HCF distributes $12,000 in Impact grants

The Hillsboro Community Foundation awarded 14 area organizations and programs a total of $12,000 in the fourth round of its Hillsboro Area Impact Fund grants Friday evening during halftime of the Hillsboro High School boys? basketball game.

The largest grant of $2,000 went to the Hillsboro Senior Center and the smallest, $350, was awarded to the HHS Chess Guild.

HCF established the Impact Fund as an undesignated endowment used to enhance the quality of life in the Hillsboro area. After raising more than $266,000 in donations and pledges during the inaugural 2007 campaign, the first Impact Fund grants were awarded in 2008.

Including the $12,000 being distributed Friday, a total of $33,000 has been awarded over the past four years to organizations providing a variety of programs and services that enhance the lives of residents.

Following is the list of recipients and the designated purposes for the 2011 grants.

? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County ($500). The ?Bigs in Schools? program provides one-on-one tutoring for at-risk students by matching them with carefully screened volunteers, many of whom are high school students.

? FACT: Families and Communities Together ($1,500). The Hillsboro Area Financial Assistance Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families residin Unified School District 410.

? Goessel AGAPE Inc. ($500). The funds will be used to help purchase and install a door opener at the AGAPE Senior Center to improve access to services for frail and disabled individuals.

? Hillsboro Elementary School After-School Program ($750). The program provides activities for at-risk students between first and sixth grade who may be without adult supervision. Grant money will provide financial assistance for students to participate in community activities.

? HHS Chess Guild ($350). The Chess Guild provides instruction, clinics and competition in the game of chess for about 30 students. The grant will allow the Guild to provide free lessons to students, plus opportunities to grow in skill, self-confidence, problem-solving skills and self-discipline.

? Hillsboro Convention & Visitors Bureau ($500). The organization shows three newly released movies during June, July and August. ?Family Movie Night? offers a venue where families, friends and guests can enjoy quality time together, free of charge.

? Hillsboro Fire Depart?ment ($1,200). Funds from the grant will be used to enclose the back end of the rescue truck so equipment can be securely stowed and transported to the scene of a rescue event.

? Hillsboro Police Depart?ment K-9 Unit ($500). The unit serves in the battle against drugs in the community, participates in drug-awareness demonstrations and acts as a deterrent to drug-related activity. The funds will be used to replace Rico, the current HPD canine, who is 12 years old and will be retired.

? Hillsboro Police Depart?ment D.A.R.E. program ($400). The drug-abuse resistance program is a cooperative effort between law enforcement and schools. For each of 16 weeks, a Hillsboro police officer will make a presentation to each fifth-grade class about stressors, peer pressure, choice and consequences related to drugs and alcohol. The grant will help purchase supplies for the program.

? Hillsboro Public Library ($500). Grant funds will be applied to purchasing new Internet access computers for public use. Currently, the library averages 18 Internet users per day.

? Hillsboro Recreation Commission ($1,000). Grant funds will be used to purchase three portable sound systems that will be used for commission activities, including HHS softball and baseball games and Tabor College softball games.

? Hillsboro Senior Center ($2,000). Grant funds will be used to replace the sterilizer in the kitchen and upgrade the site manager?s computer.

? Main Street Ministries ($1,800). The MSM Food Bank serves the less fortunate in the community and surrounding area. Usage has increased 1,500 percent over the past six years, averaging 50 to 75 families per month, which equates to 200 to 300 individuals. Grant funds will be used to supply the food bank.

? Tabor College Theater?s Community Performance Project ($500). The project, a collaboration between Tabor and USD 410, involves alumni and students from both institutions and several adults from the community. The production of ?To Kill a Mockingbird? last month was an example of how drama can be used to communicate basic human values.

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