2020 Participating Nonprofit Organizations/Use of Funds:


African American Museum of History and Culture at Loray Mill
Proceeds will be used to accent the beauty of the museum.  And, the much-needed resources will be purchased to expand the educational goals of the museum.  The Curator would continue to prioritize items on her Wish List for purchase.  As a County of digital learners, digital devices would be purchased immediately.  And, the Planning Board would look at Podcasting as a way to reach a greater audience.

AIDS Council     
Continue to support the Patrick Fund which issues emergency funds to HIV+ patients for food, medications, transportation, rent, and utilities through case managers at Gaston Family Health Services.

Alliance for Children & Youth    
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 are 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 to 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, military museum, boys state, veteran’s welfare, community projects

American Red Cross       
Proceeds from Run 2020 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 Gaston County  
Animal League proposes to use 2020 proceeds to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to Gaston County residents who receive Medicaid, EBT, WIC or Social Security Disability.

The Arc of Gaston County           
The Arc of Gaston County will use the 2020 Community Foundation Run funds to purchase summer camp equipment and supplies for our Kamp Kaleidoscope program, as well as purchase personal need and toiletry items for adults with disabilities living in local group homes.  In addition, we will provide community resource materials to over 3,000 students with disabilities in Gaston County Schools.

Ashbrook Foundation   
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 financial resources; as well as providing financial assistance to the faculty members of Ashbrook High School through approved mini-grants.

BackPack Weekend Food Program          
Any funds that are raised through the Run 2020 will be used to help pay for unsponsored students in the program (students who do not have a financial partner) and operational costs.

Belmont Abbey College
Belmont Abbey College intends to raise funds for Arts and Choral programming as well as the General Scholarship Fund.

Belmont Community Organization          
2020 funds will be used for BCO Client Assistance Program through which we were able to provide immediate relief to those requesting food, clothing, furniture, household items and payments for rent, utilities, medicines and heating fuel.

Belmont Historical Society         
To continue the upkeep of the Belmont Historical Society museum buildings, to continue community outreach by publications, and educational events.  The main museum, circa 1899 is in need of exterior paint.  General upkeep on all historical buildings.

Belmont Rowing Center              
Donations received in 2020 will continue to go towards the new park. Upcoming fees include remaining engineering costs; surveying costs; permits and application fees. If there are additional donation monies remaining, they will be placed in a restricted use fund for the further development of the park. Future park development costs will include, building of a large dock, parking lot, and eventual "Boathouse".

Bit of Hope Ranch           
The funds will be used for program expansion for mental health, autism and special needs therapeutic riding.  Funds will also provide tools in the arena that will be used for EAGALA and PATH sessions.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston     
Funds will be used for vital afterschool programming for youth ages 6 o 18, focusing on Academic success, Good Character and citizenship, and Healthy lifestyles.

BREAD, Inc.       
We plan to use 2020 CF funds for the following:   Food purchasing, van repair, repaired signage, additional shelving.

Camp Sertoma
We are looking to upgrade some of our equipment to become more adaptive. More Special Needs friendly tools to work with and play with while out at camp.

Camp Sunshine
Funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide a day camp for economically disadvantaged children ages 6-10 in Gaston County who otherwise would not have a camping experience.  The funds will allow us to purchase the following:  Food/Kitchen Supplies, Craft Supplies, bus transportation and gas to transport the children, special activities & programs for the children, first aid supplies, clothing for the children, miscellaneous supplies (towels, backpacks, snacks, Bibles, etc.) It will also allow us to do background checks for volunteers and provide a Christmas Party for the campers that attend Camp Sunshine over the summer.

Cancer Services of Gaston County           
Funds raised from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will be used for our Patient Assistance Program to provide medication assistance, medical equipment, wigs, bras, prostheses, and other needed supplies and services for Gaston County residents and their families living with cancer.

Carolina Pro Musica      
Carolina Pro Musica will once again use funds from the 2020 Run to support performances of early music in Gaston County. If granted another NC Arts Council grant we will use the money for required matching. If not, we will still use the funds to assist in concert performances in various Gaston county locations.

CaroMont Health Foundation/Gaston Hospice 
Gaston Hospice will use funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to support its patients who do not have the ability to pay for end-of-life services. In carrying out its mission, Gaston Hospice serves everyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay.

Catawba Lands Conservancy     
The Catawba Lands Conservancy will use funds raised to strengthen our conservation work in Gaston County and inspire residents to care for our natural world by conducting public programs that highlight the unique land and water resources we love.

