Helping community to grow

In last Tuesday’s session, the Mayor and the Council decided this year’s community services grants to a number of local community organizations.

The purpose of the City of College Park Community Services Grant is to provide opportunities for community-based programs and projects.

The City provides these grants every year to fund programs and activities that promote enhanced community opportunities for its residents.

In May 3rd working session, the Council made a few minor adjustments on grant figures to some recipients. One of them was College Park Woods, who requested $1000 for a summer day camp, but was initially awarded $500.Council member Patrick Wojahn was concerned about the  giving more money to this project, because the facility where the day camp will be held is inaccessible to people with disabilities, and thus this program will be unavailable to many of the people it was designed to serve, but the Council outvoted Mr. Wojahn.

Here is the list of organizations and the amount the groups received this year’s Community Services  Grants. Congratulations to all of them!
  • Hollywood Elementary School for family instructional nights – $1,800 (of $2,100 requested)
  • Paint Branch Elementary School for student attendance at educational summit in Tianjin, China – $1,800 (of $1,950 requested)
  • National Museum of Language for exhibit improvement and development – $1,900 (of $2,500 requested)
  • Lakeland Community Heritage Project for Lakeland Heritage Weekend – $2,200 (of $2,500 requested)
  • American Legion Auxiliary for scholarships for Miss College Park pageant – $1,000 (of $2,500 requested)
  • Pregnancy Aid Centers, Inc. for food pantry program – $2,300 (of $2,500 requested)
  • Boy Scout Troop 298 for leadership education for young men – $1,000 (of $2,500 requested)
  • Cub Scout Pack 298 for cub scout program – $1,000 (of $2,500 requested)
  • College Park Woods Swim Club for a senior summer day camp – $1,000 (of $1,000 requested)
  • Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Service Unit 23-5 for a community garden in North College Park – $1,000 (of $2,000 requested)