Community Builders awards $20,000 in grants

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Released by Nan Moore with United Way of Tyler:

The Community Builders, a collaborative effort between United Way of Tyler/Smith County and East Texas Communities Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Community Builders Grant. A reception for these recipients took place on Wednesday, September 30.

The committee was tasked with the difficult job of prioritizing the needs of the 34 organizations that applied and those they serve in these difficult economic times. The focus of this year's grants was to provide funding to organizations that need assistance in sustaining existing programs so that they maintain a meaningful impact in the community. With $20,000 to allocate, the committee met on February 22, 2009, to review the 34 grant applications, totaling $141,000 in requests.

Ten agencies, listed below, were chosen to be the recipients of these funds. With several agencies requesting assistance with food purchases this year, the Committee decided to collaborate with the East Texas Food Bank in an effort to address this issue and serve as many agencies as possible:

Addressing Food Needs:
East Texas Food Bank $3,850
Assistance with food

East Texas Rescue Mission $2,000 (in form of credit at the Food Bank)
Assistance with meal program

Meals on Wheels $2,000 (in form of credit at the Food Bank)
Assistance with meal program

St. Paul Children's Foundation $2000 (in form of credit at the Food Bank)
Assistance with food for pantry

Tyler AIDS Services, Inc. $2000 (in form of credit at the Food Bank)
Assistance with food for pantry

Addressing Education Needs:
Christian Men's Job Corps. $2,750
Education & mentoring of economically distressed men needing job training

Literacy Council of Tyler $2,500
Support for on-going Adult Education Program

Addressing Youth Needs:
ADAPT $500

Replacement of food preparation items for KIDS CAFÉ program

Junior Achievement Tyler $1,200
Funding of 2 JA classes at Ramey Elementary

Niños de Promesa Preschool $1,200
Assistance in purchasing Champions for Children's School Curriculum