Published on March 10, 2022 at 11:38 am
A private foundation that contributes to charitable projects located in and around Palmerton continues to accept applications.
The Horsehead Community Development Fund still exists, according to attorney James Wimmer, who is its chairman.
“We want to be able to continue and exist since we’ve been funded, but not intensively like we were years ago,” Wimmer said.
Established in 1989, the Horsehead Community Development Fund Board has distributed over $3 million over the years to help fund hospitals, libraries, recreation projects and other organizations.
“We don’t have that kind of money anymore, but we still want to be known in the community,” he said. “We are available to the community for projects that some non-profit organizations may have.”
Wimmer said they should send in written applications, along with financial information about their organization, a budget if they have one, and why they need the funds.
“These days, we’re always helping out the libraries with giveaways, some of the local Palmerton activities related to the park and the Palmerton Community Festival, Concourse Club, Bandstand, Band, things like that,” he said. “We also used to do a lot of freebies for recreational activities, mostly for kids (basketball leagues, baseball leagues), helping to cover their costs for uniforms, officials, insurance, things like that.”
However, Wimmer noted, they “must be prepared to help themselves, but we are also prepared to help them.”
Wimmer said they were still called the Horsehead Community Development Fund, despite the fact that Horsehead Industries no longer exists. Befesa SA, the successor industry to Horsehead, continues to support the fund.
Fund recipients are primarily located in and around the Lehighton, Palmerton and Northern Lehigh School District.
“We want to help communities that help businesses,” he said.
Wimmer said the Horsehead Community Development Fund has helped maintain Palmerton Borough Park; the Palmerton Children’s Summer Program; to libraries; service groups; fire companies and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
He said nonprofits should mail applications to PO Box 351, Palmerton, PA, 18235.
Wimmer said a board meeting will likely be held in late spring, at which time Horsehead will review the nominations and act on those received to date.