Local agencies get over $8K in grants

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Jaynee Langley, left, doula and advocate for Kornerstone, Inc., and Director Marlene Whitham, center, receive a grant check in the amount of $2,782 from John Coonrod of Table Rock Lake Community Foundation. The grant will be used for childbirth education training and updated educational materials for pregnant teens. Contributed photo

Kornerstone, His House receive funds

The Table Rock Lake Community Foundation recently awarded over $5,657 in grants to non-profit organizations in Barry County at a luncheon at the Reunion Mill restaurant at Silver Dollar City.

The Foundation distributes grants derived from interest earned from endowed funds through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which is located in Springfield. The awards were part of the organization's 2015 grant cycle.

TRLCF awarded a grant of $2,782 to Kornerstone, Inc., to support childbirth educator training for its two doulas, child passenger safety seat training and provide updated educational resources for teen parents.

It awarded $2,875 to His House Foundation, a new civic and social association in Shell Knob which opened in approximately 2010.

Kornerstone, which provides doula services, mentoring and support for teen parents, also received a $2,800 grant from the Chaney Family Foundation and $400 from the Cassville Community Foundation.

"The Chaney Foundation grant had a specific purpose," said Marlene Whitham, Kornerstone director. "It was to purchase all-in-one child passenger safety seats from infant-through-booster. Rather than a teen getting an infant seat, then getting another when the child grows, they only need one. We got six of them, and also an upgraded office computer.

"We've been blessed by local foundations. The Chaney Foundation is out of Oregon, but they award grants to Barry County because they used to live in Barry County."

Whitham said the organization will put the funds to good use to help local teens.

"We can now provide additional resources and training for our program, and also educate the doulas," she said. "They'll be certified in another professional training, [childbirth educator training], and we will also now have updated educated resources. Some of our videos were outdated. I also wanted to have our doulas trained in installing the child passenger safety seats correctly.

"We are grateful to TRLCF, The Chaney Foundation and the Cassville Community Foundation. They've been very generous."

His House Foundation was unavailable for comment as of press time.

TRLCF and the Cassville Community Foundation are affiliates of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

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