State Program Facilitates Donation to Legacy From Hands From the Heart Home Healthcare
PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 2017 – Legacy Youth Tennis and Education’s ability to provide free and/or discounted after-school and summer programming in the city of Chester was recently expanded through a $25,000 pledge from Hands From the Heart Home Healthcare. The grant was secured through a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) program called the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).
The program effectively awarded Legacy tax credits with which to attract community investment in underserved neighborhoods. Enter Hands from the Heart Healthcare, a non-medical healthcare services provider based in Bala Cynwyd.
“We look for opportunities to positively affect the health of the communities we serve,” stated Erwin Jansen, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Hands From the Heart Healthcare. “Legacy’s proposal to us to support their tennis programming at the Boys and Girls Club through this state program allowed us to effectively double our impact,” he continued.
To date, Legacy’s programming in Chester has been has been primarily based at the two Chester Community Charter School campuses during the school year. The Hands from the Heart Healthcare grant allows for regular after school and summer programming at the Boys and Girls Club. The program projects to reach more than 150 students.
“This expansion is on-mission for Legacy in that we are able to introduce a target group of students to the game of tennis as a means of supporting positive youth development and fostering life skills such as healthy nutrition and fitness habits,” stated Legacy’s Director of Neighborhood Programs, Kareem Bryant. “From the DCED perspective we met all the qualifications they look for in that in that we have the resources in place, a strong history of programming in the area, a clearly identified curriculum and of course a willing and able corporate sponsor,” continued Bryant.
“The Commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Developments is proud to partner with Legacy and Hands from the Heart on such an impactful project that will touch so many children and reinvestment in the City of Chester” said Aliyah Furman, Southeast Regional Director of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development.
Hand’s From the Heart Home Healthcare pledged a contribution of $25,000 of which $12,500 was provided to Legacy prior to year end 2016. The remaining $12,500 is due during the summer. Hands from the Heart Home Healthcare will receive $13,750 in tax credits.