Five civic organizations and one college-bound senior received grants from generous Grenadians Monday.
The Grenada Community Foundation awarded its second-annual “Grenada Gives 365” grants, and the money was dispersed to some good causes.
“Everybody was extremely pleased with the camaraderie. There was a good feeling in the room, and people were happy to see our dollars at work in the community,” said GCF Treasurer Pat Woods.
Grenada Gives 365 is a project through which citizens contribute $1 each day. The money is awarded once a year.
Eight organizations and four students were selected as finalists this year. Each made their presentations to a packed house of donors at the Prevail Building in downtown Grenada.
After the presentations, the donors voted and awarded the money on the spot. Nobody went home empty-handed.
Five organizations received $2,000 each, and the three runners-up each received $500.
Kaitlyn Junkin, a senior at Grenada High School, received a $1,000 scholarship, and the three runners-up each received $100 scholarships.
Grenada Adult Education Center
The Grenada Adult Education Center will use its grant to help adults earn their GEDs.
The center hopes to assist 35 adults in earning their high school equivalency and to graduate this year. It will cost of just under $5,000.
According to Cindy Heimbach, director of Adult Basic Education Program for the Grenada School District, the center offers morning and evening classes.
“They (students) are striving to get their education to go to college, retain their jobs, get a promotion or get a higher-paying job,” said Heimbach. The students often struggle to pay the fees associated with the class, Heimbach said.
“Our idea of real and lasting change is to have our citizens become life-long learners,” said Heimbach. “We are a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who want to change our part of the world by making a difference in the lives of citizens.”
Grenada Food Pantry
Hungry Grenadians will continue to be fed, thanks a GG 365 grant.
According to director Jan Willis, the pantry is spending is $2,000-$3,000 per month to supplement food that it receives from the Mississippi Food Network and the food donated from Walmart.
There are no paid staff at the pantry. Some 75 volunteers help distribute food on the fourth Saturday of each month.