2018 Participating Non-profit Organizations/Use of Funds:

AIDS Council of Gaston County
These funds will also be used to support the Patrick Fund.

Alfred C. Kessell History Center at Loray Mill
Funds will continue to be used to support our educational programs and events, aimed at a variety of audiences and on a variety of topics related to Gaston County history. 

Alliance for Children & Youth/Communities In Schools
Funds raised through the 2018 Community Foundation Run will continue to fund Communities In Schools programming at Woodhill Elementary that were funded in the 2016/17 school year. Programs like Books & Breakfast, Mindful Classrooms,  Wellness Wednesdays, The XP Program and Peer Mediators will continue with additional programming being supported by the Run like college banners/presentations, career days with speakers, clothing closets for the school, and mid-year school supply drives. This will all be possible with funds raised by the 2018 Community Foundation Run. 

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

American Red Cross
Proceeds from Run 2018 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 material about the humane treatment of animals.

Ashbrook Foundation, Inc.
The Ashbrook Foundation's goals are 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;  Financial Assistance for faculty members through approved mini-grants;  and special financial assistance for the fine arts department and the athletic department when needs are warranted and are approved through the Ashbrook Foundation.

Ashbrook High School
Funds from 2018 will be used to purchase technology for the school.

B.R.E.A.D., Inc.
We plan to use our funds raised to pay for our limited operating expenses, rent, utilities, transportation costs to transport food and to purchase two freezers. No one receives any salary on our board, staff or volunteers.

BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc.
The BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc. will use the funds raised in the 2018 Community Run to provide weekend food to those students in the Gaston County School System who are identified by professional school personnel as needing food over the weekend and to operate and manage the program in the warehouse and office space.  

Belmont Abbey College
Funds raised from the Community Foundation Run will be used for general scholarships for our students, for our Arts at the Abbey Program and for the Abbey Players- our Theater Department. 

Belmont Community Organization
2018 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 funds will be used to continue the restoration of the Robert L. Stowe, Sr. home, which is our main museum.  Circa 1899.  Funds will be used to continue restoration of the 1930's Textile Mill House and the 1899 exterior kitchen and cooks quarters.  Money will be use toward publications, awards, educational programs and historical events in conjunction with the BHS museum and grounds.

Belmont Rowing Center
We are raising money for the construction of a new dock.  Our goal is to collaborate with the City of Belmont to create a public park with non-motorized water sport access. 

Bessemer City Crisis Center

We will use our funds to assist Bessemer City residents with utilities.

Bit of Hope Ranch
Bit of Hope Ranch will use the 2018 funds to provide counseling and physical therapy services through its nature based and equine assisted therapy programs.

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 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 pay a nurse to be on staff  during week of Camp Sunshine.  Also, to provide a Christmas Party for the Campers that attend Camp Sunshine.

Cancer Services of Gaston County

Funds raised from Community Foundation Run 2018 will be used for our Patient Assistance Program that provides medication assistance, medical equipment, wigs, bras, prostheses and other needed supplies and services for Gaston County residents living with cancer.

Carolina Express Track and Field

Funds raised from the 2018 Community Foundation Run will be used to support our youth athletes with transportation costs, meet entry fees and/or training equipment for the 2018 spring and summer track and field season.

Carolina Pro Musica
Funds will be used to further the work of Carolina Pro Musica through live performances in Gaston County, and editing professional audio and video recordings for publication on the internet and compact disks. These recordings will be part of our on-going  public awareness of early music,  local musicians and our educational activities.  We hope to slightly expand our focus to offer a few programs with music from the mid- 1800s with conections to local history.

Catawba Lands Conservancy

CLC is grateful for the generous support from the Community Foundation through its Run for the Money program and will use the money to advance our mission of saving land and connecting lives to nature, increase outreach to landowners and the public and to expand on the 4,600 acres of land already protected in Gaston County.

Catherine's House
Funds raised through the Run will be used for the program at Catherine's House including: residential care, counseling services, assistance with medical co-pays and medication, personal items, food, gas and car repairs for our residents.

The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center - A Domestic Violence Shelter
Funds will be used to pay for a part-time Childcare Advocate, to assist with paying for full- time childcare once residents begin working, and to purchase developmentally appropriate electronic devices to support the educational needs of our residential children. 

