Ten nonprofit groups in Lewis County have been awarded a combined $45,500 by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.
The organizations receiving grants are: the Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis, the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, the Cispus Learning Center, the Fire Mountain Arts Council, Health and Hope Medical Outreach, the Hub City Mission Severe Weather Shelter, the Lewis County Autism Coalition, Reliable Enterprises, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Centralia/Chehalis Conference and the United Way of Lewis County.
"As a member of the Grants Committee, I was especially excited to see so many applications this year from Lewis County nonprofits, and to recommend funding for their work in our community," said Rebecca Staebler, a Community Foundation board member and Centralia city councilor-elect, in a press release. "These organizations represent the many groups that are tackling the tough challenges we face here in Lewis County and throughout the region."
Aside from the groups awarded grants, three Lewis County organizations chose to participate in the foundation’s new crowdfunding campaign working to inspire local giving across Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties, according to the press release.
The organizations are the Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis, the Fire Mountain Arts Council and Health and Hope Medical Outreach.
“Each year the Community Foundation receives requests of about $170,000 to fund some amazing programs in Lewis County, and I wish we could fund them all and to the fullest. The reality, however, is that our monies cover approximately $40,000 of these program requests. That’s why we launched Give Local,” said Norma Schuiteman, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We invite the community to join us in supporting these great programs. Whether you give $25 or $2,500, you’ll know that you are helping an organization that’s vital to your local community.”
Give Local South Puget Sound is an online giving platform that features approximately 50 local nonprofit programs. Each organization has received a grant from the Community Foundation to help fund a specific project or provide general support of their program. The grants provide a portion of the funding toward their goal, and through Give Local, the community can provide additional funding to the nonprofits to help them reach their goals.