The High Point Community Foundation Annual Grants Luncheon is one of our most exciting and auspicious events, because we get to personally recognize the organizations that have presented applications for some of the most worthy and—in many cases—innovative charitable initiatives in our community.
This year the luncheon was packed with 240 attendees and we officially announced new grants to 19 organizations listed below. Held at the High Point Country Club, the event was MC’d by Neill McNeill, anchor of Fox 8 WGHP. Chairman of the Grants Committee Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser had the honor of presenting the grants for a wide range of community-enhancing initiatives.
Foundation President Paul Lessard (left) and Foundation Board Chairman David Miller present WGHP Fox 8 anchor Neill McNeill with an official High Point Community Foundation necktie.
Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser speaking about the recipients before announcing all grantees.
Our 2016 Grant Recipients Are:
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER HIGH POINT
The grant awarded to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point will provide updated technology for four Boys and Girls Club locations (Carson Stout, Southside, West End, and Ward Street) plus the administrative office. The grant will be used to purchase seven new laptop computers for the administrative staff and unit directors, four flatbed scanners for the unit directors, a CPU unit, an LCD Projector and funds for IT support.
GUIDE POSTS OF STRENGTH (GPS)
The grant will be used to double the services of the GPS Survivorship Series. This series meets with cancer survivors and co-survivors both during treatment and after-treatment addressing physical, spiritual, emotional and financial needs through survivorship events. The purpose is to keep the cancer treatment and recovery as successful as possible in the long-term and between doctor visits.
GUILFORD CHILD DEVELOPMENT
The grant will provide for the Learning Together Family Literacy Program, a comprehensive, four-component family literacy program for low-income immigrant and refugee women and their preschool age children. The program aims to achieve literacy goals through ESOL or GED classes, to ready the children both culturally and socially in preparation of school success, address social isolation and provide cultural opportunities.
GUILFORD COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE
The grant will supply the youth and families of High Point with ongoing garden and nutrition education through hands on experiences in Title 1 school classrooms, community cooking classes and summer camps in partnership with local recreation centers. Poverty plays a big role in this insecurity and is also linked to obesity. The goal of this program is to create sustainable school gardens and nutrition education in nine High Point schools.
HEAL OUR HEROES
The grant will enable Heal Our Heroes to form a partnership with the High Point campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). This will allow for a Student Veteran Social Worker to provide a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Recovery Program to High Point veterans enrolled at the High Point campus of GTCC. The goal is to help High Point veterans successfully reintegrate into the local civilian society and to improve their graduation rate from education and job training programs by 25%. This program is projected to serve 100 student veterans in 2017.
HELPING HANDS HIGH POINT
This grant will enable Helping Hands to continue serving individuals and families in crisis and developing short- and long-term strategies to enhance the lives of those who are suffering with food insecurity. Located on South Main Street in an underserved area rife with poverty and food insecurity, Helping Hands last year gave $700,000 worth of nutritional food free to those in need. Through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Helping Hands serves over 1,000 people monthly. HIGH POINT
HIGH POINT COMMUNITY AGAINST VIOLENCE
The grant is to help fund the effort to reduce violent crime in High Point by assisting offenders to be job ready, leading to their own self-sufficiency. This program has become a national model. The goal is to identify violent crime offenders, notify them that their action is wrong, give them opportunity through training and resources to improve their lives, and if they reoffend prosecute them vigorously thus lowering violent crime in High Point and making a safer community.
HIGH POINT LEAP
The grant will allow High Point Leap to expand its capacity to provide science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math programming to youth in low-income, poverty-stricken communities in High Point that will empower them to succeed academically and graduate. This program started locally with one child at a local church. Today they provide comprehensive wrap-around services for the entire family through the S.T.R.E.A.M. program with GED, financial literacy and job readiness sessions for parents, complimenting the core mission of Say Yes.
