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Teen Works agrees to sponsor six projects in Lehigh Valley

07.30.09

Teen Works agrees to sponsor six projects in Lehigh Valley

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

LEHIGH VALLEY, July 15th- What was the last Teen Works Board of Directors meeting attended by Ron Achey, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation Greater Lehigh Valley United Way Labor Liaison, the go-between the labor community in the Lehigh Valley and the organization, and co-ordinator of the labor sponsored Teen Works program, who will be retiring on July 30th, the organization voted to help fund six community projects being conducted by area teens in the Lehigh Valley.

The organization held a meeting on July 14th at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley office in Bethlehem.

Unions from throughout the Lehigh Valley contribute funds that are donated to area teens involved with a project to help the region. The program is a agency of the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way. All funds donated by the labor organizations is used to support the Teen Works program. The program began in 2000 under the leadership of Mr. Achey. The newspaper attends the monthly meetings and reports on projects supported by the organization.

School students ask the Teen Works Board of Directors for financial help to conduct a community project in the Lehigh Valley. Under the program teen(s) must first complete an application for the financial help and attend a meeting. It is requested youths purchase materials to be used for their project be union or American made.

The most funds that can be provided for any community project is $1,000.00.

Mr. Achey has served as the AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison since 1997, after the United Way combined two AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison positions into one. The Greater Lehigh Valley United Way Community Services Liaison geographical area includes Lehigh and Northampton Counties of Pennsylvania.

It was announced at the meeting Gregg Potter, President of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council labor federation and local political activist, was chosen to replace Mr. Achey as the AFL-CIO Community Services Labor Liaison.

Boy Scout Troop 317 member Jonathan Yu of Easton received a grant of $500.00 from the organization for his project. The youth will design and build an observation deck overlooking the Lehigh River to educate the public at the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Canal in Freemansburg.

Boy Scout Troop 5 member Ryan Kloss of Allentown received a $800.00 grant from the organization for his community project. The teen received the grant to help purchase materials to install benches, a table and planters on a patio in front of the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown.

Youths involved with the Camelot for Children in Allentown received a grant of $1,000.00 to help buy materials for their annual activities event for their JCC Camp ground in August.

Boy Scout Troop 8 member Jonathan Whittaker of Allentown received a grant of $600.00 to help purchase materials to repair the walls in Fellowship Hall at UCC Greenawalds Church in Allentown where there is water damage. The project includes painting the walls.

Boy Scout Troop 102 member of Allentown received a grant of $660.00 to help renovate a rundown chapel area in the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus. Fencing will also be added.

And finally, Boy Scout Troop 78 member Nathan Serfass of Nazareth received a grant of $325.00 to help purchase materials for his project that will involve building a new closet at the St. John’s UCC Church in Nazareth. The closet will be divided to two equal spaces and lighting fixtures will need to be moved.

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