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Brooklyn Public Library among New York organizations booking $80,000 in Williams grants

Staff Reports
Local emergency services, community, educational and environmental initiatives are benefiting from more than $80,000 in grants distributed to community organizations that reside in, and/or provide services to the area surrounding Rockaway, N.Y.
Williams – a major operator of natural gas infrastructure in New York – today announced the latest recipients of the Rockaway Community Grant Program, awarding grants to 25 local organizations.
One of the 25 recipients is the Brooklyn Public Library, which will use a $5,000 grant to help fund its Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) program.
“This much-needed grant will allow us to continue our highly successful T4 program, which has provided more than 1,400 Brooklyn teens with hands-on technology training, meaningful volunteer experiences and internship opportunities,” said Samantha Dodds with Brooklyn Public Library.

The Brooklyn Public Library’s T4 program provides students with an introduction to the Information Technology field while enhancing public services through technical assistance and teen-led programming. After completing an intensive summer training program, teens are assigned to volunteer at local branches where they are paired with IT staff members who act as on-site mentors.

The Rockaway Community Grant program was designed to benefit the environment and local communities in which Williams operates its Transco natural gas pipeline near Rockaway, N.Y.  The company has awarded nearly $900,000 since the grant program was first initiated in 2014.
Grants up to $15,000 per organization were awarded to organizations promoting initiatives that support environmental enhancement, education, economic development, emergency services, youth and senior programs.
Williams provides natural gas to the New York City area through its Transco pipeline, a 10,200-mile pipeline system which transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and southeastern United States.