Thousands in grants awarded at cleanup event

EAST LIVERPOOL – The wishes of several community action groups from around the greater East Liverpool area were fulfilled during the cleanSweep 2014 event held Saturday morning at Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool.

In addition to the collection of items like household chemical waste and old electronics, company officials awarded 18 mini-grants totaling $5,175 to representatives from community groups, churches and schools for environmentally-themed projects.

Mayor Jim Swoger, who participated in the grant ceremony, praised the company for its continued support of environmental initiatives in the area. “It’s all for the environment,” he said. “It’s tremendous.”

Swoger acknowledged the small sizes of the grants, which ranged from $100 to $475 this year, but said this method was preferred to the alternative of donating large amounts of money to just one or two organizations. “They’re little grants that allow a lot of people to do the right thing,” he said. “That’s what I like about it.”

The grants awarded for 2014 include:

* $100 to Glenmoor Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of HazMat cleanup and containment materials

* $100 to North Elementary School for further development of the school’s nature studies garden

* $150 to East Liverpool First Church of Christ to purchase materials for a butterfly garden on an adjacent vacant lot

* $200 to Community Action Agency for the upkeep of existing butterfly gardens, as well as the building of new gardens at three local Head Start sites

* $200 to Cherished Children Early Childhood Development Center to purchase mulch and nature-scaping materials for its playground

* $200 to Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center for taxidermy work on a white-tailed deer addition to the learning center

* $200 to Lisbon Montessori Preschool to purchase educational tools for students to study the life cycles of butterflies and ladybugs

* $200 to Chester Lions Club to purchase materials for the collection and recycling of used eyeglasses and hearing aids

* $250 to Chester City Park to research and develop a soil-retention project to protect the park

* $300 to East Liverpool Health District to purchase stainless steel or BPA-free plastic reusable water bottles for distribution at local health events

* $300 to Team Mojo Foundation to purchase bicycles and bike helmets to promote cycling to local elementary school students as a benefit to the environment and personal health

* $350 to Rogers Elementary School for the creation of a “growing garden” of pumpkins and Indian corn to teach gardening to students

* $375 to East Liverpool/Wellsville NAACP for the creation of several community vegetable gardens on the grounds of several local churches, increasing access to healthy foods

* $400 to North Elementary School for a tree-planting project at the school and to purchase butterfly learning kits for kindergarten students

* $450 to Community Action Agency to maintain “Exploring the Outdoors with Your Family,” an environmental-education project for low-income families at Beaver Creek State Park

* $450 to East Liverpool/Calcutta Area Garden Club to maintain the serpentine and triangle gardens at the entrance to East Liverpool at the state Route 11 off-ramp

* $475 to Community Resource Center to partner with the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio State University Extension on the creation of a “Green Team” to work on area cleanup projects from May through August

* $475 to East Liverpool Second Baptist Church to purchase material for the church’s “Plant a Flower, Grow a Community” event and sustain its existing East End community garden

Groups based within a 15-mile radius of the Heritage Thermal facility on the city’s East End submitted project proposals earlier this year. Since 1998, the company has donated a total of $67,275 in grants to local organizations for their efforts in maintaining the environment in the greater East Liverpool area.