The High Point Community Foundation announced grant awards to 14 non-profit organizations serving Greater High Point at its annual Grant Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, November 13 at the High Point Country Club.
In all, the High Point Community Foundation awarded a total of $399,000 in grants.
For the first time, the foundation set aside one larger, longer term grant named the Strategic Leadership Grant, which was awarded to Guilford Education Alliance, in partnership with the Say Yes Guilford program that provides scholarships and wrap around services to any student in Guilford County. The $100,000 grant will fund student support services focused on personal well-being and career planning to facilitate learning and college preparation.
Community Impact Grants were awarded to fund specific critical needs projects of 13 organizations, listed below.
The annual grants program is a key function of the Foundation that has been vital to launching and sustaining dozens of social service programs. The grants address community opportunities or needs that can make a significant impact in education, food security and community cohesion.
WGHP Channel 8 anchor Neil McNeil honored us as master of ceremony. Neil’s support over the years is greatly appreciated. Reverend Timothy Peoples, Senior Minister of Emerywood Baptist Church offered an invocation. Then our Grants Committee leaders did their thing as Ann Busby, Community Impact Grant Chair and Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, Grants Committee Chair, teamed up to describe and present 14 grant awards.
Strategic Leadership Grant
In 2018 the Foundation launched the Strategic Leadership Grant!
This grant provides up to $100,000 allocated in a timeframe of one-to-three years to help make a significant and sustainable impact within our community. This is the Foundation’s next step to becoming a catalyst in the Greater High Point area.
Guilford Education Alliance
Guilford Education Alliance, in partnership with the Say Yes Guilford Board, is providing student support services in four pilot schools (Northwood Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Ferndale Middle, and High Point Central High School). The plan is to expand to additional High Point schools by 2020. The following services have been identified by principals as immediate needs: mental health, tutoring, hearing, dental, vision, personal care, mentoring, career exploration, and incentives. While our focus is on academic success, oftentimes students have needs that lie outside the confines of what a school can do. Say Yes Guilford plays a pivotal role in this equation by using its expertise and experience to connect students and families to the services and support they need. One hundred percent of this grant funds student support services over the next three years. Say Yes Guilford will use the funds to remove barriers to learning and academic achievement by coordinating the myriad of services that already exist while building their capacity to do more. Say Yes Guilford will help make the access to these needed services easier and more fluid to ensure each student enters the classroom ready and able to learn.
Community Impact Grants
Brothers Organized To Serve Others (BOTSO)
For over 25 years Brothers Organized To Serve Others (BOTSO) has served in High Point, holding young men (ages 6-18) in this community accountable by empowering them with a vision of success and unlimited potential. This grant invests in a new staff member who will enable the organization to grow in its commitment to reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency through mentoring, character-building, and life skills development in a structured environment.
City of High Point – High Point Police Department
The men and women of the High Point Police Department are professionals dedicated to making High Point safe for everyone who lives, works, or visits the city. State of the art Ballistic Protective Vests are imperative to the safety of these officers. With this grant, the Police Department will purchase over 33 Level 3 Ballistic Protective Vests for the SWAT Team and Vice/Narcotics Units. These vests are used for high risk special and tactical operations during warrants service, violent criminal apprehension, and hostage rescue.
Guilford Child Development
Guilford Child Development plans to address the unique needs of High Point by offering GED classes, workforce training, financial literacy, health and wellness classes, and other services provided by multiple partner agencies at their new Guilford Child Family Success Center. With this grant, they will hire childcare professionals who will teach a curriculum aligned with the work of Ready for School, Ready for Life to the children of the adult class participants. With their multi-generational approach, they hope to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational and support services to the families.
Over its years of serving High Point, Helping Hands has become the largest food ministry in the city, and it has helped to reduce High Point’s food hardship ranking from #1 to #14. Though overall food hardship has decreased, High Point’s food hardship rate for children has increased. This grant invests in Helping Hands’ new outreach to impact more children and families in the greater High Point community. The grant provides funds for an additional employee and the creation of programs to teach parents and children the importance of cooking and eating healthy meals together as a family, along with the benefits of exercise and shopping on a budget.
High Point Community Against Violence
After 20 years of service and partnership with the High Point Police Department, HPCAV has seen the crime rate decrease 67% while the population of High Point has increased by 44%. Their goal is to make High Point a safe city for everyone. This grant will allow them to initiate a pilot program for offenders who are having a uniquely difficult time adjusting back into life. With extensive training courses focusing on soft and hard skills, these individuals will get the help needed to secure and sustain employment, helping to break the criminal cycle.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
The HPU Community Writing Center at Mt. Zion Baptist Church has made a significant impact on the High Point community by developing individual children’s reading and writing skills. This grant invests in the creation of a summer pilot program that extends the Writing Center’s services to adults. The summer program will include workshops led by HPU faculty and other community leaders on topics like computer literacy, resume writing, and job application writing. The grant provides for childcare during the workshops. Data collected from this pilot program will allow the Writing Center to gauge the community’s interest and dictate future adult workshop topics.
With new leadership in place, Northwood Elementary is building a positive learning environment. This grant enables them to support their Flexible Learning in Action Initiative by purchasing various types of flexible seating school-wide (stability balls, wobble chairs, and rocking floor chairs) and provides for two literacy tutors to work with the children. This grant will create a fun, inviting, and calming space for students to engage in learning. Teachers will also receive professional development to support the use of flexible student centered learning within the framework of the IB Program, the NC Standard Course of Study, and district-adopted curriculums.
Open Door Ministries
Open Door Ministries has been committed to serving low-income and homeless men for over 20 years. After entering the shelter, men immediately begin working on a plan to move into permanent housing, which may include attending employment workshops, treatment of substance abuse issues, and assistance locating affordable housing. With this grant, Open Door Ministries will hire a part-time case manager to guide men through this process while allowing current staff to focus on effective program delivery. The grant will also fund small grants for men to get certifications at GTCC and bicycles to help with transportation.
Special Olympics NC
Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities inHigh Point. This grant will provide new equipment, purchase new uniforms, and fund travel expenses, including housing and meals for High Point athletes to compete in state-wide and national Special Olympics events.
West End Ministries
Leslie’s House is High Point’s only shelter for single women. As a vital ministry of West End Ministries, it offers a safe haven for homeless women and the support they need to make the choices that lead to a healthy and self-sufficient life. This grant provides funding to increase the hours Leslie’s House operates and move the residents of Leslie’s House out of the shelter and into permanent and stable housing through the Housing Stabilization program.
World Relief Triad
With over 700 hundred volunteers and a strong community base, World Relief plans to equip foreign born high school students and young adults with academic preparation and test-taking skills, so they can qualify for advanced education and the training necessary for career advancement. World Relief recognizes the need and will address it with their Scholastic Testing and Education Preparedness Program (STEPP). This grant allows them to hire an instructor to tailor programs that are suited for unique needs of immigrants and refugees.
YMCA of High Point
Last summer, the YMCA piloted a highly successful “Free Teen Membership Program” that served over 400 youth through its three High Point branches (Carl Chavis, Grubb & Hartley Drive) for the summer months. With this grant, the branches will expand the program, allowing free year-round participation to any child between the ages of 13 and 17. While encouraging teenagers to take responsibility, bonds are created with staff and YMCA members who often become mentors to the teens.
YWCA High Point
With the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, the YWCA intends to sponsor community dialogues on race and training opportunities through REI (Racial Equity Institute). With this grant, the YWCA will offer community-wide training opportunities on systematic racism and seek to promote community cohesion by developing a better understanding of the effects of racism on all of High Point’s residents.