On April 10, The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation unveiled a multipurpose youth development park at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg through funding from Ollie's Bargain Outlet. United Water Pennsylvania was represented at the event by employees and customers who have been involved with implementation of the foundation's character-building skills.
Remarks were provided at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Major League Baseball Hall of famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Major League Baseball veteran Bill Ripken, co-founders of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Mark Butler, president and CEO of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, said the new ballpark will give at-risk youths "a safe place to play." Mr. Butler is also the foundation's chairman-elect.
United Water Pennsylvania employees and members of the company's customer advisory councils will continue to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg to assist with outreach programs benefiting at-risk youths.
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United Water Pennsylvania entered into a partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in 2011 to promote the foundation's "Badges for Baseball" program. A kick-off event event was held July 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Metro Bank Park on City Island, preceding a Harrisburg Senators game.
Badges for Baseball was created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to pair at-risk, inner city youths with police officers. The program goal is to provide role models who teach the youths team-building, leadership and work ethic skills. A grant from the United Water Foundation will fund the program.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to youths residing in some of American's most distressed cities. Locally, the Ripken Foundation chose the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg as the recipient organization. The club runs a summer program for at-risk youths from throughout the city.
United Water Foundation Contributes $10,000 to County Conservation District for Land Preservation
The Columbia County Conservation District is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the United Water Foundation that will assist with the purchase of additional land for the purpose of expanding Kocher Park in Scott Township. The expansion will provide an additional 51 acres of open space along Fishing Creek that will enhance ecological, recreational and stream access to the public. It will also protect the environment and provide for access to a variety of habitats.
"We are appreciative for the support provided to the Kocher Park Land Acquisition Fund by the United Water Foundation," said Maryruth Wagner, Columbia County Conservation District Manager. "This land acquisition supports the district's mission for sustainable use of our shared natural resources in order to assure the best quality of life for future generations throughout the county."
According to Wagner, the grant from the United Water Foundation helped the group meet stipulations associated with a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. She said the park expansion will increase access to Fishing Creek by nearly 4,300 feet and add public access to approximately 3,000 feet of Stony Brook, an exceptional value stream. The district plans to close on the properly early this year.
Fishing Creek is United Water Pennsylvania's primary source of water supply for its customers in Bloomsburg and surrounding communities. The company will build a new water treatment facility across from the current plant complex at an estimated cost of $20 million. Construction is planned for late 2014 after permits are secured and design plans are approved by state and local officials.
"it is pleasing to know that the park expansion will provide for additional recreational opportunities for Columbia County residents," said John Hollenbach, Vice President and General Manager of United Water Pennsylvania. "We are appreciative to the Conservation District for emphasizing the sustainable use of shared natural resources."
The United Water Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that provides contributions to qualifying nonprofit entities that meet established criteria relating to educational, environmental and health and humanities purposes. The foundation's primary mission is to encourage innovative programs in these areas and improve the quality of life in the communities served by the company.