Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown Awarded $25k Grant by Phillies Charities

Communities That Care (CTC) of Greater DowningtownCommunities That Care (CTC) of Greater Downingtown was acknowledged on the new scoreboard as a Phillies Charities, Inc. grant recipient at the Wednesday, April 26, 2023 game vs the Seattle Mariners. (Submitted Image)

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) was honored to be recognized as a 2022 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant recipient at the Philadelphia Phillies home game against the Seattle Mariners. CTC staff, board members, and community partners enjoyed a night of fun & baseball as the Phillies provided the organization with free tickets to see CTC recognized as a 2022 Community Heroes organization. CTC of Greater Downingtown was chosen as a grant recipient in December 2022, along with 39 other local community organizations, and was awarded a grant of $25,000 to be used for the organization’s HYPE youth program.

CTC Executive Director, Bethann Cinelli, said, “Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown is grateful to the Philadelphia Phillies organization for recognizing and awarding $25,000 in support of our Healthy Youth Positive Energy Clubs (HYPE). The Phillies’ commitment to healthy communities and youth is critical in our mission to prevent substance use, promote mental health, and empower youth to make positive choices.”

CTC received the grant to support the Healthy Youth, Positive Energy (HYPE) program. HYPE is a youth run club that works to create a healthy community through advocacy and leadership to prevent substance use and promote positive mental and emotional well-being. HYPE students make a difference through social media, peer-to-peer messaging, sharing the youth perspective and adding their voice to the prevention conversation. HYPE clubs engage youth in prevention initiatives by promoting healthy behaviors and providing youth education on substance use and abuse, as well as mental and emotional wellness. To learn more about HYPE, visit

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Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) is a coalition of organizations, businesses, schools, faith communities, law enforcement, and healthcare providers using evidence-based prevention programs and policies to foster positive mental health and youth development. Through a Collective Impact Approach, CTC helps communities identify and implement changes that can help students be successful at school, at home, and in the community. CTC’s mission is to empower youth to make positive choices to reach their full potential. Learn more at

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