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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.

 

Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, Inc.
Requesting: $5,556

The Soap & Hope Project will focus on supporting center participants in maintaining their hygiene, pride, and confidence.  The project involves the construction of a small laundry area with a commercial washer and drying for the participants to utilize while at the center.  Many KEC (Kittanning Empowerment Center) participants live on fixed incomes and have limited access to laundry facilities.  The KEC staff have noted that some participants struggle to afford to do their laundry in laundromats or at pay machines in their high rise apartment buildings.

Wish updated 9/15/20.

American Red Cross, Chestnut Ridge Chapter
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting funding for 45 smoke alarms and supplies for direct client assistance, including food, water, sheltering funds, medicine and medical equipment.

Wish updated 9/15/20.

Apollo Area Historical Society
Requesting: $6,500 (Total)

1. We are requesting $3,000 to repair/rebuild and extend the split rail fence at Drake Log Cabin.  This fence will define the property line and maintain the rustic appearance of the cabin, the oldest structure in Apollo Borough.

2. We are requesting $2,000 to purchase archival supplies to be used in the organizing, maintaining, and preservation, of the artifacts endeared to the Apollo Area Historical Society's Museum, located in the WCTU building, Apollo, PA.  We would like to purchase proper acid free archival supplies from the Gaylord Archival catalog.

3. We are requesting $1,500 to cover the expense for the reproduction of historical photographs and documents endeared to Apollo Historical Society's Museum.  This will allow the public to view them at our museum without subjecting the original photos and documents to the elements that would cause deterioration.

Wish updated 9/15/20.

ARC Manor
Requesting: $4,450

Operational support for the ARC Manor's Partial Hospitalization Program that offers individuals with moderate to severe substance use treatment five days a week. This intensive treatment program offers interventions for individuals that may be at risk for needing a higher level of care, such as residential, or used during the transition after completing residential treatment. This program is important for individuals to maintain their recovery due to it offering such support that is often lacking in the lives of the individual seeking treatment. 

Wish updated 9/16/20.

Armstrong County Community Action Agency
Requesting: Any Amount

To support the 2020 Christmas Program. This year has been a particularly difficult one for many of our clients. Monetary donations will allow us to provide Christmas assistance to families in need.

Wish updated 11/20/20

Requesting: $49,227.84

We are a community-based grassroots organization serving the low-income and disadvantaged. This funding would address four different areas:

(1) Hazard pay for our front-line essential staff.

(2) Deep cleaning of the office complex.

(3) Consumable cleaning supplies.

(4) Social distancing signage for the office complex.

Wish updated 9/16/20.

Arts on the Allegheny
Requesting: $450

We are seeking funding to assist with the following:

1. Presenting the Arts on the Allegheny Concert Series.

2. Arts on the Allegheny is planning to present four events in the upcoming year. One will be a William Shakespeare play held at Armstrong High School, performed by Shakespeare and Company, Lennox, Massachusetts. The other three will be musical concerts held at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater in Kittanning's Riverfront Park. The artists will be selected and announced by April, 2021.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Blessings Foster Care Ministry
Requesting: $5,000

1. Funding to be used to secure wheel-chair accessible office space to better serve all children and teens in an inclusive environment. It will also be used to purchase accessible clothing and storage racks for the closet.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Requesting: Any Amount

Every year, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh cares for children in over 1 million hospital and physician outpatient visits throughout our region. Children's Hospital is striving to transform pediatric health care for all children--through groundbreaking scientific discovery, nationally-ranked clinical care, and a focus on healing the whole child through compassionate, engaging patient experiences. Of the 1 million patient care visits annually, 5,000 visits are children and youth from Armstrong County. Amidst the current health and economic crisis, the hospital has deepened its commitment to assist families in need of financial support as they navigate hospital visits, frequent travel, and loss of income. Family Support Funds provide a critical safety net for the most vulnerable of patients, especially as the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to develop. Children's Clinical Social Work team provides philanthropy-fueled resources from these funds to enhance services not reimbursed through insurance and offer families assistance to make the weight of hospital appointments and admissions lighter.