OAK VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The grant money will allow Oak View Elementary School to purchase twelve mounted interactive projectors to install in ten classrooms, the computer lab, and the media center so the students can work with 21st century technology and become college and career ready. This will increase the students’ active engagement in hopes to motivate, spark interest in and make connections to the real world.
The grant will fund the Operation Xcel program Operation Mentor to provide early intervention and prevention services by developing mentoring relationships with at-risk, undisciplined and delinquent youths. The Xcel mentors will help the at-risk youths to achieve personal, social and academic goals, increase school engagement and decrease associations with those engaged in criminal activity. The mentors selected will act as a caring, successful role model for these at-risk students.
The grant makes possible the Family Literacy Program in High Point at Oak Hill Elementary School for 30 adults and 45 children ages 0 to 5 also including some of their siblings. The goals of the program are three-fold: to improve the parents’ literacy skills, involve them more in their children’s learning and improve their children’s literacy skills. There will be 54 hours of instruction in addition to hours of reading at home. Families will receive free books as families in poverty only have an average of one book in the home.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NORTH CAROLINA, INC.
The purpose of this grant is to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in the High Point community through the support of the Special Olympics of Guilford-High Point program including athlete outreach and participation in sports programming. It will also help infrastructure development, including coach and volunteer recruitment and training.
SALVATION ARMY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF HIGH POINT
The grant money will be used to purchase a 14 passenger mini-bus. The goal is to expand transportation to more schools to serve more at-risk youth so they can participate in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club’s educational, health and fitness programs while building character. The bus will also be used for field trips and for shuttles needed for fund raising efforts.
SALVATION ARMY OF HIGH POINT
The grant money will be used for the Pathway of Hope program to provide financial assistance to homeless families being sheltered at the Center of Hope to assist with overcoming housing barriers. The Center of Hope is the only shelter in High Point to house families. This program will provide intensive case management to families to help overcome housing barriers to be able to find affordable permanent housing and employment opportunities.
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF NORTHWEST NC
The grant will enable Second Harvest Food Bank’s 34 partner programs in the Greater High Point area to build capacity through enhanced infrastructure, supporting program growth and efficiency. The Second Harvest High Point partner food pantries serve over 9,000 people each month and the High Point shelter and food kitchen programs serve more than 22,000 meals per month. In addition to purchasing Healthy Meal Boxes to supplement the perishable food distributed at the Life on Lexington Program, the grant will allow the purchase of new refrigerators and freezers to store nutritious food, shelving, scales and more.
UNION HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The grant funds Union Hill’s “Moving On Up” program. The goal is to increase the reading proficiency of 500 students in grades K-5 by at least five percentage points. This will be accomplished through the proven Accelerated Reading Program. The progress of each student is tracked by the computer program. The grant will include the purchase of media center books, a computer cart, laptop computers and student incentives that will be awarded throughout the school year.
WEST END MINISTRIES
This grant will fund the Leslie’s House Housing Stabilization program that houses previously homeless women through providing time-limited funding for rent, utilities and other move-in expenses. Leslie’s House Stabilization tailors to each woman’s needs through three core components: housing identification, rental and move-in assistance and case management and works alongside each woman throughout the housing process.
The grant will provide maintenance and growth for the World Relief Community Garden that was initiated this year. Refugees of many backgrounds, knowledge and experiences are the key participants. Many partnerships have been established because of this community garden, beginning with the donation of the land by Habitat for Humanity. The grant will provide the funds for an irrigation system to water the plants and the installation of a fence to protect the plants from wildlife and vandalism to make this a sustainable garden.
YWCA OF HIGH POINT
The money from the grant will be used for Community Nutrition and Food Classes with a focus on teaching individuals to cook healthy while on a budget. This will be done in the Teaching Kitchen, the newest program area for the YWCA, opening soon. The funding will also help provide an onsite nutritionist for the first year. This will give members of the community struggling with food insecurity the opportunity to learn the basics of healthy food preparation as well as how to eat healthy, rather than processed foods that lack a real nutritional value.