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

  • $2,500 to Make A Difference Food Pantry for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Wayne County 
  • $2,500 to Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Wayne County
  • $10,000 to Wayne Health Foundation for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief and recovery in Wayne County for medication assistance and transportation vouchers
  • $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Wayne County for vouchers to be used in the ReStore for home goods and furnishings
  • $7,500 to American Red Cross - Cape Fear Chapter for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Wayne County to be used for vouchers for flood victims
  • $7,500 to Salvation Army of Goldsboro for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Wayne County to be used for cash assistance including rent, utilities and medication

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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