Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh Renews Grant Funding to Rail Safety Nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
WASHINGTON, DC, March 3, 2022 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national non-profit rail safety education organization, announced that the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh has renewed annual grant funding to further OLI’s mission to end collisions, deaths and injuries on and around railroad tracks and trains.
The grant funding will sustain ongoing projects, including a competitive grant program for public education activities conducted by Operation Lifesaver state programs and providing funds for state educational materials.
“Every 3 hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. The support of the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh since 2019 has been crucial to our efforts at the state and national level, helping us share the rail safety message with millions of Americans both virtually and through in-person activities,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “To learn more, connect with us on social media and find a state Operation Lifesaver program near you, visit oli.org. Together, we can stop track tragedies.”
Said Posner Foundation Chairman Henry Posner III, “The Posner Foundation was proud to be represented at Operation Lifesaver’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Washington, and that pride is reflected in our continued support. This in turn reflects the respect we have for OLI’s success in rail safety education in communities throughout the nation, and our hope that others will join us in supporting its work.”
Previous grants from the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh supported creating and disseminating resources for effective messaging when reporting on rail-related suicide incidents; distributing an Emergency Notification System Sign public service announcement (PSA) to radio and television stations; sharing additional railroad crossing and pedestrian safety PSAs with millions of Americans; augmenting funding for state Operation Lifesaver rail safety programs; expanding national rail safety volunteer efforts; and expanding the rollout of OLI’s Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC).
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1972, is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. In 1986 the non-profit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. national office was created to help support the efforts of state Operation Lifesaver programs, saving lives by sharing rail safety messages with audiences across the U.S. and beyond. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more about Rail Safety Week;follow OLI on social media viaFacebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, PinterestandYouTube.