ERIE, Pennsylvania, April 5, 2022 – Erie Insurance(ERIE) has selected 23 nonprofit organizations in the education sector to receive more than $824,000 in funding for 2022 under the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program of Pennsylvania. ERIE has donated nearly $10 million through the program since its inception in 2001.
The EITC program is a business tax credit program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development that encourages Pennsylvania businesses to support eligible nonprofit organizations.
“Erie has been our namesake and hometown for nearly 100 years and we take our responsibility to give where we live seriously,” said Ann Scott, ERIE’s Community Outreach Manager. “While public-private partnerships such as Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program benefit our company’s bottom line, the EITC program allows us to expand the reach of our philanthropic support and to increase the impact of every dollar donated.”
Supporting education in the city of Erie has been a top priority for Erie Insurance for decades.
“Just as we support employees and officers who are committed to lifelong learning, we are proud to support a variety of community organizations that advance student success in our region,” said Brian Wilking, Senior Community Outreach Specialist at ERIE. “Education is a key factor in overcoming poverty and is essential to a vibrant, healthy and equitable community.”
The Urban University of Erie City Mission Youth Leadership Program is one of the local organizations receiving funding from ERIE in 2022. The organization will use the grant to develop emerging student leaders among the youth of the center -town of Erie. Urban University includes three seasonal programs that offer academic, artistic, and leadership education.
“Funding through the EITC gives Erie City Mission’s Youth Leadership Program, Urban University, the opportunity to provide great experiences for our students. Our belief is that if we give them the best, we have the right to expect the best in return,” said RoseMarie. Croce, youth ministries director at the Erie City Mission. “With the support of the EITC of Erie Insurance and other companies, we are able to create a standard of excellence that our future student leaders strive to achieve.”
The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, which offers classes in visual arts, performing and literary arts, and environmental action to at-risk youth in Erie, will use EITC funding to add new offerings weekend courses to improve accessibility and expand its partnerships with locals. schools.
“At the Neighborhood Art House, students learn to understand, value and respect art and the importance of art in society. They learn how art “speaks” to people without using words, which is so important, especially to our students when English may not be the primary language spoken at home,” said Kelly Stolar, Executive Director of Neighborhood Art House. “The support of Erie Insurance will help us continue to develop programs and expand our reach in the community by inspiring a brighter future through the arts.”
Other organizations receiving EITC grants from the ERIE in 2022 include: Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), Asbury Woods, Boys & Girls Club, Community Country Day School, Elizabeth Lee Black School of the Barber National Institute, Early Connections, Edinboro University, Hagen History Center, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Playhouse, expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Foundation For Free Enterprise Education, Gannon University, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Greater Erie Community Action Committee, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier, Young Artist Debut Orchestra, Penn State Behrend, WQLN and Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center.