LEWISBURG — The village of Lewisburg announced it has received $14,500 in grant monies from Cargill, which has a facility in Lewisburg.
Cargill Cares council members Steve Hawley and Bryan Statzer presented the check to Mayor Patrick Putnam. These funds will support the Stream Bank project, wherein the banks of Twin Creek within the Lewisburg Park will be cleaned up to enhance the beauty of the park and help preserve the integrity of the stream bank. This, in turn, will protect the natural resources and water quantity and quality to increase the quality of life in the community.
The project includes the removal of concrete debris and invasive plants from the Twin Creek bank. The overall goal of the project is to restore Twin Creek to its original natural setting and eliminate hazards to the community, all while increasing the protection of this natural resource. The entire Lewisburg community will benefit from this project as the park is utilized by many organizations such as baseball, softball, soccer, football, and the TCN Community Association. In addition, member of the community frequently walk, run, or bike on the walking path and pedestrian footbridge, as well as fish along the creek. The village has also received a grant from Ohio Public Works Commission – Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation – which will assist with the Stream Bank Restoration Project.
“The impact from this project is community wide, and it will significantly change the appearance of the stream as well as the habitat protection for threatened and endangered species in the area,” said Jeff Sewert, Lewisburg’s Municipal Manager. “This grant provides us with the assistance we need to support our efforts in preserving our natural resources within the Lewisburg community. We are most grateful that Cargill has chosen to assist us with this project.”
Cargill awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process and provides strategic grants to organizations serving communities where Cargill has a presence. During Cargill’s 150 years, we have helped build vibrant, stable communities in the areas where we do business. We promote the social well-being of the communities we serve through long-term solutions to reduce hunger, improve education, and protect the environment. With financial support, the expertise of our businesses, efforts of our employees and collaboration with partners, we are making positive, measureable improvements where we live and work.
Globally, Cargill gives back nearly $58 million across 58 countries.
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