The Central Carolina Community Foundation has awarded nearly $209,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations in the Midlands.
The grants support creative, innovative programs to address the foundation’s key initiatives: school drop-out prevention, along with the prevention of homelessness and the reduction of illiteracy.
Among the beneficiaries are the Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc., which got $30,000 to expand its community-based drop-in center in downtown Columbia; and College Summit, which got $30,000 to identify and support 550 high-school seniors who need help getting into college.
Other recipients: Save the Children Foundation Inc., Alston Wilkes Society, Central Carolina Lutheran Outreach Center, Harvest Hope Food Bank and the Lexington School District One Educational Foundation.
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Also, Lutheran Family Services, Midlands Education and Business Alliance, Project Life: Positeen, the Richland One Middle College Foundation and the Salvation Army.
"We are thrilled to assist organizations that have the passion and drive to make a lasting impact on our community," foundation president and CEO JoAnn Turnquist said in a Wednesday news release.