Trexler Trust doles out nearly $6 million to Lehigh County charities. See who got the top awards.
May 27, 2021 at 1:22 PM
By DEBRA SCHNECKER
THE MORNING CALL | MAY 26, 2021
The Harry C. Trexler Trust has awarded grants to Lehigh County charities and Allentown totaling $5,975,184.50, basing the awards on those who “provide compassionate service” during the pandemic.
The trust, established by Allentown’s best-known philanthropist, is one of the Lehigh Valley’s leading private foundations. As stipulated by Gen. Trexler’s will, Allentown received just under $2 million to support its parks.
The 2021 awards were made after a review of about 120 requests from 111 different charitable organizations seeking funds totaling more than $10.5
“Funding choices were difficult to make given the current circumstances and the stellar performance of our community’s charities during a pandemic,” J. Scott Pidcock, Trexler trustee and chair during the 2020-21 fiscal year, said in a news release. “Added to the limited availability of resources was uncertainty about the nature of future needs. The organizations receiving Trexler grants in 2021 are those that provide compassionate service necessary in the present environment.”
“This year has been an extraordinary year for everyone. Throughout, we have seen how Lehigh County’s charitable organizations bravely forged new ways to meet unexpected hardships brought about by COVID-19. These organizations — staffed with selfless people of great strength and compassion — took on this crisis all-the-while continuing to serve existing needs.”
Some of the larger grants included:
Allentown Art Museum, $200,000, operating support to mitigate challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, program development and community engagement.
Baum School of Art, $110,000, to support general operating expenses.
Communities in Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania, $150,000, to underwrite operating expenses to deliver programs in the Allentown School District.
Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, Inc., $100,000, first installment on a five-year pledge of $500,000 to support the Allentown Expansion Project.
Greater Valley YMCA, $175,000, operating support for the Allentown YMCA.
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley, $100,000, to underwrite the Home Repair Program to keep low-income Allentown residents in their homes.
Pinebrook Family Answers, $108,000, to underwrite operating expenses for services to Lehigh County residents.
Ripple Community Inc., $125,000, to underwrite operating expenses for services to Lehigh County residents.
Sacred Heart Hospital of Allentown, $100,000, support the Faith- Based Nursing Program in Allentown.
Salvation Army, $183,000, to support the Allentown Corps’ operating expenses.
Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank, $60,000, to underwrite operating expenses for the food pantry.
Allentown Band, $5,000, operating support.
Allentown Central Catholic High School, $45,000, to underwrite scholarships for incoming minority students enrolled in the Allentown School District from low income Families.
Allentown Public Library, $75,000, to underwrite operating expenses.
Allentown School District Foundation, $40,000, to underwrite the installation of a theatre lighting system at Dieruff High School. Allentown Symphony Association, $75,000, operating support. Allentown Youth Soccer Club, $6,000, to underwrite equipment costs for low-income children.
Animal Food Bank Services, Inc. $5,000, to purchase, transport, and store pet food for distribution to elders, the disabled, and low-income Lehigh County residents.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., $15,000, operating support to expand the Community-Based mentoring program in Lehigh County.
Boys and Girls Club of Allentown, $83,000, to underwrite educational programming and operating expenses. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, $30,000, support programming for Lehigh County residents.
Burnside Plantation, Inc. $7,500, to underwrite expenses for Lehigh County family programming.
Casa Guadalupe Center, $75,000, toward operating costs.
and Scientist in Residence program for Allentown children.
Coplay Public Library $10,823, operating support and computer security enhancement.
Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, Inc., $50,000, operating support.
Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania, $10,000, to underwrite developmental evaluations of Lehigh County children and training for their parents.
low-income students residing in Allentown.
Greater Valley YMCA, $75,000, capital improvements.
Lehigh County Humane Society, $10,000, to underwrite the shelter renovation and expansion project.
Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, Inc., $30,000, operating support for services to Lehigh County residents.
support and concerts in Allentown.
Neighborhood Center, $45,000, to underwrite operating costs. Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, $10,000, program support for a children’s summer camp for Lehigh County residents.
Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., $25,000, to establish a Visitors Center at the Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., $50,000, to continue implementation of the Jordan Creek Greenway development particularly in Allentown.
Wildlife Information Center, $25,000, operating support for services to Lehigh County residents.
Young Women’s Christian Association, $75,000, to underwrite operating expenses for services to Lehigh County residents. Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, $10,000, to underwrite operating expenses of Jubilee Breakfast Ministry to serve the homeless.
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