3 local projects in running for PNC funding

PNC Contest

Three local projects have made it to the final round of voting in PNC Bank’s Neighborhood Wishlist online contest.

This is the second year for the contest, which offers funding of up to $500 for projects that make a community’s neighborhoods stronger. Submissions started July 8 and PNC officials chose 100 finalists from a list of nearly 1,000 projects.

Public voting closes Sept. 16 and can be done online by clicking here. Everyone gets three votes and can earn three more by sharing the project link on their Facebook page. Projects need one vote for every dollar requested to get funding.

The three local projects in the running for the Neighborhood Wishlist contest are:

1. Mosaic Madness, which was submitted by Greenville High School Art Club adviser and Greenville High School art teacher Kelly Herman. The project’s goal is $500 and as of Wednesday afternoon, it had 179 votes, meaning it is 36 percent funded.

Herman said the money will be used to purchase materials to create a large, stained glass mosaic for the local nursing home or elementary school. Last year, the art club raised money through local donations and by hosting craft nights to create a similar mosaic.

She said supplies needed include safety equipment, grout, wood, and the stained glass.

2. West Side Community Center basketball hoop, which was submitted by Bridget Cramer of Youngstown. The project’s goal is $499 and as of Wednesday afternoon, it had 89 votes, meaning it is 18 percent funded.

Cramer said there is a basketball hoop at the center that is currently in terrible condition, including the fiberglass backboard being gone and the pole being very rusty. She said the hoop is used by children who come to the center’s after-school program and summer camps, but it also is available for the entire neighborhood.

Cramer said the estimated cost for a new, in-ground 52-inch basketball hoop is $399, plus $99 for installation. She said the volunteers at the center will remove the old hoop and clean up the area for the new one.

3. Children’s Community Hand Bell Choir, which was submitted by Jennifer Ashbaugh of Meadville, Pa. The project’s goal is $500 and as of Wednesday afternoon, it had 36 votes, meaning it is 8 percent funded.

Ashbaugh said the money will be used to purchase a 25-note hand bell set, a K-5 hand bell curriculum and chime cases. She said once the instruments and curriculum are purchased, there is space in the Saegertown community to start holding after-school classes.

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