PennEast Pipeline Company today presented PennEast Community Connector Grants to Trucksville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association (TVFRA) and to the Housing Development Corporation of Northeast Pennsylvania (HDC). The grants, which total $10,000, will help with the acquisition of new fire-fighting equipment, as well as help local families and seniors in the northern area of the Pipeline’s route secure and retain affordable housing.
Representatives of PennEast met with fire company officials in Trucksville to learn more about the organization’s history of service, and to discuss the new equipment that will be purchased thanks to PennEast’s contribution.
“Our volunteer fire company serves Kingston Township, which covers some challenging terrain,” said Chief Steve Mathers of TVFRA. “Our ability to respond to emergencies quickly will be greatly enhanced by the addition of a two-seat utility task vehicle. We are grateful for PennEast’s support, and for helping us purchase this much-needed vehicle.”
“The PennEast team is a great partner,” added Trucksville Firefighter and Grant Writer, Maureen Oremus. “I’ve known PennEast’s member company UGI Energy Services for about three years, going back to my service as the Chief of a neighboring Department. They are invaluable when it comes to providing information for both first responders and the public. I’m pleased to work with them once again, as well as PennEast, on behalf of TVFRA. Combined with their pipeline safety training and grant program, they make sure we have the tools and knowledge necessary to keep our communities safe and informed.”
Afterward, PennEast representatives visited the Wilkes-Barre offices of HDC, a subsidiary of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, and heard more about the organization’s programs to help residents with housing counseling services and homebuyer education.
“HDC is dedicated to helping working-class families with children and seniors on fixed incomes overcome the challenges of finding and keeping affordable housing,” said HDC Executive Director Gene Brady. “From our financial assistance programs to counseling initiatives, PennEast’s support will help tremendously with our ongoing efforts.”
HDC and Trucksville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association join dozens of community organizations along the proposed PennEast Pipeline route that have received assistance from PennEast through its Community Investment Program. The program has distributed more than $550,000 in Community Connector Grants like the ones awarded today, as well as through other contributions.
“PennEast is pleased to support both of these hard-working organizations,” said Pam Witmer of PennEast Pipeline Company. “Knowing the challenging terrain in the area served by Trucksville’s brave fire company volunteers, and having learned of the amazing work by HDC to help families own their own homes, it was an easy decision to award these two Community Connector Grants.”
Learn more about PennEast’s Community Connector Grant Program and eligibility requirements. For more information on the Trucksville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, visit www.trucksvillefire.org. Visit HDC online at www.hdcnepa.org.