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Pennsylvania American Water has awarded $2,500 in grant funding to four Lebanon and Dauphin county fire departments as part of its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. Pennsylvania American Water Operations Senior Supervisor Devon Cook, center, presents a grant to Hershey Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Sonderman, left, and Fire Chief Patrick Leonard, right, for the purchase of essential firefighting and rescue tools.
Pennsylvania American Water has awarded $2,500 in grant funding to four Lebanon and Dauphin county fire departments as part of its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. Pennsylvania American Water Operations Senior Supervisor Devon Cook, center, presents a grant to Hershey Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Sonderman, left, and Fire Chief Patrick Leonard, right, for the purchase of essential firefighting and rescue tools. Throughout 2016 associates of Members 1st Federal Credit Union volunteered at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on the third Wednesday of each month. Associates assisted with packing boxes and other activities, completing nearly 500 volunteer hours. Garden Spot Mechanical and Garden Spot Electrical donated $94,000 to Dayspring Christian Academy through state tax-credit programs. Pictured from left to right are Mike Myers, Dwayne Eberly, Dean Eberly, Tony Good and Clayton Good. The American Heart Association and Vibra Healthcare, LLC recently unveiled the region's first interactive kiosk for learning Hands-Only CPR. The new kiosk, stationed in Terminal B of Harrisburg International Airport, allows travelers to learn life-saving skills through a 5-minute, self-directed course. The Hands-Only CPR education available at the new kiosk helps users understand how they can immediately help a person who experiences a cardiac emergency outside of a hospital. The Rotary Veterans Initiative, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, donated $25,000 to Penn State Harrisburg on March 2 to fund scholarships and textbooks for military student veterans. The donation will fund six scholarships at Penn State Harrisburg and enable 32 student veterans to each purchase $500 worth of textbooks. Pictured from left are Dwayne Parrish, Carol Lennon, Rick Coplen, Michelle Becraft, Mike Raymond, Bill Blankmeyer, Noah John Roufos-Abbey, Carolyn Julian, Dave Haag and John Anthony. Team members from the Lancaster office of RKL wore their “jeans for genes” in support of World Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28. The employee donation drive raised funds to support the genetic research and outreach efforts of Global Genes, an advocacy organization for rare-disease patients and their families. PeoplesBank presented The Janus School with a check for $10,000. The funds represent contributions made by PeoplesBank through Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. Shown at the check presentation are, from left, Janet Gillespie, head of The Janus School; Nick Chapman, director of development of The Janus School; and Diane Baker, senior vice president and chief risk officer of PeoplesBank. Bell Socialization Services gave Sarah Scott and Country Meadows Senior Care the agency’s 2016 Business of the Year award, which is presented to a business that contributes time and resources to assist Bell Socialization Services in fulfilling its mission. Sarah Scott and Country Meadows Senior Care were nominated for the support they provide to Bell in the form of job shadowing and mock interview experience to Bell consumers seeking employment. Pictured from left are Bell executive director Ivan “Ike” Hileman, Bell employee Lynsey Huyett, Sarah Scott and Country Meadows Senior Care executive director Crystal Friend. Two Lancaster Bible College students are opting for a less traditional college experience by living at local senior living communities. Madeline Mitchell lives at Garden Spot Village in New Holland, while Rachel Ford enjoys living at Woodcrest Villa, a Mennonite Home Community in Lancaster. In exchange for housing accommodations, the students complete a wide range of volunteer work for the organizations. The program provides residents and the students with a common ground for positive, fulfilling intergenerational interactions and mutual support. Pictured is Mitchell, left, and Ruth Morrison, a resident at Garden Spot Village. The Rotary Veterans Initiative, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, donated $10,000 to the Central Penn College Education Foundation on Feb. 23 to fund scholarships and digital devices for downloading textbooks for military student veterans. Pictured, above right, from left at the Rotary Club of Carlisle meeting are Colleen Gaines, Bill Blankmeyer, Marsha Burkett, Derek Dickerson, Matthew Lane, Rick Coplen, Dan Guerrisi, Dwayne Parrish, Paul Downey, and Dave Haag. The Rotary Veterans Initiative, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, donated $10,000 to the Central Penn College Education Foundation on Feb. 23 to fund scholarships and digital devices for downloading textbooks for military student veterans. Pictured, above left, from left at the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North meeting are John Anthony, Colleen Gaines, Paul Downey, Derek Dickerson, Rick Coplen, Matthew Lane, Dan Guerrisi, and Ed Blum. For the 26th year, UGI has launched its early childhood literacy partnership with Reading Is Fundamental. UGI has provided over 1.3 million books to more than 400,000 first-grade students in Pennsylvania through the program. More than one-third of UGI’s 1,600 employees participate in school book distributions each year. Since the inception of the program, UGI employees have donated nearly 20,000 hours of volunteer time to promote early childhood literacy. Pictured is UGI representative Joanne Koval reading to students at Dallas Elementary School in Luzerne County. The York County Alliance for Learning hosted its seventh annual Career Education and Work Standards Symposium on Feb. 16. The event was attended by over 170 K-12 educators from across York County. Pictured from left are Kevin Appnel of the York County Alliance for Learning, Vaughn Silar of Paragon Engineering, Kevin Schreiber of the York County Economic Alliance, Tom Scholles of Utz Quality Foods and Sarah Lanphier of Nuts About Granola. Through a public sale of apple dumplings in the Palmyra community, the Kiwanis Club recently donated $575 to the Palmyra Public Library. Pictured, from left, are Amy Dellinger of the Kiwanis Club, Amy Shaffer-Duong, Palmyra Public Library children’s librarian; and Nancy Smith and Amy Loser of the Kiwanis Club. Rettew has donated $5,000 to the Lancaster Science Factory, allowing the non-profit youth science center to double the number of pre-K children and parents who can participate in the spring series of PASTE: Science that Sticks for ages 4 to 6. Jonestown Bank & Trust Co. announced the United Way of Lebanon County has chosen it as the recipient of the organization's 2016-2017 Commitment Award. Pictured from left are Coni Russo-Ehrgood, JBT Client Resource Center manager; Irim Raza, JBT human resources manager; Seth Hartzell, JBT human resources assistant and Greg Weaber, United Way of Lebanon County 2016-2017 campaign chairman. The Mechanicsburg Club donated $35,000 toward the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority's project at 203 E. Main St. in downtown Mechanicsburg. The contribution will be used to acquire and demolish a blighted, condemned property at 203 E. Main St. Pictured from left are authority downtown manager Rebecca Yearick, club president Mike Wagner, past president Bill Swank, treasurer Joe Marcin, board member Fritz Orris and the authority's community development director, Kate Molinaro.

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