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November 7, 2012

Community foundation awards nearly $69,000 for nonprofit projects

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas awarded nearly $69,000 in grants for nonprofit projects in a ceremony Wednesday at Wilkinson Alumni Center at Pittsburg State University.

Established in 2001, the foundation is a public nonprofit that serves Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. Director Cathy White said its purpose is to help individuals and businesses fulfill charitable giving goals in ways that benefit the common good and improve the quality of life.

Each year, the foundation holds three grant cycles that accept applications from nonprofits across Southeast Kansas. More than 30 projects are to be funded in 2013.

The following projects received grants.

General grant funds

• Elm Acres’ program for participation in artistic and cultural activities.

• Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush, to fund Basic Interpreting 101 training for community agencies and organizations.

• The Center for Learning Tree Institute, to fund a challenge grant for youth summer camps at Greenbush.

• Horses for Hope Riding Center, to pay for Phase 2 of the Healthy Living program collaborating with public schools and the Kansas Health Foundation.

• Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, to purchase a spirometry system for the Baxter Springs clinic to be used to evaluate lung capacity and diagnose breathing problems.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Labette County, for events designed to encourage others to be a match.

• NAMI, to be used to purchase items for physical health for adults with severe mental illness.

• Class Ltd., for emergency assistance for individuals with intellectual or developmental disorders.

• Catholic Charities, for emergency funding for families facing eviction or utility cut-off — up to $200 per eligible household.

• Wesley House, to pay for the 2013 Children’s Summer Food Program.

Rosalie Manley Endowed Fund

• Angels Among Us, to provide Christmas gift cards for area cancer patients to use for their needs.

• Partnership for All Cherokee County Children, to implement a Strengthening Families program.

• Interfaith Housing Services, to fund financial education workshops and client services for low to moderate income households in Crawford, Cherokee, Bourbon and Labette counties.

• Special Olympics, to purchase a recumbent bike.

• Mother to Mother Ministry, to pay for monthly programs.

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