The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation hosted the annual grant awards program at the Wayland L Jenkins Jr. Center for the Fine Arts at Chowan University in Murfreesboro. President Laura Beasley presented the awards on behalf of both the Community Fund and the Bertie-Hertford Woman’s Fund.  This year’s nonprofit recipients include:

            The Food Bank of the Albemarle to continue support for the local Food Sourcing Program initiated last year. Execitove Director Liz Reasoner accepted the grant of $400 and provided additional information about this program and how it benefits the Food Bank and local pantries with fresh and locally grown food. 

            PAWS of Hertford County, Inc., received a grant of $470 to continue efforts to manage stray cats with the Low Cost/Pet Spay/Neutering program for low income families. JoAnn Jones welcomed the grant and provided details about this service and the impacts it is already having on stray cats and dogs.

            Beasley then presented the awards from the Bertie-Hertford Woman’s Fund, a local giving circle established to support programs and services that benefit women and children. Receiving these awards:

            First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, received a grant of $3,000 to continue the growth and support of this program that benefits women in this region through a year-long Women’s Job Corps Life Skills program and mentorship. Pat Byrd accepted the grant and provided information about the first graduates of this program.

            The Ahoskie Food Pantry was presented with a grant of $5,000 to help expand the weekend backpack food program, supporting elementary age children in two area schools. The average cost per child for this program is $275 for the year.  Richard Hoggard accepted the award on behalf of the pantry.

            The Food Bank of the Albemarle also received a grant of $400 in support of the local food sourcing program.

            Beasley mentioned that the Woman’s Fund is a giving circle with every member contributing an annual donation that is pooled to create the funds awarded each year. The members hold a fun annual meeting to vote and approve the awards. New members are welcomed and can contact her or the North Carolina Community Foundation for information.

            Beasley recognized the Grants/Scholarship Committee chairperson, Austine Evans, who introduced some of the M.C Ashe Family Scholarship recipients, Alexis Powell and Kaleb Holley. Other students receiving scholarships from this fund are Crystal Deloatch and Brianna Bishop.

            Carol Capps Everett, a Bertie-Hertford board member and fundholder, recognized Alexandria Brinkley as this year’s recipient of the Earl U. Capps Scholarship.

            Beasley thanked the community for support of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation.  “These grants are important to our community and our quality of life,” she said.  “Critical programs would not be possible without the generosity of many individuals and organizations that have supported the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund, and any of the more than 34 endowed funds serviced by the partnership of the North Carolina Community Foundation and our local affiliate.”

            The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund, which is administered by the NCCF. Contributions should be made payable to the Bertie-Hertford Community Fund and mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, Northeast Region, The Harbinger Center, Suite 4, Point Harbor, NC 27964.  Contributions can also be made online to any existing fund.

            For information on the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation and its community fund, contact Beasley at 356-4129; or Peggy Birkemeier, senior regional associate, at 252-491-8166.


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