$8,000 given to 7 area programs
Evans: ‘Purpose to address educational, civic, cultural, moral, public needs’
A total of $8,000 in grants were awarded to seven area programs, with the purpose to enhance the community through addressing educational, civic, cultural, moral and public needs.
Daron Evans, Foundation coordinator, said the Cassville Community Foundation has been awarding grants in the community for several years.
“The money that is awarded comes from a grant-making endowment fund,” Evans said. “This fund grows as organizations and individuals contribute.”
Evan said this year, the grantmaking endowment fund was the beneficiary of a generous donation that came from Les Jacobs Ford and the Ford corporation, through the “Drive for Your Community” program.
“During the Dogwood Car show, every test drive of a Ford earned the Foundation money for the endowment fund from Ford,” Evans said. “We are allowed to release 4 percent of the endowment every year through grants that will help the community.”
According to Evans, while this is only a small amount compared to the assets in the endowment, it allows the grants to continue year after year for perpetuity.
“So, the more money placed in this fund, the more money is distributed in our community,” Evan said. “The Grant making endowment fund is a way for people who love our community to give back year after year.”
Evans said the Cassville Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and this year, $8,000 was awarded in grants.
The following programs received grants:
• The Cassville Intermediate and Primary Backpack program, $2,000.
“This program feeds children who are challenged by hunger and a lack of food,” Evans said. “Most of these children only eat a full meal at school.”
Evans said the program sends food home for the weekend in a discreet backpack for the children to eat.
• Cassville High School Backpack program, $1,000
• Cassville Bright Futures, $1,000
“This program is designed to help children who need proper clothing,” Evans said. “Primarily shoes and coats.”
• Parents as Teachers, $800
“This programs helps prepare young children for Kindergarten,” Evans said. “The grant was for supplies to be used in home visits.”
• Barry County Youth Camp, $500
“This program has been around for many years and is for under-privileged and abused kids in Barry County,” Evans said. “Camp is held each summer at Camp Smokey.”
• Cassville Community Food Pantry, $1,500
Evans said this program helps food challenged families in the Community.
• Cassville YMCA, $1,200.
“The YMCA will use the grant to pay for the Safe Around Water program,” Evans said. “That is designed to prevent drowning deaths, and the YMCA teaches skills to children attending Summer School.”