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Community Foundation awards $88,894 to Washington County nonprofits

May 02, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

List of Community Foundation 2008 Unrestricted Grants

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Community Action Council will be able to start a transportation program this fall for residents in rural parts of the county after receiving a $10,000 grant Thursday.

The group was one of 14 area nonprofits to receive money from the Community Foundation of Washington County. The group gives grants to local nonprofits every year from unrestricted funds it manages for that purpose.

This year, $88,894 was distributed with help from the Pauline Anderson Foundation, which donated $40,000 for the grants, Community Foundation Executive Director Bradley N. Sell said.

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That amount is about $20,000 more than was distributed last year and more than three times the yearly distributions since the program began in 2003.

Annual donations from the Pauline Anderson Foundation, which began last year, have helped tremendously Sell said, as have help from the Women's Giving Circle.

In addition, Sell noted that as the funds grow the distributions will increase every year.

"I tell people that someday we'll be giving away more money than the (Washington County) Gaming Commission. They laugh, but it's true," Sell said.

· The Authentic Community Theatre received $2,000 that will help pay for a musical theater production this month and an associated retreat for parents and teens to learn how to deal with difficult sexual topics.

· Boys & Girls Club was granted $5,820 to pay for Internet safety sessions for teens.

· C Safe received two grants. The first, for $4,950, will help the group buy computers for its after-school literacy program. The second, for $2,500, will allow C Safe to enhance its after-school dance program for at-risk girls.

· Children in Need, which provides money for school supplies for students in need, received $4,000 for special requests from schools and teachers not generally available through the program, Director Anne Martin said.

· Community Free Clinic will use its $7,378 grant to continue funding family planning, pregnancy, STD and HIV prevention programs to county teenagers.

· Gloria Wise of Court-Appointed Special Advocates said the group's $4,086 grant will help train 15 volunteers. The group provides volunteer advocates for children involved in court cases of child abuse and neglect.

· Discovery Station received a $3,000 grant to enhance its early childhood gallery with math and reading activities.

· Girls Inc. will use its $10,400 grant to fund a once-a-month Parent Night that will address one critical issue at each session, such as abuse, gang awareness, problem solving and self defense.

· Star Community was given a grant for $3,760 and will use it to continue its "Horses and Healing" program, where at-risk, preteen girls learn to ride and care for horses.

· W House will create a new treatment group focused on post traumatic stress disorder and trauma symptoms for substance abusing women with its grant of $15,000.

· Washington County Adolescent Drug Court received $5,000 and will use it to institute an adolescent character building program.

· Washington County Mediation Center was given $7,000, which it will use to start a family mediation initiative.

After the grants were given out Thursday, B. Marie Byers of Discovery Station thanked the Community Foundation and the community in general for the grants. She also thanked all the organizations for the work they do.

"This is a perfect example of the wonderful, rich resource in people we have in Washington County," Byers said.

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