Carroll County Community Foundation awards $20,000 to local nonprofits
By Haley Schichtl
Carroll County Community Foundation gave $20,000 in grants to county nonprofit organizations at the annual Giving Tree Grant Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Carroll County Country Club.
• Carroll County Youth Literacy Rotary Foundation, Inc., which will use the funds to expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library literacy program for children;
• Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, which will create more scholarships for single parents in the county;
• People Helping People, which will purchase medicine for people who are underinsured or uninsured;
• Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society, which will use the funds to purchase a security system for the Historical Museum on the Berryville square;
• Loaves & Fishes Food Bank of the Ozarks, which will purchase a freezer and refrigerator;
• Northwest Arkansas Head Start of Green Forest, which will purchase computers for classrooms;
• Eureka Springs School of the Arts, which will purchase materials for free workshops for veterans;
• A Cup of Love Ministry, which will purchase food for the soup kitchen and food pantry;
• Flint Street Fellowship, which will support the new Pat Kasner Angel Assistance Program in Eureka Springs;
• The Mission Clinic of Berryville, which will purchase medication for patients;
• Clear Spring School, which will get technology to share with Eureka Springs School of the Arts.
“This particular endowment… was created by a lot of people from Carroll County, people from all over the state, who donated to the Carroll County Giving Tree Endowment,” Community Foundation Executive Director Janell Robertson said after the grants were awarded. She then introduced The Richard and Thelma Lambert Charitable Endowment, which also had grants for two nonprofits: Loaves & Fishes and The Carroll County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
Robertson told the story of the Lamberts, a couple who came to Carroll County in 2005 to escape
Hurricane Katrina, and stayed here after learning their property was destroyed. Locals in the county helped the couple by providing them with food and shelter.
“The Lamberts wanted to return the love by creating an endowment through their estate plan that offered never-ending support to those that had made their transition possible,” Robertson said. “It is just another example of the power of an endowment.”
The Giving Tree program has grant ceremonies twice a year. To learn more about how to contribute, go to www.arcf.org/carrollcounty.