SPRINGFIELD – Project W, a women’s giving circle, awarded grants totaling $ 60,000 to three local nonprofits in 2021: Wesley House Shelter received $ 30,000; Tyler Arboretum received $ 15,000 and the Mitzvah Circle Foundation received $ 15,000. Members of Project W are committed to improving the quality of life for women in Delaware County. In the three years since its inception, the 148 members of Project W have distributed over $ 175,000 in grants and donations.
Project W offers four fully funded scholarships to women between the ages of 21 and 35 living in Delaware County.
Kim D’Ambrosio, Group President explains: “We are proud of the diversity of women drawn to Project W and the impact we have had together. In 2022, we want to continue to expand our membership to reflect the voices of the county. With that in mind, some of our members have sponsored the Project W scholarship program, which will provide free one-year individual membership to four young women who want to make a difference in their community.
Women from all walks of life are welcome to apply. Each candidate must meet certain criteria, but the main characteristic is the willingness to help others in need. The deadline to apply for the scholarship program is November 12.
Project W is also looking for new paid members for 2022. Become a member and make a difference in Delaware County. Each charitable contribution is pooled with other members so the group can collectively award impactful grants to local nonprofits. Women can register as an individual for $ 550, or create their own mini donation circle with up to 5 women and join as a group for the same price. The deadline for 2022 membership is December 1, 2021.
Information sessions for new members will be held virtually in October and November. Anyone interested in applying for a scholarship or joining Project W can find out more at www.projw.org or by sending an email to [email protected]
Project W is a donation circle that operates under the charitable aegis of the Community’s Foundation (TCF). TCF provides administrative and fiduciary services to a variety of community-based groups in Delaware County, to empower everyday citizens to take charge of philanthropy.
Those interested in having the Community’s Foundation support the launch of their charitable business can call the TCF at 610-461-6571. Anyone interested in donating to TCF and making a difference in the local community can visit https://tcfhelps.org/donation-page/.
Zabel announces $ 735 billion grant for Upper Darby
In an effort to improve air quality in his district, State Representative Mike Zabel, D-163 of Upper Darby, announced that the Township of Upper Darby has received a grant of $ 735,000. to replace older vehicles and purchase six Class 8 clean diesel trucks.
Upper Darby was one of five applicants to receive funding under the Driving PA Forward – Truck & Bus Fleet grant program.
“The approval of this grant is important not only because diesel vehicles are more efficient than gasoline trucks, but it is also good news for our district as new diesel truck models reduce emissions,” said Zabel. “The grant is a victory for residents looking to improve air quality, reduce emissions and improve public health in our district and region. “
Funding for the grant program comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (following a settlement against Volkswagen) and the Zero Emission Vehicle Fund.
The awards recognize the conversion of old diesel vehicles to new clean diesel vehicles, which improves air quality in high priority, densely populated and heavily trafficked areas.
Conversions to clean diesel trucks and buses reduce large amounts of nitrogen oxide pollution from these vehicles, resulting in less fine particulate matter and ozone formation. The recommended projects will also reduce hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.
Marciano & MacAvoy, PC sponsors the “Walk Like MADD” event at the zoo
The plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm Marciano & MacAvoy, PC, recently sponsored the Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) event at the Philadelphia Zoo. Lawyer Kevin Marciano was among those chosen to speak at the event before the start of the march.
Lawyers Kevin Marciano, Pat MacAvoy and law firm employees, along with their friends and families, raised funds and participated in the Walk. Participants in the event included 20 teams and 464 people. A total of $ 52,806 was raised. The Philadelphia Walk Like MADD 2021 event is MADD’s signature fundraising event to help MADD raise awareness and fundraise to end drunk and drugged driving. Marciano & MacAvoy represent victims and their families in cases against bars that serve too much alcohol to drunk drivers. In many of these cases, in addition to directly compensating victims, the company made a condition of the settlement that bars and drunk drivers themselves donate to MADD out of pocket.
Regulated deer hunts scheduled at Ridley Creek State Park
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be hosting two days of regulated whitetail deer hunting on Thursday, December 2 and Thursday, December 9 at Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County.
In order to increase the ecological diversity of the park, these hunts will be conducted for deer with and without antlers by permit only. To ensure the safety of all park users, all of Ridley Creek State Park and part of Gradyville Road through the park will be closed to all activities on these dates.
Park rangers and wildlife conservation officers will be stationed throughout the park during the hunts.
The hunters have applied for a permit and will be selected by drawing lots. Successful applicants received complete sets of safety rules, procedures and maps indicating open hunting areas. Immediately before legal hunting time, participants attend a mandatory briefing and safety session conducted by DCNR National Park staff and Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers. For details on the hunts at Ridley Creek State Park, call 610-892-3900.
Details on Ridley Creek State Park and the other 120 State Parks in Pennsylvania can be obtained by calling the toll free number 1-888-PA-PARKS, or by visiting www.dcnr.state.pa.us and by selecting “State Parks”.
The Episcopal Church of Christ hosts the Harvest Festival
Christ Episcopal Church Media, 311 S. Orange St. will be hosting a Harvest Festival from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday October 16th. The indoor / outdoor event will include a silent auction, as well as a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes pulled pork, roast beef and chicken salad sandwiches and more. Customers can shop at unique stalls, which will sell costume jewelry, old and new merchandise, cookies and other baked goods, fall and Christmas decorations, crafts, books, gifts and more. collectibles, as well as take-out soups.
Children’s activities and live music will be on the program from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as well as a money tree. A portion of the proceeds will go to local people in need served by Christ Church’s outreach ministries. Everyone is welcome.
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