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.