February 19, 2021
WASHINGTON, PA – The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) announced today that a total of $125,000 in grants will be available through this year’s Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund competitive grant cycle for first responders.
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.
Pictured from left to right: Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Mark Wilson, Range Resources employees Christina Kramer, Kylie Fuller, and Jocelyn Ebert, and Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department President Jim Donohue. In 2020, the Hanover Township Fire Department used its $2,500 grant from the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund to purchase turnout gear.
“No matter the circumstances, our first responders display the commitment, sacrifice, and courage necessary to help keep western Pennsylvania safe,” said Range Resources Community Relations Specialist Christina Kramer. “Being able to make these awards again this year is a privilege that we cherish, and the team at Range Resources is greatly looking forward to learning how our support could help to address the specific needs of each grantee.”
To date, the fund has awarded a total $332,000 to 39 different first responder organizations serving the region, enabling them to purchase vital breathing apparatus equipment, turnout gear, ballistic shields, thermal imaging cameras, video surveillance cameras, and rescue equipment for their departments.
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 deadline to apply is Friday, March 19. The grant recipients will be announced in the second quarter.
“Our annual grant cycle from the Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund has become a much-anticipated event for the local first responder groups who benefit from this generous support. The WCCF is proud to be able to assist Range Resources in its laudable efforts to help local heroes who have remained steadfast in their dedication to our community, even when faced with the unprecedented challenges of the past year,” remarked WCCF Chairman James H. McCune.
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
The WCCF promotes and facilitates local philanthropy in an effort to improve the quality of life in Washington County. In addition to issuing grants to local non-profits, the Foundation also issues both need-based and merit-based scholarships to local students, and facilitates an annual day of giving that benefits more than 100 local charities. To learn more about the Foundation’s activities, please visit www.wccf.net.