Wish updated 11/20/20.

 

Community Guidance Center
Requesting: $1,360

The Community Guidance Center (CGC) is a private, non-profit community mental health center, whose purpose is to promote mental and behavioral health and provide outpatient treatment and supported services to adults and children. The Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (ALPHA) Program is a comprehensive psychiatric treatment program for children in grades K-12 and is one of the major programs offered by CGC. Funding requested will be designated to help the ALPHA Program with two specific COVID-19 related needs:

1. Thermometers for bus/van drivers.

2. Supply of reusable masks - three for each student with breakaway lanyards to support the cleanliness of masks.

Wish updated 9/23/20. 

Divine Redeemer School
Requesting: Any Amount

We are requesting funding to greatly enhance the security of our school by installing a building wide communication system for two-way emergency alert purposes.  This system would include a 911 panic alarm button and service all three floors of our building.  The ability to immediately communicate will increase the chances of the safety and welfare of all present.

Wish updated 9/2/20.

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

Don't Stop Dreamin' has launched a capital campaign to purchase a Ram ProMaster Van to transport residents on Dreams who will utilize the Trac Fab all-terrain wheelchair on outdoor excursions such as whitetail deer hunting, fishing trips, and to experience county fairs to name a few.  Our goal is to move beyond the limited excursions with standard wheelchairs.

Wish updated 9/2/20.

Downtown Kittanning Revitalization
Requesting: $4,850

We are requesting money for the flowers and upkeep on Market Street to keep it looking beautiful! Funding includes the installation, plant medium, labor and watering.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Requesting: $2,900

We strive to help any woman who needs our support. We regularly serve women who are veterans, homemakers re-entering the workforce, previously incarcerated women, college students, and single moms. We are seeking funds that will support the operation of four mobile service events in Armstrong County in 2020-2021.These events will serve 20-30 women over the course of a year. By bringing our Mobile Boutique to Armstrong County for events, we will eliminate the transportation barrier women in Armstrong County face in order to take advantage of our services. Our mobile units provide the boutique experience in a setting that is convenient and accessible. The funds will be utilized for real costs including fuel, insurance, and maintenance fees for vehicle operations.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Elderton Borough
Requesting: $300

The Elderton Borough recognizes the needs of the people in the community. This funding is for essential items needed by the Elderton Presbyterian Food Bank.

Wish updated 9/23/20.

Evangelical Lutheran School Worthington
Requesting: $2,500

We are seeking funds for the following:

1. $1,000 for the cost of children's school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.

2. $1,500 to purchase Covid-19 supplies and related items so that our nursery school/kindergarten students, as well as teachers, are protected. It will include: (3) hepa filter air purifiers, student/teacher masks, personal protective equipment, dividers separating students, and hand sanitizer/cleaning supplies.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival
Requesting: Sponsorship

As our 50th celebration is approaching in 2021, we are already starting to make preparations.  We plan to include more entertainment, increased advertising, a parade, a 10K race and a car cruise.  We are requesting sponsors for the next two years to help us with these goals.  In addition, we are always looking for volunteers.

Wish updated 9/15/20.

Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association Foundation
Requesting: Any Amount

The Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association provides education and eventing facilities to the equine community as well as other charitable organizations.  The Foundation, through its support of the Association, provides a facility located in Manor Township, Armstrong County known as Crooked Creek Horse Park.  The Park contains 97.5 acres dedicated to equestrian activities, a barn museum, stalls, camping and bath facilities.  The Park provides a facility where the horse and nature enthusiasts can relax, compete and learn.

