Area groups receive grants from Frances Powers fund

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

A local memorial endowment fund has administered its first round of grants to some of the area’s more prominent nonprofits.

Area Christians Together in Service received $7,500, Community Partners of Hope received $5,000, and Girls on the Run of Northern North Carolina received $2,500, courtesy of the Frances Abbot Burton Powers Fund.

The grant program was established in June under the North Carolina Community Foundation in memory of Frances Powers. She was a native of Henderson who passed away in 2012, leaving startup funds for it in her trust.

Ronald Cava, chairman of Community Partners of Hope, said this was the first grant his organization had ever received.

“It is extremely significant to us — both literally and symbolically,” he said.

He said the funds will help operate Hope House, a new transitional housing facility scheduled to open early next year.

“It will be a very low-cost housing opportunity for men who are trying to get back on their feet,” Cava said. “Hopefully to take some of these men and move them back into the mainstream of life.”

The house is located on the corner of Chestnut and Horner streets and is currently undergoing renovations.

ACTS director Twanna Jones said the award will be used to expand case management and hot meal services.

“I was very grateful that they gave us that money,” she said. “We really needed it because we are touching a lot of lives every day, doing about 700 meals a week and sometimes 1,000.”

Jones said the funds will directly help the people ACTS serves.

“We can do more than just make referrals,” she said. “We can actually provide the services that they need.”

Girls on the Run, which promotes health and positive in third- through eighth-grade girls and culminates in a 5K run, was given funds to sponsor young women who wanted to be a part of the program.

Each organization was recognized at an awards ceremony Aug. 28, where checks were administered and recipients heard stories of Powers’ life.

Amanda Barker, a health educator at Granville-Vance District Health Department, said Powers was the kind of woman Girls on the Run aimed to help develop: fun, friendly and confident.

“She would have loved the program,” she said.

During her lifetime, Powers was part of organizations that centered on education, health, literacy and religion.

Her grants go towards Henderson-based government entities and nonprofits with similar causes.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.