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Wayne Post
  • Community Endowment awards $61k in grants to local nonprofits

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  • SODUS ó Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Wayne County Community Endowment Advisory Committee have awarded $36,405 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations and an additional $25,000 in grants to 22 food pantries serving the Wayne County community.
    The grant checks were presented to representatives of the organizations at a reception on December 12 at the Reliant Community Credit Union in Sodus.
    The following organizations received grants:
    American Red Cross, Wayne County Chapter: The Reconnection Workshop series helps to ease the homecoming transitions of service members and their families by recognizing the individualís and familyís specific needs. $5,000
    Catholic Charities of Wayne County: To support the College Bound program, which provides help for youth who lack home support to compete the college application and financial aid processes. $3,500
    Catholic Charities of Wayne County: To support operations of the community clothing center. $1,500
    Galen Historical Society: To support an educational community experience, including a songwriters' workshop series to develop and record songs that will be incorporated into a community-led play depicting Abraham Lincolnís 1861 stop in Clyde, his Gettysburg address, and his death. $3,605
    Home Meal Service: To support the staff, mileage reimbursement, and occupancy costs at the Sodus nutrition site and for the Meals on Wheels program. $600
    Literacy Volunteers: To support a program that aims to increase family literacy capacity in Wayne County. $5,000
    Wayne Arc: To purchase iPads to be used as assistive technology tools by children with autism at the Roosevelt Childrenís Center. $5,000
    Wayne County Rural Ministry: To support emergency assistance to individuals and families through the Heat/Rent Program. $5,000
    Wayne Pretrial Services: To support the Drop-in GED program that provides students with G.E.D. tutoring and test preparation. $5,000
    Williamson Free Public Library: To support creation of an innovative technology learning and training space for community use. $2,700
    The following food pantries that serve Wayne County residents received a grant ranging from $750 to $2,000:
    Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Food Pantry in Newark
    Client Choice Emergency Food Pantry in Newark
    Clyde United Methodist Church Food Pantry
    Come-Unity Center in Williamson
    Covenant Life Fellowship in Williamson
    Daily Bread Food Pantry in Williamson
    Fairville Food Pantry in Newark
    God's Store House in Williamson
    Lyons Community Food Pantry
    Newark Food Closet
    North Rose Food Pantry
    Ontario Food Pantry
    Pal-Mac Food Pantry, Inc.
    Red Creek Community Food Cupboard
    Rose Emergency Food Pantry
    Savannah Community Food Pantry
    Sodus Point United Methodist Church Food Pantry
    St. John's Food Pantry in Clyde
    Success Center in Sodus
    Tyre Food Pantry in Seneca Falls
    Walworth Food Pantry
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    The Wayne County Community Endowment is a permanent endowment fund started in 1984 with charitable gifts from the estate of Nettie Bullis, a lifelong resident of Wayne County who believed strongly in her community, education and projects that improve the quality of life. This fund and other funds that benefit Wayne County were established at Rochester Area Community Foundation.
    Since 2002, Wayne County Community Endowment funds have awarded more than $500,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations help people in Wayne County.
    For more information on the Community Foundation or the Wayne County Community Endowment Fund call (585) 341-4357.

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