2019 Participating Nonprofit Organizations/Use of Funds:

AIDS Council of Gaston County
To support the Patrick Fund, which provides monies to HIV-positive Gaston County residents with emergency needs for medications, food, rent, utilities, and other essentials.

Alliance for Children & Youth/Communities In Schools of Gaston County             
Communities In Schools will continue to focus on students with attendance and behavior issues, failing grades and test scores. Funds donated through the Community Foundation Run will help the CIS program at Woodhill Elementary continue to expand their resources to help students who were homeless and encourage parent involvement for all students enrolled in the CIS program.  Funds will help homeless students by continuing to fund the SUDS program, which put washers and dryers in the school so they could wash their clothes once a week. The Strengthening Families program at Woodhill will also continue to be sustained by funds through the Run by providing meals for the families eat together and then discuss hard topics to help build the family unit.  Both of which have been successful due to funds donated and matched by the Community Foundation Run.

American Legion Post 23             
American Legion baseball program, Military Museum upkeep, Boys State, and other community projects, Veterans Welfare.

American Red Cross       
Proceeds from Run 2019 would allow the American Red Cross to provide immediate assistance such as food, clothing, shelter, medicine replacement, and counseling to victims of disaster in Gaston County. 

Animal League of Gaston County             
Animal League proposes to use the funds to continue our very low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter and vaccination assistance program for Gaston County residents who receive need-based public assistance; to assist Gaston County pet owners with emergency care for their pets when they lack funding; to provide free spay/neuter, vaccinations and testing for pets rescued from Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement; and to provide and disseminate educational materials about the humane treatment of animals.

The Arc of Gaston County           
Funds from the 2019 Community Run will be used to:* provide offsite field trips and transportation for campers at our specialized summer camp, * financial assistance for personal or medical needs,  * scholarships for individuals with developmental disabilities or their families to attend disability specific programs, and * to purchase daily items, toiletries, winter clothing and toys for disabled adults at Christmas.

Ashbrook Band
Ashbrook Band intends to use funds to secure purchases of equipment, instruments, uniforms and other needs of Ashbrook band.

Ashbrook Foundation, Inc.         
The Ashbrook Foundation's goals will continue to be first and foremost to raise funds to provide Academic Scholarships for deserving students unable to fulfill their dreams of pursuing higher education due to lack of necessary funding;  as well as Financial Assistance for faculty members through approved mini-grants.

Ashbrook High School  
The funds will be used to purchase hands on learning materials for our school's media center makerspace.

B.R.E.A.D., Inc. 
We plan to use 2019 CFR funds to help with operating expenses including rent, utilities, transportation, and food purchasing.

BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc.
We have been very fortunate over the last several years to participate in the Community Foundation Run as a nonprofit in Gaston County. As such, we are able not only to build awareness of our program, but as importantly, we are able to raise critical funding to further sustain a nearly $500 million dollar project/program. Specifically, the money obtained from the run will go to help offset the general BackPack fund that pays for student meals who are in the program but do not have a financing partner. More than half of the program's cost is comprised of the food items required to provided 35 (sometimes more depending on the year) of meals to students during a school year. We never want to turn any student away because of lack of funding or food, so we have to keep the general fund robust.

Belmont Abbey College
Funds raised from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will go to support Arts at the Abbey programming and the General Scholarship fund of Belmont Abbey College.

Belmont Community Organization          
2019 funds will be used for the BCO Client Assistance Program through which we are able to provide immediate relief for those requesting food, clothing, furniture, household items and payments for rent, utilities, medicines and heating fuel.

Belmont Historical Society         
The CF Run funds will be used to continue the upkeep of the main museum, the restored textile mill house and the free standing kitchen.  As with any building, work continually needs to be completed to keep the integrity of the building.  The BHS main museum was built in 1899.  The restored Textile Mill House in 1930's.  Also the grounds are kept in a way that is correct for the period of the museum.  We also would use funds towards publications, educational programs and historical events.

Belmont Rowing Center              
We are currently anticipating  FERC approval for the construction of a dock at  Belmont Rowing Center's new permanent home in Belmont. The dock is estimated to cost $170,000, and the money raised from the CF Run will be used to help with this expense.

