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Grant to fund services, advocacy for abuse victims in Greene, Fayette, Washington counties -- and more!

(Dec 14, 2018)

I’m happy to announce that two Child Advocacy Centers located in Fayette and Washington counties this week were awarded $47,000 in state funding by the Child Advocacy Board of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Read more

 

Snyder: Grants to fund services, advocacy for abuse victims in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties

(Dec 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – Two Child Advocacy Centers located in Fayette and Washington counties today each were awarded the maximum $47,000 in state funding by the Child Advocacy Board of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, according to state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “I’m excited to announce funding that will play a crucial role in helping the commonwealth further protect at-risk children in our community,” Snyder said. “Sexual abuse is no laughing matter, especially when children are involved. So, it’s reassuring to know that these centers, which continue to serve as a safety net for at-risk children, have received the proper funding needed so that they can help as many children as possible.” The funding will be used to provide continued access to high-quality services for suspected child abuse victims. Funding also will be used to support the positions of forensic interviewer, outreach liaison and intake coordinator. The grant money comes from the Children’s Advocacy Center Funds through Act 28 of 2014, which highlighted the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers and established a dedicated funding stream for CACs and training of mandated reporters. Centers were eligible to receive up to $47,000. Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council Inc. requested the funding for the Fayette and Washington CACs. In addition to helping children from those counties, both centers provide Read more

 

Grant to fund new training equipment for county tech institute -- and more!

(Dec 07, 2018)

I'm delighted to report that Fayette County Career & Technical Institute has been awarded a $48,329 grant for training equipment upgrades. Read more

 

Rep. Snyder's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click on the link above to download Rep. Snyder's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Snyder: Grant of nearly $50,000 will help fund training equipment upgrades at Fayette County Career & Technical Institute

(Nov 29, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 29 – Students at the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute will benefit from upgraded training equipment thanks to a $48,329 grant from the state Department of Education, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. “I’m delighted about this grant,” Snyder said. “The funding will help ensure that area students who are preparing to meet the demands of today’s workforce will be training on equipment that meets the latest industry standards.” Snyder noted that the grant will help fund the purchase of – heating, air conditioning and refrigeration training equipment; automotive engine training equipment, including a gearbox cutaway, disc and drum brakes, a real axle cutaway, and electronics; and an automotive air conditioning training system. “Investments of this kind produce returns on so many levels,” Snyder said. “On one level, we’re ensuring that area students receive the training they need to get good jobs in the community. On a broader scale, we’re ensuring that the state’s workforce remains strong and competitive and that workers stay and raise families here and give back to the economy. Everyone benefits.” Snyder noted that the grant is part of a package of $1.2 million in competitive grants awarded to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools statewide. The Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 21, 2018)

With the holidays upon us, I want to remind everyone that the commonwealth offers some excellent resources to help families who may be struggling with food insecurity. Check out these links to: a list of food banks by county ; an interactive map of food pantries ; a list of state food programs ; a program through which hunters can share extra venison ; and ideas for fighting hunger in your community . If you don’t need help but want to volunteer your time or resources, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in the links above. This holiday season, let’s work together to make sure everyone has blessings to count. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Greene, Fayette and Washington Counties who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

PACENET expansion -- and more!

(Oct 26, 2018)

Thousands of seniors in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties, join other seniors across the commonwealth in now being eligible for prescription assistance.A new law increases seniors’ access to the state’s prescription drug assistance program (PACENET) by raising the program’s income limits to keep pace with rising costs. The law increases the maximum income limit for PACENET to $27,500 for individuals and $35,500 for married couples.In addition, the new law allows pharmacists to fill partial prescriptions so PACE/PACENET participants’ refills can be synchronized for the same day.Because of this expansion, it’s estimated that an additional 17,000 seniors will now be eligible for PACENET.Facts on Fighting OpioidsOur communities have been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis.That’s why I worked with my colleagues to pass bills that would make a difference in our communities. There’s still more work to do, and the extent of the crisis isn’t confined to just the individual victim of addiction or overdose, as family members, neighbors, friends and even colleagues witness the devastation- However, the changes are working and families are better able to receive the help they need to via these new laws. Read more

 

10/18/18 – Decline of Volunteer Firefighters – Richeyville

(Oct 19, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Pam Snyder. Read more

 

Securing $1 million for job training at UMWACC

(Oct 19, 2018)

It is my pleasure to announce a $1 million grant was awarded to the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc., in order to provide job training in the technology field at the facility.From mechanical engineering to robotics, electronics, and computer and telecommunications and design, all will be taught through mechatronics. The center has partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour certificate program in those fields.As you know, workforce development and re-training is important and obtaining sustaining jobs is imperative for our families to thrive. The $1 million grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development follows the announcement earlier this year of a $3 million state grant to assist the UMWACC with construction costs for renovation of its facility. That award came through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.Discussing the decline of volunteer firefightersIn order to help combat the drop in firefighting volunteer participation, I hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Thursday in Richeyville. We discussed the sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters and what might be done to reverse that trend.We heard from local fire department officials on how their ranks are dwindling and how we can change that. I’m truly appreciative to volunteer firefighters and the significant role they play, particularly in rural areas. Read more

