Some Luzerne County U.S. bailout funding requests focus on youth

Editor’s note: This story is part of a periodic review of projects on the Luzerne County U.S. bailout funding request list.

Nonprofits and community organizations in Luzerne County are seeking funding from the county’s U.S. Bailout for projects to help youth, according to a review of pre-applications.

The county board has about $96.3 million to reserve from its $112.89 million US federal bailout allocation.

The YMCA of the Greater Wyoming Valley Area has applied for funding to expand essential child care services to low-income communities and help pay for programs and projects at its Camp Kresge in Dennison Township.

The nonprofit has requested $100,000 to furnish additional classrooms at its early learning centers in Pittston and Forty Fort so the YMCA can immediately provide child care for 80 more children, according to the pre -request.

At Camp Kresge, the YMCA is seeking $165,000 in county funding to double the capacity of its Blue-Sky Outdoor Education Program, which provides children in most county school districts with outdoor education classes. outdoor and team building and field trips. The existing program can accommodate up to 4,000 students.

Another $500,000 is requested for a dining room and kitchen renovation project at Camp Kresge. The dining room, bathrooms and kitchen were built in 1953 and require major safety and accessibility upgrades, he said. In addition to benefiting camp programs, the commercial kitchen is needed to expand the YMCA’s summer food program to the southern half of the county.

In total, the three projects will cost $2.85 million. The YMCA uses internal funds and a $500,000 McCole Foundation award for projects and seeks state grants and funding from local foundations, he said.

Youth at risk

As part of its work to help at-risk children and families, United Way of Wyoming Valley is seeking $210,000 of $403,904 in programs to address learning loss.

Most students are falling behind in reading due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as confirmed by local school districts and national research, according to its pre-app. The funding will help support three initiatives, including the positions of community navigator and non-profit school reading coordinator.

United Way of Wyoming Valley funds would cover the remaining costs, he said.

Luzerne County CASA is seeking $5,000 for a $55,000 initiative to increase the number of children who can be served.

The non-profit organization recruits, trains and supports volunteer advocates who give voice to children in the county’s addictions court system. The pandemic has increased the number of children in addiction court while decreasing the nonprofit’s ability to recruit new volunteers, according to its pre-application.

Grants and fundraising would cover the remaining cost of the initiative, he said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Pennsylvania is seeking $80,000 for a $100,000 initiative to recruit at-risk children from the county who will be placed with a screened and trained mentor or police officer in a child-focused relationship. goals, said his pre-candidacy.

The nonprofit focuses on youth ages 7 to 14 and tries to create and sustain mentoring relationships that “unleash youth power and promise,” he said.

Other funding will come from a federal grant and two events, he said.

The Wyoming Valley Sports Alliance has requested $25,000 to fund a $50,000 program in Edwardsville that will serve school-aged children throughout the Wyoming Valley, its pre-request said.

This non-profit organization plans to run daily after-school programs in a safe atmosphere, offering homework help, tutoring by volunteer certified instructors, and access to sports to get local children interested in physical activity. Donations would cover additional costs, he said.

stay active

The Conyngham Valley Civic Organization (CVCO) is requesting $295,992 to help fund a $645,992 project to repair, renovate and upgrade its aging and heavily used recreation complex, which includes an outdoor swimming pool, its pre-application says.

Private donations and grants would cover the remaining costs, the nonprofit organization said.

Its facilities and programs are available to all residents of the greater Hazleton area, which has a very diverse and growing population, he said. The CVCO operates the only public swimming pool in the Hazleton area and is the only organization that offers swimming lessons to area youth, he said.

“We have seen a huge increase in demand for the use of our pool and swimming lessons since the Hazleton Area School District closed elementary school pools,” he said. “The demand for our gymnasium and recreation building has increased significantly with the closure of YMCA Hazleton. »

Many local youth sports and recreation programs use the CVCO complex. Adult groups also rely on the facility to play basketball, pickle ball, volleyball and participate in senior fitness programs, he said.

A few other recreation-related nonprofit requests, according to pre-requests:

• The Edwardsville Hometown Committee is requesting $35,0000 for a $40,0000 project to purchase and install new playground equipment, with the remainder coming from donations and fundraising.

• The Swoyersville Little League is seeking $10,000 for a $20,000 project to replace the deteriorating outfield fence and carry out other major repairs, saying the rest of the expenses will be covered by fundraising and sponsorships . Other work includes new flooring in the concession stand/press box, storage shed replacement, updated bases, field lights and a new dashboard to replace the old one and barely works, he said.

• The Northwest Area Little League of Hunlock Creek requested $160,000 for lighting projects at a softball and baseball field. Community donations would cover the difference, he said.

• The Kiwanis Club of Dallas PA requested $150,000 for a $255,000 project to build a dek hockey rink in Dallas Township Park. Fundraising efforts would fill the funding gap, he said.

The township will provide the foundation for the rink, valued at around $35,000, while the Kiwanis club will be responsible for purchasing and owning the rink, fixtures, boards, nets and bleachers, it said. -he declares. The rink would provide a new venue and sport for children of all ages in the Back Mountain and surrounding areas, he said, noting that there is no other hockey rink in the Back Mountain. .

• Mountaintop Area Little League requested $500,000 for a $750,000 project to build a 15,000 square foot indoor baseball/softball practice facility with six batting cages, three pitching mounds and an indoor field life-size, allowing players and other Mountain Top kids to practice all year round. The organization conducts various community fundraisers to obtain additional funds.

Health needs

The Berwick Area YMCA has requested $25,000, half the cost of food distributions, youth feeding programs and other assistance to the underserved community of Shickshinny, in an effort to combat the impact of poverty and the pandemic, he said.

YMCA operating funds and private donations would cover the remaining costs, according to the pre-application.

Maternal and Family Health Services is requesting $1.38 million for a $4 million initiative to increase staff and resources in the county, including additional nurses and bilingual clinical staff to meet health needs physical and behavioral, according to his pre-request.

The nonprofit serves low-income and at-risk women, children and families through programs in the county, including reproductive and maternity care and nursing home visits, a he declared.

Other funding came from government agencies, United Way, Wilkes-Barre and third-party reimbursements, he said.

And after?

The county council and administration are still discussing how to identify projects eligible for funding and what format will be used to determine approved projects.

The county received $186.8 million in funding requests — $171.58 million from more than 100 outside entities and $15.26 million from county government departments, the administration said. Some entities also submitted applications after the pre-application deadline.

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