A Maryland foundation has given local groups nearly $2.5 million in grants over the past month, including $600,000 to an organization focused on helping residents with child development, parenting and employment.
The Equal Opportunity Training Center moved into a new, 19,000-square-foot building on North Seventh Avenue in Scranton over the summer. The capital grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will help the EOTC with a number of improvements, including the finishing touches on the building’s renovations, work on a second parking area and developing a small grassy area next to the building for recreational use, according to Executive Director Sharon McCrone, Ph.D.
The grant “is beyond our wildest dreams,” Dr. McCrone said Friday. “It is an enormous vote of confidence in us and our mission.”
EOTC offers a variety of programs, including parenting and early childhood education and workforce development. The group serves more than 5,000 children and adults each year.
Additionally, the Weinberg Foundation gave the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children a $750,000 capital grant, foundation spokesman Craig Demchak confirmed Friday.
Earlier this month, the Weinberg Foundation awarded $475,000 to the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton. That grant will be used to improve its IHM Center in the city, according to a previous story.
Mr. Demchak also provided information on recent grants to local groups, including:
– A $300,000 program grant to provide a cross-county collaboration between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley.
– A $300,000 operating grant to support the annual budget of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and fund its emergency needs programs in assisting low-income and vulnerable residents.