Sisters of Mercy Foundation awards $1.5 million in grants
CHARLOTTE — Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $1,546,756 to 38 non-profit organizations located in Buncombe, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Durham, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Transylvania, Union, Wake and Watauga counties in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina.
The grant funds will be used for a wide variety of purposes by the organizations. Supported programs include affordable housing, children's services, crisis assistance, education, food distribution, health care, immigration services, legal services, and social services.
The following organizations will benefit from the foundation's most recent grant making activities.
Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson, provides health, social and educational programs for low-income populations. They will receive $45,000 for operating support of a mobile dental clinic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte, helps children in need reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Their $50,000 grant will be used for salary support of match support specialists.
Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry, Concord, serves as an ecumenical network of individuals, churches and other organizations that seek to address the crisis needs of individuals and families. They will receive $35,000 to support the My Father's House family shelter program, which provides up to 60 days of shelter, meals and case management to help families gain employment and housing.
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Kannapolis, assists elderly and disabled individuals to live independently through the delivery of nutritious meals. They will receive $28,000 for general operating support.
The Center for Community Transitions, Charlotte, will receive $25,000 for general operating support directed towards rent, utilities and building service expenses as well as program and staff supplies. The center restores offenders to their families and communities, reduces recidivism and promotes self-sufficiency.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation leverages supplemental resources to maximize academic achievement for students. They will receive $45,000 to provide operating support for Parent University, a community collaborative led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help families become full partners in their children's education.
Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Greensboro, will receive $35,000 for the salary and benefits of a full-time clinical specialist to work with children in foster/adoptive homes. The organization promotes the right of children to a permanent, safe and loving family through the provision of foster and adoption services, therapeutic and post-adoption services, parent education and case management.
Communities in Schools of Cleveland County, Shelby, works to connect needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. They will receive $50,000 for salary support for two parent educators in the Teen Parents as Teachers Program.
Community Care Clinic of Rowan, Salisbury, provides medical and dental care and prescription medications to individuals and families using volunteer medical professionals and skilled support staff. Their $38,000 grant will be used for the salary of a prescription assistance coordinator/pharmacy technician.
Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Charlotte, provides training and job placement in the food service industry for people who are chronically unemployed or underemployed. Their $46,000 grant award will provide operating support for salaries, occupancy and equipment upgrades.
Community Free Clinic, Concord, provides primary medical care, prescription medications and counseling for low-income individuals and families. They will receive $30,000 for salary support of a nurse practitioner.
Community Link, Charlotte, enables individuals and families to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. Their $75,000 grant will provide salary and benefits support for the Casework and Supportive Housing Program.
Eblen Charities, Asheville, provides medical and emergency assistance to children, adults and families. They were awarded $38,081 to provide salary and benefits for a client service support manager.
Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Thomasville, provides supportive and direct services to impoverished families empowering self-sufficiency. They will receive $35,000 for support of caseworker salaries, emergency financial assistance and the purchase of food.
Family Care Center of Catawba Valley, Hickory, provides homeless families with emergency and transitional housing together with services to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. Their $35,000 grant will provide general operating support.
Freedom School Partners, Charlotte, engages, educates and empowers children to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment programs. They will receive a two-year grant of $100,000 to provide salary support for site and program staff as well as occupancy costs.
Friendship Community Development Corporation, Charlotte, serves, facilitates and builds communities through human development services such as workforce development, affordable home ownership, home rehabilitation, summer and youth programs, supported outreach services and a women's shelter. They were awarded $60,000 to provide salary assistance for the My Sister's House women's shelter.
Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County, Statesville, works to eliminate poverty and substandard housing by building, renovating and repairing safe, decent and affordable housing. Their $20,000 grant will be used for the purchase of materials for the Critical Home Repair program.
Hope House Foundation, Huntersville, helps homeless women and women with children by providing shelter, services and support. They were awarded a two-year grant of $40,000 to provide support for the upkeep of the shelter, a 12-bed facility where women and children may receive assistance for up to six months.
Iredell Christian Ministries, Statesville, serves people in crisis with food and/or financial assistance. They will receive $15,000 to provide emergency financial assistance for food, utilities, prescriptions and rent.
Latin American Coalition, Charlotte, promotes Hispanic participation in the community by informing, educating and advocating for the Latin American community. Their $25,000 grant will provide salary support for the Immigration Law Clinic's program director and paralegal.
MANNA FoodBank, Asheville, collects commercially edible but unmarketable food from food suppliers and distributes the food to eligible recipients. They will receive $35,000 to provide the salary and benefits of the Food Drive Coordinator for MANNAfest, a community food drive.
Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Charlotte, promotes mental wellness through advocacy, prevention and education by working to reduce stigma and to support effective mental health services. Their $50,000 grant will provide assistance with salary and occupancy costs for the ParentVOICE Program, which educates and supports youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.
OASIS, Boone, works to prevent domestic violence by providing services such as educational programs, intervention, counseling and temporary shelter for victims of abuse. They will receive $25,000 for the renovation of their emergency shelter.
Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, provides legal services to economically disadvantaged persons. They will receive $75,000 for general operating support.
Turning Point of Union County, Monroe, provides safety and assistance to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. They were awarded $45,000 to provide operating support for the domestic violence shelter.
Urban League of the Central Carolinas, Charlotte, helps the community to attain financial stability and social justice through education, job training and placement. They will receive $50,000 to provide salary and operating support for the 21st Century Skills Training Program, which prepares people to be competitive for employment opportunities.
Western Carolina Community Action, Brevard, will receive $25,000 to purchase supplies for the Nutritional Supplement Program. The organization works to alleviate poverty and assists low-income people to become self-sufficient.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Asheville, provides HIV-related services through case management, prevention education and outreach. They will receive $41,500 for salary support for a full-time case manager.
Western Youth Network, Boone, meets the needs of youth and families through community prevention and intervention programs. Their $30,000 grant will provide operating support for the Mentoring Program, including salary support for a part-time coordinator and assistant.
Youth Villages, Charlotte, uses a research-supported system of support to work with youth who are aging out of the foster care system to help them complete their education, find stable housing and secure employment. They were awarded $43,400 for salary support of a transitional living specialist.
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation is a supporting organization and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, providing support for its charitable, religious and educational mission.
The South Central Community, itself, is one of six communities of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, part of an international order of Catholic women religious, committed to serving those suffering from poverty, sickness and lack of education.
The South Central Community, with administrative offices located in Belmont, has more than 700 sisters serving in 18 U.S. states, the U.S. territory of Guam and Jamaica.
Since announcing in October 1996 that it was ready to begin receiving grant applications, the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded 1,178 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, totaling more than $52,600,000 to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations.
For information concerning the foundation, call 704-366-0087 or visit www.somncfdn.org.
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