Bit of Hope Ranch           
The funds raised by the RUN will provide needed supplies for the programs that support the mental health and special needs clients that come through our gates.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston     
Funds will be used for vital afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6 to 18, focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

Camp Sertoma 
With these funds we plan to continue our sponsership program to help our campers attend camp. We also plan to use the funds to help with purchasing activities for the campers to do during the summer.

Camp Sunshine
Purchase of the following:  Food/Kitchen supplies, Craft Supplies, gas for buses that transport children, special activities (programs for kids), first aid supplies, clothing for kids, miscellaneous supplies (towels, backpacks, snacks, Bibles, etc).  Background checks for volunteers  and provide a Christmas Party for the campers that attend Camp Sunshine.

Cancer Services of Gaston County
Funds raised from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used for our Patient Assistance Program that provides medication assistance, medical equipment, wigs, bras, prostheses, transportation and other needed supplies and services for Gaston County residents living with cancer.

Carolina Express Track and Field             
The money raised will be used for the purpose of athletic training, equipment and to cover travel & expenses related to competition. 

Carolina Pro Musica      
NC Arts Council grant match for concerts in Gaston County or related projects which are part of our work in Gaston County. It is possible some of this funding would be directed at the Endowment Challenge if the organization is awarded one of these .

Carolina Thread Trail     
Gaston County is home to 113 miles of planned trail that is part of the Carolina Thread Trail network. 25 miles are currently being enjoyed by the community. 4 of these miles are part of a 9-mile corridor that will connect the towns of Spencer Mountain, Lowell, McAdenville, and Cramerton that is expected to be completed in three years. This South Fork corridor is considered to be a high-priority corridor with the Thread Trail's 15-county footprint. Funds from this event will support the next stage for current projects with trail design and engineering plans. There are already some secured funding for construction on these sections. The collaboration with the local municipalities and the land trust of Catawba Lands Conservancy creates favorable conditions for advancing this planned trail in an expeditious time frame.

Catawba Lands Conservancy     
Proceeds in 2019 will continue to fund land acquisition and stewardship efforts in Gaston County, specifically we are looking to raise $80,000 to protect 45 acres adjacent to the Stanly Creek Forest  Conservation Area, which is critical to water quality.

Catherine's House         
Funds raised from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be utilized for general operations of Catherine's House. We receive 60-80 calls a month from women seeking a safe transitional home. We need the required funds to provide this safe place for women and their children. Our program includes counseling, case management, food and clothing supplies if needed. Residents stay at Catherine's House for 4-6 months.

The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center         
Funds will be used for assisting domestic violence survivors with application fees and deposits needed for transitioning out of the shelter.

The Center:  Day Care Services for Adults            
Funds will be used to purchase healthy food for participants who attend the Center.  During the day, participants receive lunch, snacks, and drinks approved by a registered dietician.  Older and disabled adults frequently have poor nutrition.  Providing healthy foods in a group setting can improve overall nutritional status.    The Center has recently upgraded the twice daily snack menu to incorporate whole grains, healthy dairy, and more fruits and vegetables.  The increased quality and variety of foods has significantly increased food supply costs.  Participation in the Communication Foundation Run will allow the Center to continue to offer healthy snacks daily to these fragile adults. 

Cherryville Area Ministries        
We would like to use the funds to replace the roof in our building.  The current roof is leaking in several areas and water is pooling to where we are having to block off certain areas to make sure our customers and clients are safe from the roof collapsing in on them. This is a major safety issue.

Christ Community outreach food ministry           
We will purchased more food and toiletries, an other supplies for the home and for the children need in school

Classroom Central          
We respectfully request funding in 2019 to enable Classroom Central to provide core, urgently needed school supplies to be distributed through our Free Store and ClassVROOM Central Mobile Free Store programs to serve schools and students in need in Gaston County.

Community Relief Organization of Mt. Holly, NC, Inc.    
Funds raised from our participation in  the 2019 Community Foundation Run will not only help the CRO provide assistance to those in need, but also to help fund our newest initiative, our “Pathways to Success (P2S) Life Transformation Center”, designed to provide “OUR NEIGHBORS” in crisis with the essential life skills needed to empower them to move beyond crisis and become a thriving member of our community.   Through weekly classes we will empower individuals and families either living in poverty, or on the verge of living in poverty, overcome the devastating effects poverty has on their families.

Cornerstone Christian Center    
Funds will be used to provide, food, housing, transportation and physical needs of the residents of Cornerstone Christian Center.

