The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is pleased to announce their Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council’s decision to award $10,000 in competitive grants to five nonprofit organizations serving residents in Highland County.
The Community Foundation established its Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council in 2016 in an effort to provide opportunities for Highland youth to gain leadership, consensus building, philanthropic, and decision-making skills, while supporting their community.
On May 9th, the Highland YPC held its Awards Ceremony at The Highland Center in Monterey. This year, they prioritized some if their funding to address hunger relief and access to healthy food in their community.
The 2018 HC YPC award recipients are:
- Highland County Respite Care – To fund durable medical equipment such as hospital beds and wheelchairs for caregivers and families in need.
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – To fund supplemental food bags at the mobile food pantry they operate in partnership with Word of Faith Church.
- Valley Program for Aging Services – To fund their vital senior transportation program, which provides rides to medical appointments and grocery shopping.
- Allegheny Mountain Institute – To fund a series of educational workshops on gardening techniques and food preservation skills aimed at increasing access to healthy, nutritious food.
- Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center – To fund scholarships for low-income Highland residents who might benefit from therapeutic horsemanship and horse camps, including (but not limited to) patients with: PTSD, traumatic brain injury, trauma from sexual assault, ADD/ADHD, and autism.