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
Wolcott Food Pantry
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.