Cornerstone Sports Ministry
We will use funds raised to purchase/maintain equipment needed for our sports ministry, provide participation scholarships, and provide outreach to the community.

Covenant Community Preschool              
Fund student scholarships

Crime Stoppers of Gaston County           
Funds will continue to be used by the Crime Stoppers Program for payout to citizens who provide police investigators with information that leads to charges and/or arrests of persons who commit crimes in Gaston County.

Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM)             
CAM will use any funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2018 to operate our emergency assistance program.  CAM assists with the basic life needs of food, rent/mortgage, utilities, and prescription medicines to low-income households located in the greater Gastonia area who are experiencing a financial crisis. 

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, Inc. 
Providing services to women, men and their families in crisis pregnancy situations in each of our five locations in Gaston County.

Crowders Ridge Camp & Retreat Center              
We intent to use the funds for scholarships and capital improvements to dining hall and lodging areas.

Dallas Christian Ministry             
The Dallas Ministry will once again use the funds for emergency utility assistance.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Funds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used to grant need-based scholarships to Title 1 schools within Gaston county as a means of opportunity for students to discover and explore in a place-based learning environment. Scholarships are designed to cover the cost of the program, transportation and lunch.

Dream Center of Gaston County
2019 Funds raised will be used to support our Dream Center Academy programming. The Academy will provides after-school and summer programming to middle-school students primarily from the Hunter Huss feeder-school area. During the 2018-19 school year, the Academy is serving between 70-80 sixth-and seventh-grade students in our after-school program. A new class of rising 6th-graders will be added in July 2019, bringing our number of students served to 110-120.  CF Run funds will be very beneficial to extending and providing programming for our additional number of students. 

Elements of Empowerment, Inc.              
Elements of Empowerment, Inc. will use 2019 Community Foundation Run proceeds to foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and preservation by educating, enriching, and empowering communities through artistic cultural programs, presentations and events.

Family Promise of Gaston County           
The proceeds will be used to cover the cost of transportation, basic shelter and family needs and shelter supplies.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes              
We intend to use the funds to provide resources for all of our ministry partners around the county, as wells as to provide team meals for local high school athletic teams, and lastly to send Gaston County student athletes to our FCA camps throughout the summer.

First Presbyterian Weekday School-Belmont (FPWDS-Belmont)
To provide early childhood development educational opportunities, to provide fellowship and educational opportunities for persons working in the early childhood development field, to provide scholarship assistance to qualifying families and staff

Flynn Fellowship Home of Gastonia, Inc.              
To provide food, shelter and guidance to men in early recovery from substance use disorders.

Forestview High School
We would like to purchase 2 more classroom sets of graphing calculators.

Friends of the Gaston County Public Library       
The Friends of the Gaston Coounty Public Library (FGCPL) intend to use the 2019 Community Foundation Run funds to provide materials, equipment and other resources to serve all GCPL patrons. The funds will also be used to continue to provide high quality programming that enriches the lives of all GCPL patrons. Lastly, the funds will assist with the much needed renovations at the Mount Holly Branch Library.

Gaston Aquatics              
These funds will help bring an Aquatic Center to Gastonia.  While that is a work in progress we are starting our programs and community outreach, with Adult Learn to Swim Lessons and drowning prevention with students in local schools. Funds raised will directly support these vital programs.

Gaston Arts Council       
To administer Arts in Education and Arts in Community programming initiatives for example: Wolf Trap Early Learning Pre-K program, Art for the Heart program and Literacy through the Arts program (LIT UP).

Gaston Choral Society  
The funds will enable us to purchase new music for our upcoming concerts as well as to provide outreach scholarship funding for members who need assistance with membership fees, concert attire, etc.  In addition, the funds will help with facility rental and  will allow us to continue to provide our concerts free of charge.

Gaston Christian School               
Funds from the Community Run will be used to equip our new Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center at Gaston Christian School.  Our new 26,000 square foot building is a great asset to the community and we want to have furniture and equipment to enrich the use of this great facility.

Gaston College Foundation       
We will continue to use proceeds for the Foundation's “Student Emergency Assistance Program” to which students can apply to receive up to $200 to help with tuition, fees, and academic supplies. A committeeindependent of the Foundation developed an application and award process for allocating money from the fund. The Director of Persistence & Retention in the Student Services area chairs the selection committee. Faculty and staff refer students to the program.

