Geneva Colleges donates $10,000 to Beaver Falls

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Geneva College has donated $10,000 to the Beaver Falls police and fire departments.

Kenneth Carson, college provost, presented a $5,000 check to each of the departments at the Beaver Falls council meeting Jan. 8.

This is the third year that the private, nonprofit college in Beaver Falls has donated money to the town where the school is located. In 2011, Geneva funded a study for a co-generation plant. Last year, it made a $10,000 donation to the police and fire departments, just as it did this year.

"Geneva is proud to be part of the city, and we are delighted that we are able to participate in a variety of ways with and for the city," Mr. Carson said.

The economic impact of Geneva College on the state is $63.6 million -- much of it in Beaver Falls and Beaver County, according to figures the college provided from a study conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Geneva College "is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies," according to information on the college website and news releases.

The school regularly contributes to its community "both financially and through community service," according to a release.

The school pays rental inspection fees and payroll taxes and provides jobs for more than 300 full-time employees. As a nonprofit, Geneva is not required to pay property taxes.

Geneva students volunteer at local social service agencies, and all incoming freshmen provide a day of service in the community during the college orientation.

Geneva's facilities are available for community events, including Community Safety Day. The college also provides entertainment in the community -- sports, music ensembles and theater productions.

Beaver Falls High football games have long been played at the college's stadium. NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath played football there when he was a student at Beaver Falls High.

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Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0087.


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