Last April, as per the the UUFP Endowment Proposal Guidelines, the Trustees, Roy Schilling, Judy Remsberg, and Mason Moseley, decided that $1,500.00 would be offered for grants this year. Proposals were sought from within the congregation and from our share-the-basket partners.
The Trustees are proud to announce the following grants for 2018:
"Kid’s Day In" will be a Sunday afternoon activity for the congregation’s youth while reaching out to the community to seek participation from Autism advocacy groups. Friendship building through games and crafts is an objective, along with giving teens a volunteer and leadership opportunity. The program will run every other month and target ages 4 – 12. Two adults will plan and lead activities with teens and older siblings helping out. The grant will be used to pay the adults and purchase materials. A successful trial run of the program took place in June with seven children in attendance.
As another way to help those in need to escape food insecurity, the Foodbank established a rigorous 12-week training course to teach culinary and “life” skills in 2014. This grant will go towards paying for the chef coats, chef hats, classroom thermometers, and classroom materials for this year’s class of eight. Students graduate with a ServSafe Manager Certificate and assistance in finding work. The class is directed by an Executive Chef and a Production Chef who are on the Foodbank’s staff. The students prepare meals for the Kid’s Café after school and summer program, thus also benefiting the community. Serving food to children has meant as much as any part of the training to many of the graduates, the grant application reported. Students receive training in conflict resolution, financial management, budgeting, resume writing and interviewing, leadership, and time management.
The Fellowship has long supported LINK programs and continues with this grant. This program is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Developed six years ago in partnership with the VA Medical Center in Hampton, this program offers veterans the care and services they need while recovering from an illness. Medical professionals work alongside community volunteers in providing round-the-clock care and transportation. Those in the program are living in a home in the community, so volunteers help with maintenance and grounds, as well. The grant will be used for materials, such as brochures and business cards that will explain this and LINK’s Emergency Shelter programs as an outreach out to the homeless veteran community.
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