November 9, 2011 Tucker Community Foundation announced grant awards totaling more than $47,500 at the Oct. 19 board meeting. Several awards benefit programs in Randolph County.
Tygarts Valley High School Band Auxiliary received a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of locking storage cabinets for the band room to secure small instruments, music and uniform accessories. The Randolph County Housing Authority received $1,000 for the YouthBuild Recycling Project being developed for elementary schools in Elkins. The project will provide a hands-on learning experience for students. Containers will be provided for students who bring recyclables from home. Maintenance of the collection site and hauling will be provided by YouthBuild North Central.
Girls on the Run (GOTR), a program serving Randolph, Barbour and Tucker counties, received $1,500 for program support. The program provides an opportunity for 3rd-5th grade girls to take part in a 12-week curriculum addressing self-esteem, fitness and lifestyle issues and culminates with a 5K community run. The grant will provide funding for GOTR scholarships and costs associated with expanded programs planned for the 2012 spring season. Funds will also help offset the cost of appropriate footwear for those in need.
The Central WV Center for Pregnancy Care, Inc. includes Randolph County in its service area. The program received $660 for the purchase of new, safe baby beds that are provided to families facing financial challenges, domestic violence, relocation or lack of support from extended family. St. George Medical Clinic received $1,000 to help defray costs of an electrical service upgrade necessary for expansion of services and a growing patient load. The clinic serves a six-county region that includes Randolph County.
The Kump House received $400 from the Margaret Kump-Roberts Fund to support ongoing restoration projects. Kump- Roberts was a daughter of the late Governor Herman Guy & Edna Hall Scott Kump and the wife of the late Dr. Donald Russell Roberts. According to family members who established the endowed fund in 1992, “Peggy loved learning and dedicated much of her energy to community service.”
The agency-endowed Pioneer Memorial Public Library Fund generated a $350 grant for the library. Endowed funds of the Foundation are invested for growth and income producing a perpetual funding source while preserving the historical value of the original donation.
Harman Emergency Medical Services received designated funds from the James D. Jordan Fund. The memorial fund was established in 1991 by family members who wanted to honor the memory of Mr. Jordan by supporting the EMS services that provided help to him as his health declined. The fund provides an annual grant for Canaan Valley and Harman Emergency Services.
Tucker Community Foundation grants support programs and projects related to the arts, parks and recreation, animal welfare, health, libraries and literacy programs, churches, educational programs, emergency services, youth, education, historic preservation, senior citizens and social investment (general charitable purposes). Funding for designated and competitive grants are provided by Endowed Funds established by donors to benefit local causes and managed by the Foundation. Pass-through donations, Kep and Alice Smith Trust income, and unrestricted funds provide additional funding. To view a complete list of Endowed Funds or visit www.tuckerfoundation.net.