Carolina Thread Trail     
The Carolina Thread Trail will use funds to engage and inspire Gaston County residents by hosting public programs on local trails and blueways. Funds will also help support our annual flagship event, National Trails Day, to be held in Mt. Holly, celebrating trails and the community.

Catherine's House         
Funds raised from the 2020 run will be utilized to support our ongoing mission of support for the homeless women and children in our area.  We have expanded our program to include a focus on emotional wellness for our residents which involves dedicated time with our licensed professional counselor, wellness fairs and other initiatives to broaden our scope of service.

The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center         
Funds will be used in assisting domestic violence survivors with unmet medical needs and transportation assistance.

The Center:  Day Care Services for Adults            
The Center provides a midday meal to each participant in attendance. The meal provides at minimum one-third of an adult’s daily nutritional requirement as specified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The meals are catered by a contracted organization.  There has been a change in vendors due to a mid-contract cancellation by the original or provider of services.  The current vendor provides meals at a higher cost.  This caused an unexpected increase to the budget.  The funds will be used to defray the cost of the additional expenses.

Cherryville Area Ministries        
We would like to use the funds for our assistnace program as we will be able to serve more families with food and utility help.

Christ Community Outreach Food Ministry         
We will supply our clients with   food, and other household goods that is needed sometimes with over the counter medicine

Classroom Central, Inc.
We respectfully request funding in 2020 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 (CRO) of Mount Holly, NC Inc.  
Our organization assists our "neighbors" with food, both dry goods as well as refrigerated and frozen foods.  We have many refrigerators and freezers that are aging, and we have been trying to update/replace them when financially possible. The 2020 proceeds from the run will help purchase new upright freezers, which will also allow us more space than the current (older) chest type freezers. Also, the newer appliances are much more energy efficient, which helps lower our utility bill.  This will help us maximize donations to go directly to our "neighbors."

Cornerstone Christian Center/ACPP, Inc.             
Funds will be used to provide food, housing, and transportation for the residents of Cornerstone Christian Center.

Covenant Community Preschool              
All funds will be used for student scholarships.

Cramerton Historical Society     
We will use the funds in preparation of opening a history museum.  We need money to purchase showcases and protective coverings for artifacts.  The organization also needs display cases for the museum.  It is estimated that $28,000 is needed to start the museum.  We currently have $7,000 saved for this project.

Crameton Middle School
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Cramerton Middle School became the AIG Academy school within Gaston County. This program includes additional student enrollment and new curriculum with enrichment clusters and Paideia Seminars.  With increased enrollment, the CMS PTO looks to support the school with significantly increased classroom supply needs. The PTO is committed to helping the school purchase approximately 75 new Texas Instrument 84+ Advanced Calculators for spring testing in 8th grade. The PTO further anticipates the potential need for additional Chromebooks as the Academy enrollment expands per grade level over the next two years.   CMS and the PTO had previously worked together to very nearly obtain a 1:1 ration of Chromebooks/students for testing purposes.

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.  Funds will also be used to promote awareness and utilization of the Crime Stoppers Program thru advertising such as yard signs, business cards, and posters.

Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM)             
CAM will use any funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2019 to operate our emergency assistance program. CAM assists with the basic life needs of food, rent/mortgage, utilities, and life-sustaining medication to low-income households in the greater Gastonia area who are experiencing a financial crisis.

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, Inc. 
The donated RV which is now equipped to "go anywhere" will be utilized to assist clients in Gaston County during pregnancies.  Staffing, supplies, ultrasound techs, and general needs of the unit will be met with these funds.  The other bricks and mortar sites In Belmont, Dallas, Cherryville, Bessemer City and Gastonia will be serviced as well.

Crowders Ridge Camp & Retreat Center              
Crowders Ridge will be using all proceeds to go directly towards scholarship for youth to come to camp.

Dallas High Shoals Christian Ministry     
The proceeds from the 2020 Run will be used on clients assistance only

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
We will use funds raised from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to create Garden Program Scholarships for Title 1 schools so we can continue to provide students of all backgrounds access to educational programming that will help them connect with nature.

Delta Research and Educational Foundation      
Funds received in 2020 will go towards the same program, the Gastonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Chapter's Delta GEMS/Academy.  We provide learning and training opportunities for young ladies by exposing them to new things they may not normally see.  Some of the activities we do are participate in a local health fair learn about issues affecting our community, learn about different careers and what we need to prepare for them, as well as learn about black history and share our knowledge with the community.

