Three Rivers Community Foundation hands out 45 grants

Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldDecember 12, 2013 

Children living in east Pasco will have a safe place to go after school, thanks to a $20,000 grant to the YMCA at the Martin Luther King Center.

The award is one of 45 grants, totaling $171,183, provided by the Three Rivers Community Foundation on Thursday.

"The MLK Center is a bright, shining and safe place for students to go after school while they wait for their parents to get off work," said Carrie Green, executive director of the foundation. "And they offer activities for adults too, so whole families take advantage of the center."

The foundation also gave $10,000 to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco to help pay for its summer day program. The program is intended for children coping with mental illnesses who participate in special classes during the school year but then have no support during the summer months.

"When school lets out in June, they backslide and forget their training. That means they have to start all over in the fall relearning those skills. Sometimes that takes until December, so they lose all those months," Green said.

Lourdes offers classes similar to the schools' program throughout the summer.

Senior Life Resources, which runs the Meals On Wheels program, received grants for two programs. One, for $8,000, is for the Fundamental Meals program. The second, for $800, goes to the Critical Staples program.

Green said the Critical Staples program began when volunteers saw a need and said they had the ability to meet it.

"For example, one man had cancer of the jaw and part was removed. He can only eat soft foods and needed a meat grinder -- something he couldn't afford," she said.

They found the resources to buy it for him.

American Legion Post No. 34 received a $6,000 grant to defray expenses for their honor guard, baseball leagues, veterans' relief and other programs.

Green said several grants went to organizations helping children and families and neighborhood-based groups.

"There are so many good causes out there," Green said. "It's bittersweet to see some of the applications -- there were 57 this year -- left on the table."

For the second year, the board awarded grants of less than $1,000. The hope, she said, is that they can take the money and leverage it into more. Recipients were: Blue Mountain Wildlife, Camerata Musica, Master Gardeners and Pet Over Population Prevention.

Other grants awarded include FIRME (which works with youths to keep them out of gangs), $9,013; Children's Developmental Center, $9,307; Ignite Youth Mentoring, $9,000; Safe Harbor, $9,367; Academy of Children's Theatre, $1,500 and $5,000; Adventist Community Services, two at $1,500 each; Allied Arts Gallery, $3,000; American Red Cross, $4,000; Benton Franklin Legal Aid, $1,000; Boys & Girls Clubs, $5,000; Catholic Family Services, $5,616 and $1,500; Cavalcade of Authors, $2,000; Center For Sharing, $2,010; Children's Reading Foundation, $1,500; Domestic Violence, $1,000; Edith Bishel Center, $5,000; Franklin County Historical Society, $4,000; Girl Scouts, $4,000; Grace Clinic, $2,000; Mid-Columbia Ballet, $1,000; Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, $6,500; Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, $3,000; Project Warm-Up, $2,350; St. Vincent de Paul, $1,698; Southeast Washington Deaf Center, $3,000; Teen Leadership Foundation, $3,000; The Arc, $4,678; The Chaplaincy, $2,669; Three Rivers Coalition, $1,500; Tri-Cities Community Connections, $2,000; Tri-City Pregnancy Network, $1,000; White Bluffs Quilt Museum, $1,200; and Women Helping Women, $2,500.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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