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Moore County Community Foundation awards $85,000 in grants

Saturday, July 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
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From: Southern Pines Pilot


The Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care will be able to provide additional emergency medical assistance to clients, thanks to a grant from the Moore County Community Foundation.


"This funding provides life-sustaining prescriptions, and medical and dental care,” said Barrett Walker, the coalition’s executive director. "We have a ton of people that need help with the co-pay on their prescriptions. It’s something we’re seeing more and more of.”


The coalition was one of 32 nonprofits in Moore County to receive a collective $85,000 in grants from the foundation Thursday at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines.


"You people are truly the heart of Moore County,” Peggy Sarvis, the foundation’s grants chair, told the recipients. "You make this such a wonderful place to live. What’s happening in the community because of all of you is just awesome.”


The grants will benefit the entire county, including:

  • A new hospitality site in Robbins being established by the Moore Alliance Nourishing Neighbors, Amen! (MANNA!);
  • A garden project at Linden Lodge, a privately owned group home in Pinehurst for people with mental illnesses;
  • A tutoring program in Seven Lakes being launched by the Moore County Literacy Council;
  • A new children’s choir for elementary school students under the auspices of the Moore County Choral Society; and
  • Almost 1,000 additional free meals provided by Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills.

"The recipients are always so articulate in sharing their stories and work,” said Mary Anne Howard, regional associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). "I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity of working with such an outstanding group of individuals.”


The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations, including the Moore foundation, to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state.


"Our focus is the smaller, more rural counties,” Howard said. "This is truly a fun day.”


The ARC of Moore County was in the middle of a re-accreditation last Thursday.


"Our reviewer was kind enough to excuse me to come get money,” ARC Director Wendy Russell said with a smile.


Anne Friesen, executive director of Friend to Friend, said its grant will help "keep our doors open” and provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. "This funding is very imperative to us moving forward, especially given the challenging nonprofit fundraising environment,” Friesen said.


Marianne Kernan, chairman of the Linden Lodge Foundation, echoed that sentiment. "Everybody knows fundraising is tight,” Kernan said. "But without it, we would not exist. We get no state or federal funding.” 

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