Foundation Grant Awards

February 17, 2014

At its recent meeting the Centra Foundation Board awarded grants to two non-profit organizations; Girls Inc. of Jackson County and River Valley Resources in Jefferson County.

Girls Inc. provides after school and summer programs for girls aged 6-16 living in Jackson County.  Girls Inc. is focused on inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold.   Like Centra, Girls Inc. believes in the importance of teaching financial literacy and money management skills to young people. A grant award of $1,800 will support financial literacy programs and will enable middle school girls to participate in the Equal Earners, Savvy Spenders program.      

Brenda Tracy, Girls Inc. Executive Director, visited the Seymour branch to receive the grant check. She is pictured with (L to R) Kyle McCrary, Assistant Branch Manager; Ernesto Arnando, Loan Officer, and Girls Inc. Board Member, Brenda Tracy and Branch Manager, Karen Owens.

River Valley Resources (RVR) provides supportive services for adults and families living in the Jefferson County area. RVR has led the creation of a collaborative initiative involving more than 30 non-profit organizations.  In April many of the partners will re-locate to the Clearinghouse which is currently under renovation. Centra Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000 to furnish a training room which will host financial literacy classes.  Classes will be scheduled on a regular basis and will be open to individuals receiving services from Clearinghouse partnering agencies. The Clearinghouse is scheduled to open in April.

We will share the impact of these grants later in the year.

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