HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the expansion of The Cooperage Project’s …
HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the expansion of The Cooperage Project’s youth programs.
Programming for youth of all ages is a central focus area of the Cooperage Project, addressing a general lack of consistent programming available to young people in the region. In collaboration with school districts, Wayne Library Alliance, Lackawanna College, and dozens of organizations, The Cooperage Project’s child and teen offerings include Pop-Up Club after school club for middle schoolers, Bright Kids wellness programs delivered to students and teachers, Romping Radishes for early learners, At the Farm, and Teen Open Mic.
This grant will help The Cooperage Project acquire a designated youth programs building to increase scheduling capacity; expand Pop-Up Club, its highly in-demand after school program currently in three districts; and assist in development of new programs. These exciting new offerings include Girl Wonder, an empowerment and leadership club for middle school girls; MicroGreens healthy living workshop for preschool-aged kids and their caregivers; and Teen Dinner Club for highschoolers.
The PPL Foundation’s support for The Cooperage Project’s youth programs expansion is joined by The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, which awarded a grant of $30,000 toward the initiative.
The Cooperage Project’s Executive Director, Arrah Fisher said, “This grant will help us proactively respond to community needs and requests to expand existing youth programs and develop new ones with support from our varied community partners. We are grateful for the continued and generous support from the PPL Foundation to help provide more and more enrichment opportunities for our area’s youth.”
The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the PPL Foundation received more than 100 applications during this highly competitive grant cycle. The Cooperage Project was one of 17 organizations to be selected for a grant.
“We are continuously inspired by the caring, commitment and creativity of the many nonprofit organizations such as The Cooperage Project who make a lasting difference in our communities, and this year’s grant recipients are no exception. We’re proud to support their efforts,” said Ryan Hill, PPL Foundation president.
The Cooperage Project was founded in 2012 in Honesdale, PA within a restored barrel making factory with the guiding idea that strong communities are built on strong relationships. Its vision has always been to support a healthy and collaborative community by serving as a vibrant hub where people of all ages, incomes, and abilities meet, learn, grow, seek resources, and have fun. To learn more visit thecooperageproject.org and follow us on social media.
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