The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 30, 2013

SCCF awards nearly $30K in grants

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer

Monday, September 30, 2013 — A total of $29,270 in  grants was recognized at the Stanly County Community Foundation’s (SCCF) grantee reception last Monday.

SCCF, an affiliate of the Foundation for the Carolinas, honored the 14 nonprofits who received grants from the foundation.

Each of the 14 organizations who received a grant took a moment to share a little about their projects.

Some offered straight-forward explanations, some told personal stories, some brought pictures and others laid out statistics.

But everyone was grateful to the foundation and the donors that support it.

“We used the grant to purchase 30 Kindle Fires,” Trudy Saunders of Albemarle Middle School said.

“It helps so many different areas in reading, not (only) the struggling readers who would be embarrassed by getting a little bitty book, but it also helps the higher level readers who can’t find enough challenging materials. It’s a really big deal for us, and we really appreciate it.”

Kathy Odell, representing Special Olympics Stanly County, brought along a couple athletes who personally wanted to thank the board.

“I want to thank everybody  who was involved in this because those who didn’t play sports in high school, y’all give them a second chance to play sports,” Harrison Young said.

Incoming SCCF chairman Chris Bramlett said hearing these stories is the best thing about the grantee reception.

“For those of us who serve on the board, this is our absolute favorite time of the year,” Bramlett said

“You’re the ones that make a difference and add enormously to the quality of life for those of us who live in Stanly County. You help provide jobs, you provide service to needy people. For that we are deeply grateful to you.”

The organizations include:

 Albemarle Middle School was granted $4,770 for the Kindling the Fire for Reading Achievement Program.

 Bridge to Recovery was granted $1,500 to help pay for the transportation of men with addictions from halfway houses to treatment centers.

 Carolina Cross Connection was granted $1,500, which covered 38 home repair projects.

 Community Adult Respite Experience, Inc was granted $1,000 to provide scholarships for care givers since respite is not covered by insurance or medicare.

 Friends of the Agri-Civic Center was granted $500 which was used to cover the cost of advertising for Agri-Civic Day.

 GHA Autism Supports was granted $2,000 to start up The Pottery Place, a therapy in clay for people with autism.

 Habitat for Humanity of Stanly County was granted $2,000 for the Leadership Stanly Program.

n Hospice of Stanly County was granted $2,500 for Camp Forget-Me-Not, an annual camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

 Monarch was granted $1,500 to start a Mental Health First Aid Program to train members of the community on how to identify and help those in mental distress.

 Rescue Unit of Stanly County was granted $1,500 to purchase rope and rope storage equipment for the Rope Rescue & More Project.

 Special Olympics North Carolina Inc. was granted $1,000 to fund Stanly County’s Healthier Athletes Program.

 Stanly Community Christian Ministry was granted $5,000 to pay for fuel to heat the homes of families in need.

 Stanly County Family YMCA was granted $3,000, which helped provide 57 Open Door scholarships for kids who could not afford to go to camp, including one child whose mother was escaping domestic violence.

 Stanly County Partnership for Children was granted $1,500 for its English as a second language program.

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