Thanks to community members like you, our thrift store is thriving. But our dream from the beginning was always to be more than a store.
That dream is baked right into our mission statement: “The store shall ultimately be a self-sustaining source of funds for the community as the profits will be reinvested as living wage jobs and grants to accelerate and expand existing neighborhood efforts and programs.” After just nine months in business, we’re proud to be able to realize that part of our mission even sooner than we planned.
Today, we’re announcing Second Harvest’s inaugural Community Development Grant recipients. These grants are funded in their entirety by revenue from our thrift store sales, which has exceeded our projections for 2021. We’re proud to be able to reinvest these profits in our community and to help our grantee organizations flourish.
2021 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTEES
The Patsy Grable Burke Memorial Grant
Fox Families Care
Our grant will help bridge the gap between the needs and resources of children and families in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
The Wilma Stoebener Memorial Grant
Roots of Faith
Our grant will support Circles, a wholistic national anti-poverty program that inspires and equips communities to reduce poverty and remove barriers that stand in the way.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Our grant will support the food needs of local families who are unable to make ends meet or who have experienced a recent crisis.
The Sharpsburg Community Library
A branch of the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, The Sharpsburg Community Library will use our grant to offer a full range of library services on Main Street in Sharpsburg.
Backpack For Hunger
Our grant will help prevent weekend hunger for children living in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
Volunteers of America Pennsylvania
Our grant will support the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a free, out-of-school time program and summer enrichment camp in the borough of Sharpsburg.