Local Mission Committee grants awarded
Local Mission Committee grants awarded from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund at our February 24 meeting:
1. Latham Centers - $3452. Katrina Fryklund, Director of Development, made an impassioned plea for money to buy a set of Pagoda Bells on a permanent stand that would be the core of a new outdoor Sensory Space at Latham Centers. She thanked us for previous funding that made it possible to refurbish their indoor Sensory Rooms; use of the Sensory Rooms has cut down on behavioral incidents among students by 25 percent. She explained how the bell stand would be installed, maintained, and used and provided research on how students with behavioral disorders stayed calmer and more focused while playing these bells.
2. Lower Cape Outreach Council - $4000. LCOC requested $4000 to pay for three clients to at-tend the Emerson Nursing Assistant Training School as part of the HopeWorks Program. Funds from the Virginia Cook Trust have already helped 10 clients to gain certificates and full-time employment. We strongly support this innovative LCOC program to help local families break free from the crushing cycle of part-time and seasonal employment (without health benefits) on the Cape; boosted by HopeWorks—and their own hard work—they can transition to professional qualifications and full-time jobs.
3. Masonic Angels Beehive Food Program - $2700. Bob Fellows—the Founder, President, and Director of this Program—asked for $2700 to help fund the annual spring donations of supplementary food packages to about 100 needy local elementary and middle school kids and their families. These funds also buy additional school supplies, clothes, and grocery cards. School counselors decide who needs this help.
Paul Wild, the Contracts and Customer Services Manager of Elder Services of Cape Cod, spoke to our meeting about how Elder Services was using the grant of $2500 that we gave them last fall. They have set up a separate Virginia Cook Trust Fund account and draw on it to give one-time grants of up to $250 to qualified clients with special needs. He gave us details of the four grants made so far (no names, of course). He thought that, so far at least, $2500 was about right for one year.