Learning Center Ribbon Cutting, Report a Pothole, and More!

(Feb 02, 2023)

Last week I had the privilege of joining Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler and members of the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting of Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center’s Main Street location. The newly renovated space will provide children of the community an exceptional learning environment and teachers with access to better resources. Read more


Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(Feb 01, 2023)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Regional Recovery Hubs Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organization or governmental entity. Use : To support a Recovery-Oriented-System of Care (ROSC) by establishing a Recovery Hub and Spoke model. Funds : Nine grants up to $500,000 each will be awarded.. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Information : https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2023-01%20Regional%20Recovery%20Hubs_2023.01.11_FINAL.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency: Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Category 1 Funds (Funding Source: SAEDR Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit organizations may partner with governmental entities, including school districts, provided the nonprofit organization is the applicant. Use : To provide research-based or evidence-based approaches to prevention, intervention, treatment, training, and education services to reduce substance use or to provide resources to assist families in accessing the services needed to reduce substance use behavior, as well as strategies aimed at combating opioid/heroin overdoses. Funds : Grants up to $150,000 over a two-year project period. Application Deadline : February 24, 2023 More Read more


The 2023 Capitol Scenes calendar is available for download!

(Jan 31, 2023)

The 2023 Capitol Scenes calendar is available for download! Each month contains a scene from our Pennsylvania Capitol, proclaimed as one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the nation. Read more


Farm Show Recap, Opening at my District Office, and More!

(Jan 23, 2023)

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting the 107th PA Farm Show, the country’s largest indoor agricultural exposition. The event is a testament to the powerful and essential agricultural industry we have here in PA and yet another reminder of the importance of safeguarding Pennsylvania’s rich farmland. Read more



(Jan 23, 2023)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To support school safety and security training and technical assistance for school employees and School Safety and Security Coordinators. Funds : PCCD expects to issue one award with a budget not to exceed $4.8 million over the four-year project period. Application Deadline : January 31, 2023 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Commonwealth Financing Authority: Philadelphia Local Share Account (LSA) Program (Funding Source: Local Share Account – Philadelphia) Who May Apply : Eligible applicants include any of the following entities located within the City of Philadelphia: Community Development Corporations, Economic development organizations and redevelopment authorities, business improvement districts/neighborhood improvement districts, not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c) designation, the City of Philadelphia, and the School District of Philadelphia. Use : To support economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and public interest projects in the City of Philadelphia. Funds : Grant amounts will vary based on the specific project Read more


Swearing-In, Mobile Office Hours and More!

(Jan 09, 2023)

Last Monday, I was officially sworn in as the representative of Pennsylvania’s 26th District. It was a celebratory day, but one that also reminded me of the immense responsibility I have to my constituents—and all Pennsylvanians—to fight for legislation that will make a positive and demonstrable impact. Read more


Friel sworn in, begins first term as state representative

(Jan 03, 2023)

State Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 26th District. Read more


McClinton applauds, welcomes newest members to House Democratic Caucus

(Dec 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – To kick off the new legislative session, Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, is welcoming the largest class of incoming legislators to the House Democratic Caucus in more than 15 years. “In January, the House Democratic Caucus will proudly swear in the largest and most diverse class of freshmen legislators in over a decade,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These public servants are already on the ground in their communities, talking to neighbors, and prepared to be their voices in Harrisburg next month. Without a doubt, they will strengthen our legislature with their diverse experience and perspectives.” House Democrats will welcome 26 new members from communities across the state; some from districts that have never before been represented by a Democrat. New members include: Anthony Bellmon (D-Phila.) : Bellmon served in Philadelphia Congressman Brendan F. Boyle’s office for eight years, solving housing, student loan and immigration issues. As senior adviser to the congressman, Anthony worked on Capitol Hill advancing policy issues to better the lives of children and working families. Lisa A. Borowski (D-Delaware) : Borowski formerly served as vice president of the Radnor Township School District’s school board, leading the way on crafting one of the Read more


Need help heating your home? Apply to LIHEAP this winter.

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pennsylvanians in need of energy assistance are encouraged to apply to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for 2022-2023 winter heating season. To see if you qualify, view the table via the link above, and click here to apply online using COMPASS. A paper application can also be found here . Everyone should be able to keep warm during the coldest months of the year, and LIHEAP is a true security blanket for those who are in need. Read more


PA Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2022)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts Uncashed checks, including paychecks Lost stocks and bonds Contents of safe deposit boxes Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies Expired gift cards/gift certificates To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at https://www.patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/ or call 1-800-222-2046. There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more


Get quality health coverage at a low cost through Pennie

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pennsylvanians can enroll in 2023 health insurance coverage through Pennie now until Jan. 15, 2023. Last year, many Pennsylvanians enrolled in health insurance through a Pennie plan and paid lower monthly premiums due to premium subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan Act. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act extended these subsidies until Jan. 1, 2026. Visit Pennie.com/connect or the Pennie Customer Service Call Center at 1-844-844-8040. Read more


PennDOT is hiring for winter maintenance

(Dec 01, 2022)

PennDOT is currently hiring employees for the Winter Maintenance Program. Employees hired for the Winter Maintenance Program are critical to a safe winter season, and these temporary opportunities are an excellent pathway to a permanent career with PennDOT. For more information on how to apply, click here . Read more