$35,000 check donated to American Canyon Parks and Recreation

Janelle Sellick, president of the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation, addresses the city council in 2016 to present a check for $35,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department. The foundation this week received a $20,000 grant from PG&E that will help pay for recreation scholarships and a new afterschool enrichment program. 

Noel Brinkerhoff, Eagle

The American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation has been awarded a $20,000 grant from PG&E to assist families, children and seniors enjoy recreation programs.

The money, provided through PG&E’s Better Together Giving Program, will be used to support camp and recreation scholarships for underserved youth, and “spearhead a program to offer after-school enrichment programs,” according to foundation President Janelle Sellick.

“We are extremely excited about this new partnership with PG&E,” Sellick said Tuesday, “and grateful for the opportunity to help bring these programs for our children.”

Sellick said the $20,000 award represents the largest grant received by the parks foundation since its creation three years ago.

The foundation previously provided $2,000 to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to offer 40 scholarships to low-income families and individuals.

The PG&E grant will allow the foundation to fund even more opportunities for children, as well as others to enjoy outdoor or recreation programs, said Sellick.

“This grant will allow us to increase the number of scholarships awarded, and expand to offer scholarships for seniors in need,” she said.

A portion of the PG&E grant will also be used to develop afterschool enrichment programs for elementary and middle school youth, according to Sellick.

“After school enrichment programs provide a chance for kids to stay active, learn, and play in a safe and supportive environment,” she said.

“This grant allows us to expand our mission that is dedicated to enhancing parks, programs and play in our community,” Sellick added. “We look forward to instituting these programs over the coming year.”