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Parks fund created for Mifflin County

LEWISTOWN — A new nonprofit organization called Pennsylvania Parks Fund has been launched to help parks and forests in Pennsylvania. They have set up a county parks fund for each county in the state. Pennsylvania Parks Fund aims to raise enough funds to give grants up to $25,000 to numerous parks in 2021.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Parks Fund is to protect, preserve and improve all public parks throughout Pennsylvania. Its goal is to raise $60,000 for parks throughout Mifflin County by Aug. 31, 2021. Mifflin County is home to about 25 parks.

There are an estimated 6,100 parks and forests throughout the state.

“I founded Pennsylvania Parks Fund because I believe in the importance of connecting to nature and preserving it,” explained Justin Spencer, Executive Director of PPF. “Parks and forests are the best way to connect to the great outdoors, which is so good for our bodies and our minds. In order to keep these opportunities for connection sustained, we’re inviting people to become PPF members. When you become a member, your membership dues go directly to helping the parks in your county stay afloat. Our generous members are the only way we’re able to support so many parks.”

Members can choose between annual or monthly memberships, as well as multiple membership levels. All dues are tax deductible (minus the costs of benefits) and each member will receive various benefits such as calendars, entertainment and travel discounts, face mask, T-shirts and hoodies.

For those interested in becoming a PPF member, they can visit the website at www.pennsylvaniaparks.org.

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