Nearly 30 New Jersey and Pennsylvania Organizations Receive PennEast Community Connector Grants

January 30, 2017

PennEast Pipeline Company is pleased to announce its seventh round of grant awards through its Community Investment Program, which now has invested more than a half-million dollars in local organizations making a difference in their communities.

The latest round of PennEast Community Connector grant recipients spans the PennEast Pipeline Project’s footprint; from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to Mercer County, New Jersey. Reflective of PennEast’s commitment to safety, several grant recipients are fire companies and police departments.

“The substantial number of recent grant applications received demonstrates how important programs like the Community Connector Program are,” said Pam Witmer of PennEast Pipeline Company. “PennEast is proud to support our vulnerable populations, as well as our first responders who are constantly being asked to do more with tightening budgets.“

PennEast’s most recent recipients include Lehighton Shade Tree Commission in Carbon County, Pa., as well as Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Milford Fire Company and Trenton Police Department in New Jersey.

“The Shade Tree Commission appreciates receiving a PennEast Community Connector Grant, which will assist a Boy Scout earning his Eagle Scout award by beautifying the area between Lehigh Drive and the Lehigh River – a destination to many bikers and hikers,” said Mark Hoffman, chairman of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission. “Additionally, PennEast’s grant will help sustain and maintain trees planted for Lehighton’s 150th Anniversary. PennEast was instrumental in supporting the trees’ original planting last year, and we’re grateful for their ongoing assistance.”

Members of the Holland Township Fire Company discussed the vehicle extrication training they completed last year: “Following our training, we acquired new tools to help dismantle today’s stronger vehicle bodies. Thanks to PennEast’s grant, we can now purchase the balance of the accompanying vehicle stabilization and patient protection equipment,” said Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company President Bill Martin.
For Milford Fire Company, Chief Nathan Fleck explained, “Budget constraints have made it difficult for Milford Fire Company to properly outfit several new volunteer firefighters with compliant gear. Fortunately, PennEast’s Community Connector Grant program was there for us to directly fund two full sets of personal protective equipment, keeping our firefighters safe while operating at emergencies in Milford, Alexandria and surrounding communities. We appreciate their support.”

Additionally, Lieutenant Peter Weremijenko of grant recipient Trenton Police Department expressed similar gratitude, “The Department is honored to have been awarded a PennEast Community Connector Grant. Thanks to the support of PennEast Pipeline Company, we will be able to buy new automated external defibrillators, giving the police department one more invaluable life saving tool.”

From environmental improvements to support for first responders, PennEast is pleased to help so many important local causes.

“The PennEast Pipeline Project is entering its third year of thorough regulatory review and planning. During this time, making an immediate difference in the communities where we live and work through PennEast’s community investment has been both humbling and inspiring,” said Witmer. “We look forward to continuing our investment when we announce the PennEast Powering STEM grant recipients this March.”

Recent Community Connector Grant recipients and corresponding grant descriptions include:

• Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, Carbon County: Protective equipment for first responders.
• Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, Luzerne County: Funding for the forthcoming Mile 7 Loop Trail in Dallas Township.
• Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Co., Carbon County: Mask-mounted thermal imaging cameras.
• Bethlehem Township Police Department, Northampton County: School-zone pedestrian safety.
• Bringing Hope Home, Pennsylvania/New Jersey: Support for Light of Hope Family Program that assists individuals and families battling cancer.
• Columbia Hose Company #3, Luzerne County: Protective equipment for first responders.
• Commission on Economic Opportunity: Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Luzerne County: Support for HDC’s homeowner housing counseling services and homebuyer education.
• Holiday Pocono Civic Association, Inc., Carbon County: Outdoor recreation.
• Holland Township Park Association, Hunterdon County: Support greater access to Holland Township parks and open spaces.
• Holland Township Volunteer Fire Company, Hunterdon County: Vehicle extrication equipment for support during applicable motor vehicle accidents.
• Holland Township, Hunterdon County: Portable lighting for increased public safety.
• Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program, Pennsylvania: Support processing costs for venison donated to food banks throughout the PennEast Project footprint.
• Larksville Borough, Fire and Police Department, Luzerne County: Emergency notification signage.
• Lehighton Shade Tree Commission, Carbon County: Outdoor recreation.
• Luzerne County Historical Society, Luzerne County: Historic restoration and preservation.
• Milford NJ Fire Company Inc., Hunterdon County: Protective equipment for first responders.
• Nancy Run Fire Company, Northampton County: Purchasing new equipment.
• Northampton County Division of Parks & Recreation, Northampton County: Purchasing, delivery, planting and maintenance of 45 ball and burlap conifer trees.
• Palmerton Memorial Park Association, Carbon County: Installation of a lift to serve people with disabilities.
• Quakertown Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Hunterdon County: Emergency communication equipment.
• SeWyCo Fire Company, Northampton County: Emergency communication equipment.
• St. Peter’s Community Resource Center, Carbon County: Support for the Bare Necessities Pantry.
• The Governor Wolf Historic Society, Northampton County: Historic restoration and preservation.
• The Moravian Historical Society, Northampton County: Historic restoration and preservation.
• Trenton Police Department, Mercer County: Eight automated external defibrillators.
• Trucksville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, Luzerne County: Support toward an emergency vehicle.
• Upper Nazareth Fire Department, Northampton County: Air monitoring equipment.
• West Wyoming Hose Company #2, Luzerne County: Self-contained breathing apparatuses.

For additional information on the Community Connector Grant Program and eligibility requirements, visit For information on PennEast’s Powering STEM Program, visit