Dream Center Academy               
Proceeds will be used to support the growth of our Dream Center Academy program which serves students from the beginning of their sixth-grade year until they graduate high school college-career ready.  Each year, our program grows in the number of students served by 30-40 students. Proceeds will be beneficial to this year's growth.

Elements of Empowerment Inc.
Elements of Empowerment, Inc. will use 2020 Community Foundation Run proceeds to foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and preservation by educating, enriching, and empowering communities through artistic cultural programs, presentations and events.

Eta Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.        
The Eta Mu Lmabda Chapter executes two youth enrichment programs. They are Cub Scout Pack 1906 and Achieving Student Potential in Realistic Enrichment (A.S.P.I.R.E). The funds raised will empower us to continue serving the 35 students and families total and enable to plan service of up to 15 more. Most specifically, Pack 1906 will benefit with the purchase of outdoor equipment required to reinforce our scouting curriculum and A.S.P.I.R.E will benefit from the purchase of reusable robotics kits to reinforce core STEM principles introduced in our curriculum.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes              
We plan to used part of the proceeds to scholarship coaches and student-athletes from across Gaston County public schools to FCA sports camps in 2020. We also plan to use some of the funds to provide bibles, devotions and other FCA resources to public schools across Gaston County. Another portion of the funds will provide meals for athletic teams from Gaston County public schools. And lastly we will use a portion of the funds to provide athletic equipment and other needs to Gaston County public schools.

First Presbyterian Weekday School-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
We would use the funds raised to provide food and shelter to the men in our 14-bed residential support facility.

Forestview High School
The last three years we help our math department. hopefully the next few years, with the help of RUN, we will be able to upgrade our science department anyway needed.

Friends of the Gaston County Public Library       
The Friends of the Gaston County Public Library (FGCPL) intend to use the 2020 Community Foundation Run funds to provide equipment and other resources to serve all GCPL patrons. The funds will also be used to provide high-quality programming that enriches the lives of GCPL patrons. Lastly, the funds will assist with renovations at the Mount Holly Branch Library, as the renovations planned for 2019 were put on hold.

Friends of the Greenway System of Mount Holly (FROGS)           
Additional funds will be designated for a special signage or exercise equipment for the Mount Holly River Greenway. Our goal also is to have an everything floats along the river by the greenway as well as focus on ADA accessible trail.

Gaston Aquatics              
1. Educating citizenry about the need for the aquatic center. Increasing civic buy in regarding the economic development, health and wellness, competitive swimming, aquatic safety, and emergency personnel training. 2. Training specialized instructors for adaptive (differently abled) aquatics, pediatric aquatic proficiency, Adult Learn to Swim (ALTS), and medical aquatic wellness. 3. Completing the public phase of the capital campaign. 4. Soil tests, civil engineering, and other requirements prior to construction

Gaston Arts Council       
Arts in Education (Pre-K to 12th Grade) and Arts in Community (students, individuals, families, including elderly and special needs population) Initiatives.

Gaston Choral Society  
The funds will enable us to purchase new music for our upcoming concerts as well as to continue 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               
Outdoor lighting for our tennis courts

Gaston College Foundation       
Gaston College Foundation will use the funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to address the financial and nutritional barriers that prohibit student academic success. Funds will be used to supplement the Student Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP) and the Gaston College Food Bank to assist students in need of emergency financial and food assistance.

Gaston Community Action, Inc.
Funds will be used to assist in the improvement of our programs.

Gaston County Art Guild             
We will be using the money to donate to art teachers in schools that decide to participate in the GCAG “Senior Show” which helps career path Art Students to gain experience in entering juried shows.

Gaston County DHHS    
To provide additional scholarships to enhance the lives of employees and their children.

Gaston County Education Foundation   
The Gaston County Education Foundation plans to use all funds raised from the Community Run to fund our grant cycle. The grant cycle will run August 1 - September 11, 2020.  The grants will be written by Gaston County School teachers seeking additional funding for their classroom to implement innovative teaching ideas. Funding of these initiatives will help students achieve their end-of-grade testing goals and possibly have a little fun at the same time! 

Gaston County Extension Center Association (ECA)         
We will award scholarships to various students who reside in Gaston county.