Gaston Community Action, Inc.
Use of funds will be used to assist improvement of our programs.

Gaston Concert Association       
The Gaston Concert Association will  use the proceeds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run two underwrite a school concert reaching all 5th graders in Gaston County schools.

Gaston County Art Guild             
"Gaston County Art Guild Statement - Use of Contributions*Publication of a monthly newsletter with announcements, classes, workshops, news and upcoming events. *Maintenance of Guild facilities and studio space. *Classroom space at Guild facilities for critique groups, study groups and practice time during regular business hours.*Facilitating classes at Guild facilities. *Maintenance of the reference library at the Mt. Holly location.*Hosting art shows in Guild facilities.*Community outreach events and volunteer activities. *Business and Operations expenses of the Guild, office materials, supplies and equipment"

Gaston County ECA        
Our intention is to once again pool monies from several fund raising events to provide scholarships for Gaston county students.

Gaston County Education Foundation   
The funds raised from the Community Run are added to pool of grant money that we raise yearly. The funds are then distributed, through our grant process, to deserving Gaston County School teachers for innovative teaching initiatives that are not covered in the yearly budget.

Gaston County Family YMCA     
Funds raised will be used to continue our efforts strengthening Gaston County through our three Areas of Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Gaston County Museum              
The Gaston County Museum will use funds raised from the 2019 Community Foundation Run to support updates to Museum exhibits within the Historic Hoffman Hotel, and the structures around the Historic Dallas Square. These updates will support the ongoing interpretation of the art and history of Gaston County and the region.

Gaston County Parks and Recreation Park Partners        
Funds for the 2019 Community Run will be used for park improvement projects in Gaston County Parks. 

Gaston County Young Life          
For 2019, Young Life in Gaston County would like to use the funds raised in order to help again with sending more high school students from Gaston County on a week long summer trip. Also funds raised would be allocated towards helping us hopefully hire an additional staff person to oversee direct ministry work in Gastonia specifically.

Gaston Dance Theatre  
All monies received from the Community Foundation will continue to support the mission of the Gaston Dance Theatre program. GDT will continue to offer more scholarships to dedicated dancers with the desire to learn and in need of financial support. The scholarships guarantee these dancers will receive quality training and excellence in community productions as preparation for their college careers.Title 1 schools will also continue to receive the benefit of free access to classical and contemporary ballet productions in the community. The monies will also help support the productions by creating professional level costumes and sets for our student dancers.

Gaston Day School         
Gaston Day will once again use the funds for professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

Gaston Delta Foundation, Inc.  
Funds to cover educational activities, college preparation, as well as college tours. In addition, workshops on motivation, financial awareness, and empowerment of African American female teens. 

Gaston DHHS   
To support community programming for DHHS clients.

Gaston Galaxy Volleyball Club  
Being a new organization growing from 2 teams to 5 we are in need of uniforms.  Using them year after year however as the girls grow we need bigger uniforms.

Gaston Gators  
Purchase equipment tools to improve swimming skills. Travel funds to include state, regional and national events. Promote water safety and pool maintenance.

Gaston Humane Society Inc.      
Spay/ Neuter Assistance Program. Financial assistance to citizens of Gaston Co with emergency medical care for sick and injured animals. Financial assistance to Senior citizens and low income families who need help with vet care and food. Vet care and supplies for rescued animals in our care.

Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.      
Funds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide materials and provide instruction to students pursuing high school equivalency preparation, Citizenship, English Language acquisition, and other basic skills development.  Funds will also support the Reading Soul Mates program, allowing volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with 2nd graders, identified by Gaston County Schools, who are reading below grade level or at risk of grade retention.

Gaston Music Education Foundation     
PROPOSED USE OF FUNDS:Provide music scholarships for students living and attending school in Gaston County, who pass an audition (including a written music theory test for collegiate candidates).

Gaston Pride    
We will provide food and entertainment at our event. We will support local businesses that support the LGBTQ+  community.We will purchase supplies for the event.

Gaston Residential Services, Inc.             
The organization would once again use these funds to cover therapeutic activities not covered by Medicaid.  For example, art therapy, music therapy, horseback riding, and multisensory integration devices and activities.

Gaston School of the Arts           
To defray costs of instructional programs, GSOA Children's Playhouse productions, and the GSOA Youth Orchestra, and to fund scholarships.