 

Snyder, Policy Committee examine decline in volunteer firefighters

(Oct 18, 2018)

RICHEYVILLE, Oct. 18 – The sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters was discussed at a public hearing held today by the House Democratic Policy Committee and hosted by state Rep. Pam Snyder. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, brought the committee and its chairman, state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company Hall. They heard testimony from local fire department officials on how their ranks are dwindling and what might be done to reverse that trend. “For decades, volunteer firefighters have formed the strong backbone of our area’s emergency response system,” Snyder said. “We can’t afford to have that spine weakened to the point where the ability to fight fires and respond to accidents becomes spotty. Today, we gathered information on the scope of the problem, which will be useful as we help craft the state’s response in terms of law and policy.” Sturla, who commended Snyder for keeping this issue on the radar, said, “Coming from a rural district, Representative Snyder is acutely aware of the importance of volunteer firefighters, whose work not only provides a vital service but also alleviates the burden on local taxpayers.” In addition to Bruce Trego, the acting Pennsylvania state fire commissioner, testifiers included: Jeff Marshall, chief, Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co.; Scott Dolan, chief, Hiller Volunteer Fire Co.; Mark Giovanelli, first Read more

 

Snyder: $1 million grant to provide job training opportunities at United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.

(Oct 15, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 15 – With the goal of providing job training that leads to careers with higher pay and advancement opportunity, state Rep. Pam Snyder today lauded the state’s $1 million grant to the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant will allow for additional training at the UMWACC’s facility in Prosperity, Greene County, in the in-demand fields of advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. The center has partnered with the Community College of Allegheny County to offer a 400-hour certificate program in those fields. Mechatronics is a technology that combines mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics, and computer and telecommunications to design, build and operate products. “This grant is wonderful news, as it continues the state’s investment into jobs of the future in the 50 th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “Workforce development and the re-training of displaced workers so they can again obtain family-sustaining jobs is of paramount importance. Today, the administration has helped make that happen.” Snyder said the $1 million grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development follows the announcement earlier this year of a $3 million state grant to assist the UMWACC with construction costs for renovation of its facility. That award came through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Read more

 

Snyder to host Policy Committee hearing on decline of volunteer firefighters Thursday in Richeyville

(Oct 15, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Pam Snyder will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the sharp decline in the number of volunteer firefighters at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Co. Hall, 14 Firehall Road, Richeyville, 15358 . Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will be joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other committee members. They will hear testimony from state and local officials about the seriousness of this problem and what might be done to rectify it. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Bruce Trego , acting Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner 2:40 p.m. Panel of local volunteer fire companies: Jeff Marshall , chief, Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. Scott Dolan , chief, Hiller Volunteer Fire Co. Mark Giovanelli , first assistant chief, East Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Co. Craig Baily , president, Carmichaels-Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Co. 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks The media and public are invited to attend. Read more

 

Snyder: $145,000 state grant awarded to Greene County for recycling, leaf composting efforts

(Oct 12, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Oct. 12 – Recycling and leaf composting efforts in Greene County will get a boost from a $145,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the funding comes in the form of a Recycling Development and Implementation Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “I’m pleased to announce this latest state investment in Greene County,” Snyder said. “Recycling and composting not only saves landfill space, which helps the environment; it also has the potential to maintain and create employment for those involved in sorting recyclable materials.” Snyder said eligible uses under the grant program include expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials, or operating leaf compost facilities. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program, Snyder said, noting that nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded under the program. Read more

 

Snyder announces funding for volunteer firefighters in Fayette County

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 9 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $10,500 in state grants to help fund two community volunteer fire companies in Fayette County. Snyder said the Brownsville Fire Company No. 1 received $7,500 and the Hiller Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment, train wildfire fighters, conduct wildfire prevention and mitigation work, or convert and maintain federal vehicles. “Volunteer firefighters play a crucial and significant part in protecting our communities, particularly in rural areas,” Snyder said. “These types of grants are necessary in order to assist the brave men and women who selflessly offer their services to save lives and safeguard properties.” The grants were made possible through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and paid by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Funding is intended to help rural community volunteer fire companies. Snyder is appreciative of volunteer firefighters and their sacrifices, however, she is also well aware of the decline in the number of those who are volunteering. In order to help combat the drop in firefighting volunteer participation, Snyder will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the issue at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 14 Firehall Road in Richeyville. The panel includes volunteer Read more

 

Snyder: Over $61,800 awarded to school districts within the 50th District

(Oct 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – In order to continue to keep students safe while they receive an education, three school districts within the 50 th Legislative District have been awarded $61,880 in school safety grants, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. The Central Greene School District was granted $24,933, the Jefferson-Morgan School District was awarded $11,947 and Albert Gallatin Area School District was given $25,000. The funding will allow the school districts to purchase safety or security-related equipment, including metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic lockets, deadbolts and theft control devices, Snyder said. “The security of students, educators and their families remain my top priority,” Snyder said. “These grants will allow our schools to better equip themselves with the tools necessary to stay safe, reduce and prevent violence, and continue to provide a successful learning environment for our youth.” Earlier this year, Snyder hosted a Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety in Brownsville, which included leaders and officials in education, law enforcement and security. Snyder -- who sponsored H.B. 381 , which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the state Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s Read more

