The Covington News - - Sun­day, march 4, 2012 lo­cal -

that mis­sion through our in­volve­ment and sup­port of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

More than 25 or­ga­ni­za­tions ap­plied for grants to­tal­ing more than $500,000. To qual­ify, or­ga­ni­za­tions must have a cur­rent 501(c)(3) Pub­lic Char­ity sta­tus from the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice and be a school or a unit of gov­ern­ment. Or­ga­ni­za­tions must serve pop­u­la­tions within 50 miles of a Gen­eral Mills fa­cil­ity. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, its pro­gram or project must sup­port a broad and di­verse au­di­ence and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Each year mem­bers of Team Cov­ing­ton con­trib­ute hun­dreds of hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice across our area,” Bi­ble said. “Each year at this time we fur­ther strengthen our com­mu­nity sup­port through grants from our foundation to well de­serv­ing non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in our area.”

Those re­ceiv­ing grants from Cov­ing­ton were:

The grant will be used to sup­port the school’s “Danc­ing and Climb­ing To­ward Fit­ness” pro­gram which en­cour­ages stu­dents to ex­er­cise 60 min­utes each day.

Awarded grant will be used for supporting the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s out­reach pro­gram which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents in the arts and teaches cul­tural di­ver­sity. Grant will go to­ward fund­ing the Part­ner with Youth Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Pro­gram which al­lows eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in YMCA pro­grams.

Grant funds will sup­port the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s of­fered fam­ily ser­vices. Ser­vices in­clude train­ing and coun­sel­ing, pro­vid­ing in­sur­ance, food, sup­plies for so­cial ser­vices and util­i­ties to guests within the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s net­work. Grant will go to­ward fund­ing the cen­ter’s Op­er­a­tional Sup­port and Nu­tri­tion Well­ness pro­gram which serves at-risk and dis­ad­van­tage youth the means to im­prove phys­i­cal fit­ness and health and well­ness.

The NCSO plans to use its grant funds to sup­port its C.H.A.M.P.S. Ex­plorer and Life­saver pro­grams. The C.H.A.M.P.S. pro­gram is de­signed to be tai­lored to spe­cific youth’s needs in New­ton County.


The Elks to ex­pand fam- ily sup­port ser­vices with pro­grams that fo­cus on health and well­ness and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. Grant will be used to sup­port the Healthy Eat­ing Pro­gram. The or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to buy fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles and healthy food items for its shel­ter res­i­dents.

Grant will go to­ward fi­nanc­ing Mid­dle Ridge’s phys­i­cal fit­ness pro­grams. Grant will go to­ward the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s New Vi­sion Catchers Club­house pro­gram which ed­u­cates in­di­vid­u­als on the risks of tobacco, al­co­hol and drugs.

The school plans to use the funds to fi­nan­cially sup­port the growth of it’s arts and cul­tural di­ver­sity cur­ricu­lum.

Funds will go to­ward op­er­a­tional ex­penses for pro­vid­ing food and

Fund­ing will pro­vide op­er­a­tional sup­port for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s We Can pro­gram. We Can aims to help youth make healthy de­ci­sions.

Rock­dale County or­ga­ni­za­tions J.H. House Ele­men­tary, Cony­ers Rock­dale Coun­cil for the Arts, Rock­dale Coali­tion for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and Pre­vent Child Abuse Rock­dale each re­ceived grants at the cer­e­mony as well as Amer­i­can Red Cross East Georgia, Wal­ton County Se­nior Cit­i­zens Coun­cil, So­cial Cir­cle Pub­lic Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Cen­tral Georgia and Faith and Serv­ing Hu­man­ity in So­cial Cir­cle. Camp Twin Lakes in Rut­ledge re­ceived a grant as well.

Gen­eral Mills do­nates mil­lions of dol­lars each year. In 2011, the Gen­eral Mills Foundation dis­trib­uted more than $24 mil­lion in grants and match­ing con­tri­bu­tions. The do­na­tions go to­ward arts and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, hunger and nu­tri­tion well­ness and fam­ily ser­vice among other ar­eas.

“It is an honor and a bless­ing to be supporting and rec­og­niz­ing such well de­serv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions again to­day,” Bi­ble said.

Bea Jack­son and Louise Adams ac­cept on be­half of the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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