WarrenGives Spawns a New Program and Work Opportunity at BEi
Generous contributions from Warren Gives 2013 donors to Bollinger Enterprises, Inc., (BEi) were greatly enhanced by matching funds by a Pittsburgh Foundation and a local company resulting in a new arts program and machine shop improvements.
The Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust based in Pittsburgh, matched $2,500 from BEi’s 2013 WarrenGives Campaign with a $12,500 grant to start up an “Arts as a Vocation” Program at BEi. This five time magnification of matching dollars has enabled 16 BEi program participants to develop their artistic talents with the intent to develop saleable art objects and products. Creative Citizen Studios of Pittsburgh has been contracted to develop this program. The initial phases of the program have resulted in art assessments of interested participants and in the formation an art advisory board made up of local artists and others interested in the project.
Petrex, Inc., has a long standing business relationship with BEi; the machine shop at BEi fabricates component parts for the company’s internal floating roof systems for above ground bulk fuel storage tanks. Petrex’s increased business volume has led to increased demand and efficiency for work done at BEi. To that end, Petrex and BEi have made a substantial investment in a multiple spindle drill head to increase productivity. Using $2,000 from BEi’s 2013 Warren Gives Campaign as a match, Petrex, Inc, more than doubled this amount by providing funds to purchase the equipment.
The matching funds provided by the Trees Trust and Petrex, Inc., to the WarrenGives 2013 donations have resulted in a substantial investment In BEi programs and industrial contract services. It is hoped that the 2014 WarrenGives Online Giving Campaign that will be held on May 14, 2014 will again be successful for BEi so that continuous improvement of programs and services at BEi can be realized.
BEi, established in 1972, provides a wide variety of services to meet the employment, vocational training, and community support needs of individuals with disabilities in Warren and Forest Counties.