The Wayne County Community Endowment awarded $37,472 in grants this year to nine nonprofit organizations for programs that help improve the quality of life for county residents, as well as an additional $25,000 in grants to 22 food pantries throughout the county.
The grants were announced during a donor and grantee reception at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club in Sodus Point.
This annual event recognizes those who invested in the endowment that was created in 1984 with a portion of the estate of Jeanette “Nettie” Bullis, a businesswoman whose family settled in Macedon in the late 1830s.
The nine grant recipients are Bridges for Brain Injury, $2,750; Mercy Flight Central Inc., $1,000; ROCovery Fitness, $5,000; Rural and Migrant Ministry, $4,000; Scarlet Thread Ministries, $5,000; Sodus Bay Historical Society, $5,000; Wayne Arc, $4,722; Wayne County Rural Ministry, $5,000; and Williamson American Legion, $5,000.
An additional $25,000 in grants went to 22 food pantries to support operation costs, food purchases and Foodlink memberships: Clyde United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Come-Unity Center in Williamson, Covenant Life Fellowship Food Pantry in Ontario, Daily Bread Food Pantry in Williamson, Fairville Food Pantry, Lyons Community Food Pantry, Macedon Food Pantry, Marion Food Pantry, Newark Food Pantry, North Rose Cougar Cupboard, North Rose Food Pantry, Ontario Food Pantry, Palmyra-Macedon 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, Tyre Food Pantry, Wayne County Action Program Inc., Williamson United Methodist Church Food Pantry and Wolcott Food Pantry.