Peabody Community Foundation awards $9,000 in grants to county non-profits

Rick Rehmert, Joseph Hutchison, and Carolyn Gard accept the PCF grant check for The Hub.





Peabody, Kan. Ten projects of area charities were funded with $9,000 in grants by Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) on Sat., Feb. 1. Grant awards were presented at the annual PCF Pancake Day held at the Peabody Senior Center.
The largest grant, $2,600, was given to The Hub Youth Center toward repairs and updates to their building. Hub Board Chairperson Rick Rehmert said the grant has infused the board with new energy. This grant will allow us to get some things done that we need to get gone to our building like make it accessible, said Rehmert. Additional grants supported Peabody area youth: Boys Scout Camp scholarships and uniforms, Story Time at the Peabody Township Library, and recruitment of volunteer advocates for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Other grants will impact people in poverty including emergency assistance funds through Families and Communities Together (FACT). Terry Bebermeyer, FACT Executive Director, expressed his gratitude stating that the PCF donation indicates an understanding of how valuable the work of FACT is in Marion County. While FACT is a county-wide agency, the funds granted from PCF will be used to assist families in the Peabody area. Marion County Circles of Hope/Core Communities received funds for scholarships for two people to participate in the Peabody Getting Ahead Class.
The Peabody Senior Center received funds for new tires for their van which is used to deliver Meals on Wheels. Three grants will help sustain the quality of life in Peabody: funds a basement egress at the Township Library, for storage shelving in the Peabody Print Museum, and for activities at Peabody’s third annual Fall Festival.
The ten grants were disbursements from two PCF funds, the PCF Endowment Fund and the Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Peabody. PCF holds 19 funds, eight endowments that support local organizations such as the school or Senior Center, six scholarship funds, and five endowed community funds. PCF is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.

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