Gaston Skills,  Inc.          
To  purchase new chairs and tables for the canteen area that is used by the individuals served during their breaks and lunch.  This would help to present a better atmosphere that everyone could appreciate and enjoy the comfort of new chairs and tables.

Gaston String Orchestra              
To support performances offered free to the community, including purchasing scores and sheet music, renting performance spaces and compensating a permanent conductor and possible special guest performers and service providers.

Gaston Symphonic Band              
To fund the costs of rehearsal space, music, venue rentals, transportation, equipment purchase and maintenance, advertising, insurance, and operating expenses to carry out our mission.

Gaston Together             
"The funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2019 campaign will be used in support of but not limited to our program focus areas of: •     Community Building (Creating a mechanism for achieving a shared community vision; Civic Engagement Leadership - creating a diverse, potential future pool of leaders for Gaston County)•    Creating an environment where Community Pride will flourish (Community Leadership Awards, “Pride in Gaston” Traveling Tour, “Proudest Kid in Gaston County” Essay Contest, etc.); •  Community Vitality  (Gaston Clergy & Citizens' Coalition and Gaston Together Healthcare Commission/ Healthy Gaston)*     Community Marketing for programming"

Gastonia Parish Nurse Ministry
Funds raised will be used in support of, but not limited to, areas such as health education programs, honorariums, medical supplies, meals, items to give away at health fairs and wellness events

The Gastonia's Potters House   
The Potters House intends to use funds from the 2019 Run for the Money towards community outreach, education, and towards the recently requested Endowment Fund within The Community Foundation.

Gastonia Sister Cities    
We will continue to promote "peace through people" through our yearly student exchanges with Gaston County high school students to our Sister Cities in Gotha, Germany; and Surco, Peru.  Since the funds are received after our students depart for their journeys we will use the funds to support and offset the costs associated with activities that occur when the students from those countries are here in the fall.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont              
The funds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used to supplement funding for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Gaston County.  This involves assisting with registration fees for girls unable to pay, helping to purchase uniform pieces, assisting with programing costs, transportation to special events or a educational trip.

Girls on the Run of the Foothills              
The funds received from the Community Foundation Run enable Girls on the Run of the Foothills to serve girls in need of financial assistance. These funds enable us to ensure financial sustainability while fulfilling our mission and ensuring that every girl can access our programming.

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
Habitat Gaston will use the funds raised during Run 2019 to go towards building materials and supplies to build a home for a low income family.

Hawks Nest STEAM Academy    
Technology and/or facility improvements

HealthNet Gaston          
HealthNet Gaston will utilize 2019 Community Foundation Run funds to purchase critical medications for its low-income, uninsured patients who cannot afford them.

Heart Society of Gaston County, Inc.      
To provide cardiac related medication to Gaston County residents who cannot afford the cost of their prescriptions.

High Caliber Athletics   
Continue to assist kids with team fees and equipment needed in order for them to participate in sporting activities. Continue to sponsor teams that need help with equipment, uniforms or fees.

Highland School of Technology PTSO     
Funds from the Community Foundation Run will be used for the school, as well as the community building projects for students, teachers and staff.  The funds will also be used to provide books and technology for the classroom. 

Holy Angels, Inc.             
Holy Angels will use funds generated from the 2019 Community Foundation Run to purchase needed educational, adaptive, and medical equipment and supplies for our residents ages 1 year to 76 years of age.

Hospice of Gaston County dba Gaston Hospice 
The funds go directly to our patient care at the Robin Johnson House. The funds offset the losses from patients that are unable to pay.

The funds House of Mercy raises from the 2019 Run will be used to provide care for our residents -- low-income persons living with AIDS. The money will help us provide room, board, and other supplemental services by our trained staff 24 hours each day. Care at House of Mercy also includes assistance in obtaining medication, coordination of physician are, transportation an d recreational services. The cost of all we provide is $425 per day. We must raise $308,775 from donations to meet our operating expenses.

Hoyle Historic Homestead         
To support the integrity of both the Hoyle Family Home and the newly acquired Historic Eli Hoyle House. To restore and renovate the Eli Hoyle House with painting, repairs, replacing front porch railings, repair / replace windows, and any other needed repairs or correction of safety issues.

Ignited Minds Childcare               
Use of funds will be for funding activities, games, educational programs and more.

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas             
JA will use the funds to help grow our programs to middle school and high school;  educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs.

