Giving Tree Grants provide $24K to area nonprofits

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Carroll County Community Foundation awarded approximately $24,000 in Giving Tree Grants on Thursday, Oct. 11, to nonprofit programs in Carroll County at the annual Grant Awards Ceremony.

Executive director Janell Robertson said the community foundation, which is a local affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation, received a record number of applications this year, with more than $70,000 requested for the $24,000 worth of grantable funds.

Funded by individuals, families and businesses locally and statewide, she said the Carroll County Giving Tree Endowment has now provided $294,713 worth of total grants to 144 different nonprofits working in and for Carroll County since 2001. Tax-deductible donations to the endowment will continue to grow and give back year after year to nonprofits addressing critical needs as well as those focused on the arts and education, she said.

“I want to thank our board of directors,” Robertson said. “They are the engine that drives the Carroll County Community Foundation. I also want to thank the donors, fund holders and endowment holders for their contribution to the Giving Tree Endowment. You make these grants happen.”

She continued, “I see not only the dreamers but also the doers sitting in this room. You all not only saw the need but figured out a way to make it happen and try to solve these issues. That’s why you all are doing, and we really appreciate that.”

The 2018 Fall Carroll County Community Foundation Giving Tree Endowment grantees are as follows:

• A Cup of Love Ministry was awarded a grant to help purchase food, paper products and bottled water to provide free lunch to those who cannot afford to put food on the table.

• The Carroll County Resource Council received a Giving Tree Grant to purchase soccer goals for the Green Forest youth soccer program.

• The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center was awarded a grant to support the Meals on Wheels program throughout Carroll County.

• Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO) received a Giving Tree Grant to help purchase kitchen equipment to accommodate the clinic’s feeding programs.

• The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation was awarded a grant to purchase Chromebooks and soccer equipment for a new program for children ages 12 and up.

• Flint Street Fellowship received a Giving Tree Grant to fund the Back Our Kids program, which provides weekend food backpacks for Eureka Springs students who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends.

• Grandma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center was awarded a grant to purchase medical equipment for the Berryville office’s examination room.

• The Green Forest School District Booster Club received a Giving Tree Grant to refurbish football helmets for the peewee football program for fourth-graders through sixth-graders.

• The Holiday Island Rotary Foundation was awarded a grant to help with the expansion of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library reading program, which provides preschool-aged kids with a new book each month until they are 5 years old, into Berryville.

• The Mission Clinic in Berryville received a Giving Tree Grant to support the purchase of

medicine and supplies for the free clinic.

• People Helping People was awarded a grant to support the purchase of medicine for underinsured and disadvantaged people in Carroll County.

• The Purple Flower received a Giving Tree Grant to support the nonprofit’s efforts to launch sexual assault services for adults in Carroll County, including advocacy programs, volunteer training in Little Rock and an abuse help hotline.

• The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas was awarded a grant to support scholarship for low-income mothers and fathers in Carroll, Madison and Washington counties who are going back to school and pursuing education to lift their families out of poverty.

Cody Tatum accepted the Giving Tree Grant for Grandma’s House and thanked the community foundation for its continued support.

“We serve seven counties now, but Carroll County takes care of itself,” Tatum said. “The county has taken the Merlin Foundation and helped it grow to what it is now. Grandma’s House assists on the front end of child sexual abuse investigations. We provided forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, advocacy and trauma therapy services.”

He said the Giving Tree Grant will allow Grandma’s House to purchase medical equipment for its Berryville Office.

“One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they’re 18, and 90 percent of the people who do it will be people they know,” Tatum said. “Child sexual abuse thrives in darkness. We have the potential ability to end it. It’s not an easy goal, but it can be done. The way we’ll do this is by raising awareness and standing up like you all have.”

Roberta Kirby, a social worker at Mercy Hospital Berryville, thanked the community foundation on behalf of People Helping People.

“We are a prescription assistance program in Carroll County,” she said. “We’ve been here for 27 years. We will use this grant to pay for medication. Last year, we spent $18,000 to fill 700 prescriptions.”

Last month, she said, she was looking at financials and realized the program was almost out of funding.

“Then I got notice that we had received this grant,” Kirby said. “This grant always gets us through until we have our big fundraiser in the fall. If it wasn’t for this grant, we’d be turning people away.”

Jean Elderwind, representing the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation, thanked the community foundation for awarding a Giving Tree Grant to help initiate a new program for children ages 12 and up.

“We’ve been succeeding in transforming the old high school into a community center and opened for business in early June,” she said. “We wanted to focus on 12 and up residents, so this grant will help us initiate that program and buy snacks and indoor soccer equipment. We’re very happy to receive this.”

Chris McClung, member of the Carroll County Community Foundation board of directors, thanked the nonprofits for serving those in need in Carroll County.

“This couldn’t happen without dedicated nonprofits who serve the needs of the neediest people in our county,” he said. “Thank you for the jobs that you do to help those who are less fortunate than us. It’s a daunting task because the needs continue to grow, as you all know. We’re proud to be able to support local nonprofits through our Giving Tree Grants.”

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