Robeson County Community Foundation awards more than $37,000 in local dollars

The North Carolina Community Foundation is allocating grants from its Disaster Relief Fund to support recovery efforts related to Hurricane Matthew and flooding in affected areas of the state, according to Rodney E. Martin, chair of NCCF’s grants committee and statewide board member.

The Robeson County Community Foundation has distributed $37,500 to date. The board directed the grants to:

  • $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lumberton, NC for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Robeson County to be used for repairs of the organization's building
  • $5,000 to Communities in Schools of Robeson County for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Robeson County to be used for expansion of backpack program for children impacted by the hurricane
  • $5,000 to Lumberton Christian Care Center for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Robeson County to be used for food/soup kitchen services
  • $5,000 to Robeson County Church and Community Center for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Robeson County to be used for food, rental assistance and utility assistance
  • $20,000 to United Way of Robeson County for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Robeson County to be used for assistance to senior citizens and children affected by the hurricane

NCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund was established to support mid- to long-term, unmet needs and does not compete with ‘boots on the ground’ organizations established to raise funds for more immediate relief. Grants will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local communities. NCCF’s other local affiliate foundations serving affected counties are also in the process of determining the nonprofit agencies that can best provide assistance in their areas.

NCCF has received gifts from across the state, country and even the world, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. No portion of the funds will be used for the Foundation’s administrative or operational expenses, an approach NCCF is also encouraging among local grant recipient agencies.

“We have been struck by the quick and caring generosity we’ve witnessed during the weeks since we activated the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund,” Tolle Whiteside said. She said that NCCF especially wanted to acknowledge the generosity of the Tides Foundation, on recommendation of the Google Foundation; AT&T; F.N.B. Corporation; the Humana Foundation and the Oak Foundation.

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