The Pittsburgh Foundation

Five Greenville area organizations awarded grants by Dietrich Foundation

PITTSBURGH, May 29, 2019 – The Dietrich Foundation Greenville, PA Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded $34,349 to Greenville area organizations this year. Grantees this year are:

  •  Theil College is awarded $15,000 to support the implementation of new lighting in its Passavant Center, a performance auditorium routinely utilized by area high schools, the Greenville Area Symphony, local groups and regional partners. The award will increase the capabilities of the facilities to host additional public concerts and events.
  • Downtown Ministries receives $10,000 to support its Neighbor to Neighbor program. This program is intended to reverse the downward trend toward poverty and blight in the west side of Greenville. The Neighbor to Neighbor program uses interns from Thiel College and Grove City College to develop summer recreation activities in collaboration with children ages 6 to 14 and their families in Greenville. This program is provided at no cost to participants. The college interns are paid for their service.
  • Greenville Area Soccer Association receives $7,350 to support scholarships for players who cannot afford the cost associated with the travel program and the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to provide a safer environment for its participants and spectators. Educational components of GASA's program focus around teamwork, sportsmanship, and learning the skills necessary to be a successful soccer player.
  • UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation is awarded $1,000 to support its Medical Equipment Recycling Program, which primarily serves people who lack the insurance coverage or means to buy new medical equipment, by helping purchase a manual lift to aid in the transportation of medical equipment. This program refurbishes donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, hospital beds and provides these items to people in need.
  • The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania receives $1,000 to provide support for the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience in Greenville. Funds will be used to help provide supplies, recruitment materials and training for volunteers. The program currently serves 32 girls in Greenville who that are receiving training on value life skills such as STEM, academic success through community service, financial leadership/entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, leadership and professional development.

William S. Dietrich II, a former steel industry executive who died in 2012, established the fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to support charitable programs in the community of Greenville. This is the sixth year the fund has awarded grants. Grant applications for next year will open in January.

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