Greer Chamber Foundation Awards Community Grants
December 9, 2008
(Greer, SC) The Greer Chamber Foundation awarded $12,000 in community grants at its December Board of Directors meeting. Grants were awarded to Junior Leadership Greer; Greer Middle School International Baccalaureate School; Centerquest; Helping Hands Ministry; Lifelong Learning of Greenville County Schools; Taylors Free Medical Clinic and Community Action Partnership.
“Enhancing the Greer community through grants is the main reason that the Greer Chamber Foundation was created,” said Foundation Chair Phil Feisal. “The Foundation Board has been working for three years to establish the Foundation and create an application process so that grants could be awarded and I am pleased that the Foundation is positioned to continue with the annual community grant program that was established in 2007. With the current economic uncertainty, these grants will prove very beneficial to the community organizations and the clients in which they serve.”
Junior Leadership Greer received funding to assist with program cost for the 19 year program. The purpose of Junior Leadership Greer is to take twenty area high school students and engage them in a program that will enhance their existing leadership skills, teach additional leadership skills, educate them on the Greer community and leadership roles specifically within the Greer community, and finally, teach them to identify opportunities where they can utilize their own leadership skills to make a difference in the community.
Centerquest received funding for two months of operating expenses for the organization. Centerquest is an after school tutoring and enrichment program designed for at-risk elementary students in the Greer area. It contributes to the Greer community by assisting at-risk elementary school children with after-school tutoring and other enrichment activities. The program consists of community volunteers who commit one afternoon a week to tutor and supervise nineteen, 2nd and 3rd grade students.
The Greer Middle International Baccalaureate School received funding for the Student Ambassador Program. The Student Ambassador Program is made up of 35 students each year and is designed to develop their leadership skills so that the students can live lives that contribute to the good of society. The objectives are to improve confidence, self esteem, and interpersonal skills, along with addressing issues of character.
Helping Hands Ministry received funding to purchase food for those in need. Through June 2008 they have already given out enough food for over 34,000 meals and as the economy weakens the needs will increase.
Community Action Partnership received funding for their award-winning LADDER job training and placement program. This program serves low to moderate income adults in the Greer community who wish to find higher-wage employment. The Foundation grant will be used to assist 4-5 Greer residents to obtain short-term training for employment advancement and increased earnings.
Taylors Free Medical Clinic received funding to assist with the streamlining of their office operations and to assist with making their organization more efficient and effective as they strive to serve the body, mind, and spirit needs of the medically excluded and their households who live or work in the greater Taylors area.
Lifelong Learning received funding to assist with training for child care programs in the Greer area. Lifelong Learning’s goal is to maximize developmental outcomes by providing quality training programs that help caregivers understand child development and create environments that enrich learnings.
Each organization had to complete a grant application along with a budget and detailed description of how the funds will be used. Only 501 c (3) organizations were eligible to receive funds. A grant review committee reviewed each grant application and made recommendations to the Greer Foundation Board of Directors for approval.
The Greer Chamber Foundation will continue to award up to $12,000 annually in community grants each year. Any 501 c (3) organization in the Greer community is eligible to apply. If you are interested in contributing to the Foundation, please contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce at 8640877-3131. The Foundation is a 501 c (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
The Greer Chamber Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.