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MACF grants total $78K

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Martinsville Area Community Foundation (MACF) has awarded grants totaling more than $78,000 to local organizations.

Grant decisions were made at a recent meeting of the foundation’s board of directors.

Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care received a $28,000 grant for the benefit of local hospice patients and their families. The funds will be used to expand access to hospice care, palliative care, transitions and specialty programs for patients living in Henry and Patrick counties and Martinsville.

Friends of Infinity Acres received $7,000 from the Martinsville Area Endowment Fund to support its new ENABLE program. ENABLE — Enabling Nurturing Animal Based Learning Experiences — will be a day program for people with mental and physical disabilities.

The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA received a $7,350 grant from the Cancer Center Fund to provide 15 one-year memberships to local women who have undergone cancer treatment. Recipients will be identified by the American Cancer Society from among women who have participated in the Look Good Feel Better program.

That program is a free, national public service program, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association, that teaches cancer patients to manage the appearance of side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness received $9,695 to support its “Ladies First” breast health initiative, which provides screening mammograms and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured area women. The funds come from the Hermes Family Fund and the Martinsville Area Endowment Fund.

The Delvin L. Hairston Memorial Fund received a $7,500 grant to expand its Let’s Swim program. This year, a new Parent and Child (PAC) program will provide free swim lessons not only to underprivileged area children but also to their parents. Swim gear, towels, snacks and transportation also will be provided.

More than 125 children will benefit from this program.

Clothe A Child received $5,910 from the Martinsville Area Endowment Fund to provide school supplies and clothing to underprivileged local children. This program has been in existence since 1963 and serves more than 400 children each year.

Grace Network received $2,695 from the Hermes Family Fund for its “Personal Care Promotes Health” program. This grant will allow Grace Network to buy personal and dental hygiene items that cannot be purchased by SNAP benefit recipients. These items will be available to those approved to participate in the client choice food pantry.

Southern Area Agency on Aging will use $9,520 in grant funds from the Cancer Center Fund to benefit the “Support for Cancer Patients” program. Patients who are undergoing medical care and treatment for cancer may benefit from assistance that can include food/nutritional supplements, medication, transportation and basic living expenses.

MACF works with individuals and families to establish permanent endowment funds that provide perpetual benefit to nonprofit organizations and leave a lasting legacy. For more information about MACF and its services, call its office at 656-6223 or visit the foundation’s website at www. martinsvilleareacommunityfoundation.org.

 

 
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