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Operation Round Up Grant Recipients 2018

July 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 6 applications for July 2018 in the amount of $69,175.

Stirrups'n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center - $15,000
(Marion, Alachua, Lake, Levy counties)
Stirrups ‘n Strides’ mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving to anyone with physical, mental or emotional challenges, and to improve the quality of life for these individuals with the opportunity for emotional, educational and physical growth through horsemanship and competition. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for therapy sessions and to assist with building a community room.
 

North Point Youth - $10,000
(Putnam County)
North Point Youth is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to mentoring middle school students in Putnam County. Grant funds will contribute to the expansion of its after-school program.
 

Doctors Lake Estates Civic Club - $5,000
(Clay County)
The Doctors Lake Estates Civic Club is a volunteer organization in Clay County. Funds from the grant will be used to help with the installation of a public park open to the neighborhood and surrounding communities.
 

Our Father's Business, Inc. - $10,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam counties)
Our Father’s Business, based in Melrose, operates the YES Vision Literacy Initiative. YES solicits community engagement dollars and provides a tax-deductible donation source for partners who want to support eye screening and free eye care projects for school-age children and youth. Grant funds will be used to support this program.
 

Fort King Heritage Association, Inc. - $15,000
(All counties)
The Fort King Heritage Association was formed to protect, preserve and develop the history of Fort King, a National Historic Landmark in Ocala that served as the headquarters for the Army of the South during the Second Seminole War (1837-42), and then Marion County’s first courthouse and public building (1842-44). Grant funds will contribute to the purchase of two figures dressed in authentic attire that will illustrate the fort’s story for visitors.
 

Concerned Citizens of Bradford County, Inc. - $15,000
(Bradford County)
Concerned Citizens of Bradford County, Inc. is an outreach organization dedicated to the needy, deprived, seniors, and especially to the proper rearing of children to become model citizens. The group specializes in educating, teaching character, building confidence and modeling positive behavior through its after-school club, summer day camp, senior club and youth sports. The money will be used to provide personnel for the 8-week summer day camp program.
 

June 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 8 applications for June 2018 in the amount of $88,010.

Police Athletic League of Clay County, Inc. - $5,000
(Clay County)
The Clay County Police Athletic League works with the community to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between law enforcement officers and kids. Funds from the grant will be used to provide scholarships to assist low-income families with the cost of participating in the League’s sports programs.
 

Unity Family Community Center - $10,500
(Alachua, Levy, Marion counties)
Unity Family Community Center, located in Williston, seeks to improve the quality of life of families and individuals by providing services and opportunities designed to create change, such as health initiatives, social services and economic development programs. Grant funding will be used to support the center’s afterschool program.
 

Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. - $15,000
(All counties)
The Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. is a nonprofit serving Marion and surrounding counties. The organization provides services to any individual who is blind or visually impaired. Funds will be used to support the intervention program to provide rehabilitative training and intervention services to any individual who has a severe visual impairment or progressive disease to enable them to have the skills to maintain their confidence and independence as their vision is deteriorating.
 

Putnam Habitat for Humanity - $12,000
(Putnam County)
Founded in 1991, Putnam Habitat for Humanity serves residents of Putnam County based on need. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Putnam Service Project, which provides critical and emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in Putnam County.
 

Church of the Good Samaritan Anglican - $12,000
(Clay County)
The Church of the Good Samaritan in Middleburg provides a monthly food distribution program for the needy in Clay County. The program also provides access to medical and other services. Grant funding will be used to purchase refrigeration units, generators and a temperature-controlled shed for food storage.
 

Another Way, Inc. - $15,000
(Columbia, Levy, Suwannee counties)
Another Way, Inc. provides hotline, safe shelter, individual and group counseling, court accompaniment, food, clothing, hygiene items and many other supportive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase two vans to transport program participants.
 

Girls on the Run of Alachua County - $3,510
(Alachua County)
Girls on the Run of Alachua County inspires girls in grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Grant funding will be used to cover program participation costs.
 

