Operation Our Town Awards Grants for Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Operation Our Town has announced grant awards to 12 local drug prevention and treatment projects aimed at reducing illegal drug use and related crime in Blair County. Approximately $70,000 will be distributed to the recipients for the first grant cycle of 2011.

Operation Our Town awards grants twice a year to support proven prevention and treatment programs. Grants are also awarded annually for targeted law enforcement and prosecution to fight illegal drugs and crime in Blair County. In 2010, Operation Our Town awarded approximately $380,000 in grants for law enforcement efforts and proven treatment and prevention programs.

Operation Our Town will begin accepting applications on October 1 for its second grant cycle of 2011, with a November 15 deadline for applications. Up to $75,000 will be available during this grant cycle for proven prevention and treatment programs. All nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies are eligible to apply. Grant applications may be downloaded from OperationOurTown.org.

Operation Our Town will be providing another grant training that will be held in March 2012 and is open to all nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. Further details will be announced at a later date.

The Operation Our Town Grant Committee includes six members: Donna Gority, Blair County Commissioner; Robin Beck, Director of United Way of Blair County; Judy Rosser, Blair County Drug & Alcohol Program, Inc.; Jolene Kopriva, president judge, Blair County Court of Common Pleas; Michele Fiore, mental health counselor, and Cathy Stapelfeld.

Each grant was judged objectively by specific criteria on a scoring process.



Altoona Area School District: Red Ribbon Week & Anabolic Steroid Education Program
1415 6th Avenue, Altoona 946-8278
Includes an assembly for the Altoona and Hollidaysburg School Districts from the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and pledge supplies and bracelets to be distributed during Red Ribbon Week 2011 (Oct. 24-29).

Bellwood-Antis Middle School: Outdoor Classroom/Community Garden
400 Martin Street, Bellwood 742-2273
Will include an agricultural crops plot, amphitheatre, berry producing shrubs, native plants and flowers, bird feeders and blinds, compost pile, garden plots, pond, outdoor cooking area and tables, and renewable energy sources.

Blair Co. Juvenile Probation: Juvenile Drug Court
423 Allegheny Street; Suite 424, Hollidaysburg 693-3230
The Juvenile Drug Court Judge and a team comprised of representatives from treatment, juvenile justice, social services, schools, probation, counseling agencies, the prosecution, and the defense determine how best to address the substance abuse and related problems of the juvenile offender and his/her family.

Calvary United Methodist Church: FEED (Food, Encouragement, Exhortation, Discipleship)
601 N. 4th Street, Bellwood 742-7695
A once a week meal open to all ages with a message and additional instruction to aid the individual to meet his or her full potential, including improving attitudes toward education, integrity, moral values, and self-sufficiency.

Family Resource Center: Urban Garden (Booker T. Washington Project)
5414 6th Avenue, Altoona 941-7711
A community garden located at the Booker T. Washington Project on 19th Street between 14th & 12th Avenues that includes 10 raised beds to produce vegetables for the neighborhood.

Garver Memorial YMCA: YMCA Summer Tutoring Program
820 Grove Street, Roaring Spring 224-5101
Three-month program to assist students in grades first through eighth in the Spring Cove School District that will work with the student, the parent, and the child’s teacher to ensure success of the student who attends.

Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation: After School Program
PO Box 89, Altoona 949-8838
After-school and summer programs provided for children ages 5 through 12 in a daily structured setting held within the housing developments of Evergreen Manors, Fairview Hills, and Logan Hills.

Hollidaysburg Area YMCA: Y Nites
1111 Hewit Street, Hollidaysburg 695-4467
Offers their facilities to kids and their families on the first Saturday of each month during the months of October through May to have access to their swimming pool, gymnasium, crafts, games, and concessions.

Home Nursing Agency Community Services: Nurse-Family Partnership
PO Box 352, Altoona 946-5411
Evidence-based community health program that pairs vulnerable first-time mothers with a registered nurse home visitor to receive ongoing support and guidance throughout their pregnancy until the child reaches age two.

The Door/Hillside Community Church: The Door
PO Box 6, Bellwood 935-9971
After-school program held year-round for at-risk teens in junior and senior high school that provides a safe, home-like environment for kids after school.

The Second Mile: Blair Friend
1402 S. Atherton Street, State College 237-1719 x111
Early intervention program that pairs Penn State Altoona college students with K-6th grade students in need of additional support and positive role models that attend scheduled Friend activities such as swimming, bowling, picnics, and holiday parties.

Williamsburg Public Library: After School Homework Help
511 W. 2nd Street, Williamsburg 832-3367
Program to assist high school students in grades 7-10 through addressing homework and learning issues, career and/or post-secondary schooling needs, and also emphasize community service.