Kim announces more than $132K in funding to improve safety

Grants will provide funding for training, security measures at nonprofits, places of worship

HARRISBURG, April 14 – In an effort to provide people with safe access to nonprofit organizations and preserve the freedom to worship where and how they wish, state Rep. Patty Kim announced five organizations within her legislative district have been approved to receive a combined $132,201 in funds through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.  

“This program exists in order to provide the necessary funds to update security, training and safety procedures to protect nonprofit organizations from violent attacks, hate crimes and acts of terrorism,” Kim said. “I’m pleased to see funding will be provided to organizations in order to protect local residents and preserve their right to worship and gather in our community safely. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this program was created after the 2018 shooting at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill, a tragedy that resulted in the death of 11 innocent people loved throughout their community.”   

The following nonprofits in the 103rd Legislative District have been approved for the listed amount:

  • YWCA Greater Harrisburg, $6,895.
  • Metropolitan Community Church of the Spirit, $15,439.
  • Islamic Center Masjid Al-Sabereen, $74,436.
  • Chisuk Emuna Congregation, $10,503.
  • Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, $24,928.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funds to eligible nonprofits to strengthen the security of a building to protect it against attack. Eligible organizations include those with substantiated prior threats or attacks because of ideology, beliefs or mission; organizations with buildings of symbolic historic or regional value; and/or findings from previous threats or vulnerability assessments.