The Foundation is an all-volunteer organization.  With two arenas, 3 barns, and administration building, concession area, bath house and restrooms, there is never a shortage of projects.  Of the most immediate needs are the following:

  • Upgrade improvements to bleachers
  • Gravel for roads
  • Roof for Administration Building
  • Upgrade soil/footing in Barn #1
  • Re-siding Administration Building
  • Upgrades to kitchen
  • Purchase Mower
  • Repair/upgrade to septic

The cost to undertake these projects are variable and can range from $3,000 to over $100,000.  Based on funds availability projects will be prioritized.

Wish updated 9/2/20.

Fostering Music
Requesting: $1,920

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 that will be used to maintain uninterrupted music lessons for one youth and start lessons/purchase instruments for two children awaiting funding. 

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Foundation for Indiana University of PA (IUP)
Requesting: $8,875

Students, including those from Armstrong County, have cited requests related to the loss of income because of the discontinuation of paid internships and/or employment, parental job loss, the inability to return home due to unstable home environments, family health issues, groceries, utility bills, technology, and more. IUP, in partnership with the Foundation for IUP, established the Emergency Response Fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This funding would allow for more aid to be extended to students in need through the Emergency Response Fund.

Wish updated 9/23/20.

Freeport Area Library Association
Requesting: $289

This funding would be used for supplies and unforeseen expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wish updated 9/23/20.

Freeport Community Park Corporation
Requesting: $3,500

Funding is for a "Movies in the Freeport Park" program to provide safe and enjoyable entertainment for the residents of Freeport and all surrounding communities. A portable theater would allow holding outdoor drive in movies in the park or inside Laube Hall during colder months. 

Wish updated 9/23/20.

Friends of the Kittanning Public Library
Requesting: $4,125

This funding would go to operational expenses to replace the income lost during the closure and reduced operating hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wish updated 9/23/20.

Gilpin-Leechburg Recreation Authority
Requesting: $48,000

The Gilpin-Leechburg Recreational Authority is a group of 7 volunteers trying to keep the Gilpin-Leechburg Park in good working order for the surrounding communities to use.  We have 7 pavilions, a tennis/basketball court and 3 ball fields that are used by the Gilpin and Leechburg communities.

The basketball/tennis court is around 50 years old and is in need of updating.  I have received bids of approximately $12,000 to replace 4 basketball hoops and $36,000 to replace the fencing around the basketball/tennis court.  We would hope to have this done by the fall of 2020.

Wish updated 8/25/20.

Grace Christian School
Requesting: $3,718 (Total)

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.  

We are requesting funding for the following:

1. $268 for "STEM for All Ages" that will be used to enhance our science, technology, and mathematics curriculum.

2. $3,450 to expand the music curriculum to include more instruments for the students to use. This would allow for a purchase of 49 choir chimes to be used by the younger students individually and begin the process of reading and making music. 

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Growing Together Aquaponics c/o DREAM Partnership
Requesting: $5,600

Funding will allow four student workers with intellectual or other developmental disabilities for 15 weeks.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Historic Elizabeth
Requesting: $3,635

Funding will help to provide an introductory adult literacy program focusing on 21st Century literacy knowledge and skills to build community capacity, health, and vibrancy.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Indiana County Public Safety Academy
Requesting: $5,000

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our academy because in-person training has not been possible. This has resulted in a substantial reduction in our income from course registrations. We are in the process of updating our technology resources to be able to provide certain courses virtually. Due to the nature of our trainings, not all training is possible virtually. However, courses that can be offered virtually will not only be an asset during the pandemic but will also help our trainees in the future. Many first responders work shifts or are attending to emergency situations and virtual classes allow the freedom to complete the coursework when it best fits their schedule. Funding would assist with operational costs this year, especially recurring utility expenses at our training facility.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Kiddie's Korner Nursery School
Requesting: $5,000

We are requesting funding to reopen and sustain our preschool this year, which has served Armstrong and the surrounding counties for 50+ years.  Kiddie's Korner Nursery School has been greatly impacted by the statewide mandatory COVID-19 shutdown.

Wish updated 9/11/20.