CCBC Outreach food Ministry
The funds would be use to purchase food and supplies for our clients. When we go to the food bank we have to purchase the meats and supplies for .18 cent a lb. We also, rent trucks to pickup loads. the loads are free but, each time we rent a truck it cost the ministry $147.00 and a average of  $30.00 for fuel. This is necessary in order to give our clients more.  We average around eight loads a year. Some items that we get for our clients needs we cannot get from the food bank so, we buy from Sam's club.  We are in partnership with Washington's Outreach ministries in Shelby NC. We travel there twice a month for pickups.

Cherryville Area Ministries & Thrift Shop
We would like to use the funds to replace the floor in our building.  The current floor is lifting and it is starting to become a safety issue for our customers and clients.

Classroom Central, Inc.
We respectfully request funding in 2018 to enable Classroom Central to provide core, urgently needed school supplies to be distributed through our Free Store and Mobile Free Store programs to serve schools and students in need in Gaston County.

Cornerstone Christian Center
Funds for the 2018 Run will be used to provide services, housing, food, and transportation to the residents of Cornerstone Christian Center.

Covenant Community Preschool
To fund student scholarships for families who can not fully pay tuition at CCP.

Cramerton Middle School
The school will use the funds for classroom needs this year.

Crime Stoppers of Gaston County
Payouts for tips citizens provide to investigators through the Crime Stoppers program when a tip leads to an arrest.

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

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, Inc.
Crisis Pregnancy Center has been in operation in Gaston County since 1986.  During that time we have served more than 2500 clients each year with excellence and compassion.  We are now in five physical locations in Gaston County.   Gaston County citizens are blessed to have multiple outreaches for ministry to those in crisis and unplanned pregnancies.  We know that this issue demands collaboration and we readily work with these and other agencies to help our clients make good choices on the issue of choosing life. Funds raised will be used to enhance and expand our services in the five municipalities that we are physically located in.

Dallas High Shoals Christian Ministry
The funds from the 2018 run will be used the same way, to help pay partial and/or entire utility bills for families in crisis situations. 

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Funds from the 2018 Community Foundation Run will be used to enhance the Gardens educational programming for school groups as well as plant-based aspects of Garden events for family audiences that will help bring plants to life in fun and educational ways. 

Scholarship program

Dream Center of Gaston County
Funding will be used for the expenses associated with our newest program, the Dream Center Academy. The academy is an after-school and summer enrichment program for low-income students of Gaston County who have been identified by school administration as at-risk, but who show strong college potential. This program is designed to empower students to own their education by developing the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. 

Elements of Empowerment, Inc.
Elements of Empowerment, Inc. will use 2018 Community Foundation Run proceeds to foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and preservation by educating, enriching, and empowering communities through artistic cultural programs, presentations and events.

These funds will be used to provide Gaston County youth exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM), develop self-esteem, provide an outlet for creative expression, self-expression, and make meaningful connections in the community through an open display of participant's projects. 

Family Promise of Gaston County
The funds used from the 2018 Run will be used to support the Shelter Program again. The shelter program provides overnight accommodation and cooked meals for families that have become homeless in Gaston County. Our program only serves families where there is at least one child under the age of 18 in the household. Overnight accommodation is primarily provided by a network of 17 host churches however on occasion our churches are unable to find volunteers to support the program and during this time we house the families in a local long stay hotel. Run funds will used to cover some of the costs of these hotel stays, offset some of our transportation costs for families with no form of transportation and support the overall operation of the shelter program.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
Gaston County Funds will be used for camp scholarships, resources, events, and other ministry needs throughout the year. 

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
We would use the funds raised to provide food and shelter for the 14 men in our facility 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Forestview High School
FHC will use future funds from RUN to further it's need for technology. we hope to purchase a new classroom set of chrome books with chart.

Friends of the Gaston County Public Library
The Friends of the Gaston County Public Library (FGCPL) intend to use 2018 Community Foundation Run funds to help renovate some of Gaston County Public Library's (GCPL) nine branches, as well as provide materials, equipment, programming and other resources to serve all GCPL patrons.

