host community dinners and sell homemade foods and baked goods.  Many of our residents do not drive or do not own a car, and therefore, have limited opportunities for employment.  Because of this reality, one of the functions of this space is to give entrepreneurs a place to promote and launch their businesses without expensive overhead costs.  One such example is "3 Glassy Ladies," a glass painting business recently started by three single moms in Midland.

This space will be renovated July 20-27 with a a team of over 150 volunteers.  Our goal is to have it fully open to the community by the end of August.  The total cost of this project is $47,000.  We are asking for $6,000 to help cover the cost of kitchen and coffee bar equipment and furnishings.  Currently we have over 300 families through The Center, all of whom will have immediate access to this new space.  In a town where business after business has shut down, this space will truly be welcomed as a gift to a town longing for a sense of community. 

wish updated 7/23/19

The Deane Center for the Performing Arts
Requesting:$2,500

Pennsylvania has a rich history of storytelling.  The communication of history, events, cultures, and life through the spoken word is something we feel is appreciated in this period of technological communication.  Our past experience with Storytellers at the Deane Center has been positive.  On August 30th, we will begin a series that will run through March of 2020 offering 6 master-storytellers.  We may add a seventh...They will perform in our Coolidge Theater.  While our major audience will be adult, we will actively pursue outreach possibilities to area schools.

wish updated 7/18/19

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Requesting: $5,000

We are seeking support for the School Readiness Summer Camp, a multi-day experience to prepare 50 Pre-K children in Southern Armstrong Count to be successful as they transition to Kindergarten at Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg school districts for the 2019-2020 school year.  At United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, our mission is to lead and mobilize the caring power of individuals, the business community, and organizations to help local people in need across Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Southern Armstrong Counties measurably improve their lives.

In August 2019, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg Area will implement a summer camp program to prepare incoming Kindergarten students for the 2019-2020 school year by 1. identifying up to 25 eligible participants at each elementary school, specifically targeting children who showed the highest amount of need on their kindergarten screening and/or never attended a pre-k program; 2. training district teachers and support staff to develop and deliver quality learning activities while also creating a sense of familiarity with the school environment among participants; 3. offering busing to provide the experience the children will have riding the school bus in the fall; and 4. supplying parents and caregivers with high quality resources to work with their children over the summer months (mailed to families in June, July and August).  Each program will deliver fun, engaging activities centered o the cognitive and developmental foundation necessary for children to succeed in Kindergarten year, including:

  • Social and emotional skills like sharing, taking turns, keeping their hands to themselves, talking in a group, navigating the classroom and school, reciting their phone numbers and addresses, and spelling their names.
  • Academic skills including letter and number recognition, participating in book walks, site word identification, and identifying shapes and colors.
  • Fine motor skills (e.g. holding a pencil, using scissors, manipulating children's books, using glue, coloring)

wish updated 6/3/19

UPMC Children's Hospital Foundation
Requesting: $536,700

Our goal is to prevent substance use, abuse, and addiction in Armstrong and surrounding counties by screening young children for risk and then motivating good choices and providing family-centered support to children at greatest risk.  this 2-year project will serve a minimum of 100 kids and families and enable data gathering and analysis in order to refine and demonstrate the value of Collaborative Care to the SMART Choices model.  Screening Motivational interviewing and Referral to Treatment (SMART) is a collaboration of UPMC Children's Hospital, Children's Community Pediatrics and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.

wish updated 8/16/19

Waypoint Youth and Community Center
Requesting: $15,000

Our mission is to be a waypoint and safe haven, helping youth find their purpose and passions while achieving their potential through empowering, nurturing, and mentoring them as they become productive members serving our community.

Waypoint serves vulnerable low-income middle and high school students in the town of West Newton, PA.  The majority of which are from low-income households, living in a single-parent or multi-generational homes where neither the father or mother are the primary caretaker.  Many of our youth have experienced the incarceration of a parent and been affected by the opioid epidemic in their homes and families.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for meals.  Volunteers, donors, staff and students all cook and serve daily meals at Waypoint.  This provides the necessary nutrition for our students' developing minds, enhancing their abilities to complete academic assignments and learn new things.  Nearly all Waypoint students are low-income and many qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.  According to our last survey, less than 10% of core students at Waypoint ate dinner outside of our center.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for after school tutoring and activities.  Staff and volunteers provide individualized general homework help and in specific subject areas to middle and high school students at Waypoint.  Many of our students come from families in which neither parent has graduated from high school, therefore Waypoint employs an incentive system to instill motivation and to teach students persistence towards a goal. Strong relationships with area schools permit parents to release their children's PowerSchool login to Waypoint to follow academic progress and intervene when needed to best support the student.

We are requesting up to $5,000 for organizational development and fundraising.  Waypoint opened its doors in June of 2018 and operated for 70 days with an all volunteer staff.  To date, we have served 110 youth over 1,400 meals and thousands more hours of activities and enrichment.  A major need of our growing organization is for Organizational Development in terns of systems and infrastructure as well as Development in terms of fundraising, outreach, and marketing to make our organization sustainable in the long-term.

Wish updated 5/30/19

West Hills Emergency Services
Requesting: $3,381

We are seeking funding for a Manitowoc 30" Air Cooled half Dice Ice Machine.  Ice is a vital necessity for fire departments as it is used during nearly every activity.  During disaster relief situations (power outages, etc.) the 310 lbs. of ice per day would help preserve food for residents without power and cool individuals who have lost air condition due to the disaster.

wish updated 8/16/19

West Kittanning Fire Department
Requesting: $3,500

We are seeking funding to provide and install a chain link fence on the traffic side of the existing basketball court in West Kittanning to maintain the safety for the public/pedestrian and users of the basketball court to avoid vehicle traffic.

wish updated 8/16/19

If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting information for the grant wish list, please email jodi@servingtheheart.org or call 724-548-5897 for more information.