Schools, townships and first responders benefit from Atlantic Sunrise Community grants

$326,800 in Funding Spread Across 11 Pennsylvania Counties

Fire departments, schools, parks and townships are a few of the 44 Pennsylvania organizations that will receive $326,800 in funding this spring from Williams through its bi-annual community grant program. Grants up to $10,000 per applicant are being awarded by Williams to eligible organizations in communities where the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project would be constructed and operated.

One of the 44 recipients is the Borough of Quarryville, which will use its $10,000 grant to update a playground at Huffnagle Park to increase its accessibility and make it more inclusive.

 “Our goal is to increase the accessibility of the Huffnagle Park playground by providing innovative features such as an adapted swing, poured-in-place rubber surfacing and an adapted see-saw,” said Project Co-Director Maria Peiffer. “This grant from Williams is going to help make it possible for all children in this area to have a safe, inclusive place to play.”

Another recipient is the Friendship Fire Company in Lebanon, which plans to use its $10,000 grant to purchase state-of-the-art rescue equipment.

“We have a lot of older rescue equipment that desperately needs updating,” said Captain Robert Donley, Friendship Fire Company. “This support is going to allow us to purchase newer, modern rescue equipment that will help us be more effective in our local emergency response activities. Our entire fire company is very grateful for this grant.”

Today’s announcement represents the fifth grant award cycle since the program was initiated in 2015. Since then, Williams has announced total awards of more than $1.79 million across the entire Atlantic Sunrise project area.

Two cycles of Atlantic Sunrise grant awards are announced each year (spring and fall). This cycle’s grant dollars were dispersed in the following broad categories: emergency response ($151,200), education ($55,600) and recreation or community enhancement projects ($120,000).

Spring 2017 Grant Award Recipients:

Clinton County

  • Lock Haven/ Flemington Little League Baseball – AED’s for Baseball. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Company – Hose Upgrade Project. Grant Award: $9,250.00

Columbia County

  • Columbia County 4-H Livestock Club – Livestock Scale. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School – Pipe Welding , Grant Award:, $10,000.00
  • L.R.Appleman Elementary School – iPads for Learning: Integrating Math and Science All Curriculums. Grant Award., $3,800.00
  • Orangeville Community Fire Co. – SCBA Bottles. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Roaring Creek Valley Emergency Management Agency – To Obtain an Emergency Generator. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • The Children’s Museum – Combating Teen Disinterest in STEAM Subjects. Grant Award: $10,000.00

Lackawanna County

  • Countryside Conservancy – Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail Phase 3. Grant Award: $10,000.00

Lancaster County

  • Borough of Quarryville – Huffnagle Park: Play for All Inclusive Playground. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Conestoga Township – Road Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Fire Department Mount Joy, Inc. – Gas Detector Replacement. Grant Award: $2,300.00
  • Liberty Warbird Association – Restoration of Huey823. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Company – EMS Services. Grant Award: $6,000.00
  • Wakefield Ambulance Association – Wakefield EMS Advanced Equipment Upgrade. Grant Award: $4,000.00

Lebanon County

  • Citizens Fire Company of Avon – Air Cleaners. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • County of Lebanon Hazmat – Hazmat PPE Replacement Fund. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Friendship Fire Company – Rescue Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Lawn Volunteer Fire Company – LFC Protective Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000.00

Luzerne County

  • Children’s Service Center – Socialization and Development Campership Program. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County – Weinberg Regional Food Bank. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Dallas Township Police – Video Cameras. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Exeter Fire Department – Rescue Equipment. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Lehman Township – Four New Radios. Grant Award: $3,600.00
  • Luzerne County Fair – Pedestrian Lighting. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Northeast PA Educational Television Association – WVIA’s PBS Kids in the Classroom. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA – 2017 Special Needs Resident Camp. Grant Award: $5,000.00

Lycoming County

  • Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Mutual Operations Repeater Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Lycoming College – Center for Energy and the Future Inaugural Speaker Series. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office – Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office Repeater Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00

Northumberland County

  • City of Shamokin – Community Pool Renovation Project. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • East Cameron Township Volunteer Fire Company – Equipment Upgrade. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Elysburg Fire Department – Air Monitoring/Breathing Equipment. Grant Award: $8,500.00

Schuylkill County

  • Educational and Scientific Trust of the Simon Kramer Cancer Institute – Open Space Track and Trail. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Hegins-Hubley Elementary School – Inclusive Playground Project. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Mahantongo Environmental Club – STEM Inspired Playground. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder Co. #1 – Portable Radio Communications Project. Grant Award: $9,800.00

Susquehanna County

  • Great Bend Hose Company #1 – UTV Trailer. Grant Award: $2,750.00
  • Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium, Inc. – Careers for Area Youth. Grant Award: $5,000.00

Wyoming County

  • Eaton Township – Eaton Township Bicentennial. Grant Award: $5,000.00
  • Tunkhannock Area School District – The Social Club. Grant Award: $1,500.00
  • Tunkhannock Middle School – Tunkhannock Area Middle School Care Closet. Grant Award: $5,300.00
  • Tunkhannock Township – Lazybrook Park Pavilion. Grant Award: $10,000.00
  • Tunkhannock Township Police Department – Modernization of Investigation Tools. Grant Award: $5,000.00

Williams sponsors fourth annual Fluid Power Challenge

How do you lift a weighted object using water? On March 23, middle school students from around the state put their critical thinking skills to the test, solving an engineering problem with fluid power, which uses a gas or liquid to transmit power from one location to another. The students, working in teams with their classmates, designed and created a fluid-powered machine and competed for top honors in categories such as best design, best teamwork and best portfolio.

This year marked the fourth annual Williams Fluid Power Challenge. The event is a two-part competition, kicking off with a workshop day that introduced teams to the basics of fluid power and chemical safety. Pittsburgh-area Williams employees volunteered their time and knowledge to mentor more than 130 students as they prepared for the competition. You can read more about a STEM workshop that Williams hosted in February in this blog post.

Students returned to the Union Brotherhood of Carpenters training center in Pittsburgh on competition day for the chance to put their knowledge to the test by using hydraulics to build functional machines. Williams sponsors this event in Allegheny County, as well as nearby Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

Participating in hands-on events such as the Williams Fluid Power Challenge has a multitude of benefits, says Chad Warren, a Chartiers Valley Middle School technology teacher who mentored the eighth-grade student team.

“They have to learn to think outside the box,” if they run into a problem during the competition, Warren says. “It definitely helps then when they’re solving problems in the class.”

The teamwork also helps students gain a better understanding of the give and take of group dynamics.

“The students learn that if they don’t plan, if they don’t do their research and prepare, they’re not going to make it to the next level of competition,” Warren says.

The competitive environment fosters a lasting learning spirit, fellow Chartiers Valley Middle School technology teacher Mark McAleer says.

Students who compete as seventh-graders often return the following year ready to apply the tips and tricks they picked up during their previous experience.

Williams is thankful for the opportunity to sponsor this competition each year. It allows the company to engage young learners in hands-on STEM activities and to be a part of training the next generation of engineers, manufacturers and industry leaders.

This year’s honors went to:

First place: Carlynton Junior High

Second place: Freeport Junior High Team 2

Third place: Linton Middle School Team 1

The category winners are below.

Best Design: Chartiers Valley Middle School Team 1

Best Teamwork: Independence Middle School Team 1

Best Portfolio: Freeport Middle School Team 1