Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grants donation to CleanScapes

CleanScapes advisory board members pictured with an inscribed plaque and $2,000 check donation from Dominion Energy through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, are, in back, from left: Dave Evers Jr., Mike Hoy, Scott Koser, Jane Darrow, Elisabeth Lynch McCoy and LaKeshia Knarr; and, in front: Dr. John Reid, Colleen Xethakis-Lacy (holding the award) and Dr. Lester Kleckner (holding the check).

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to 23 environmental organizations in 13 counties across the Commonwealth as part of their 2018 Watershed Mini Grant Program.

In support of Clinton County CleanScapes’s community cleanup programming, financial assistance was presented to advisory board member Colleen Xethakis-Lacy during the Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant awards ceremony workshop and luncheon on April 18, 2018, in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

“After the awards were presented I had so much fun talking with and sharing ideas with watershed groups from around the western region of our state,” Colleen said of her experience at the awards ceremony. “When I answered questions about CleanScapes and our work, they were amazed that we not only organize land cleanups, but we also coordinate river cleanup events year after year and that our local resident attendance is so high. I didn’t realize how unique our [CleanScapes’s] programming is until that day. I left with the impression that sharing our waterway cleanup programming experiences may have inspired some of them to begin organizing their own river cleanups. It really was a great day!”

Financial support for CleanScapes’s project was provided by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion Energy companies. This grant program is administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in commitment to its core mission of conserving Pennsylvania’s diverse ecosystem through science-based strategy, leadership and collaboration.

CleanScapes advisory board members gratefully accept the commemorative inscribed plaque and $2,000 check sponsored by Dominion Energy through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The $2,000 award will support continued litter and tire removal community cleanup projects in the greater Jersey Shore Ridge and Valley region, and the costs associated with printing educational information that encourages community beautification projects through active citizen participation.