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Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation Announces $2,017,831 in Grants to 42 Organizations.

March 18, 2013 - Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation announces grant awards totaling $2,017,831 to 42 non-profit organizations located in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Forsyth, Gaston, Henderson, Iredell, Macon, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Union, Wilkes and Yancey Counties in North Carolina and Chester and York Counties in South Carolina.

The grant funds will be used for a wide variety of purposes by the organizations.  Supported programs include children’s services, crisis assistance, disaster relief, education, food distribution, health care, immigration services, legal services, and social services.

The following 42 organizations will benefit from the Foundation’s most recent grant making activities.

Alexander Youth Network, Charlotte, NC provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems.  They will receive $40,000 for salary support of a teacher in the Day Treatment program.

American Red Cross, Charlotte, NC provides disaster relief and helps prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.  Their $40,000 grant will provide for the costs of vehicle maintenance and fuel for the Transportation Program.

BELL, Dorchester, MA provides educational after school and summer programs designed to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence and life plans for children living in under-resourced communities.  They will receive $100,000 for operating support for BELL Summer 2013, which is a summer program to improve the reading skills of low-performing elementary school children in Charlotte- Mecklenburg.

Bethlehem Center-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC provides educational opportunities for low-income children and families to improve the quality of their lives.  Their $44,450 grant will provide salary support for the Director of the Believers and Achievers afterschool program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte, NC helps children in need reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.  Their $75,000 grant will provide salary support for Match Support Specialists and operating support.

Burke United Christian Ministries, Morganton, NC provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis who require temporary help with food, clothing, shelter, fuel, power, medicine and other necessities.  They will receive $35,000 to assist with the purchase of food for the food pantry and soup kitchen.

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Charlotte, NC will receive $35,000 to provide salary support for the Executive Director and Family Resource Coordinator.  The Preschool prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing English-based early childhood education and by connecting their families with the community and its resources.

Charlotte Rescue Mission, Charlotte, NC provides an intensive chemical dependence recovery and rehabilitation program for homeless men and women or those about to become homeless.  Their $50,505 grant will provide salary support for a Counselor for the Dove’s Nest Program.

Charlotte Speech & Hearing, Charlotte, NC helps individuals communicate effectively by providing services for the prevention, early identification, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing problems.  They were awarded $50,000 to provide salary support for a speech language pathologist for the Community Language/Literacy Impact Program.

Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County, Asheville, NC improves the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs that help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.  Their $83,000 grant will provide salary support for two Success Coordinator positions in Communities in Schools.

Communities in Schools of Wilkes County, North Wilkesboro, NC provides students who are at risk of dropping out of school with support services that empower them to stay in school.  Their $50,000 grant will provide salary support for site coordinators at two schools.

Community Care Center for Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, NC provides access to high quality health care services to the medically uninsured and underserved.  They will receive $40,000 for salary support of a prescription assistance program assistant, as well as operating support to defray the cost of medications and medical supplies.

Community Free Clinic, Concord, NC will receive $55,000 for salary support of a pharmacist.  The Clinic improves the accessibility of primary medical care, prescription medications and counseling for individuals who are without insurance.

Community Health Services of Union County, Monroe, NC provides outreach services to the indigent and underserved population through community clinics, diabetes services, prescription assistance programs and wellness programs.  Their $61,100 grant will provide salary support for the Certified Diabetes Educator and diabetes testing supplies, as well as support of a part-time Family Nurse Practitioner for the Diabetes Clinic.

Council for Children’s Rights, Charlotte, NC protects, promotes and represents the needs of children through class advocacy, case advocacy, education and collaboration with other services providers.  They will receive $55,000 for salary support of the Mental Health Attorney and operating expenses for the Children’s Defense Program.

Disability Rights & Resources, Charlotte, NC provides advocacy, training, information and referral, peer mentoring, support and nursing home transition services to people with disabilities.  Their $30,000 grant will provide support for one-time transition expenses for the My Home, My Choice program to assist nursing home residents who wish to live independently with first month’s rent, security deposits, utility deposits and health and safety items.

The Early Learning Partnership of York County, Rock Hill, SC helps prepare children to reach school healthy and ready to succeed.  They will receive $63,240 for salary support of a nurse practitioner.

Eblen Charities, Asheville, NC will receive $38,081 to provide salary support for a Client Service Support Manager.  The organization provides assistance to people and their families who suffer from the effects of chronic illness and disabilities.

Eliada Homes, Asheville, NC provides treatment services for abused, neglected and troubled adolescents, assistance for families in crisis, and foster care for children. They were awarded $75,000 for salary support for two teachers for the Eliada Academy Day Treatment Program.

Elon Homes and Schools for Children, Charlotte, NC provides residential programs, community skills training, and experiential learning opportunities for at-risk youth in group homes and foster homes.  Their $40,000 grant will provide salary support for a Masters-level therapeutic clinician in the Kids Central Program.

