January 30, 2020
Chartiers Township volunteer firefighters joined Range Resources representatives as they presented a check for $125,000 to the Washington County Community Foundation for the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund. Among the many organizations that received support in 2019, the Chartiers Township Volunteer Fire Department received a grant to purchase an eForce combination tool for emergency rescues. Pictured from left to right: Sara Kunselman, Chartiers Township VFD; Jocelyn Ebert, Max Oravetz, Range Resources; Lynne R. Stout, Chairman, WCCF; Kylie Fuller, Alexis Ondash, Christina Kramer, and Steven Thompson, Range Resources; Fred Simpson, Chartiers Township VFD; Cole Saffell; and Wayne Cimino, Chartiers Township VFD. (Photo: WCCF)
The Washington County Community Foundation today announced a $125,000 gift from Range Resources for continued support of the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund.
Established in 2018 by its namesake, the fund supports fire departments and emergency management services organizations in Range’s core operating area. Annual support is provided through the partnership of Range and its many contractors.
“This is an exciting opportunity to support critical needs within fire and police departments and other emergency management service organizations,” Range Resources Community Relations Specialist Christina Kramer said. “To date, the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to first responder organizations in Washington County. The program is designed to address the unique needs of each organization to maximize the dollars.”
In 2019 alone, the fund awarded grants to 29 local first responder organizations, enabling them to purchase breathing apparatus equipment, turnout gear, ballistic shields, thermal imaging cameras, video surveillance cameras, and rescue equipment.
Beginning February 1, organizations may apply to the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund using the Foundation’s online grant application at www.wccf.net. Requests must be limited to $10,000. The WCCF and Range will announce grant recipients in the second quarter.
“As a donor service organization, the WCCF is pleased to be able to help Range Resources give ‘close to home’ by facilitating this special grants program,” remarked WCCF Board Chairman Lynne Stout. “The company’s continued support of local first responders is just one of the many ways that Range has demonstrated its commitment to being a good neighbor. Grants awarded through this opportunity will help to fill gaps in funding and ensure that first responders have the critical tools they need to protect our community and save lives.”
About Range Resources Corporation
Range Resources is a leading U.S. independent natural gas and NGL producer, ranking amongst the top 10 natural gas producers in the country. Range has operated in Pennsylvania for more than 25 years and pioneered the Marcellus Shale, which is now the largest known natural gas field in North America.
About the Washington County Community Foundation
This year marks the Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in Washington County by promoting and facilitating philanthropy. Since its inception, the WCCF has grown from a fledgling charity with only $5,000 in assets, to the largest publicly supported grant-making foundation headquartered in Washington County. In addition to administering a broad grant-making program, the Foundation hosts an annual day of giving, WCCF Gives, and provides educational seminars at no charge for local charities. The WCCF currently holds approximately $46,000,000 in charitable assets. In 2019, it awarded approximately $2,600,000 in grants, bringing cumulative grant-making to well over $16,000,000. To learn more about the Foundation’s activities, please visit www.wccf.net.