Mack grants awards to 7 Lehigh Valley organizations

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Mack Trucks Inc. has awarded a total of more than $155,000 to seven Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based nonprofit organizations for community improvement projects under the 2006 Mack Community Grants program. A committee of Mack employees reviewed and chose the projects out of more than 60 proposals.

The committee’s selections were based on a range of criteria, including the extent to which the proposals reflected Mack’s core corporate values of quality, safety and care for the environment. The 2006 recipients of Mack Community Grants funding include:

  • The Adult Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley – received $22,380 to establish a computer-assisted literacy learning center at its location in Allentown.
  • The American Cancer Society PA Division, East Central Region, Lehigh Valley – received $25,000 to purchase a vehicle for its Road to Recovery program and promote the availability of no-cost transportation for individuals in need of transport from their homes to and from cancer treatments at area hospitals.
  • Burn Prevention Foundation – received $25,000 to establish a video-based home fire escape planning education module and distribute it to all middle school classrooms in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America – received $8,500 to install a lightning detection system for each of their resident and day camp sites, as well as weather stations for the three resident camps to incorporate weather science into their activities.
  • National Canal Museum – received $25,000 to create an educational program for grades K-12 on geothermal energy, utilizing the technology in the museum’s Emrick Technology Center in Hugh Moore Park in Easton.
  • Valley Youth House – received $25,000 to establish an Adventure Course at the agency’s Camp Fowler Center for Excellence in Therapeutic Recreation near Orefield, in order to provide leadership development and experiential learning opportunities for at-risk young people in the area.
  • Wildlands Conservancy – received $25,000 to create a series of “Greening of the Lehigh Valley” workshops aimed at the general public, government officials and community leaders to highlight the unique natural resources in the Valley and offer tips on how to preserve, protect and enhance their communities.