Jewish Foundation Announces
Grants To Local Charities
For most families in our community the effects of the Great Recession of 2008 are fading into history. However for our community’s charitable organizations and social agencies that provide vital services, there remains an unmet demand for assistance from those in need. “Despite awarding a record amount in grants this year, the need in the community far exceeded the Foundation’s capability to fund all the worthwhile requests it received,” stated Michelle Falick, chair of the Foundation’s Grants Committee. The ten organizations awarded Community Grants included:
Hungry Kids Program at Chino Valley School District: Awarded a $5,000 grant to provide food for the weekend needs of disadvantaged children.
Yavapai Family Advocacy Center: Awarded a $3,000 grant to provide mental health counseling for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.
Yavapai CASA for Kids: Awarded a $2,500 grant to provide emergency clothing for children in the local foster care program.
Trauma Intervention Program: Awarded a $2,800 grant to provide safety vests to be worn by the organization’s volunteers at the scenes of traumatic events.
Prescott Valley Performing Arts: Awarded a $1,500 grant for a summer camp program to encourage children’s creativity through live theater.
Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Foundation: Awarded a $6,000 grant to provide playground equipment for children with special needs at Mountain View Elementary School.
Prescott Center for the Arts: Awarded a $1,500 grant to support the Young Playwrights Project that promotes artistic expression in K-12 students.
Prescott Area Shelter Services: Awarded a $3,000 grant to support the organization’s innovative program of short-term loans for their clients during the transition to full independence in housing.
People Who Care: Awarded a $5,300 grant to establish an office in Prescott Valley to provide a base for volunteers who provide non-medical assistance to adults unable to drive due to physical restrictions.
MATFORCE: Awarded a $5,000 grant to develop a web based curriculum to educate youth about the dangers of marijuana use. This new web based program will be similar to the successful alcohol abuse prevention program already used throughout the schools in Yavapai County.
“For over 5000 years the concept of charitable giving to one’s community has been an integral part of Jewish tradition,” said Foundation president David Hess. “The Jewish Foundation is proud and honored to support these fine local organizations and agencies that provide such vital services.”