Women's Empowerment Services - $15,000
(Clay County)
Women’s Empowerment Services of N.E. Florida has a mission to empower women who are in disadvantaged positions due to various life events with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Funds from the grant will be used to support the John B. Moss Memorial Fund for emergency shelter, which helps women avoid homelessness by helping them with temporary shelter expenses, security deposits, housing application fees and short-term rent.
 

May 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for May 2018 in the amount of $99,275.

Elder Care of Alachua County - $15,000
(Alachua County)
ECAC provides in-home and community-based services that enable elderly clients to remain independent in their own homes for as long as they are able. Elder Care is perhaps best known for its Meals on Wheels program, but it also provides many other services that increase the quality of life for the frail elderly who live on a very limited income. Funds will be used to support the meal program.
 

Hawthorne First United Methodist Church - $9,575
(Alachua County)
First United Methodist Hawthorne and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion have entered into a collaborative effort to serve the most vulnerable population within Hawthorne and surrounding areas. Hawthorne Area Resource Center (HARC) will serve as a food pantry and resource center. Funds will be used to purchase a walk-in cooler, stronger shelving, smoke detectors and front porch railing for the Center, and to help people with hardship situations.
 

Vision is Priceless Council - $1,500
(Clay County)
Vision is Priceless serves as the premier community resource for improving the vision health of First Coast children and adults through screening, referral, and education. Grant funds will be used to purchase 30 pairs of eyeglasses.
 

Happy House - $15,000
(Columbia, Suwannee counties)
Happy House serves socioeconomically disadvantaged families through a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program. Funds will go toward renovating the facility’s kitchen.
 

Mossman Home Preservation Foundation - $10,000
(Putnam, Alachua counties)
Mossman exists to serve its members by providing them a venue to exhibit their artwork, meet one another, teach classes and promote a friendly and inspiring artistic atmosphere within the community; to strengthen its community culturally and economically by fostering the visual and performing arts; and to encourage community participation by hosting free to the public events such as art openings, social gatherings, and club meetings. Grant funds will be used for various art education programs.
 

Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church - $10,700
(Clay County)
The Food Bridge of Middleburg United Methodist Church is an all-volunteer ministry that helps to provide food for more than 1,200 needy families in 13 counties on a bi-weekly basis. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase a commercial walk-in freezer.
 

Pilot Club of Palatka - $15,000
(Putnam County)
The Pilot Club’s mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world, with a main focus on brain health and awareness. Grant funds will be used to improve the playground at E.H. Miller School, including the addition of ADA-approved equipment.
 

Lee Conlee House, Inc. - $15,000
(Putnam County)
The Lee Conlee House is the certified domestic violence center serving Putnam County. Its mission is to stop the campaign of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention, and education through the establishment of community partnerships. Grant funds will be used to support the Children of Hope program, a youth-targeted domestic violence program.
 

Sanderson Christian Revival Center - $7,500
(Bradford, Baker, Union counties)
The Sanderson Christian Revival Center, located in Baker County, operates a Giveaway Program that offers free clothing, furniture and miscellaneous items at no cost to families in need. The program helps 1,500 local residents annually. Funds from the grant will mainly be used to purchase a new storage shed with foundation.

 

April 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 7 applications for April 2018 in the amount of $66,407.92.

Christian Service Center of Columbia County - $10,000
(Columbia County)
The Christian Service Center of Columbia County is a nonprofit serving the residents of Columbia County since 1984. The scope of assistance provided includes food, clothing, utility bills, gas assistance, bus tickets, emergency lodging and prescription assistance. The organization serves approximately 10,000 clients (includes all family members) per year. The grant funds will be used for the Christian Service Center’s Client Assistance Program to help residents with their utility bills.
 

Tomorrow's Equestrian Center - $11,607.92
(Levy, Alachua, Marion counties)
Tomorrow’s Equestrian Center, Inc., located in Williston, provides therapeutic riding programs to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase a new mower to maintain the property.
 

