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.
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.