Greater Pike announces mini-grants awards

| 13 May 2015 | 01:26

The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced the winners of five $1,000 mini-grants for not-for-profit organizations in the greater Pike County area.

Funding for program comes from the Barbara J. Buchanan Fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation, a donor-directed fund established in 2014.

"We are grateful to Barbara for her generosity. Not only will these grants provide much-needed funds to non-profits in our community, but it also was the first time we as a foundation have gone through a competitive application process. So it was an important exercise for the foundation as well," said Jim Pedranti, who serves as board chair for the Greater Pike Community Foundation.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

Safe Haven of Pike County: Innovative yoga program for trauma victims.

Gait: Collaborative program with the Pike County Library called "Pony Tails."

Pike County Public Library: To provide transportation to nearest library branch to introduce first graders to the library, issue them a library card and participate in a story-time session.

County Ark Farm: Sponsorship of special needs students to attend summer camp.

PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center): Construction of a GaGa ball pit that promotes physical activity and fair play for multiple audiences.

"Congratulations. I am pleased to be giving to five organizations whose aims and goals are most commendable and worthy of this monetary gift," Barbara Buchanan said.

Greater Pike Community Foundation's slogan is "For good, forever." The foundation was recently established to enable generous individuals, families and local businesses to maximize their charitable support through organized, targeted community philanthropy.

Gifts to the foundation, or the establishment of a donor-directed fund, will provide support to those local programs and non-profit organizations that are most important to the donor.

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