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Operation Round Up Grant Recipients 2018

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.