Sisters of Mercy award $1.7 million in grants across western North Carolina
BELMONT — The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation announces grant awards totaling $1,714,830 to non-profit organizations in North 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, health care, legal services, and social services.
The following organizations will benefit from the foundation's most recent grant making activities:
- A Child's Place of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, works with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to provide education and support services for children and their families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. They were awarded $50,000 to provide salary support for the social work staff.
- Adult Enrichment Services of Wilkes County, North Wilkesboro, NC, provides a protective environment and program for combined adult day care and day health services. Their grant award of $35,000 will provide salary support for a Registered Nurse for the Adult Day Health Program.
- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC, provides accessible, quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse and changing needs of the community. They were awarded $30,000 to provide operating support for the Minority Leadership Academy.
- The BELL Foundation, Dorchester, MA provides educational after school and summer programs for children living in under-resourced communities. Their $100,000 grant will provide support for the BELL Summer 2012 program for low-performing Charlotte-Mecklenburg students.
- Belmont Community Development Corporation, Charlotte, NC, works to provide affordable housing as well as educational and living wage employment opportunities. They will receive $37,825 to provide salary support for the organization's Program Assistant.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, High Point, NC, will receive $30,000 for salary support of a case manager. The organization helps children to develop socially, academically and personally by placing a positive role model in their lives.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Winston-Salem, NC, empowers children to reach their full potential by recruiting, developing and training mentors to provide professionally supported one-on-one Big Brother and Big Sister relationships. Their $25,000 grant will provide salary support for the full-time Case Manager for the Davie County office.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston, Gastonia, NC, helps disadvantaged children to develop the qualities necessary to become responsible citizens and leaders. They will receive $26,000 for salary support for the addition of two after school program staff.
- Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Hendersonville, NC, inspires and enables young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They were awarded $45,000 for general operating support for Middle School Project Learn.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont, Statesville, NC, works to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. They were awarded $32,000 for salary support of the Responsible Attitudes Program manager.
- Buncombe County Schools, Asheville, NC, works to provide a safe, caring and engaging learning experience that prepares students to become responsible citizens. They will receive $115,000 for operating support for the Graduation Initiative.
- Cabarrus Partnership for Children, Concord, NC, was awarded $15,500 to support the Parents as Teachers Program. The organization ensures that services for young children in early education, child care, health and family support are available and accessible.
- Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, Charlotte, NC, assists in the accomplishment of the educational objectives of Central Piedmont Community College. Their $65,000 grant will be used for operating support of the Pathways to Employment program.
- Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Charlotte, NC, provides health care services to low-income, uninsured residents of Mecklenburg County. They will receive $72,000 to provide salary support for the Clinic's lead nurse practitioner.
- Citizen Schools, Charlotte, NC, educates youth, strengthens communities and brings new solutions to the challenges of young adult education through out-of-school time programming for low-income middle school children. Their $75,000 grant will provide support for direct campus program costs at two middle schools as well as planning costs for Expanded Learning Time in collaboration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Project LIFT.
- Community Clinic of Rutherford County, Spindale, NC, was awarded $75,000 to provide salary support for three positions in the Clinic as well as the purchase of equipment for the Electronic Medical Records system. The Clinic provides accessible, quality medical care, wellness education and medication assistance to low income and uninsured adults.
- Crisis Control Ministry, Winston-Salem, NC, responds to the critical needs of individuals and families by assisting with rent, utilities, food, clothing and medicine. They will receive $35,000 to provide salary support for a full-time pharmacist for the Ministry's Free Pharmacy.
- Gaston County Department of Social Services, Gastonia, NC, empowers victims of domestic violence by providing emergency shelter, advocacy, and support. They were awarded $40,000 to provide salary support for a case manager in the Shelter of Gaston County Program.
- Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Hickory, NC, unites the resources of the community to serve people in need of crisis assistance, support and education. They will receive $65,000 to provide salary support for the pharmacist and the pharmacy tech as well as to purchase medications.
- Guilford Child Development, Greensboro, NC, will receive $51,000 for salary support of a Nurse Home Visitor for the Nurse-Family Partnership Program. Through five supportive programs, the organization provides services that are focused on helping children and families reach their full potential.
- Irene Wortham Center, Asheville, NC, delivers comprehensive, quality residential and day services for individuals with developmental challenges. They were awarded $40,000 to help provide operating support for the Early Learning Center.
- Mecklenburg County Health Department, Charlotte, NC, offers a spectrum of preventive and care services to address the leading health challenges of the community. Their $63,222 grant will provide salary support for the social worker position for the Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults.
- Men's Shelter, Charlotte, NC, provides shelter and opportunities for homeless men to rebuild their lives by offering services such as assistance with substance abuse, mental health problems, education, employment and housing. Their $50,000 grant will provide salary support for two intake workers.
- NC MedAssist, Charlotte, NC, assists low-income, uninsured North Carolina residents by operating a licensed pharmacy that provides free prescription medication. They will receive $75,000 to provide salary support for the pharmacy staff.
- Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center, Charlotte, NC, resolves child abuse cases through collaboration with key partner agencies as well as strives to break the cycle of abuse. Their $40,000 grant will provide salary support for a Family Advocate.
- Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC, provides legal services for economically disadvantaged persons. They were awarded $50,000 to provide salary support for an attorney and a legal assistant in the Rutherford County office.
- Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Charlotte, NC, provides care, education and leadership development to persons affected by AIDS. They were awarded $45,000 to provide salary support for a case manager for the Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility and Education Program.
- Rowan Helping Ministries, Salisbury, NC, provides crisis-oriented services for the needy such as shelter, food, and clothing. Their $40,000 grant will contribute salary support for the Crisis Assistance Network staff.
- The Salvation Army, Charlotte, NC, provides programs and services to elevate the moral, physical, spiritual and social conditions of individuals. They will receive $100,000 to help support the Hampton Crest Project, a multi-family development designed to help families headed by women with children.
- Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, Columbus, NC, provides assistance to those who do not have the resources to provide for their basic life needs. They will receive $25,000 to help renovate the facility.
- United Family Services, Charlotte, NC, provides counseling and education, consumer credit counseling, domestic violence services and victim assistance to those in need. They will receive $47,283 for salary support of a Child and Family Advocate for the Tree House Children's Advocacy Center program.
- Yokefellow Service Center, Spindale, NC, assists individuals through charitable giving of food, clothing, fuel, utilities, medicine, and rental assistance. Their $25,000 grant will provide crisis assistance to needy families.
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 Roman 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, North Carolina, has more than 700 Sisters serving in 18 States in the United 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 1,246 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, totaling more than $56,100,000 to organizations serving unserved or under-served populations.
For information concerning the foundation, please call 704-366-0087 or visit our web site at www.somNC.fdn.org.
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