BASCA, Inc. - $15,000
(Clay counties)
BASCA, Inc. focuses on helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a higher quality of life and sense of belonging. Funds will be used to support the BASCA CREATIONS Project. This project is part of a life skills development program and teaches social and communication skills as well as helping individuals to stay on a task and complete it; follow directions; work independently and in teams; develop their creative nature; and be self-reliant. Examples of creative activity choices include arts, crafts, dancing, music, writing, photography, woodworking and ceramics.
 

Grace Episcopal Church - $4,600
(Clay County)
Grace Episcopal Church of Orange Park offers a community outreach program called Laundry Love, a ministry that provides detergent, bleach, dryer sheets and quarters for less advantaged citizens to enable them to use a laundromat once a month. Funds from the grant will go toward the use of laundry machines at a local laundromat.
 

Hope Therapy, Inc. - $5,000
(Clay County)
Hope Therapy, Inc. is a nonprofit equine-assisted activities and therapy program in Middleburg. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with various diagnoses with the help of horses. Grant funding will be used to support the scholarship fund to allow clients of all ages to participate.
 

Lake Area Ministries - $15,000
(Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
Lake Area Ministries (LAM), an all-volunteer organization, is primarily a food pantry focusing on feeding needy families. As funds allow, the organization assists with other basic needs. The funds will be used to assist families in need with electric bills, transportation assistance to medical appointments or job interviews, and non-narcotic prescriptions.
 

Vivid Visions, Inc. - $5,000
(Suwannee County)
Vivid Visions, Inc. is a state-certified domestic violence shelter and outreach program serving Suwannee County that provides emergency shelter, emotional support and other services. Funds from this grant will be used to purchase new beds, mattresses, flooring, food, personal hygiene products and household supplies for the shelter, and will also help with the development of a new website.
 

March 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 9 applications for March 2018 in the amount of $106,775.

Kiwanis Club of Starke - $11,500
(Bradford County)
Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Funds from this grant will support the Bradford 4-H, Take Stock in Children, and Community in Schools dropout prevention programs.
 

Rodeheaver Foundation - $10,000
(all counties)
Founded in 1950, the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch is a 790-acre sanctuary for boys who need a home, a family, and roots for a brighter future. Grant funds will be used to provide a part-time tutor for the new Learning Center.
 

Waste Not Want Not, Inc. - $15,000
(Multiple counties)
Waste Not Want Not is a volunteer-based group whose mission is to prevent the discarding of food and other items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty. The group does this by rescuing food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations, and through other cost-effective initiatives. Grant funds will be used to support the food rescue and distribution program.
 

Putnam Health and Fitness Center - $5,375
(Putnam, Clay, Volusia counties)
The Putnam Health & Fitness Center, located in Pomona Park, exists to enhance the quality of life of everyone in the community through the use of volunteers, health promoting programs, physical exercise, and available facilities, equipment, and resources. Funds from the grant will be used for parking lot improvements.
 

Lake Butler Rotary - $9,500
(Union County)
Rotary Club exists as an international service organization focused on addressing the human condition through investments of time, talent, and money. Grant funds will be used to support the Lake Butler Farm Share program.
 

Lake Butler Woman's Club - $10,400
(Union, Alachua, Baker counties)
The Lake Butler Woman’s Club, Inc. is a charitable organization of women in Union County. Members help with projects at schools, and in the community, district and state. Funds from the grant will be used to help continue the renovation of the club’s historic building.
 

Mercy Support Services, Inc. - $15,000
(Clay County)
Mercy Support Services serves the people of Clay County, Florida who are circumstantially in need by providing services that guide them to self-sufficiency. A non-profit organization, Mercy works collaboratively to provide "a hand up, not a hand out" to families and individuals in need. Funds from the grant will be used to replace aging appliances in the Supportive Housing Program with more energy-efficient models.
 

Melrose Volunteer Fire Department - $15,000
(Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
The Melrose Volunteer Fire Department serves surrounding counties for fire protection and medical responders in emergencies. Grant funds will be used to purchase five sets of structural bunker gear for new firefighters, plus upgrade flashlight equipment.
 

