PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Community Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation has awarded $6,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations to help ensure basic needs are met in the community.
Susan Sadecki, president and CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation, said that the grants were recommended to the Board of Directors by an advisory council comprised of Plainville residents.
"They know the community very well and the grants were awarded to organizations who are serving the needs of Plainville residents, especially in response to the pandemic," said Sadecki. "The Main Street Community Foundation, in partnership with the advisory council, are again working together to award grants at a time when there is the greatest demand and these organizations can do the most good."
Sadecki said that local non-profit organizations are facing "unprecedented challenges" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are seeing that program and fundraising revenue has drastically decreased, yet demand for services is stronger than ever. Residents are seeking more assistance to meet their basic needs.
Byron Treado, chair of the Advisory Council, said that the grants will respond to "the most critical needs faced by Plainville residents" during the pandemic.
“We want to provide relief today so we can keep our community strong for tomorrow,” he said.
The grants awarded are:
. For Goodness Sake - $1,500 for unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19
. Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters - $1,500 for the Community Based Mentoring Program in Plainville
. Plainville Board of Education - $500 for the purchase of an iPad for the Plainville High School Math Department to facilitate virtual learning
. Plainville Community Food Pantry - $500 for unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19
. Prudence Crandall Center - $2,000 for unrestricted operating support for services provided to Plainville residents.
Earlier this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Main Street Community Foundation awarded $5,000 in responsive grants from the Plainville Community Fund to two organizations meeting the basic needs of residents. In addition, this spring, a $1,000 grant was awarded to the Chrysalis Center to support case management services at St. Philip House in Plainville.
The Plainville Community Fund was established at Main Street Community Foundation in 2006 by a group of committed community leaders in Plainville who were interested in creating a permanent resource for charitable programs and projects that would enhance the quality of life for Plainville residents.
Over the past 14 years, the Foundation has awarded grants from the Fund totaling nearly $100,000 to organizations and programs working to improve the lives of residents.
The Fund relies on the donations of individuals, families and businesses. These donations help meet the changing and emerging needs of Plainville, especially during this uncertain time.
Contributions can be made at any time to the Plainville Community Fund by donating online at mainstreetfoundation.org or by sending donations to Main Street Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2702, Bristol, CT 06010.
For more information on Plainville Community Fund or Main Street Community Foundation, visit mainstreetfoundation.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.