Reading, PA. —United Community Services is pleased to announce it has received a $19,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support enhancing the hands-on training component of the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program by building a construction lab for students.
YouthBuild AmeriCorps is a program of United Community Services and has been operating in the Reading community since 2009. The program targets young adults ages 17-24 who are in need of their high school diploma or GED; providing a comprehensive approach to academic preparation and vocational training. As an AmeriCorps site, students also can earn an educational scholarship for giving back to their community through service. With a construction focus, the program partners with the Reading Housing Authority as the primary construction site for students. The construction lab, to be located at the YouthBuild AmeriCorps office, will offer the opportunity to expand the basic construction skills students learn and be better prepared for entering a career in the industry. YouthBuild AmeriCorps is also funded by the Department of Labor and YouthBuild USA.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students to build their basic construction knowledge. Knowledge they can use volunteering in the program and then transferring those skills to meaningful employment in the construction industry. We look forward to getting the lab in place for our next group of students,” states our Executive Director, Ashley Chambers.
The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
“Each day throughout the areas we serve, everyday heroes at nonprofit organizations roll up their sleeves and go to work to lift up our communities,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “They don’t seek the limelight. They are simply about helping others and making the world a better place. We share their values, and the PPL Foundation is proud to support the tremendous work they do.”