Gaston Aquatics
Capital development

Gaston Arts Council
The proceeds will be used to support the organization's Arts in Education programs - provide financial support to classrooms within Gaston County Public Schools and Arts in Community programming - cover the costs of interactive arts experiences presented to health and human services and/or healthcare providers throughout Gaston County.

Gaston Christian School
The 2018 Run funds will be used toward the building of our Fine Arts Center that will house a 625 seat auditorium, with staging, dressing rooms, set production, a choral room, two classrooms and a band/instrument room. The Fine Arts Center will enhance the education of our students academically and with the Arts to better serve Gaston and surrounding counties. The Fine Arts Center will be available for community use as well.

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 committee independent of the Foundation developed an application and award process for allocating money from the fund. John Erickson, 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 used to assist improvement of our programs. 

Gaston Concert Association
The Gaston Concert Association will use funds from the 2018 Run to underwrite a school concert reaching all 5th graders in Gaston County Schools.  

Gaston County Art Guild
Our goal is to begin to offer a free Saturday morning art class -  we will use part of the funds to pay for our instructor and supplies.  Any remaining funds will be contributed to the judging, free reception and the prize money for our Senior HS Student Art Competition. 

Gaston County Education Foundation
The GCEF plans to use all funds received to help fund the Ron L. Ensley Grant program. In the past we have awarded up to $50,000 in grants, and the money from the Community Run has helped! This grant program awards grants to innovative teaching initiatives that enhance classroom learning and are not covered in the yearly budget due to financial restraints. We DO NOT fund field trips.  The grant cycle will begin on February 1, 2018 and will run through March 29, 2018.  All teachers from Gaston County Schools are eligible to apply. The grants will range from $750 for an individual classroom grant to $2500 for a professional learning community (two or more teachers). The GCEF members serve as judges. The group consists of business and community leaders who are looking for creativity, measurability, and sustainability.  All grants will be judged without knowledge of the applicant. All winners will be notified and funds will be distributed in the summer of 2018. This allows the winners to have funds available for the 2018-2019 school year.  Site visits will be conducted during the 2018-2019 school year to see the monies at work and if outcomes are being reached.

Gaston County Extension & Community Association
We will award scholarships to various students who reside in Gaston county.  

Gaston County Family YMCA
Proceeds will continue to fund the following programs and services:
Elementary & Middle School After School Childcare
Summer Day Camp
Swim Lessons
KinderCamp and AfterSchool Swim Initiatives
Teen Leaders' Club
Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program
Summer Read, Feed, and Lead Feeding Program
Resource Connection Gateway
Poverty Prevention Program
Teen Programs
Senior Programs
Family Events

Gaston County Museum of Art & History
The funds will be used to help GCM provide  special events and new interactive exhibits at the Museum while also preserving historic structures and artifacts that interpret the county's history.

Gaston County Parks and Recreation Park Partners
Funds from the Community Run 2018 will be used for park projects in Gaston County parks.  These projects may include enhancements to trails, playgrounds, and other facilities.   

Gaston County Young Life
All the funds raised will be used to fund our program costs and to help send kids to a week of Young Life summer camp!

Gaston Dance Theatre
The proceeds will be put to use in several different categories to continue to support Gaston Dance Theatre. Monies will be used to continue to offer scholarships to dancers with the dedication and potential for growth who don't have the means to pursue dance education. Proceeds will also help to cover the costs of upkeep for our Marley floors. In order to keep dancers safely dancing en pointe in classes and rehearsals, new floors must be purchased and maintained to prevent injury. Monies will also go to help cover the costs of our community productions including, costumes for our students, sets and theatre fees. Helping us to offset these costs, enables Gaston Dance Theatre to continue offering excellence in Community productions to our audience along with our student dancers.

Gaston Day School
Faculty and staff development are critical to the growth of a school, and once again, Gaston Day will use funds from the Community Foundation Run to allow our educators and administrators the opportunity to become more proficient in their field.
Gaston Family Health Services
Gaston Family Health Services is a community sponsored, family-centered provider of health care, health education, and preventative care services without regard to the ability to pay.

