Wilkes Community Foundation awards $4,100 to local nonprofits


In its 19th year of grant making, WCF awarded five grants totaling $4,100 through a competitive selection process.  Grants were awarded from the Greater Wilkes Community Fund and the Kyle Hayes Memorial Endowment.  These endowment funds—managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation—enable WCF to respond to community needs through annual grants to nonprofit organizations serving Wilkes County.

Since 1994, WCF has awarded over $60,000 through nearly 100 grants to local nonprofits.  This year’s grant recipients were: Barium Springs, Carolina Cross Connection, Respite Care of Wilkes, Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program (ADAP), and Wilkes County Schools. 

Funding for Barium Springs, which provides a wide range of services to children and families across western North Carolina, will support the installation of an air purification system at the Kulynych Mental Health Group Home in North Wilkesboro. Carolina Cross Connections is a faith based summer youth camp that provides free home repairs and wheelchair ramps for elderly, impoverished and disabled individuals and families in 22 North Carolina counties..   Support from WCF will go toward the purchase of tools and materials for the fifty repair projects planned for Wilkes County in 2013. 

Respite Care of Wilkes received a grant to purchase yoga equipment for the Wilkes Senior Center.  Participating in yoga classes—which the Senior Center offers twice a week throughout he year—offers a host of health benefits for seniors.   Wilkes ADAP provides meaningful employment to adults with developmental disabilities.  The grant from WCF will provide new custodial equipment for ADAP’s Wilkes Works program. 

Wilkes County Schools received a grant for its Youth in Philanthropy program.  Dubbed T3LC, or Time, Talent, Treasure—Leading to Change, this program teaches high school students about philanthropy and prepares them to be active and community minded citizens.  The youth take the lead in identifying needs of local youth and designing and implementing a grants process, and are charged with making all final decisions regarding grant rewards.  Through the generous support of an anonymous local donor, this program will award $7,500 in grants in 2013.  The grant from WCF will help provide refreshments for monthly meetings and enable the group to attend the statewide Youth in Philanthropy Conference held in Winston-Salem next month.  

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