Friday, November 03, 2006

Wachovia Grants For Hancock County

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awards $5.4 million to Non-Profits
Nov 1, 2006, 09:13
Recently, during the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a number of non-profit organizations in Hancock County and throughout the Coast were awarded funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation through grants and contributions received from Wachovia Corporation and other donors throughout the country.
Wachovia established the Rebuilding South Mississippi Fund with an $800,000 donation to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation soon after the storm. The fund was established specifically fo non profit organizations to address the mid to long term needs of individuals and communities as they rebuild following Katrina.
"Thanks to the generosity of donors and contributors from throughout the country, the Foundation has been pleased to disburse over $5,419,000 in funds to the Coast Community since Katrina," said Dave Treutel, Jr., president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and owner of Treute Insurance.
"It is a joy to see these nonprofits get funding they need to fund programs and services that insurance cannot help with. We are thrilled to be the vehicle to help," he said.
"At Wachovia, we are committed to making our communities better places to live and work," said Greg Cronin, South Mississippi Market President for Wachovia. "As members of the gulf coast community, we appreciate all that the non-profit sector is doing every day to rebuilding following Hurrican Katrina. We are proud to play a role in this important work through our partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

During the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, $528,000 funds were awarded to the following non profits for the programs indicated:
Bethel Lutheran Church, rebuilding homes, $25,000
Hancock Chamber, equipment and furniture, $50,000
Hancock County Food Pantry, provide food and hygiene products, $25,000
Mercy Housing & Human Development, revitalizing homes in PassChristian/D'Iberville, $50,000
Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, Dare to Dream Program, $10,000
Mississippi Housing Initiative, homebuyer education/financial literacy, $10,000
Visions of Hope, homeowners education program, $20,000

During the same meeting, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded $338,000 dollars to the organizations listed below. This brings the total grants awarded since Katrina to $674,000.

Alice Moseley Folk Art for repair and restorations project, $25,000
Bay Area Youth Soccer, for field restoration, $25,000
Center Stage for repairs, $8,500
Feed My Sheep for repairs and supplies, $25,000
Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi for business computer education school, $15,000
Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non Violence for repairs, $5,199
Hancock County Community Development Foundation for the Bay St. Louis Community Hall Project, $25,000
Hancock County Community Development Foundation for Small Business Development Program, $25,000
Hancock County Food Pantry, to feed the people of Hancock County, $25,000
Hancock County Historical Society, community history restoration, $15,000
Hancock County Human Resources for arts and extracurricular activities,$24,840
Hope Haven Children's Shelter for helping hands, $10,000
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for early childhood exhibition $12,500
Magnolia Community Center for rebuilding recreation facility, $25,000
Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art for Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, $25,000
Pass Christian Public Library for adult educational and career resources, $12,000
St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church for Katrina Relief Efforts, $25,000
The Arts, Hancock County for Arts Alive Studio Tour, $10,000

More grants are expected following the November 30th application deadline.This third round of giving will provide more non profits with the opportunity to procure funds for their organizations. Funds will be awarded to non profits with programs targeting education, community development (such as affordable housing), health and human services, and arts and culture.
The application deadline is November 30th. For specific guidelines go on line to or contact the Gulf Coast Community Foundation at 228-575-8380.

Hancock County Members of the Board include: Dave Treutel, Jr, President, Margaret Taylor, Secretary, Dave Geiger, Vice President, and Jon Ritten, Grants Chairman. Chuck Benvenutti, CPA was also elected as a new board member. John Walton of Whitney Bank was elected as the incoming president effective January 1, 2007.
© 2005 Bay St. Louis Newspapers, Inc.


At 12:57 AM, Blogger dayana said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


At 5:20 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

thank you for the gracious accolades. I do appreciate it!
The Gulf Coast is still in need, sadly.
And I'm not active with these anymore, except to reply. Circumstances here at home have left me unable to continue in any meaningful way. But I leave the sites up because the information is sound and can still be of use to folks.
Thanks again!


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