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

Gaston Hospice
Gaston Hospice uses the funds for our patients that do not have the ability to pay for end-of-life services. Gaston Hospice mission is to serve everyone in our community regardless of their ability to pay. 

Gaston Humane Society Inc.
Spay Neuter Program 
Vet Care Emergencies to citizens of Gaston Co who need financial assistance
Low-Income/ Senior Citizens who need financial assistance with vet care and food
Foster Home Program- Vet care and supplies for rescued animals in our care 

Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.
Gaston Literacy Council, Inc. will use funds raised from the 2018 Community Foundation Run to provide materials and instruction to students pursuing high school prep, English Language Acquisition, Citizenship, and other basic skills development.  Funds will also be used to support the Reading Soul Mates program, providing one-on-one support to 2nd graders in Gaston County Schools who are reading below grade level.

Gaston Music Education Foundation
The money we receive from donors is used to help fund the music scholarships that we award. To be eligible, students must live in Gaston County and attend a public, private or home school in the County, and must pass an audition. College-bound students are also required to pass a written music theory test.

Gaston Residential Services Inc.
Gaston Residential Services Inc. will use the funds to purchase medical equipment that is no longer covered by medicaid.

Gaston Scool of the Arts
To defray costs of instructional programs, GSOA Playhouse productions, GSOA Youth Orchestra and fund scholarships.

Gaston Skills, Inc.
To purchase additional small kitchen appliances, cookware and cleaning/janitorial equipment to assist our clients in learning independent living skills.  The appliances and cookware would be used in teaching basic cooking skills using nutritional ingredients to help improve their overall health.  The cleaning equipment  would be used to teach the clients the proper way to clean and sanitize kitchen areas to stay healthy and germ free. The appliances, cookware and equipment would be used to assist our clients in learning new skills to help them achieve their goal of a more independent life.

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

Gaston Symphonic Band

To help defray expenses of our 2017-18 season. These include rehearsal hall and venue rental, purchases of music and equipment, advertising, insurance, and other expenses. The GSB has a total of eight appearance/concert obligations as of Nov. 1, 2017. As always, our concerts and appearances are "admission free" to all.

Gaston Together
Funds will be used as follows:
-Community Building (Creating a mechanism for achieving a shared community vision; Leadership Initiative/ Civic Engagement Leadership)
-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 Community Healthcare Commission/Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition/ Healthy Gaston/ Greenways) 

Gaston United Soccer Club
Gaston United Soccer Club strives to offer every single player a level of play that matches their level of interest, commitment and ability. To meet that goal, we offer a robust scholarship program because we believe no child should be denied the right to play the beautiful game. 

Gastonia Parish Nurse Ministry
Funds raised will be used in support of, but not limited to, areas such as health education awareness programs, speaker fees/honorariums, printing of materials, medical supplies/equipment,  meals, and giveaways for the health fair.

Gastonia Sister Cities
To promote “Peace through People” through student exchanges with Gaston County high school students to our Sister Cities in Gotha, Germany and Santiago de Surco, Peru

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, Inc.  
The funds raised from the 2018 Community Foundation Run will be used for Girl Scout troop programming in Gaston County.  Our program teaches girls to be Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers and Leaders.  G.I.R.L.  There is a focus on developing the following skills: Communication, problem solving and adaptability, teamwork, critical thinking, reliability, leadership skills, work ethic, time management.  In addition, behavioral, attitudinal, social and job preparedness skills are taught. 

Girls on the Run Gaston County
The funds received from the 2018 Community Foundation Run will Girls on the Run Gaston to serve girls in need of financial assistance. In fiscal year 2017, Girls on the Run Gaston served 724 girls and disbursed $51,300 in scholarships to girls in need of financial assistance. Currently, 59% of those we serve receive some sort of financial assistance. In Gaston County, more than 64% of children receive free or reduced lunch, reflecting federal poverty level guidelines. We have never turned a girl away due to financial reasons. These funds will 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 for Humanity of Gaston County will use the funds raised from 2018 Community Foundation Run to help build Habitat Gaston's 30th Anniversary house.

HealthNet Gaston
HealthNet Gaston will utilize its 2018 Community Foundation Run funds to provide needed prescription medications for its low-income, uninsured patients.

