Moore County Community Foundation awards $85,000 in grants
Saturday, July 27, 2013
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
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