Pictured above are the Board members at the 2013 Annual Meeting at Yankee Trace Row 1: Judy Budi, Emeritus member Sally Beals, Sharon Lowry, Washington Township Liaison Joyce Young, Carol Farquhar- Nugent and Dayton Foundation representative Janice McLefresh Row 2: Bob Daley, Jack Lohbeck, Paul Heintz, President Bob Yeck. Jeff Winwood, Joe Lambright and Richard Carr
Centerville-Washington Foundation Awards $4,000 in Community GrantsHithergreen Center, experiencing a reduction in governmental support, has been awarded a $1,500 grant from the Centerville-Washington Foundation, according to an announcement from the Foundation’s board of trustees. In all, the Foundation made five grants in its spring cycle, totaling $4,000, and will bestow them at its annual meeting April 17 at Yankee Trace.
Founded in 1998, the Foundation reviews grant applications in the spring and fall of the year.
With a membership near 2,000, Hithergreen enriches the lives of older adults in the community and has an active food service program. The Foundation’s grant will pay half the cost of a convection oven, one of a number of items in a kitchen update project that will cost close to $20,000.
In the grant application Center Director Cynthia Fraley said the grant would assist in the replacement of kitchen appliances for a “long-established community organization striving to maintain a high level and quality of service while adjusting to a substantial reduction in traditional funding.”
“Hithergreen’s grant application demonstrated a significant need for assistance and the Foundation is pleased to be able to fund a portion of its food service equipment update program,” Judy Budi, chair of the grants committee, said.
The list of other grants to community organizations includes:
• $1,000 to the Centerville-Washington Park District to improve the accessibility of play areas in five parks. The addition of molded bucket swings will allow all children, even those confined to wheelchairs, to use the equipment.
• $500 to Epiphany Lutheran Church Pantry to provide emergency food, clothing, personal care, cleaning supplies and household items to the needy in the community.
• $500 to Friends of the Castle, a safe haven for members who experience mental disorders, for transportation costs. Transportation is an essential and expensive component of the Castle.
• $500 to the Centerville Community Chorus, an all-volunteer vocal chorus, to continue with and expand free public concerts in 2013.
The Centerville-Washington Foundation exists to be a community partner for corporate and individual charitable giving, functioning in the formation and preservation of charitable donations, providing services to donors and non-profit organizations, and serving as a source of funds for community groups. For more information about the Centerville-Washington Township Foundation, please contact Bob Daley at 433-0811.
The funds have been created by individuals and organizations. They represent the growing history of the Centerville-Washington Foundation, which began in 1998, and exemplify our donors' commitment to society and to community philanthropy. The funds will continue to give, in the donors' names, for generations to come.
Any individual, organization or business may make a contribution to these endowment funds. By making a contribution to an existing fund, a donor's gift will join others for maximum charitable benefit.
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