Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Foundation Awards $10,000 to the Salem Ministers Conference Community Food Pantry

The Salem Ministers Conference Community Food Pantry recently received $10,000 from the Mary Louise Home Fund to provide food assistance for needy senior citizens (age 55 and older).

The Salem Food Pantry serves individuals who live in Salem or Roanoke County whose income is below 150% of the poverty rate.  In 2008, the Food Pantry served 3,488 food orders to 9,879 people. The Pantry's Snack Buddies Program also provided 25,700 snacks to elementary and preschool children.  For more information about the Salem Food Pantry, contact Jenny McCormick.

Foundation Announces Newest Members of the Youth Leadership Committee

The Foundation would like to welcome its newest members of the Youth Leadership Committee!

Jordan Bazak, Patrick Henry High School
Claire Martin, Northside High School
Elizabeth Sherer, Glenvar High School
Kelsey Tripp, William Byrd High School

Returning members include:
Leslie Brittain, Salem High School
Aaron Colston, William Fleming High School
Matt Crush, Lord Botetourt High School
Alex McDilda, Roanoke Catholic School
Logan Martin, Community High School
Cameron Todd, Hidden Valley High School
Ben Weiserbs, North Cross School

The Philanthropy Project was started in 2006 by the Foundation to introduce students to the world of philanthropy.  A Youth Leadership Committee, comprised of local high school students, is responsible for determining what it believes are important community needs, reviewing grant applications, and making funding recommendations to the Foundation's Board using a $25,000 budget.

Foundation Awards $11,000 to the Presbyterian Community Center

Presbyterian Community Center recently received $11,000 from the Mary Louise Home Fund and the Thomas P. and Lewise S. Parsley Fund to support the Emergency Services program which will assist elderly, indigent clients.  In addition, funds will be used to provide prescription medications to older adults.

Emergency Services provides emergency financial assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals for utilities, rent, mortgage, prescriptions, heating oil and other necessities. The goal of PCC Emergency Services is to help clients through difficult times, avoid homelessness and ultimately allow them to maintain or improve their life situations.

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The Foundation would like to thank Access for assisting with our project!