Kittanning Borough Police Department
Requesting: $1,100

We are requesting funding to purchase the PA ForCite Electronic Citation System, which is an efficient solution for law enforcement in issuing traffic citations.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Kittanning Public Library
Requesting: $5,000 (Total)

We are requesting funding for the following:

1. $800 for the purchase of quality scanner equipment and flash drives. Staff and volunteers would travel throughout Armstrong County and hold "Scan Days." This would involve community members bringing their historical documents and pictures to be digitized in order to be shared with the library and other organizations to preserve our local history for future generations. We have secured more than half the funding needed from other resources.

2. $4,200 for the purchase of a new security system. Our current system is grossly outdated and not sufficient for our needs.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Leechburg Public Library
Requesting: $15,000

Funding for the relocation of the Public Library from the high school to a stand alone building.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Life Choices
Requesting the following:

1. $2,460 for Medical Clinic needs. Window clings for the Kittanning Clinic ($500); three locking file cabinets ($300); a reception desk ($850); two computers ($500); a storage cabinet ($250), and mouth guards for CPR ($60).

2. $1,320 for Parenting Program and Continuing Education. The annual cost to maintain this curriculum for all of our locations is $1,200. In addition, the parenting education offered is in need of a baby model ($65) and a car seat ($55) to walk through different aspects of education. The car seat CAN be expired, but MUST be in good condition.

3. $3,050 for The Inn, Maternity Home. The Inn is in need of an AED-Automated External Defibrillator ($1,500), a snow blower ($450), and two desktop computers - one for resident use/one for the office ($1,000). In addition, staff would like to see the newest curriculum made into workbooks that the women can have to keep and look back on for future use ($100).

4. $3,500 for Vital Training. In the coming year, there are two trainings that we believe are absolutely essential to the success of the organization: House Parent Training ($2,000) and training for a nurse through the national organization NIFLA-National Institute of Family and Life Advocates ($1,500).

5. $1,500 for Executive Office Needs. The staff is in dire need of new conference chairs and new desk chairs.  

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Lifesteps, Inc.
Requesting: $1,220

1. We are requesting funding to be able to provide Lifesteps Community OutReach Program technology enhancements. This would support continued education and help build life skills for the adults with disabilities who participate in the program. 

Wish updated 9/17/20.

Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV
Requesting: $3,350

To fund the wish of an Armstrong County child with a life-threatening medical condition. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to fulfill wishes for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18. We are dedicated to bringing these children an oasis of happiness that gives them and their families a respite from their illnesses and which often leads to a long-term remission and the chance for a bright future.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

 

Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center
Requesting: $1,600

To assist in the absorbent costs of disinfectant cleaning supplies, electricity costs, and canned goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. We humbly request any financial assistance available in accomplishing our mission of serving our country's homeless veterans.

Also 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 9/22/20.

PennPIRG Education Fund
Requesting: $225,000

This is an emergency funding request resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic impacting Pennsylvanians in wide reaching and profound ways. This request will assist nearly 1 million Pennsylvanians from facing utility shutoffs. This will include state campaign staff coordination, public education and mobilization, a telephone outreach project, media and visibility, digital and media organizing, research and policy, and elected official education. 

Wish updated 11/20/20.

Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County (PWAC)
Requesting: Any Amount

To support the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County (PWAC) operate a Small Group Employment Program for individuals who have been diagnosed with an intellectual, physical, or emotional disability. PWAC is expanding by incorporating Progressive Document Destruction. This will consist of obtaining and shredding documents for residents and business members and will follow HIPAA compliance regulations when storing and destroying documents. 

Wish updated 11/20/20.

Project Bundle-Up
Requesting: $10,000

To assist children and seniors at The Salvation Army Corps. locations in Kittanning, Punxsutawney, and Indiana, which would provide new winter outerwear to 150-200 children and seniors. Our most vulnerable friends and neighbors need winter gear and the warmth of our love to brave the many continued unknown variables due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wish updated 10/13/20.

