The AKH Foundation is proud of the positive impact that it has had on the Alle-Kiski Valley by making grants to local organizations for life-saving and life-enhancing projects. The Foundation continues to support organizations and projects that have a high impact in the community, an excellent track record, and with whom it can work with in the future on additional projects for the benefit of the community. Most recently, the Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches. The grant was a significant gift toward the project that made the purchase of a 15-passenger van a reality. It will be used to transport families in need to and from their host church, schools, work places, and will be utilized to make multiple trips to and from the food bank every week. Approximately 20 churches belong to the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, and each takes a turn hosting a family in need of shelter and basic needs.
The new van will ensure that the children of these families are able to go to school and that their parents can go to work. According to Karen Snair, Executive Director of the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, “the van has been an incredible blessing and uses 20 percent less gas, is safer, more reliable, and much more comfortable.”
Of the new van, added Snair, “we don’t have to constantly worry about the van breaking down anymore.” Snair also noted that the organization can now take advantage of free tickets that have been offered to take families to Kennywood, sports events, the zoo, and other trips.
In addition, the Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to Lost Dreams Awakening, an addiction recovery non-profit organization. The money will be used to conduct the Recovering Families Program. The new six-week program is a class designed for recovering addicts with small children to help them become better parents and to continue their recoveries. Although based in New Kensington, Lost Dreams Awakening serves the entire Alle-Kiski Valley and provides a variety of addiction recovery programs and resources for the benefit of the community.
The AKH Foundation also continues to support local first responders. In the recent past, the Foundation has given automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to Springdale Borough Police Department, Harrison Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Frazer Police Department, and Arnold Volunteer Fire Department.
These life-saving portable devices are used frequently throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley to quickly and efficiently respond to cases of sudden cardiac arrest until patients can be transported to the hospital.
Each year, the Foundation is able to make selective grants to highly impactful community organizations throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley. Many of those grants are made possible thanks to the generosity of local donors. Individuals interested in helping the Foundation by making a gift or establishing a special fund can call (724) 294-3157.