Funds Will Make Settlement's Headquarters More Energy Efficient
June 14, 2012 - By Ryan Wenzel
Partners in Preservation (PIP) announced Wednesday that it would award Henry Street Settlement $175,000 after a lively four-week social media competition. Henry Street placed fifth out of 40 organizations in the competition. The top four automatically received their requested funding, but during a second round, PIP's advisory committee of community and preservation leaders determined that Henry Street should receive the grant, which amounted to 87.5 percent of the total amount requested.
Henry Street will use the funds to make its historic headquarters more energy efficient.
"Thank you to the many Henry Street supporters who voted for us every day and urged others to do the same," said David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street. "We couldn't have done this without you. This grant will allow us to spend less on energy and more on our vital programs.
In addition to the online campaign, Henry Street hosted an open house party on May 6 to get out the vote. More than 600 people attended the event, which featured old-time street games, a cake baking contest, Zumba, refreshments and more.
Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places.