 

Snyder secures over $600,000 for development in Greene County

(Oct 04, 2018)

WAYNESBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was joined by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Greene County commissioners at the Greene County Courthouse today in announcing $603,000 in grants for two projects that will help improve the Greene River Trail and the Wisecarver Recreation Area. Snyder said $403,000 will benefit the development of more than 2 miles of the Greene River Trail in Rice’s Landing Borough and Cumberland Township, and $200,000 will help fund walkways, bridges and trails at the Wisecarver Recreation Area in Waynesburg. The grants were awarded through DCNR. “Months ago, the Greene County commissioners visited my office in Harrisburg to ask for help in getting these grants fully funded,” Snyder said. “Today, I couldn’t be happier to report that we have obtained the funding that will allow us to revitalize and improve our community resources in order to make them more welcoming for our residents.” The Greene River Trail is 5.1 miles long and the grant will help fund the southern extension of the byway for another 2.2 miles to Jacobs Ferry Road. The ultimate goal is connecting the trail to the village of Nemacolin and then on to Point Marion, to Sheepskin Trail and further. The Wisecarver Recreation Area is a 360-acre site that includes an 18.5-acre reservoir. Funding will help provide the park with more trails. Matching revenue for the Read more

 

Snyder honors Waynesburg teen who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018

(Oct 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today honored Loren Schroyer, who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018 over the summer. Schroyer, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School, is the daughter of Joel and Courtney Schroyer of Waynesburg. She was one of six participants who competed for the crown. “It was my pleasure to welcome Loren and her parents to the Capitol in order to recognize her accomplishment of being crowned Miss Rain Day 2018,” Snyder said. “The Miss Rain Day Pageant is a wonderful way for young women in Greene County to participate in community service projects and other activities, and I look forward to seeing all that Loren accomplishes during her reign.” Schroyer was the top interviewer, in addition to tying for top talent. She also led in the Rain Maker, Pageantry Spirit, and Bryn Patton Smile Award categories. At age 7, Schroyer served as the pageant’s crown bearer. She hopes to give back through Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of Greene County and Toys for Tots. The Miss Rain Day Pageant is open to young women ages 14-18 who reside in Greene County and it is held yearly the weekend before Rain Day, which is July 29. The event dates back to the 1950s, and was held sporadically until 1979 when the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring the pageant. It later became a scholarship pageant, and in 1989 the Chamber of Commerce took it over. In Read more

 

Seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair scheduled for Oct. 5

(Sep 28, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said the seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Greene County Fairgrounds near Waynesburg. “I’m looking forward to this year’s Senior Fair, which will provide seniors with a wealth of information,” Snyder said. “It’s always important to me to hear from older residents throughout the area during this welcoming and fun event.” Attendees will be able to receive a free flu shot provided by Cornerstone Care by presenting their Medicare card. Health screenings also will be available. Snyder said the Senior Fair enables people to get vaccinations before flu season hits full stride, and provides fuller access to government programs and services. Sponsored by Snyder, Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging and state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, the free Senior Fair features representatives from state, local and county agencies and vendors who provide services to seniors. The event will feature: Information about the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, PACE and PACENET prescription-drug plans, heating assistance and other state programs; Lunch prepared by Greene County Career and Technology Center students and sponsored by a local company; Door prize drawings with registration ; and Read more

 

Grant to fund services, advocacy for abuse victims in Greene, Fayette, Washington counties -- and more!
Dec 14, 2018

Snyder: Grants to fund services, advocacy for abuse victims in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties
Dec 13, 2018

Grant to fund new training equipment for county tech institute -- and more!
Dec 07, 2018

Rep. Snyder's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Snyder: Grant of nearly $50,000 will help fund training equipment upgrades at Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
Nov 29, 2018

Fighting hunger this holiday season
Nov 21, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

PACENET expansion -- and more!
Oct 26, 2018

10/18/18 – Decline of Volunteer Firefighters – Richeyville
Oct 19, 2018

Securing $1 million for job training at UMWACC
Oct 19, 2018

Snyder, Policy Committee examine decline in volunteer firefighters
Oct 18, 2018

Snyder: $1 million grant to provide job training opportunities at United Mine Workers of America Career Centers Inc.
Oct 15, 2018

Snyder to host Policy Committee hearing on decline of volunteer firefighters Thursday in Richeyville
Oct 15, 2018

Snyder: $145,000 state grant awarded to Greene County for recycling, leaf composting efforts
Oct 12, 2018

Snyder announces funding for volunteer firefighters in Fayette County
Oct 09, 2018

Snyder: Over $61,800 awarded to school districts within the 50th District
Oct 05, 2018

Snyder secures over $600,000 for development in Greene County
Oct 04, 2018

Snyder honors Waynesburg teen who was crowned Miss Rain Day 2018
Oct 02, 2018

Seventh annual Greene County Senior Fair scheduled for Oct. 5
Sep 28, 2018