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Grants help programs of 10 organizations

| Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010

Representatives from 10 organizations in the region expressed their gratitude of grants awarded to them by the Community Foundation of Fayette County and Atlas Energy.

Earlier this year, a fund was created by Atlas Energy Inc. to direct philanthropic resources to the needs of the communities where Atlas does business.

"It made sense to be more focused and more methodical with us being in the community and donating money," said Atlas Energy senior vice president Jeff Kupfer. Commenting on his company's partnership with the foundation, he said, "We feel fortunate as a company to partner with you and give back to the community."

Kupfer said the fund has distributed $30,000 in the past few weeks to regional organizations for priorities including work force development, education, environmental services, social services and recreation.

Applications were sent to the foundation for validation and first review, and the Atlas Energy grant committee made the award decisions.

Those recipients and their projects included:

• $2,500 to Big Brother/Big Sisters of the Laurel Region to support one-on-one mentoring services for at-risk youth in Fayette County and to expand school-based mentoring programs in three school districts in Fayette County.

• $600 to the East End Community Center for the purchase of six Amazon Kindles as well as hardback books with money left over.

• $4,500 to Highlands Hospital for purchasing equipment in the new autism center to open next year.

• $5,000 to the Uniontown YMCA to support the expansion of the child care center (specifically a new playground) as part of their ongoing "Building for Tomorrow" capital campaign to renovate the YMCA.

Other recipients included the Borough of Fairchance, Fort Ligonier Association/Historic Fort Ligonier, Greene Arc Inc., Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, PA CleanWays and Women & Girls Foundation of SWPA.

Highlighted were the functions by organizations throughout the summer that were sponsored in part by Atlas including the Fayette County Fair, the Greene County Fair, the Summer 2010 Park Festival in Masontown, the Mountain Area Community Fair in Farmington, the Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus and the Westmoreland County Fair.

To apply for the second grant cycle, applicants must meet certain criteria and have their determination letter in by Dec. 31 to Atlas Energy Fund/Community Foundation of Fayette County, 2 West Main St., Suite 101, Uniontown, Pa., 15401.

Learn about it

For more information on the grants, phone the CFFC office at 724-437-8600 or e-mail Clara Pascoe at cpascoe@cffayettepa.org or Renee Couser at rcouser@cffayettepa.org .

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