The Duplin County Community Foundation has awarded more than $12,000 to local nonprofit organizations through the annual Duplin Community Grants Program and the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement.
“These grants help organizations that are providing pivotal services in Duplin County,” said Ed Emory, Chair of the Duplin County Community Foundation Advisory Board.
”The Foundation board has worked hard to build our local endowment fund so we can continue to provide these grants to local nonprofits, and the annual Sheriff’s Ball is the primary fundraiser for the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement.
“All the money we raise in Duplin County stays here, and we are pleased to support the organizations that give so much back to our community.”
The 2012 Duplin County grant award recipients and projects follow:
- American Red Cross - Cape Fear Chapter - grant funds support the Red Cross' Duplin County Disaster Relief Fund, which assists residents who are victims of house fires or natural disasters
- James Sprunt Community College – Upward Bound academic support initiative
- National Society to Prevent Blindness, North Carolina Chapter – This grant helps fund the Star Pupils initiative, which provides free vision screening to children in Duplin County.
- Beulaville Presbyterian Church - Educational Readiness Outreach Program
- Pet Friends of Duplin County – The grant will allow Pet Friends to offer two free rabies clinics to Duplin County residents.
- Duplin County Cooperative Extension – 4-H Camp Scholarships for local students
- Carolina East Home Care & Hospice, Inc. – This grant provides seed money to Carolina East to establish a grief support program for local children.
- Duplin County Agri-Community Center Foundation – Grant monies will support the presentation of “The Nutcracker” ballet to local students.
Since 2005, the Duplin County Community Foundation and the Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement have made more than $46,000 in grants to Duplin County nonprofits. Local Foundation board members are Ed Emory (Chairman), Pam Owen Godwin (Vice Chair), Randy Albertson (Treasurer), Glenn Brewer, Kristy Judge Bryan, Freddy Hall, Nancy Jordan, Bob Kornegay, Todd Minchew, Debra Morrisey, Richard Phaneuf, Ross Powell, Kim Quinn, Johnson Sheffield and Andy Wells.
Duplin Foundation for Youth Advancement committee members include Sheriff Blake Wallace, Hubert Bowden, Marie Dixon, Ed Emory, Pam Owen Godwin, Hutch Jones, Deb Merritt, Linda Murphy and Thomasina Williams.
The Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides technical assistance and management services. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Duplin County Foundation may contact a local board member or call the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Southeastern office at (910) 509-7256.