Community Foundation Awards Grants
The Moore County Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $90,000 to various nonprofit organizations.
The 2009 grants come from its Community Fund and from the John W. and Marjorie A. Roffe Endowment, according to Hugh Bingham, Moore County board president.
The Moore County Community Foundation hosted an awards ceremony Thursday, July 23, at the Southern Pines Civic Club.
This marks the fourth year grant funding has come from the John W. and Marjorie Roffe Endowment, established in 2006 specifically to support health-care-related needs in Moore County. This year's recipients include:
n American Red Cross, to improve the disaster response capability in Moore County.
n Foundation of First Health to purchase additional AEDs throughout Moore Co. Schools for sudden cardiac arrest.
n Family Promise of Moore County to assist mothers with children with housing and employment.
n Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care for client assistance related to health care and providing emergency assistance.
n St. Joseph's in the Pines to assist with van purchase to transport HUD seniors in Aberdeen to physician appointments.
n Moore Alliance Nourishing Neighbors, Amen! (MANNA) to expand feeding sites up to 10 locations.
n Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to focus on child nutrition program targeting Moore County children at risk of hunger.
n Friend to Friend for client health-care program serving victims of abuse. There is a 62 percent increase in clients being served by Friend to Friend.
n Moore Free Clinic to focus on chronic disease management for those 50 percent at or below federal poverty level. The clinic serves more than 1,900 patients with 300 on the waiting list
n Guardian Ad Litem Friends of Southern Pines to purchase packs and school supplies for 80 children under Guardian Ad Litem program.
n Pinetree Community Services to purchase exercise equipment to support clients being served through this program.
This year's nonprofit grant recipients funded from the Moore County community funds include:
n Arts Council of Moore County to support PAMS (Performing Arts in Public Schools) program. About 1,650 children participate in the arts program.
n Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills to increase number of people being served. Serving more than 100 meals a day.
n Malcolm Blue Historical Society to make farm site improvements.
n Moore County Historical Society to assist with restoration of Garner House roof.
n Moore County Literacy Council to assist with purchase of two new computers for teaching reading.
n Village Heritage Foundation to support of the Arboretum development.
n Junior Achievement of Moore County to provide personal economics class for eighth-grade students.
n Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities for the 30th anniversary celebration including performances by Morgan Sills Hammerstein program.
n Word of Truth Christian Center, Vass Agape Outreach Center to assist with food pantry, light housekeeping and maintenance for elderly in the community.
Bingham thanked the community for support of the Moore County Community Foundation.
"These grants are important to our community," he said. "Many critical programs would not be possible without the generosity of many individuals and organizations that have supported Moore County's Community Fund."
The Moore County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). The Community Fund was established in 1991 to help support local charitable needs through annual grants.
Tax-deductible contributions can be made by any organization or individual who wishes to increase the principal of the Community Fund, which is managed and allocated for the benefit of Moore County. Contributions should be made payable to the Moore County Community Foundation and mailed to: Moore County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 666, Pinehurst, NC 28370.
Donors also can establish designated funds for their own causes with an investment of at least $10,000.
Anyone needing more information on the Moore County Community Foundation can contact Bingham in Southern Pines at 692-6222 or Sandhills Regional Associate Mary Anne Howard at (919) 256-6924 or toll-free at (800) 201- 9533. Residents can also visit the NCCF Web site at www.nccommunityfoundation.org click on "Affiliates."
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and was created 21 years ago. The NCCF sustains nearly 1,000 endowment funds established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations and scholarships.
The NCCF partners with 59 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 65 counties across the state, with an emphasis on rural and underserved areas.
For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.
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