READING, PA (Nov. 19, 2015) – The Boyertown Area Charitable Program of Berks County Community Foundation has awarded $57,000 in grants to seven programs and projects that will improve the quality of life in the Boyertown area.

“For many years, Boyertown has been working hard to become the vibrant, charming town that it is today,” said Community Foundation President Kevin K. Murphy. “The initiatives that have taken place there and continue to gain momentum are inspiring.”

The following grants are being awarded by the Boyertown Area Charitable Program:

  • $20,000 toward hiring an assistant director at Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, which runs a 9-mile passenger rail line between Boyertown and Pottstown.
  • $15,000 to Building A Better Boyertown for the second year of implementing a plan to improve navigating to and through town. With an influx of 20,000 to 30,000 visitors annually due to the Colebrookdale train and other attractions, it is crucial to improve ways to navigate downtown Boyertown and guide drivers to available parking.
  • $10,000 to Save Our Boyertown Town Clock Foundation to provide electrical upgrades to the town clock atop Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave.
  • $4,500 to Bally Lions Club to seed a fundraising campaign for a walking path in Bally Community Park.
  • $2,500 to the Boyertown YMCA for staff salaries to support a junior high after-school program.
  • $2,500 to the Boyertown Community Library for purchase of laptops for patron computer classes.
  • $2,500 to HCSC Blood Center for the My Blood, Your Blood science and health education program in the Boyertown School District.

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Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at www.bccf.org.