Cassville Community Foundation hears grant requests

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

$4,000 in grant funding available to 8 applicants

The Cassville Community Foundation heard eight grant proposals last week, as it has about $4,000 that may be awarded to area applicants.

Applications were received and reviewed on Sept. 24, and the foundation's recommendations committee must turn in their recommendations by Friday, then the foundation's board will award the grants based on direction from the committee and the board's wishes.

Applications were received from the Cassville UMC Food Pantry, the Barry county Council on Aging, Cassville School District's Bright Futures program, the Cassville Senior Center, the Cassville School District, Crowder College, Kornerstone Inc. and the Wildcats Takedown Club.

The food bank requested funding to shore up its food resource and distribution budget. Janet Mills, administrator of the pantry, said it serves about 30 families per day, and about 1-in-4 children in the county suffer from food insecurity. If awarded, the funds would be used to puchase food items to make complete meals, supplementing food received from the Springfield-based Ozarks Food Harvest.

The Barry County Council on Aging requested $3,600, aiming to maintain the cost of providing medical alert systems to homebound seniors. The cost for the systems is $300 per month, and the

council has about 60 units throughout the county.

The Bright Futures Program at the Cassville School District requested $500 to help buy head lice kits for students at the district. According to Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent, the district usually has a couple small outbreaks of head lice each year, and the kits would be sent home with students who have head lice to remedy the issue. The kits cost $10.99 each, and are free of many dangerous chemicals LeCompte said may be used in other head lice treatments.

The Cassville Senior Center requested $4,000, which if granted, would be used to pay for its new Moyer High Temp, Energy Efficient Dishwasher, as the center's old dishwasher met its demise. The center uses the commercial dishwasher to clean dishes from serving seniors through the Meals on Wheels program.

The Cassville School District requested $2,740 from the foundation, which would be used to pay for staff from the Discovery Center in Springfield to come to third- and fifth-grade students for the "ScienceWorks on the Road" outreach. LeCompte said the program runs for eight weeks, and it would be the third year it has participated.

Crowder College requested $550 for training materials, a lead skills assessor and a state paperwork liaison for its firefighter training classes. The money would be used to pay for the instructors and materials for the courses.

Kornerstone Inc., based in Shell Knob, requested $499.68 to buy more necessities for its Teen Mom program. If awarded, the money would be used to pay for breast pumps, nursing pillows, nursing pads and breast milk storage bags. Marlene Whitham, director of Kornerstone, said the request is part of the organization's effort to help teenage mothers breast feed for the recommended time. Kornerstone has served over 250 girls ages 13-19 in the last eight years, and currently has six teenagers with children in the program, and two who are pregnant.

The Wildcat Takedown Club, an organization working to bring wrestling to Cassville, requested $2,500 to buy mats and singlets (uniforms) for children ages 5-14 who are interested in the program. Dr. Steven Runnels, president of the club, said there are about 50-100 children who have shown interest in taking up wrestling.

The Cassville Community Foundation board will make the final decision on which requests may be funded, and it may also give partial funding to any of the applicants.

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