Junior League of Gaston County               
Truck Fest is an interactive event packed with fun experiences for the entire family.  Coming up in spring 2019 at the Gastonia Rotary Pavilion you can meet a real police officer and see the inside of a patrol car, watch a dump truck work up close, check out all the secret little compartments of an ambulance, ask firemen questions about their truck and gear and sit in the driver's seat of a real 18 wheeler!  Truck Fest will be packed with a wide variety of trucks for children of all ages to experience, learn and explore.  You can also enjoy food and drinks at our food truck rally and stroll through the vendor marketplace.

Keep Belmont Beautiful              
Funds will be used to design and implement new common area plantings, continuing beautification of Belmont school campuses and for educating the public on litter reduction and trash abatement.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful
Keep Gastonia Beautiful will be using the funds for the 2019 Run to continue beautification efforts and expansion of visual enhancements within the City of Gastonia. We will accumulate funds to be used toward future art.

Least of These Carolinas
Funding that comes from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used toward operational expenses to continue the work of Least of These Carolinas in Gaston County.

Let Me Run Gaston County         
-5k Registration fee's for participants and coaches, including the Community Foundation's 5k.-Supplies for Coach Trainings.- Coach Retention and Marketing (coach shirts, giveaways, or events)

The Lighthouse-Child Advocacy Center 
The Lighthouse plans to utilize funds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run for site planning and building expenses for construction of a larger, child friendly Child Advocacy Center in our community. Funds for the building project would be placed in The Lighthouse's fund that is being held with the Community Foundation.

Lily Pad Haven, Inc.        
Lily Pad Haven will use the funds to assist in the cost of the salary and benefits of a Social Worker to provide supportive services to 20 survivors and their children of human trafficking.  The majority of the guests at Lily Pad Haven struggle with multiple emotional and psychological traumas.  Supportive services empowers them to rebuild their lives and successfully transition into independent living.

Little Theater of Gastonia           
The funds will be used for renovation of and upgrades to the Little Theater Building including upgrades to the HVAC system.

Loray Girls' Home, Inc. 
The funds raised through Community Foundation Runwill be used to support foster care youth who have been placed with Loray Girls' Home, Inc. These funds will be used in a variety of areas including direct care services and support services.  Funds will provide clothing, educational materials and opportunities as well as providing basic needs for our residents.

Loray Kessell History Center
The funds acquired in the 2019 Community Run will be used to launch our new initiatives promoting the Kessell History Center.  The Advisory Board is exploring promoting the Firestone Mill during the textile boom of the 1950"s by sponsoring a speaker's series, writing articles of how the mill operated in the 50's as a total community.  We anticipate holding another fundraiser event with a 50's theme in late 2019.  All promotions and media will lead up to this. 

Lowell Women's Club   
There are a number of needs for the City of Lowell.  We propose to add Run funds to a budgeted amount for continued beautification of our main commercial area.

The LQ Foundation        
The LQ foundation will use the funds to help with our lifestyle assessment and training program, which helps with substance abuse and mental health in youth and adults we will host a free your mind mental health youth rally to give youth an open platform to discuss there battles with mental health and to help create and environment to erase the stigma that surrounds mental health. also providing support groups for families of substance abuse individuals to help them deal with their love ones addiction.  

Mended Hearts of Gastonia       
All proceeds from this project will be used to fund nursing scholarships awarded by Mended Hearts-Gary A. Mims scholarship

Mount Holly Community Development Foundation       
We will use again for operating expenses to support our community and events.

Mount Holly Community Garden            
The Community Garden is in need of electricity.   There are many  evening educational opportunities that the Garden has not been able to provide due to the lack of light and electricity for equipment.  All of our outreach programs and social activities can only be experienced during daylight hours.   This prevents many working individuals and families from attending.   Our outreach and educational programs provide hands on instruction in the areas of healthy food preparation,  yoga and wellness,  organic gardening, garden awareness, and living a healthy lifestyle.  All of our programs are free and open to the public. Also, many of our existing garden beds are in need of repair.  We would like to use part of the money to purchase lumber and building materials.

Mount Holly Community Impact Fund  
2019 funds will be used to increase the capability of the Mount Holly Community Impact Fund to approve grants that are consistent with the organization's mission - to address identified needs in the Mount Holly Community.

