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EAST OHIO GAS ANNOUNCES $17,500 IN 1992 NEIGHBORHOOD ENRICHMENT AWARD GRANTS

 EAST OHIO GAS ANNOUNCES $17,500 IN 1992
 NEIGHBORHOOD ENRICHMENT AWARD GRANTS
 CLEVELAND, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- East Ohio Gas today announced that four northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $17,500 as recipients of the company's 1992 Neighborhood Enrichment Award grants.
 The 1992 East Ohio Gas Neighborhood Enrichment Award program honors nonprofit community organizations which make major contributions to the economic and social revitalization of northeast Ohio neighborhoods. The grants are provided through the East Ohio Gas Company Fund, part of the Consolidated Natural Gas Foundation. This year's award recognized community projects completed in 1991.
 The top $10,000 award recipient is Community Housing Options Involving Cooperative Efforts or C.H.O.I.C.E. of Youngstown. Three other organizations each received $2,500 finalist grants. Recipients of the $2,500 Neighborhood Enrichment grants are: Neighborhood Conservation Services of Barberton, Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community and Mt. Pleasant NOW of Cleveland.
 "We believe grants like this one serve as stimulus for community involvement and enhance the overall quality of life for community residents," said Patrick A. Carney, East Ohio Gas Company vice president of public affairs.
 C.H.O.I.C.E. won the top award for its "Willis Avenue Rehabilitation" Program in Youngstown. C.H.O.I.C.E. strives to secure and preserve affordable housing for low-income and disadvantaged people. C.H.O.I.C.E. makes home ownership possible for more people by involving community members in neighborhood improvement efforts to build a more secure economic base. To date, C.H.O.I.C.E. has acquired 14 units of housing in Youngstown.
 Neighborhood Conservation Services of Barberton (NCS) won a Neighborhood Enrichment Award finalist grant for its "Hyacinth Acres, Phase II Project." Hyacinth Acres II is a 20-home development which grew out of the organization's success revitalizing homes in the South Barberton area. Through the work of NCS, low-to-moderate income families have been given the opportunity to buy new homes, contributing their own labor as down payment.
 Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community also won a Neighborhood Enrichment Award finalist grant for its "Self-Help Paint" Program. Initiated in 1990, the Self-Help Paint project provides paint to low-to-moderate income homeowners for the upkeep of their homes. Homeowners are responsible for their own labor. Since the onset of the program, 29 homes have been painted.
 Mount Pleasant NOW of Cleveland is the last of the three $2,500 Neighborhood Enrichment Award finalists. The Cleveland organization won the grant for its "Kinsman Renaissance" Program, a neighborhood revitalization effort underway in the city's Mount Pleasant neighborhoods. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to redeveloping the neighborhood with new and renovated homes. Mount Pleasant NOW has also provided free paint to 750 area residents and weatherized more than 500 homes in the past three years.
 Applicants for the Neighborhood Enrichment Award were evaluated on the basis of creativity, organizational input, replicability and market impact and change. Eligible to compete were IRS 501 (C) (3) organizations with their revitalization programs having a neighborhood focus. A panel of local community representatives served on the panel of judges.
 Cleveland-based East Ohio Gas is the largest subsidiary of Consolidated Natural Gas Company, headquartered in Pittsburgh. The 2,500 employees of East Ohio Gas serve more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers in 270 Northeast Ohio communities.
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 /CONTACT: Tracy Oliver of The East Ohio Gas Company, 216-736-6224 or 800-556-4400 toll-free in Ohio/ CO: East Ohio Gas Company ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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