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2018-06-14 / Local News

Friends of Reinstein Woods to hire development manager after grant receipt

The Environmental Protection Fund and Park and Trail Partnership Program has awarded Friends of Reinstein Woods a $47,411 grant to hire a development manager, the nonprofit support organization at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Depew announced Monday.

Additionally, the group raised $16,803 in matching funds to raise the total to $63,214.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunities this grant will create for Friends of Reinstein Woods as we move ahead with our strategic planning process,” Terrence Boyle, the organization’s board president, said. “This addition to our team will support the Friends continual efforts to introduce diverse groups to our environmental education environment, which will in turn, benefit our entire community.”

With this grant, Friends of Reinstein Woods was able to hire Hanna O’Neill as development manager. Her primary responsibilities will focus on cultivating a strong donor base and increasing fundraising efforts through corporate giving, foundation giving and planned giving.

O’Neill said she is excited about the opportunity to support the growth of Friends of Reinstein Woods and help foster improvements to the educational and stewardship programs that the organization offers. According to the organization, the position will allow Friends of Reinstein Woods to continue to expand outreach to underserved neighborhoods and increase environmental education throughout the community.

The grant is one of 21 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York’s state parks, historic sites and land owned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and the grants, funded through the EPF, will be matched by almost $200,000 in private and local funding, according to the Friends of Reinstein Woods.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, a statewide nonprofit group.

The state’s investment in grassroots Friends Groups will complement Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to the revitalization of the entire state park system, according to Parks and Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin.

“These grant funds will enable groups to leverage more private and federal funding, marshal more volunteer power, and augment the state’s historic investment in parks. We look forward to seeing the transformational results from these innovative and important projects,” Dropkin said.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are designed to:

• Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York state parks, trails, state historic sites and public land.

• Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of nonprofit organizations that promote, maintain and support New York state parks, trails, state historic sites and public lands.

• Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

Since 1985, Parks & Trails New York has been a statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers by working with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks, trails, and greenways throughout the state for all to use and enjoy.

Friends of Reinstein Woods is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting programs offered by the DEC at Reinstein Woods, the 292-acre environmental education center located in Depew. The group provides financial and operational support for programs that connect youth, underserved neighborhoods and the general public to nature. The organization also supports the maintenance and preservation of the natural habitats at Reinstein Woods.

More information on the Park and Trail Partnership Program can be found at www.ptny.org or by calling 518-434-1583. Additionally, information about Friends of Reinstein Woods can be found at www.reinsteinwoods.org or by calling 683-5959.

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