Project Extreme
Requesting: $5,000

Project Extreme operates Miryam's House, a transitional living shelter (located in Brooklyn, NY) for young women (18 years and older) that offers a supportive and growth-oriented home for those overcoming trauma and in need of encouragement, life skills support, and healthy communication skills. This funding will be used to support essential program expenses to keep the home open and running such as program staff salaries, supplies, and materials.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

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 in 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 over 400 ramps across the four county area since that time.

Armstrong County entered the program in 2013.  We've had one or two teams of volunteers every year 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 a 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 9/18/20.

Reagan's Journey
Requesting: $1,000

Reagan's Journey is requesting two 14" laptops for staff to use both at home and at our new Lending Closet space in Oakmont.

Reagan's Journey Lending Closet provides life-sustaining medical equipment to children with special needs. The Lending Closet is uniquely poised to bridge healthcare gaps for children with special needs. Families have been assisted in Allegheny, Armstrong, as well as 13 surrounding counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Lending Closet can provide, at no cost to the families in need, the medical equipment and supplies received as donations from families that no longer need them.

Due to our constantly changing environment, our family events have been halted for the entirety of 2020. Our events aim to foster relationships among families raising children with disabilities. Not every space or event is appropriate for children with extra needs due to lack of accessibility or sensory sensitivity. When these events don't occur, we risk the intense feeling of isolation. Online support groups have been a huge part of how we operate since COVID-19 restrictions. We have an online support group boosting over 1,800 members all affected by disability. We've seen resource sharing and advocacy improve as well as friendships being created. We've also been able to provide families with the right seating/positioning for their child's at-home instruction and therapies because of our Lending Closet. Having portable laptops for our staff will allow us to better serve our families even when restrictions and social distancing continue to change.

 Wish updated 9/24/20.

 

Redbank Valley Trails Association (RVTA)
Requesting: $1,497

We are requesting funding to contribute to the cost of continued gate replacement on the 42-mile main Redbank Valley Trail and 9-mile Sligo Spur.

Wish updated 9/21/20.

Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus
Requesting: $25,000

Fund a program for those that have chosen not to return to school, homeschool families, or if the school system has to suddenly change and go back to virtual learning. Children in grades K through 6th would be offered the program. Former and current teachers would be on staff to assist children with their online school work in the early portion of the day. Activities such as swimming, physical exercise, and arts would fall within the remainder of the day. The overall goal is to assist those parents that are overwhelmed with their children and school work along with those parents and families struggling with what to do with their children since they have returned to work.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Roaring Run Watershed Association
Requesting: $3,500

Funding towards the resurfacing of 2.5 miles of their popular Roaring Run Trail in Kiski Township, Armstrong County.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Royal Family Kids Camp Armstrong
Requesting: $2,000

The Armstrong County Chapter will be holding its week-long summer camp experience in the summer of 2021 for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Our organization provides an all-expense-paid experience to kids ages 7-12 from Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties. We would like to serve 24 children and recruit 36 adult volunteers specifically for camp. 

Wish updated 9/22/20.

Rural Valley Borough
Requesting Any Amount

The Rural Valley Borough is requesting funding for the purchase of a medical bag for their police vehicle.

Wish updated 9/2/20.

Samaritan Counseling Center of Western PA
Requesting: $5,000

Funding to help underwrite our efforts to provide financial assistance to our clients in need. Our goal is to provide compassionate psychotherapy to men, women, and children who seek our help, but lack the resources to pay.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

 

Sugarcreek Township - Park
Requesting: $3,500

Funding required to keep the park in operation due to COVID-19 loss of revenue.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

The Armstrong County Historical Museum & Genealogical Society
Requesting: $2,000

Funding is requested for the 1850 Log Cabin restoration for historical preservation/education.

Wishlist updated 9/22/20.

