2018-04-13 / Society

St. Martin’s Foundation awards $33,000 in grants

Contributed by St. Mar tin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

The St. Martin’s Foundation has awarded grants totaling $33,000 to 17 nonprofits serving needs in the community. Services range from scholarships for dyslexia tutoring and computer equipment for programs to assisting middle schoolers with high school preparation to camp scholarships for children whose parents are incarcerated.

“It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude the St. Martin’s Foundation Cloak and Sword Fund awarded these grants this year— three more than we were able to make last year,” said Richard Smith, chairperson of the St. Martin’s Foundation.

“Our heartfelt prayer is the kingdom of God will be advanced into our community and beyond, touching and transforming lives with the love of Christ through the hearts, hands, and feet of those involved in these ministries. We are very thankful to those who have contributed financially through the years to the St. Martin’s Foundation, making these grants possible.”

The foundation is a 45- year- old perpetual trust of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Clemson Avenue in Forest Acres. Awards are made each spring from the Foundation’s Cloak & Sword Fund in honor Martin of Tours and his lifelong work with the needy.

The year’s grant recipients are

• Achieve Columbia, $900: Computer equipment for an organization that works with middle school students to ensure their readiness for high school.

• Camp Gravatt’s Reach-Out Camp, $2,500: A summer camp conducted at the Episcopal camp center for children of incarcerated parents.

• Columbia Oral Health Clinic’s Denture Program, $1,500: Providing oral health care and dental devices for those in need.

• Cooperative Ministry, $1,500: To provide emergency assistance for electricity and water so clients’ services are not cut off.

• Family Connections, $2,900: Technology equipment to create an animated program to assist with mental illness awareness and prevention.

• Fast Forward, $2,000: For bicycle kits to repair bikes that will be given to homeless veterans striving to get back to work.

• Fresh Start, $1,000: To purchase bus tickets for the 700-plus homeless and working poor served by this program in the Waverly District.

• Heroes in Blue/ Greg’s Groceries, $500: Provides funds for boxes of non-perishable food to be distributed by police officers to low income and senior citizens living in need of food. Greg’s Groceries program is named after Officer Greg Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015.

• Homeless No More, $2,000: For emergency and transitional housing and support services for this program that serves those seeking to move out of homelessness.

• Meadowfield Elementary School, $1,500: To purchase food for the school’s backpack program that sends food home on weekends with children in need.

• Midlands Mediation Center, $1,800: For financial assistance to those in need of mediation services.

• Oliver Gospel Mission, $500: To assist with expenses of the ministry’s recovery program.

• Palmetto Place, $ 2,500: To assist with expenses of a program that shelters and feeds youth while preparing them to live independently.

• S.C. Foster, $1,500: To provide funding for extracurricular activities for foster children.

• Senior Resources, $2,900: For the Meals on Wheels program.

• Therapy Place, $5,000: To provide scholarships for this program that offers physical therapy services for special needs preschoolers.

• Tutor Eau Claire, $ 2,500: For tutoring scholarships and materials for children with dyslexia.

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