HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two organizations that provide Berks County youth programs have received help from Harrisburg.
The Wolf administration provided $1 million in grants to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club and KidsPeace under the state’s redevelopment assistance program.
Olivet will use its grant to fund safety and infrastructure improvements at four of its centers in Reading. The work will include electrical, HVAC and plumbing upgrades. The club will also install electronically locked doors, security cameras and exterior lighting, officials said.
KidsPeace will use its $1 million to upgrade the HVAC system and replace the roof at its facility in Muhlenberg Township. It will also repave the sidewalks around the building, which once served as the Wilson G. Sarig Elementary School.
“We need organizations ready and willing to lend a helping hand to our youngest citizens,” Senator Judy Schwank said in a press release. “I had the opportunity to meet the staff of the Olivet Boys and Girls Club and KidsPeace and know that the support provided to them by the Commonwealth will have a positive impact on the lives of young people in Berks County.”
“The KidsPeace Corporation and the Olivet Boys and Girls Club provide essential services to local youth,” added State Representative Mark Rozzi. “By keeping a roof over children’s heads and providing academic support and after-school programs, these awards will help children become good stewards.”
The state also provided $1 million to the Reading Housing Authority. The RHA will use some of this money to renovate an underused administrative building in Oakbrook to create the Neighborhood Resource Center.