The St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation announced the award of more than $400,000 in grants to area organizations Thursday. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to area organizations.
"This year we've had over a million (dollars in grant) requests," said Shelly Weppler, executive director for the foundation. "We awarded the grants based on the need of the organizations and the needs of the people that they're serving. We needed to make sure the requests fit in with our mission, to help organizations that help the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the people in our area."
Along with the recipients listed below, other grants received included matching grants for area church camps to offer camp scholarships; $15,000 in grants to area food pantries; five $1,000 nursing scholarships for students attending Minot State University; and new $1,000 nursing scholarships offered to a nursing student at Dakota College in Bottineau and a nursing student at Williston State College.
Katina Tengesdal/MDN - - Shelly Weppler, executive director for the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, left, and Sandy Swenson, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, with a check for the total amount of grants awarded this year.
Organizations receiving grant awards:
All Saints Episcopal Church, Minot; American Cancer Society; Benedictine Living Center, Garrison; Better Living for Garrison; Camp of the Cross, Garrison; Christ Lutheran Church; City and County Health Clinic; Community Action Partnerships; Companions for Children; Domestic Violence Crisis Center; Family Crisis Center, Bottineau; Farm Safety 4 Just Kids; First District Health Unit; Garrison Memorial Hospital; Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation, Rugby; International Music Camp; Kenmare Recreation Board; Kenmare Wheels and Meals; Metigoshe Ministries; Mid-Dakota Chapter of the Red Cross; Minot Area Homeless Coalition; Minot Commission on Aging; Minot Park Board; Mountrail County Aquatic Foundation, Stanley; NDSU Extension Service; North Dakota Healthy Pregnancy Task Force; Parkinson's Support Group; RSVP+ North Central ND; St. Ann's Indian Mission, Belcourt; 2nd Story; Taube Museum; Tri-County Senior Meals and Services, Rugby; Velva Ambulance; Village Family Service Center, Wilton Rural Ambulance District; YWCA.