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

High Caliber Athletics Inc.
Continue to provide funds to the kids in the community to participate in sporting events. Wanting to purchase land for a ball field with lights for the kids to have sporting events.

Highland School of Technology PTSO
Funds from the Community Foundation Run will be used for instructional supplies for the school as well as the community building projects for students, teachers, and staff.

Holy Angels, Inc.
Holy Angels will use funds generated from the 2018 Community Foundation Run to purchase needed educational, adaptive, and medical equipment and supplies for our residents ages 1 year to 75 years of age.

Hoyle Historic Homestead
Funds will be used in the maintenance of the east and west porches: sealing the floorboards and working on replacing the existing roof system as per consultant suggestions.

Jack and Jill of America  Gastonia- Piedmont Chapter
Our organization would like to target another underserved school again this year and provide funds to purchase things like laptops...whatever needs are to help impact the academic success specific to the student body.

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
The funds will help JA to implement JA in a Day opportunities for every child at every grade level at a selected  schools. JA Days will help students connect classroom learning with real life. JA hopes to measure positive social and economic behaviors by student participants that will contribute to higher graduation rates, a plan for the future, and economic stability. Additionally, the knowledge students acquire will enable them to manage their finances, develop in-demand job skills, and understand entrepreneurship.

Keep Belmont Beautiful
Keep Belmont Beautiful will use funds to educate and involve the community in litter reduction, recycling, beautification and natural resources conservation.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful
Funds will be used to continue our beautification efforts and expansion of visual enhancements within the City of Gastonia.

Least of These Carolinas
In 2018 the proposed funds will be used to continue operating smoothly in Gaston County. It is a huge blessing to be a part of a community that gives back to children in foster care. 

Let Me Run Gaston County
5k Registration fee's for participants and coaches, including the Community Foundation 5k.  
Supplies for Coaches Trainings
Shoe Scholarships - we will use a local shoe store
Snacks for teams

Little Theater of Gastonia
Funds will be used for building maintenance and repairs and the purchase of costumes

Loray Girls' Home, Inc.
The funds raised through Community Foundation Run 2018 will 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. Funds will be used to help support the use of a second vehicle that will be used for teaching residents to drive using to complete hours for license.

Lowell Women's Club
Lowell as recently formed a group to enhance the appearance of our downtown area through the use of seasonal plantings and banners.    The Lowell Women's Club will offer funds, as well as volunteer labor, to benefit this effort.

Mayor's Youth Leadership Council
To purchase program and special event supplies for youth at the Boys' and Girls' Club of Greater Gaston and Angel Tree items for students at Webb Street School.

Mended Hearts of Gastonia

Provide scholarships to nursing and related medical field students through the Gary A. Mims Nursing Scholarships.

MiraVia intends to gratefully use funds raised from the 2018 CFR to help single, pregnant women achieve their higher educational goals.  Our residential program provides room, board, life-skills classes, case management, professional counseling, and material support to single, pregnant students for up to two years.  In addition, we provide practical support for their babies including diapers, clothing, formula and childcare while the mothers attend class.  Because MiraVia provides support and resources to students facing unplanned pregnancies, these young women can continue their education and promote a healthy pregnancy. Studies show that only 5% of parenting college students complete their degree.  In addition, 40% of single mothers with dependent children live in poverty. However if these student mothers complete their education, they can earn 70% more than their peers who have only a high school diploma.  The support from MiraVia empowers our clients  to avoid the downward spiral of poverty while they become better parents, providers and productive citizens.  

Mount Holly Community Impact Fund
The Mount Holly Community Impact Fund will use funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2018 to provide support for projects that will enhance the quality of life in Mount Holly by "kick starting" ideas that will result in a larger community response.

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. Our apiary project continues to gather steam and, as a result, is accruing increasing expenses in equipment, maintenance, and operating costs. After many years of setting up a veritable tent city each week, we are beginning to move our pieces in such a way as to transition toward a more semi-permanent structure model. This way, we can put more of our volunteers' energy and time into advancing the market's mission, rather than simple setup and takedown. As a part of this plan, we are hoping to implement a small garden trellis system, whereby the market itself can produce a modest quantity of herbs, edibles, and decorative plants that can be used to complement our programming.

