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Teen Works Board of Directors vote to fund four projects


February 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Teen Works Board of Directors vote to fund four projects


LEHIGH VALLEY, January 10th- The Teen Works Board of Directors voted in December to help fund four community projects being conducted by area teens or school groups from throughout the Lehigh Valley. The organization usually meets monthly and often the meetings are held at the United Auto Workers of America (UAW) Union Local 677 building on Mack Boulevard in Allentown.

Unions from throughout the Lehigh Valley contribute funds that is 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. Teen Works is sponsored by approximately 33 local unions and labor federations from the Lehigh Valley.

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. The maximum a teen or youth group can receive from the organization is $1,000.00.

Boy Scout Troop 431 member Ryan Smerker of Wescosville received a grant of $500.00 from the organization to improve the Concordia Lutheran Church playground in Allentown. The youth with other members of Boy Scout Troop 431 will double the size of the current playground and add new mulch and landscape timbers to make the area look nicer.

Boy Scout Troop 48 member Jake Stauffer of Wind Gap received a grant of $500.00 from Teen Works to add a larger flag pole for the American flag at the Wind Gap Park in Wind Gap. Also, the youth will paint the interior and exterior of a building at the park and add rain gutters to the facility. The existing flag pole will be used to fly the Pennsylvania State flag.

Boy Scout Troop 48 member Evan Brown of Pen Argyl received a grant of $454.64 by the group for his project at the Weona Park in Pen Argyl. The youth will reconstruct and beautify the baseball dugouts at the park. Also, the roof on one of the dugouts will be replaced. The youth will install new safety fencing in both dugouts and two benches will be replaced and the dugouts will be repainted.

Boy Scouts of America member 78 Gordon Bill of Bath request to refund any money spent by Sacred Heart Church in Bath to replace their pulpit was rejected by the organization. The youth requested Teen Work provide $752.00 of funds to pay for materials that was used to replace the pulpit in the church at East Northampton Street in Bath.

The final project to receive funds from the organization will benefit the St. Jane Frances de Chantal School in Easton. Boy Scout Troop 24 member Ryan Mertz of Easton received $500.00 from the organization to convert a two-room storage room into a one room art classroom for the students at St. Jan Frances de Chantal school.

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 agency, and co-ordinator of the Teen Works program, stated because of a decrease in funds donated in 2008 the organization may need to adjust the maximum grant that can be obtained down-ward.

The organization will meet again on February 10th, 2009.

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