Clay County Habitat for Humanity - $15,000
(Clay, Bradford counties)
Clay County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Clay County area. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, it works in partnership with local families and volunteers to build and rehabilitate simple, decent homes for qualified families in need. Grant funds will go toward construction of new homes.
 

February 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 6 applications for February 2018 in the amount of $58,275.

Black Creek Bowl Association - $3,000
(Clay County)
The mission of the Black Creek Bowl Association is to increase positive public awareness of historic Middleburg, its natural wonders, sports facilities and awesome people. Grant funds will be used to sponsor three scholarships for Middleburg High School seniors.
 

Bradford County Education Foundation - $14,275
(Bradford County)
The Bradford County Education Foundation exists to improve the quality of education by increasing community involvement and support for the eight Bradford County Public Schools. Funds from the grant will be used to provide its after-school tutoring program.
 

St. Johns River State College Foundation - $10,000
(Putnam, Clay counties)
The St. Johns River State College Foundation is a charitable organization that exists to support the growth and development of the college in ways that are beneficial to its students, faculty, staff and campus facilities. Grant funds will be used to support the First Generation Scholarship Program, which provides scholarship funding to first-generation college students.
 

Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs - $15,000
(Clay County)
The Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization that provides Clay County with emergency food for families and individuals in need. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase nonperishable food items.
 

Teen Court of Clay County - $10,000
(Clay County)
Teen Court is an alternative juvenile delinquency program that offers first-time respondents, ages 10-17, a second chance while holding them accountable for their actions. Every position in the courtroom is held by a teenager with the exception of the judge, who is an adult member of the Clay County Bar Association. A trial routine is followed and teens get hands-on experience as attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and jurors. Grant funds will be used to support Counseling services and scholarship programs.
 

Friends of the Micanopy Library - $6,000
(Alachua, Marion counties)
The Friends of the Micanopy Library is an organization that assists the library in purchasing items outside its county-funded operating budget. Grant funds will be used to extend the after-school Micanopy Tutoring program to students from Marion County.
 

January 2018

The Clay Electric Foundation approved 7 applications for January 2018 in the amount of $67,500.

Heart of Putnam Food Pantry - $13,000
(Putnam County)
The Heart of Putnam Food Pantry is a volunteer organization in Palatka that exists to provide supplemental food to clients. Funds from the grant will be used to replace the air conditioning units in the organization’s building.
 

God's Kitchen - $2,500
(Putnam County)
God’s Kitchen is a volunteer organization in Palatka that provides and delivers one hot meal per day to adults who are permanently or temporarily homebound due to a mental or physical disability. Grant funding will be used for meal preparation and delivery expenses.
 

Boy Scouts of America, North Florida - $7,500
(All counties)
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices in their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scouts Oath and Law. Funds from the grant will benefit the Exploring Program, which provides boys and girls ages 13-20 with opportunities to learn from experts in various career fields through hands-on, experiential education.
 

Young Life Clay County - $10,000
(Clay County)
Young Life is a faith-based organization that serves disaffected youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and adolescents with disabilities. Grant funds will be used to support the YoungLives program, which focuses on pregnant and parenting teen girls from all backgrounds.
 

Chances for Children - $14,500
(Columbia County)
Chances for Children Child Advocacy Center was created in 2010 with the idea of providing a one-stop environment for children after allegations of abuse. Funds from the grant will be used to pay for 364 one-hour individual counseling sessions.
 

Keystone Heights Jaycees - $10,000
(Clay, Putnam, Bradford counties)
The Keystone Heights Jaycees is a service organization that serves the Lake Region area by providing funds and/or products to individuals and families who are struggling. Grant funds will be used to purchase gifts for its Toys for Kids program.
 

J.P. Hall Children's Charities - $10,000
(Clay County)
J.P. Hall Children’s Charities is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of underprivileged children in Clay County. Funds from the grant will be used to support the Charities’ Annual Christmas drive, which provide toys and clothing for needy children in Clay County.