“Our fingerprints are all over the community projects that make Bartow County a better place to live, work, play and raise families, and we couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments,” said Ed Brush, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, in a release.
Brush noted that the foundation received grant requests from 21 organizations asking for help with projects. After reviewing the requests and discussing each need, the Foundation Grants Committee — led by Jennifer Wiggins Matthews and Patrick Nelson — decided to award grants to 10 organizations.
“Thank you to Jennifer and Patrick, and the other members of the grants committee for their time and hard work,” Brush added. “The decisions are not easy to make, but our committee reasons through the process and selects organizations and groups who will make the greatest impact with the funds we have to offer.”
“We reviewed all of the applications and had lengthy discussions about community problems, solutions, long-term strategies, collaborative efforts and leadership,” noted Nelson, who co-chairs the committee. “We are always impressed with the network of organizations that consistently lift up members of the community who are suffering and in need. We applaud the work of our food pantries, health clinic and homeless shelter. But we are equally impressed with the organizations that mentor our young people, help our teachers engage students, work to humanely care for the county’s homeless pet population, and preserve our greenspaces.”
Nelson said the foundation is awarding $1,000 to Etowah Valley Humane Society to collaborate with Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our county will be the fourth county in Georgia to allow inmates to work with our shelter animals as part of their rehabilitation,” said Nelson. “They will help train and socialize the animals. It’s a worthy endeavor that will help rebuild a sense of self-worth in our inmate population. It will give them an opportunity to give something positive back to the community, and we are happy to help fund the program.”
The foundation also chose to award a $2,800 grant to the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter to help purchase new mattresses for the shelter.
“We are very excited about the grant,” said Jessica Mitcham, executive director of the shelter. “The foundation’s grant, combined with a smaller grant from the Cartersville Rotary Club, will allow us to purchase 31 mattresses, and just in time for the holidays when we have a full house.”
According to Mitcham, the mattresses currently used by residents of the shelter were purchased when the shelter opened in 2001.
“Since then, we’ve served over 6,000 people,” she said. “So the mattresses served us well, but they are 12 years old now and we will be replacing them in the next few weeks.”
Other foundation grant recipients for fall include:
• Bartow 4-H Club — $1,800 to help fund Project Achievement, a program that helps youth develop oral and written communication skills while learning about an array of subjects.
• Bartow Health Access — $3,500 to help purchase a microscope, a spirometer and a HemoCue machine (blood analysis) for its laboratory.
• Cartersville Schools Foundation — $2,500 to help with costs associated with college visits for students in the GateKey program and to help fund classroom mini-grants.
• League for Animal Welfare — $1,000 to purchase pet food for the Episcopal Church of Ascension’s food pantry and to help with the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for low-income residents.
• Margaret & Luke Pettit Environmental Preserve — $2,000 to purchase and install a self-contained composting toilet that uses a unique rotating three-chamber bio-drum to process waste and produce finished humus, all in the toilet unit.
• New Beginnings Food Outreach Inc. — $550 to help purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help members of the Bartow community who need food assistance.
The Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, promotes and facilitates philanthropy throughout the region. To learn more about the foundation’s grants or philanthropic services, visit www.CommunityFoundationNWGA.org or contact David Aft at 706-275-9117.