Mount Holly Historical Society, Inc.
The Mount Holly Historical Society is dedicated to our efforts to preserve local history, to make a positive difference in the lives of local residents, and to become a destination in Gaston County that draws visitors of all ages and backgrounds. We intend to use our funds in two ways:  1) to increase our visibility in the Gaston County community through developing a more comprehensive marketing strategy (including new marketing materials) that targets current and potential Gaston County residents and 2) to update our current exhibits with kid-friendly and interactive features. 

Mt. Holly Community Garden, Inc.
Programs on gardening and healthy eating for all ages beginning at preschool up to senior adults.

Mt. Holly CRO
The CRO will use the proceeds from the 2018 Community Foundation Run to help clients pay utility bills.

Next Generation Fund
The Next Generation Fund selected youth as their point of interest for 2017-18.

Noon Optimist Club of Gastonia
The funds are used for programs and services that aid and encourage the development of youth in partnering with the local boys and girls clubs and  with area youth in the schools.

North Carolina Center for Applied Textile Technology/NCCATT Foundation
The NCCATT Foundation intends to use funds raised from the 2018 Community Foundation Run to rebuild the Hills, Inc. small scale melt extruder.  

Off the Streets Program, Inc.
Funding from the 2018 Community Foundation Run allowed for client outreach for the 2018 fiscal year to be fifty (50) women through transitional housing and community outreach. Women were provided with life skills education, awareness and supportive services. Clients were taught time and financial management, employment and job readiness skills, parenting and child development and one-on-one and group counseling. Women attended a once per week anti-drug education class

Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties
The Partnership For Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties will use the funds to purchase books for our Reach Out and Read,Boogie with Books and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library early literacy programs.

Paul Fuller Scholarship for Mentored Students
Funds from the 2018 run will support the 2018 selected recipient of the Paul Fuller Scholarship for Mentored Students, as well as past winner of the scholarship who is currently enrolled in college or trade training.  As stated in our guidelines, students can access scholarship fund for up to 4 years of classes (potential of $1000. per year for 4 years) 

Perry Fewell Leadership Scholarship @SPHS
To build and sustain the Perry Fewell Honorary Leadership Scholarship Fund.

PFLAG Gaston
We plan to support other local LGBTQ and ally groups and businesses, have another scholarship for an LGBTQ or ally student to help them go to college, purchase equipment, supplies and literature for our organization.

Phoenix Community & Outreach Center

The Phoenix Community & Outreach Center (PCOC) day shelter enhances the quality of life for homeless individuals by providing hygiene, nutrition, and communications services in a safe and accepting place. Further, its Peer Support Specialists arrange for them to receive physical health, behavioral health, education, job training, housing, and related services, from a network of providers. And, emotionally, PCOC helps the homeless find hope and help to reestablish their lives with dignity. PCOC is a local non-profit (501-C-3) organization who relies heavily on the funding received through, grantors, foundations, county & city dollars, and community contributions. "

Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America
Funds received in 2018 will help to subsidize the Scouting program in Gaston County through general operating contributions, and will assist in keeping the cost of Scouting locally affordable to ALL youth in this program.

Place of Refuge of Gaston County, Inc.
Assist Place of Refuge in delivering clinical services and necessities to adolescent parents and families with in the Gaston County area.

Presbyterian Weekday School
Some of the funds will be used to provide financial assistance for tuition for  PWS families with documented hardships. This will enable children to come to school without interruption when a crisis arises. We are also implementing a Safe Kids Program to educate students and parents about safety and increased security in our schools, at church, by riding in certified carseats, on the playgrounds with proper supervision, and understanding the need for a clean environment for children with food allergies. The name of the program is the ""PWS Daniel Bradley Safe Kids Program,"" in memory of Daniel, who unbuckled himself from his carseat and opened the car door while the car was moving. His life and death has made us aware that educating little children about the purpose of safety measures will save lives.  The funds will provide updated carseats for children if their carseat does not pass certification by the Gastonia Police Department Safe Kids task force. We are also adding security measures to our classrooms and school building in case of an intruder on campus.