Mount Holly Farmers Market    
While we intend to use some funds raised in much the same way as previous years, our organization continues to expand its horizons in exciting ways. By the beginning of the 2019 farmers market season we will have our permanent trellis structure constructed to shade and shelter our vendors and market-goers. While fairly simple, the trellis will still require more periodic maintenance than the tents we are accustomed to using will. For one thing, we will need to furnish and maintain supplies and tools for the appurtenant veterans healing garden that will be installed after the trellis is in place. There will also be minor landscaping concerns and the maintenance of the small vegetable and herb garden we plan to install alongside the trellis. In addition to the exciting developments relating to the trellis, we are also raising funds to expand our "Power of Produce" program for kids, accept EBT, and implement a "Double Bucks" style program for our SNAP/EBT customers. The bee apiary program, which was just hitting its stride last year, now has plans to expand its scope to include native bee species in addition to honey bees.

Mount Holly FROGS      
The FROGS committee will use the funds for its program of greenway events, and for raising awareness, use, and enjoyment of the Mount Holly greenway, including fundraising for amenities for it.

Mount Holly Historical Society 
We plan to use the funds to replace our current Rotating Exhibit space with a new exhibit. We have monthly programs but  would like to have the option to present paid programs (that will be free to the public). We also plan to renovate our Doctor/Drugstore exhibit in the coming year.

Mountain Island Educational State Forest           
I intend for the funds to go into the Mountain Island Educational State Forest Capital Fund.  The fund is for special capital projects such as picnic shelters for public use and a structure to protect the equipment used to manage the forest. 

In the fall of 2019, the NEXTGEN will hold its grant cycle in which deserving nonprofits in Gaston County will apply and receive funding.

Noon Optimist Club of Gastonia              
Use of Funds for Run 2019 are for continuation of projects for area youths in B&G Club and Gastonia area.  Efforts on education and support of graduating  high school students who wish to enter the trades profession is an emerging project by the club.

Off the Streets Program, Inc.     
Funding from the 2019 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide housing, counseling, transportation and job readiness skills for the women who participate in the Off The Streets Program, Inc. Transitional Living House.

Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston County 
The 2019 proceeds will continue to support our early literacy programs (Reach Out and Read & Boogie with Books).

Paul Fuller Scholarship for Mentored Students 
We continue to support Scholarship winners attending full time at the school of their choice for up to 4 years to attain college degree or career certification. Our current recipients are eligible for additional semesters - one for 3,second for 7. And we will select a new recipient in the spring of 2019.

Perry Fewell Leadership Scholarship     
Funds raised from the 2019 RUN will be used to build and sustain the Perry Fewell Leadership Scholarship fund balance.  A scholarship may be awarded in May of 2019 after our committee evaluates returns and overall fund balance.  Through professional fund management provided by the Community Foundation, all gifts to this endowed scholarship fund are intended to have long-lasting effects and benefit scholarship recipients for years to come. 

PFLAG Gaston  
We will buy Literature and other supplies for our organization.We will use the money for a scholarship for Gaston College. We will donate money to TOY Gaston.We will also support local LGBTQ+ supporting businesses.

Phoenix Counseling Center        
For the 2019 Proposed use of funds, Phoenix would like to see the Community and Outreach Center opened 4 days weekly, instead of Monday and Friday.  We would also like to use the funds to increase our Kitchen space for a larger oven and cooking area.  Our goal would be to double the amount of meals prepared for our homeless population here in Gaston County.  And, as always, utilize the funds for needed transportation costs, meals, and hygiene products. 

Piedmont Council, BSA 
Funds provided will help subsidize the Scouting program through general operating contributions. This subsidizing helps to keep the cost of Scouting affordable for ALL youth.

Place of Refuge of Gaston County           
We will use the funds to meet general budget needs for the Place of Refuge. These include (oversite, adolecent parenting, adoption,  and counseling).

Presbyterian Weekday School - Gastonia            
PWS Gastonia will responsibly use the funds from the 2019 Community Foundation Run to provide scholarships for parents who want their children to attend our school, but who are experiencing hardship. This will be the sole use of the money raised and matched.

Remembering Austin    
Educate our community about Opioid Crisis in Gaston County.  Also provide scholarship to Gaston County Schools and Gaston College.

Robinson Elementary School     
Robinson Elementary will use the funds from the Community Foundation RUN to purchase necessary educational supplies for the children and teachers.

