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Teen Works Board of Directors vote to support six youth projects in Lehigh Valley

04.23.08

May 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teen Works Board of Directors vote to support six youth projects in Lehigh Valley

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, April 15th- On April 8th the Teen Works Board of Directors held a meeting at the United Auto Workers of America (UAW) Union Local 677 building on Mack Boulevard in Allentown. At the meeting, the organization voted to help fund six community projects being conducted by area teens or school groups from throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Unions from throughout the Lehigh Valley contribute funds that is donated to area teens that are 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.

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.

Boy Scout Troop 12 member Phil Riola of Allentown received $700.00 from the organization to paint the walls and trim in three rooms at the City Limits Assembly of God Church in downtown Allentown.

Boy Scout Troop 29 member Andrew Semanick of Easton received $750.00 by the group for his project at the St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Palmer Township. His project is to renovate the ladies and men’s bathrooms inside the church.

Boy Scout Troop 43 member Joseph Light of Bath received $530.00 to widened the existing brick patio behind the house of Governor Wolf Historical Society in Bath.

The current patio only covers half the width of the house. The new addition will cover the remaining part of the patio.

The fifth community project to receive funding from the organization was to landscape the area located near Jordan Creek Parkway in Lehigh County. Boy Scout Troop 8 member Greg Altrichter of Allentown received $850.00 to help fund his project.

His project is to set up a location for wedding pictures or just a place to walk. The project will also be handicap accessible so even people in wheel chairs would be able to visit.

Under the project, paths at the park will be widened; soil will be added to the flower beds; a arbor with fence will be installed at the front entrance; three park benches, one statue, a split rail fence above the bank will be added and roses will be planted.

Boy Scout Troop 6 member Chris Foss of Stewartsville, New Jersey received $600.00 of funding by Teen Works.

His project is to clean and refurbish a 24-car parking lot at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Easton.

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