Prevent Child Abuse Gaston, Inc.
Maintain training space, service provision and development for our Safe Seven ways to keep children safe, including Safe Sleeping for Infants, Safe Cars (Never Leaving a Child Alone in a Car), Safe Water Supervision, Anti-Bullying for Children 0- 5, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (Darkness to Light), Gun Safety and Family Violence Prevention.

Robinson Elementary School
We plan to use funds to help supplement the school budget for items needed -   i.e.  grade specific reading materials, and needed technology.

Rotary Community Garden of Gastonia
Funds will go toward paving the parking area adjacent to the Garden.  It is currently uneven, cracked and hazardous to our volunteers and recipient groups, particularly those with mobility challenges.  In addition to providing safer access to the Garden, this will also give us more event space for educational seminars, trainings and celebrations.  A paved parking lot will add to the overall appearance of the Garden, further beautifying what used to be a syringe and trash filled empty lot on Franklin Boulevard.

restock food pantry
past due utility payments
purchase new freezer for food room"

Safe Kids Gaston
We will use the funds to supply at risk children with car seat and bicycle helmet and continue to host free community events for child and families on preventable injuries and safety related topics like, fire, pedestrian, bicycle, gun, car seat and water safety.  

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Gaston County
Our organization intends to use the funds raised from this year's event to take our 2018 Summer Day Camp to even greater heights through the creation of a STEAM module that will incorporate the performing and visual arts with the more traditional science, technology, and math concepts. Potential partners for this effort include the Children's Theater of Charlotte, Discovery Place Science, Engineering for Kids, Mad Science, and the Community School of the Arts. 

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. Backpacks are 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 CFGC Run 2018 will be used to support our therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy programs at our Mt. Holly farm 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 pine needles and cover general expenses such as equipment maintenance, weed killers, gasoline for mowing, and purchase more headstone markers for the unmarked graves as we locate them.  Most of the money we raise will be used to help us reach our next Capital Improvement Goal which is the Smith Cemetery Security Fencing – Phase II Project.  This will comprise having an 814 foot'-  5' Black Vinyl Chain Link Fence with three 4' wide gates installed, one on each side, that will completely enclose this historic cemetery.  We currently have $4,900 of the goal in our Capital Fund, and need to raise $4,200 to reach our goal.

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

Special Olympics Gaston County
Donations will be used to provide uniforms and traveling expenses for delegations attending state games and to fund the local spring or fall games for athletes ages 8 and above."

St Michael Catholic School
All Proceeds of the run will be used to give scholarships to financially challenged students who qualify for financial assistance.  

Stable Resources
Funds will also be to provide resources, services, and care to Gaston County women who are being exploited in the sex industry.  Funds will also be used to provide needed counseling services for Gaston County residents.

Teens Changing Gaston County
The Teens Changing Gaston County board plans to use that money to fund teen-led service projects and what ever money we do not use this year will go into our funds for next years board to give out. 

The Arc of Gaston County
The Arc of Gaston County will use the 2018 Community Foundation Run funds to purchase summer camp equipment and supplies for our specialized program Kamp Kaleidoscope, purchase personal and toiletry items for adults with developmental disabilities living in local group homes, and provide resource materials to over 3,000 students with disabilities in Gaston County Schools.

The Brice Foundation
To help adults with developmental disabilities and support efforts to enable them to live integrated in their community

The Gastonia Potters House
The Potters House intends on using funds raised through the 2018 Community Foundation Run for assisting clients with medical needs, nutritional needs, and personal care/hygiene items. Funds will also be put towards administrative costs, facility maintenance and upkeep, and outreach efforts within the community. 

The Junior League of Gaston County
The funds raised will be used to ensure the success of several of our community outreach programs and events. This year our focus is on Women's Health and substance abuse in Gaston County.   Some of the programs we support are, The Back to School Bash at Woodhill Elementary, were we help to provide school supplies and vaccines for children and their families.  Bit of Hope Rach, where we help them with their grounds upkeep and other areas of maintenance, the Caromont Health NICU where we volunteer as Baby Coddlers and provide other support as needed, and Girls on the Run in various programs throughout the year.   We also host a event Called TruckFest in the spring and money raised will also help us plan and execute this event which is free to the community.  