Rotary Community Garden        

S.O.C.K.S. Crisis Ministry             
food purchaseutility paymentsoperational expenses

Safe Kids Gaston County             
We plan to use the funds in many ways next year.  One is to offer training to the public free of charge on many issues related to child safety.  We hope to train more of our staff as well.  We hope to receive enough funds to update and replace our old and inaccurate educational displays.

The Salvation Army       
We will use the funds to continue to support our Center of Hope where we feed and shelter the homeless as well as give emergency assistance to those in need.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Community Run funds contributed to The Schiele Museum will be used to support the development of engaging educational programs, workshops, and exhibits for children and their families.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina              
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina will use funds from this year's event to support our Backpack Programs in Gaston County. In Gaston County, we partner with the West Gastonia Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Lowell and Tryon Elementary in Bessemer City to provide children living at or below the poverty level attending their site with backpacks full of healthy, shelf-stable food items for use on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. The Backpack Program is one of the easiest, most effective ways to get food to children at risk of hunger.

Shining Hope Farms       
The funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2019 will be used to support our therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs at our Mt. Holly location to benefit the residents of Gaston County.

Smith Cemetery Historic Preservation Association, Inc.
Some of the expenses we incur in maintaining the cemetery are constant from year to year, such as our ground maintenance expenditures.  Some of the money will be used to purchase of pine needles, equipment maintenance, weed killers, landscaping needs, and purchasing some more Grey and Tera-Cota patio stones that are used to mark the graves of the Unmarked Graves, that we have discovered. And finally, our 3 years of fund-raising for our new fencing project will finally be spent enclosing this historic cemetery dating to 1765, providing it with more respect and beauty as well as providing an extra layer of security.We also had about 1,000' of wooded area cleared last spring, and some money we be set aside for smoothing and leveling the area and planting grass seed in order to properly maintain the area.

Southminster Church    
Our proceeds will be designated specifically for the 2020 Night to Shine special needs prom, open to all Gaston County special needs citizens, which will take place in February 2020.

Special Kare Ministries
We will continue job training skills with the backpack ministry and also expand that program to serve more community members.  This year we will continue to add more skills such as unpacking food items, and sorting.

Special Olympics Gaston County
Special Olympics Gaston County will use the funding to support our local spring games and summer games in Raleigh. We use these funds for these events to support athletes here locally and athletes with their competition opportunities for summer games.

St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church
To upgrade technology in the facility used by over 20 community organizations in Gaston County.

Teens Changing Gaston County

The Thomas Cricket Smith IV Scholarship Foundation    
The Thomas Cricket Smith IV Scholarship Foundation will provide scholarships to area high school students.

Tri-County Animal Rescue, INC.
The 2019 funds will be used for: spay/neuter surgeries, dentals, vaccinations, micro-chips, flea treatments, heartworm prevention, pet food and other needed pet supplies

United Way of Gaston County  
United Way of Gaston County will use the 2019 Community Foundation Run funds for general inside building improvements.  Our building has not be updated approximately since 1984.   Our building is used for many community meetings at no charge and the interior improvements are needed so that we can continue to offer our building to Gaston County's non profits.

Victory Farm Inc.             
To pay the insurance premiums

Voices for Kids, Inc.,      
Voices for Kids endeavors to make a difference in the lives of "our children" in foster care in our community by meeting needs not covered  thru DHHS. Also, supports the Guardian ad Litem program with recruitment and training of volunteers.

Webb Street School       
The Community Run Foundation is one of our favorite fundraisers!  We want to use out funds to pay the the UNIQUE learning curriculum!  Unique Learning System® is an award-winning, standards-based curriculum specifically designed so that students with special needs can access the general education curriculum. This personalized system allows the teachers to spend more time engaging with their students in valuable learning time by providing differentiated lesson materials, detailed lesson plans, standards alignments and evidence-based teaching strategies with data-driven results.  We purchase 5 different bands for the whole school. Every student at Webb Street School benefits from having the same educational opportunities as other students.  We love having the community foundation as a partner of Webb Street School and are so thankful for everything they help us do!

With Friends, Inc.           
To be used to ensure that the immediate needs like shelter, food, clothing, and transportation of homeless, at-risk, and throwaway youth ages 10-17 will continue to be met.


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147 nonprofits participated in the 2016 Run raising $1,320,820.87

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