O’Mara announces grants awarded to two faith-based organizations

(Mar 11, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, March 11 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that two community faith-based organizations received grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to enhance their safety and security measures. Temple Sholom in Broomall received a $50,000 grant and Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid received a $29,407 grant. Funds may be used toward safety and security planning, purchase of security-related technology such as metal detectors, surveillance equipment and theft control devices, threat awareness and response training and any other safety or security-related project. “Houses of worship are known for being a place of sanctuary, peace and serenity for those of faith. No one should ever feel unsafe, afraid or worry when they are within these walls,” O’Mara said. “The duty of public servants, such as myself, is to ensure that every individual seeking to worship safely, with peace of mind, can do so during these trying times. Grants like these ensure that Pennsylvania’s places of faith are also places of safety.” The grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations that have been or that are likely to be targets for hate crimes, according to the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication. Priority consideration for funding was given to Read more


O’Mara applauds $137K grant to develop Delaware County workforce

(Mar 05, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, March 5 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that the Delaware County Workforce Development Board received a $137,463 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to provide summer internship opportunities through the State/Local Internship Program. SLIP is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and helps young adults develop workforce preparation skills by providing participants with their first work experience. “Often times, the high cost of pursuing higher education in Pennsylvania, whether from a trade school or university, can hinder people when it comes to securing well-paying, sustainable, full-time work,” O’Mara said. “Pennsylvania is facing a shortage of skilled workers, and programs like SLIP help fill that void without contributing to the student debt crisis.” The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and August 28. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between 16 and 24. For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit https://www.pasmart.gov/ . Read more


O'Mara, state lawmakers announce grant for Delaware County Historical Society

(Mar 05, 2020)

Delaware County state Reps. Margo Davidson, Jennifer O’Mara and Brian Kirkland today announced a grant has been approved for the Delaware County Historical Society for $4,000 through the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. Read more


Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

(Feb 28, 2020)

My discussions with you throughout last week at our student debt, 2020 census, and telephone town halls have been so insightful and enriching for my staff and me. It was also a pleasure sitting down with you at our senior breakfast in Radnor this past Friday. Read more


State lawmakers announce more than $3M in school safety grants in Delaware County

(Feb 26, 2020)

State lawmakers announced the approval of 16 School Safety and Security grants in Delaware County today. Read more


Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Listen to the discussion right here.

(Feb 21, 2020)

Find out what our friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter. Read more


O’Mara to hold telephone town hall next week

(Feb 13, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will host a telephone town hall meeting with constituents of the 165th Legislative District at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Residents of the district will automatically receive a call on their landlines at the start of the meeting. Those who wish to participate or just listen in can simply stay on the line. Those who would like to sign up to receive the call on their cellphones can register here: https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-rep-jennifer-omaras-teletownhall/ The meeting will consist of a live legislative update touching on major issues in the district and Harrisburg, as well as a question-and-answer period. “This is a great and convenient way to connect with your legislator and to ensure that I hear your thoughts and concerns regarding issues within state government,” O’Mara said. “Even if you don’t have any specific questions or concerns to address, I still encourage residents to participate because I’ll be providing an update on what’s happening in Harrisburg and how it impacts our community.” Questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling 610-544-9878 or emailing RepOMara@pahouse.net . Read more


Updates from Harrisburg and Additions to our Community

(Feb 10, 2020)

Have you recently visited the libraries throughout our district with your children? You may have noticed the large, green Mailboxes to Rep. O’Mara my office installed at the Springfield Library, Marple Public Library, Radnor Memorial Library, and Morton Borough Hall. Read more


Winter 2020 Update

(Feb 10, 2020)

Read Rep. O'Mara's Winter 2020, 2-page newsletter Read more


O’Mara hosting REAL ID informational event

(Feb 05, 2020)

RADNOR, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will host an informational event on REAL ID from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Radnor Township Building, 301 Iven Road in Wayne. O’Mara will be accompanied by REAL ID experts from PennDOT. They will address what REAL ID is, its cost and how and where to obtain one. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions to help determine if REAL ID would be right for them. “Obtaining a REAL ID could be a daunting, but highly beneficial process,” O’Mara said. “My office is here to help those interested to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. If you’d like a REAL ID but cannot attend my event, residents can call or stop by my office at any time to learn more about Pennsylvania’s newest form of ID.” For more information, questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling 610-544-9878 or emailing RepOMara@pahouse.net . Read more


Service Every Day

(Jan 24, 2020)

Although my district office was closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my staff and I were still hard at work assisting the Radnor Township Civic Association. Read more


