Operation Our Town has announced grant awards to 19 local programs aimed at the education and prevention of drug use in Blair County. A total of over $48,000 will be distributed to the recipients of the 2020 Grant Cycle.
In addition to prevention grants, Operation Our Town also awards an annual grant for targeted law enforcement and prosecution to fight illegal drugs and crime in Blair County. A total of over $3.4 million has been awarded in grants for both drug enforcement and prevention programs in Blair County over the past 13 years.
Operation Our Town will begin accepting grant applications again in the spring of 2021. You can check back for more information on the 2021 grant cycle dates at OperationOurTown.org.
Each grant was judged objectively by specific criteria on a scoring process by the Operation Our Town Grant Committee. In addition, Grant Committee members recuse themselves on grant applications in which they have a personal or professional interest. The Grant Committee includes five members:
- Robin Beck, former Executive Director of the United Way of Blair County
- Michele Fiore, retired Mental Health Counselor
- Donna Gority, former Blair County Commissioner
- Jolene Kopriva, former Blair County Judge
- Judy Rosser, Executive Director of Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships
OPERATION OUR TOWN 2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Altoona Area School District ELECT Program: ELECT (Education Leading to Employment & Career Training)
1400 7th Avenue, Altoona (814) 946-8365
Funding awarded will be used to provide nutritious meals and snacks for pregnant and parenting teens at educational events and out of school visits, and provide engagement support to paternal figures that are ineligible for the program but involved in the students children’s lives.
ArtsAltoona: After School Arts Program (ASAP)
2212 Sixth Avenue, Altoona (814) 931-1430
Funding awarded will be used toward funding one session of ten separate after-school art classes for junior high school students to increase confidence and self-expression, and offer artmaking as an outlet for hope and transformation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County: S.M.A.R.T. (Students & Mentors Achieving Results Together) Mentoring Site-based Program
891 23rd Street, Altoona (814) 944-6129
Funding awarded will be used to help create and support matches between mentors and mentees (ages 6-18) in the SMART Site-based Programs located in Altoona, Bellwood, Claysburg-Kimmel, and Tyrone School Districts in Blair County.
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School: Drug Testing of Students
2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona (814) 944-4014
Funding awarded will be used to maintain a zero tolerance policy by funding random drug testing of high school students.
Blair Regional YMCA: Family Y-Nite
1111 Hewit Street, Hollidaysburg (814) 695-3204
Funding awarded will be used to help low-income families attend these family-based activities that bring families together in a fun, safe, affordable, and drug-free environment which provide food, resources, art, music, and crafts for all.
Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corporation: Iuzzolino Park Revitalization
2101 5th Avenue, Altoona (814) 949-2231
Funding awarded will be used toward the purchase and installation of new play equipment and site amenities, continuing improvements that have been made over the past four years.
Center for Independent Living of South Central PA: TEAM Builders
3013 Beale Avenue, Altoona (814) 949-1905
Funding awarded will be used to engage Blair County youth in healthy activities that promote self-confidence, self-esteem, respect of self and others as part of a bullying prevention program.
Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission: Youth Sports Program Supplies & Equipment
2101 5th Avenue, Altoona (814) 949-2231
Funding awarded will be used for new program supplies and equipment for their youth sports programs, including flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball/T-ball.
Child Advocates of Blair County: CHOICES Summer Program
319 Sycamore Street, Altoona (814) 946-5247
Funding awarded will be used to purchase supplies and incentives for a youth summer program at Evergreen Manors that will include educational topics & agency speakers, crafts, games, movies, and community outings.
Community Worship Center: Community Kids! Weekly Program
1300 Bald Eagle Avenue, Tyrone (814) 684-2221
Funding awarded will be used to support the purchase of food, clothing, school supplies, and curriculum materials for their weekly program that serves youth ages preschool to 5th grade.
Cops & Boxing: Cops & Boxing Program
3200 Fairway Drive, Altoona (814) 944-9412
Funding awarded will be used to foster positive interactions and relationships between law enforcement and at-risk youth by providing the youth with vouchers for boxing lessons at Gorilla House Gym.
Evolution Expressions: Arts for Healing Groups
1331 12th Avenue, Suite 301, Altoona (814) 201-2751
Funding awarded will be used to provide art supplies for trauma-focused arts related activities to help at-risk youth combat the effects of trauma through the use of art techniques.
Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation: After School Program
118 E. Spruce Court, Altoona (814) 949-8838
Funding awarded will be used to fund educational materials, field trips, snacks, and individual assistance to youth at-risk enrolled in three after-school programs held within the low-income housing developments of Evergreen Manors, Fairview Hills, and Logan Hills.
Refuge Youth Network: Backyard Events
600 Ritts Road, Altoona (814) 889-9113
Funding awarded will be used to reach teens who are considered at-risk or disconnected from our community in their own neighborhood to introduce them to pro-social programming by hosting pop-up events at local housing developments and small neighborhood groups.
Roaring Spring Community Library: Curiosity Creates Open Art Studio
320 E. Main Street, Roaring Spring (814) 224-2994
Funding awarded will be used for an after school program for youth to offer structured, as well as open ended art experiences to encourage creativity while offering a safe space for individual self-expression.
The ROCK: Reaching Out to Community Kids
130 2nd Avenue, Altoona (814) 943-2072
Funding awarded will be used to purchase food and supplies for youth in Pre-K to 12th grade and provide a home-cooked meal, gym/physical activities, the arts, and age-appropriate small groups that encourage healthy living.
Tyrone Area High School Agricultural Education Program: Growing Vertical to Help the Community
1001 Clay Avenue, Tyrone (814) 684-4240
Funding awarded will be used for students to partner with the Chamber of Commerce, food bank, and local assisted living facility to provide an opportunity for the community to vertically grow fruits and vegetables for the local food bank and community members to enjoy.
United Way of Blair County’s Family Resource Center: Parents as Teachers Program and 24/7 Dad
208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville (814) 317-5567 ext: 405
Funding awarded will be used for program supplies and educational materials for the parent education programs, Parents as Teachers and 24/7 Dad.
Young Life of Central Pennsylvania: Young Life Camp
117 Quince Court, Hollidaysburg (814) 696-7834
Funding awarded will be used to help high school students attend Young Life Camp who financially cannot afford the cost of camp otherwise.