Friendship Community Development Corporation, Charlotte, NC serves, facilitates, and builds communities through human development services such as workforce development, affordable home ownership, home rehabilitation, summer and youth programs, support outreach services, and a women’s shelter.  Their $45,000 grant will provide operating support for My Sister’s House women’s shelter.

Gaston Family Health Services, Gastonia, NC provides primary medical and dental care to the underserved.  Their $75,000 grant will provide salary support for a mid-level provider at Gaston Family Health Services’ Cherryville Health Center.

● Good Samaritan Medical Clinic, Chester, SC provides basic health and medical care for those who cannot pay and have no health insurance.  They were awarded $15,000 to assist with the expansion of the Free Clinic Women’s Services.

Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Hendersonville, NC provides crisis assistance to those in need.  Their $20,000 grant will provide emergency rental assistance for families facing homelessness.

Iredell Christian Ministries, Statesville, NC helps persons in crisis with food and/or financial assistance. They were awarded $20,000 to provide emergency financial assistance, specifically for food, utility, prescriptions, and rent assistance costs.

Kids InterDisciplinary Services, Franklin, NC provides counseling and coordination of services for children who have been abused and neglected.  They will receive $20,000 to provide operating support for KIDS Place, which offers a child-friendly atmosphere to help children proceed through interviews, evaluations, court hearings, paperwork and therapeutic services.

KIPP Academy Charlotte, Charlotte, NC prepares underserved at-risk students to excel by cultivating habits, character and knowledge necessary for success. Their $100,000 grant will provide operating support for the KIPP Through College program and general instructional supplies.

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, NC will receive $65,000 to provide operating support for the Employment Law Project.  Legal Services provides civil legal assistance in the areas of public benefits, housing, family and consumer law to eligible low-income people.

Literacy Council of Union County, Monroe, NC strives to improve the quality of life and expand individual potential by teaching adults to read, write, speak and understand the English language.  They were awarded $30,000 for occupancy and other operating costs for the Adult Literacy Center.

● Logan Community Day Care Association, Concord, NC provides a nurturing learning environment that ensures children will enter kindergarten ready to learn.  They were awarded $32,455 for salary support for a lead teacher in the four-year old classroom.

Mayland Community College Foundation, Spruce Pine, NC supports, strengthens, and advances the work of Mayland Community College.  They were awarded a two year grant of $88,000 to provide salary support for faculty and staff for the Excellence in Opportunity Program.

Mountain Area Child and Family Center, Asheville, NC provides quality early care and learning for children.  Their $45,000 grant will provide salary support for the Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist and classroom teachers.

Mountain BizWorks, Asheville, NC provides business training, technical assistance, group support and loans for low-income people who want to start or expand a local small business.  They will receive $50,000 for operating support of the Latino Business Program.

Pilgrim’s Inn, Rock Hill, SC helps the homeless and financially vulnerable overcome the conditions that trap them in poverty.  They were awarded a two year grant of $77,000 for salary support of two preschool teachers in the Open Arms Day Care Center.

Prevent Blindness North Carolina, Raleigh, NC prevents blindness, preserves and restores sight, and promotes good vision.  Their $25,000 grant will provide support for the Preschool Photo-Refractive Vision Screening Program in Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, and Henderson Counties in western North Carolina.

Room at the Inn, Charlotte, NC provides maternity and after-care support for pregnant mothers and new mothers and their children through residential and non-residential rehabilitative and counseling services.  They were awarded $30,000 to provide salary support of the Program Director of the Pre-Natal Counseling and Extended After-care and Outreach Program.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte, NC feeds the hungry by soliciting and distributing food and other grocery products through partner agencies.  Their $60,000 grant will contribute to the purchase of nutritious food for distribution through Mobile Pantries.

Western Carolina Community Action, Inc. Hendersonville, NC works to alleviate poverty and assist low-income families in becoming self-sufficient.  Their $20,000 grant will provide a portion of the funding needed to purchase a wheelchair conversion van.

Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Asheville, NC provides HIV related services through case management, prevention education and outreach.  They will receive $45,000 to provide salary support of a Case Manager.

● York County First Steps, Rock Hill, SC prepares at-risk preschool children for success in school.  They will receive $20,000 for teacher salaries as well as operating support to include the purchase of toolkits and school supplies.

YWCA of Asheville, Asheville, NC works to meet the needs of women and their families by bridging gaps in education, child care, achievement, earning power and health and wellness.  Their $35,000 grant will provide operating support for the New Choices Program.

YWCA of the Central Carolinas, Charlotte, NC provides services designed to enrich the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of women, children and families.  Their $40,000 grant will provide support for the Family Support component of the YWCA’s Youth Programs.


Announced on Monday, March 18, 2013

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