O’Mara announces grants for six local fire and emergency medical service organizations

(Jan 17, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, has announced the award of $84,138 in state grants to six fire and ambulance companies in the 165th Legislative District. The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program , and can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. The money also can be applied toward purchase of new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. The awards are as follows: Broomall Fire Company received $13,974.17. Marple Township Ambulance Corps received $9,192.44. Morton Rutledge Fire Company received $24,104.88. Radnor Fire Company of Wayne received $14,248.03. Radnor Fire Company of Wayne, EMS, received $9,192.44. Springfield Fire Company received $13,426.46. “Our community fire and EMS companies provide life-saving work in our communities, and for that they deserve endless thanks and respect,” O’Mara said. “My dad was a firefighter, so working with first responders and ensuring that they have the tools they need to succeed is a cause I’m extremely passionate about. I am so thankful that the state is funding these heroes throughout Pennsylvania, but most importantly right here in the 165th Legislative District.” O’Mara Read more


O’Mara announces $105K for three local schools for computer science education

(Jan 17, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that three local school districts have been awarded $105,000 in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand their computer science classes and teacher training. The Targeted grants represent one component of the governor’s innovative PAsmart initiative , and will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers. The following schools each received a $35,000 grant: Springfield School District Radnor Township School District Delaware County Intermediate Unit “Jobs within STEM industries are rapidly growing and strengthening our economy, so I’m grateful to see that the state is working to encourage students to explore this thriving field,” O’Mara said. “It’s also vital to invest in our teachers as well to ensure that they can provide students with the most modern and pertinent information and experiences.” For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website . Read more


Delco representatives applaud $100K in business-education partnership funding

(Jan 16, 2020)

The stated goal is connecting both students and their parents to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with Delco employers to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Read more


New Year, New Beginnings

(Jan 10, 2020)

Happy New Year! I hope you have a healthy and joyous 2020 as we enter this new decade together. Read more


O’Mara, Zabel and Williams applaud nearly $70K grant awarded to Delaware County Community College to fight opioid crisis

(Jan 08, 2020)

MEDIA, Jan. 8 – State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, and Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that Delaware County Community College has been awarded $68,988 in federal grant money to expand opioid preventive programs and create naloxone training opportunities for students. Delaware County Community College is one of 13 higher education institutions throughout the commonwealth to receive this grant, and its funds will benefit both the Marple and Downingtown campuses. Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the awards, which his administration procured from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Projects developed from the infusion will focus on raising campus awareness, reducing stigma, increasing access to overdose training and grief support. The grant prescribes that initiatives will be built with local partners specialized in fighting the opioid epidemic within the community. “With this money, we can sow community-first prevention resources locally tuned to Delaware County Community College,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that our communities were selected to receive this competitive award, as there is need all across the commonwealth for these life-saving services.” "This fight against the opioid epidemic is so important, and not just for those who are addicted,” Zabel said. “That's why I Read more


2019 Winter Newsletter

(Dec 30, 2019)

Read my winter newsletter where I provide some of 2019's highlights from Harrisburg and the community. Read more


Hot Chocolate-Filled Holidays

(Dec 23, 2019)

Season’s greetings! Although the holidays are now upon us, I’ve already received the best gift of all – working for you each and every day within our community and in Harrisburg. Read more


O’Mara announces $227K awarded to Springfield Township to improve traffic safety

(Dec 17, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Dec. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that Springfield Township received a $227,025 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program. The funds will be used to modernize signal facilities at the intersection of Powell Road and Saxer Avenue, improve pedestrian and vehicular safety and comply with ADA requirements. “I know this intersection has been hazardous for drivers and pedestrians alike,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “I’m grateful to see that these state funds will help improve safety and traffic flow for our community.” This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $91.59 million, funding 457 safety projects since 2010. Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 116 applications, totaling almost $33.6 million in requests. Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing. Read more


O’Mara invites community members to hot chocolate holiday open house Thursday

(Dec 16, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, invites constituents to her district office, 905 W. Sproul Road, Suite 203, in Springfield, for her hot chocolate holiday open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss state- and community-related matters, ask questions and voice concerns over some complimentary hot chocolate. “This is an informal event where residents of the 165th Legislative District can ensure that I hear their voices and take what they have to say with me to Harrisburg,” O’Mara said. “I encourage residents to attend – even if they do not have any specific concerns or questions in mind. I can explain any legislative processes, talk about what I’ve been up to in Harrisburg and the bills we’re discussing in the House chamber.” To check to see if O’Mara is their state Representative, those interested can check by visiting https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . Read more