Friday, August 4, 2017

Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Support Projects In Philadelphia, Blair, Lancaster Counties

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday announced grants totaling $40,000 from Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s were awarded to Keep Blair Beautiful, Keep Lancaster County Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful for high impact community improvement projects.
The 2017 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers to take action to benefit their community with projects that focus on critical needs.
Here’s more on the Pennsylvania-funded projects:
-- Keep Philadelphia Beautiful: $20,000, to develop a program to provide preschoolers with hands-on learning and professional development to pre-K teachers to incorporate agricultural and environmental lessons into classroom learning. An outdoor learning center will be built at the largest pre-K site in North Philadelphia. "
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is thrilled to partner with our School District on a Pre-K Education for Sustainability at the Pratt School in North Philadelphia - and grateful to Lowe's for its continued support of the Keep America Beautiful family. We know Lowe's investment in Philadelphia and our youth will have a positive impact for generations to come," said Michelle Feldman, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful.
-- Keep Blair Beautiful: $10,000, to create bird, bat and pollinator habitats while educating the community on their importance.
“We are appreciative that Lowes and Keep America Beautiful continue to support our efforts to promote clean, green and beautiful places here in Blair County.  We are excited, especially, to partner with our local libraries and the Blair County Conservation District to provide this unique environmental education opportunity.  Raising awareness and understanding of crucial habitat, especially for our beleaguered bats is particularly valuable and we’re delighted to be able to enhance such efforts in the county,” said John Frederick, Keep Blair Beautiful.  
-- Keep Lancaster County Beautiful: $10,000, to educate the community about the value of recycling, create an opportunity for skill sharing by fabric artists and hobbyists and provide job training/transitional employment for low-income residents.
“Keep Lancaster County Beautiful, an initiative of the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, is honored to receive a $10,000 Lowe’s Community Partners grant,” says Katie Sandoe, Deputy Chief Community Relations for LCSWMA.  “These funds will be used to update a local community fabric shop, which offers education and resources to reuse and recycle textiles, while providing transitional employment for low income residents.”
“We are grateful for Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s for providing Pennsylvania affiliates this opportunity to improve our local communities,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “These grants provide an opportunity for the community to engage in activities that improve the quality of life for everyone.”
“Lowe’s has been empowering our national network of affiliates with significant Lowe’s Community Partners Grants for years, helping Keep America Beautiful turn public spaces into beautiful places,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and Lowe’s is taking responsibility to contribute to our vision.”
“Our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves to help make our communities better places to live,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “By working with Keep America Beautiful to address critical needs, we’re demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment and improving the health of our communities.”
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.

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