 

The Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong
Requesting: $7,500

We are requesting funding to support general operating expenses for the following programs:

1. Transportation with a sighted guide escort.

2. Support services.

Wish updated 9/17/20.

The Center Midland
Requesting: $4,000

The Center exists to equip and empower generations through Christ. This funding will assist with a new learning enrichment program that will supplement our current after-school programming for children K4-3rd grade. Our goal is to help students with math and reading skills. 

Wish updated 9/22/20.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Requesting: $10,000

In support of the Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Local Patient Travel Assistance Program. Such an investment will address one of the most urgent needs in cancer care today and significantly advance our travel assistance efforts.

Wish Updated 10/13/20.

The Salvation Army, Kittanning PA
Requesting: $7,225

Assist with the remodeling cost of the kitchen. The mandated remodeling will allow the installation of a new stove currently in hand.  This will ensure the required safe ventilation and allow us to serve the community more.

Wish updated 11/20/20.  

TryLife Center, Inc.
Requesting: $4,125

TryLife Center is a pregnancy and family resource center that provides pregnancy, parenting and life-skills education and counseling to impoverished mothers who are seeking to provide a more stable and positive home environment for their families.

The "Parent & Baby" program provides material support for infants from impoverished households by providing opportunities for young mothers to "earn" car seats, cribs and mattresses, diapers, formula, baby clothing and other baby necessities by participating in a unique "Learn to Earn" educational and counseling program.  Mothers learn about the stages of pregnancy and positive parenting skills, as well as self-sufficiency.  We serve more than 400 mothers in Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler and Allegheny Counties.

Wish updated 9/22/20.

Washington Township Municipality
Requesting: $15,200

The beautiful Washington Township Memorial Park is in dire need of a larger mower to maintain its spacious property.

Wish updated 9/24/20.

Waypoint Youth and Community Center
Requesting: $10,000

Our mission is to be a waypoint and safe haven, helping youth find their purpose and passion while achieving their potential through empowering, nurturing, and mentoring them as they become productive members serving our community. All services provided at Waypoint are free of charge for students and community members.

Waypoint respectfully requests funds to support our after-school youth programs, which provide academic assistance, daily meals, enrichment activities, community service opportunities, as well as relationship building and mentoring. Waypoint projects to serve 175 middle and high school students:

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.

TUTORING: Volunteers provide daily individualized general homework help and in specific subject areas. The majority of our students come from families in which no one has graduated from high school, so 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.

MENTORING: Waypoint recruits, trains, and manages volunteer mentors who assist with homework, activities, and meals. Mentors commit to spending time with their students and building a healthy strong relationship of mutual trust. Prior to involvement in the program, mentors are interviewed and must pass background and reference checks. Mentors are also required to participate in initial and ongoing training to ensure volunteer satisfaction and child safety.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Our community service activities reinforce our efforts to encourage students to reach their potential both as individuals and as members of their community. To promote the value of engagement with the broader community, students and staff do a variety of volunteer projects in the community.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: Our enrichment activities provide daily opportunities for learning and development and include academic STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics); presentations offered by local community members on career paths and education; self-discovery including personal, intellectual, social, and emotional development; critical thinking skills; team-building; and physical activity.

Wish updated 9/22/20.

Western Pennsylvania Eventing Association (WPEA)
Requesting: Any Amount, Materials, or Volunteer Services

  • Landscaping/lawn services and supplies for leased land (mulch, gravel).
  • Excavation services to construct a jumping arena and a dressage arena.
  • Constructed cross country jumps or show jumping jumps or materials to build (wood, screws, paint).
  • Donations towards or service donated to construct water complex cross country jump(s).
  • Donations for Rider Scholarship Program to help pay for educational horseback opportunities. 
  • Donations of english-riding gear (saddles, safety vests, bridles, boots, breeches).
  • Prizes for year-end celebration (gift cards, items of use in a barn or riding program, photography services, trophies/award plates).
     

Wish Updated 8/4/20.

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.