The Lighthouse-Children's Advocacy Center
The Lighthouse will utilize funds raised from the 2018 Community Foundation Run for further implementation and training of Darkness to Light, a child sexual abuse prevention program. The Lighthouse will provide this 2 hour prevention focused training to professionals, parents, and community members at no charge. Darkness to Light focuses on awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse by providing real life examples and encourages participants to make a difference. 

The Salvation Army
We would use it in the same fashion as last year.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History
Funds raised through this year's Community Run will help support the development of educational programming, workshops and exhibits that align with our mission and have a natural history and/or STEM focus.

The Thomas Cricket Smith IV Scholarship Foundation
The Thomas Cricket Smith IV Scholarship Foundation will use funds from the 2018 Community Foundation Run towards three scholarships for high school students in our community.

Tri-County Animal Rescue
The funds will be used to pay for spay/neuter costs, rabies vaccinations, distemper/parvo vaccinations, micro-chips, feline leukemia/aids tests, flea medications, heartworm medications, pet dentals and other medical treatments for pets.

United Way Gaston
United Way of Gaston County will use the 2018  Community Foundation Run funds for our Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program.  United Way of Gaston County has partnered with DPIL to place an age appropriate book in the homes of Gaston County children from birth to age five. These books are mailed to the child's home each month which encourages family reading time and promotes early literacy.  We currently have a waiting list and the Run funds will help us to take those children off of the waiting list and enroll them in the program.  In addition we will be able to enroll new children.

Victory Farm Inc.
Insurance as listed prior and operating expenses

Voices for Kids, Inc.
Voices for Kids desires for ""our children - children in foster care"" to have the chance for opportunities  as other children. (i.e. summer camp, seminars for teens in the LINKS program, tutoring for ""at risk"" students, eye glasses, extreme dental needs, clothing, shoes, basic school supplies, laptops, scholarship opportunity.) 

W.A. Bess Elementary School PTO
This year, W.A. Bess plans to use the funds to replace some Chromebooks, which are in disrepair, for Third through Fifth graders.

Webb Street School
Our goal is to raise more money than last year and continue to use the proceeds from Run 2018 to further our students  education through a specialized curriculum. We would love to continue to be able to purchase the 7 different bands to the UNIQUE curriculum, Symblostix and Starfall. Unique Learning System® is an award-winning, standards-based curriculum specifically designed so that students with special needs students can access the general education curriculum. This personalized system allows students to spend more time engaging in valuable learning time by providing differentiated lesson materials, detailed lesson plans, standards alignments and evidence-based teaching strategies with data-driven results . We use this hands-on program to teach science, math, reading and social studies. This project will enable our students, who often have difficulties with traditional learning methods, to engage in more accessible hands-on learning activities.  We also would like to use the proceeds to supply other needs to help elevate our students learning using technology. We would love more touch screen Chromebooks, iPads, APPS, headphones, for the students to use while working on the UNIQUE curriculum.  

With Friends, Inc.
These funds will ensure that the immediate needs (shelter, food, clothing, transportation) of homeless,  at-risk, and throwaway youth ages 10-17 will continue to be met, through With Friends, Inc. 24 hour Emergency Youth Shelter. 


Opportunities for Participating Non-profits to Raise More Funds

  1. Participating non-profits  are encouraged to set up a booth on Run Day to highlight their mission and good  works in Gaston County.  A People's Choice award of $500 will be given to the  top booth vote winner on Run Day.
  2. The participating non-profit with the largest number of registered  walkers will receive a $250 prize for the organization.
  3. Social Media competition. If the nonprofit  chooses to submit a photo, it will be placed on the Community Foundation of  Gaston County's Facebook album and the nonprofit with the most likes of their  picture for the RUN will win $250. Likes for pictures will being the day after  the application deadline and end the day prior to the race at 5 pm.
  4. Organizations may also sign-up for a corn hole tournament that will take place the day of the Run.  1st place prize is $500 and second place prize $250.
  5. A special Danny McBee Spirit Awards Committee may grant additional monetary award based on  non-profit participation and volunteer  efforts.


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

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