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 of Art & History             
The Museum plans to use funds raised from the 2020 CF RUN for An Evening of Jazz with Maria Howell at the Historic Loray Mill. The program aims to broaden the scope of musical performance types at the Museum, and to meet the museum’s vision of “ensuring all citizens in our region have access to art and history”. In an effort to reach beyond geographic location, and traditionally served demographics, the museum hopes to bring new visitors to museum programming. In bringing a Gastonia born African American musician to Gastonia, the Museum hopes to identify programs of interest to more diverse communities within Gaston County.

Gaston County Parks & Recreation Park Partners            
Funds from the 2020 Community Run will be used to build a splash pad and related amenities at the Dallas Park.

Gaston County Young Life          
We are planning on using the funds raised in order to reach more kids relationally, with well recruited and trained Young Life leaders, in new ministries that serve Gaston County. Also, we are planning on taking two big summer camp trips in 2020 and the funds raised here will help us make those experiences more affordable for Gaston County students to attend.

Gaston Dance Theatre  
All monies used from the Community Foundation will continue to support the mission of the Gaston Dance Theatre program.  GDT will continue to offer excellence in Community Performances for its residents. Monies will support the quality of the productions by allowing us to create professional level costumes and sets for our student dancers. It will also continue to help Title 1 students attend classical and contemporary works at no cost to their families or schools. The scholarships that the Community Foundation supports will continue to provide excellent training and prepare student dancers for their college education and professional careers.

Gaston Day School         
Once again, Gaston Day School would like to use the funds raised through the Run for professional development for the 80 plus members of the faculty and staff. These funds provide a significant portion of our budget for faculty and staff training and continuing education.

Gaston Family Health Services 
The funds raised will be put back into the endowment fund through the community foundation run.

Gaston Galaxy 
Use of funds will go toward facilities to practice at, uniforms, and equipment.

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

Gaston Humane Society Inc       
Spay/Neuter Assistance Program for Gaston Co residents to help reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats.  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 animals in our foster care.

Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.      
Funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide materials and provide instruction to students studying English Language acquisition, high school equivalency prep, Citizenship, Financial Literacy, and other basic skills development.  Funds will also support materials and staff of the Reading Soul Mates program, a program in partnership with Gaston County Schools providing adult volunteer tutors to 2nd/3rd graders identified as reading below grade level and at risk of grade retention.

Gaston Pride    
We will use the funds to provide a festival to celebrate the diverse community of the LGBTQ+ Community. As well as host some fundraising events throughout the year.

Gaston Residential Services      
Gaston Residential Services will continue to use the funds raised for therapeutic activities such as horseback swimming, art, music, massage and other therapies.  Additional multisensory equipment will also be purchased.

Gaston School of the Arts           
Gaston School of the Arts would use the funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to defray costs of instructional programs, GSOA's Children's Playhouse productions, and the GSOA Youth Orchestra, and to fund scholarships.

Gaston Skills, Inc.           
To purchase recreation equipment. This equipment will assist our clients in improving their overall well-being by developing healthy living skills, improving mobility, reducing stress and facilitating social interactions.

Gaston String Orchestra              
To support performances offered free to the community at new venues and churches, compensating visiting solo artists and purchase new music.

Gaston Symphonic Band              
Concert Venue Rentals Music Purchases Maintenance of Equipment Operating Expenses Rehearsal Venue Rental Concert Expenses Music Storage Rental

Gaston Together             
Funds will be used to support the work of the Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition, the Gaston Together Healthcare Commission / Healthy Gaston, Community Building/Civic Engagement Leadership process and Gaston Vision 2030.  In addition, some, funds may be used to meet the endowment funds goal for the Community Foundation Challenge Grant.

Gastonia Freedom School           
The funds raised will be used to provide educational services to students in need through the purchase of curriculum, testing materials, school supplies, and therapy aids.

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, durable medical equipment and giveaways for health fairs and events.

The Gastonia Potters House      
Funds raised from the 2020 run will go directly towards public outreach and residential client needs. This includes reaching out to the community through newsletters, speaking engagements, and various outreach opportunities.

Gastonia Sister Cities    
To continue promoting "Peace through People" through student exchanges with Gaston County High School students to our Sister Cities in Gotha, Germany and Santiago de Surco, Peru.  Funds will be used to educate students that travel to Gastonia, fall 2020.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont              
The funding from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will continue to be used to help provide the Girl Scout Leadership Program to girls in Gaston County.

Girls on the Run              
Girls on the Run remains steadfast in our commitment to serving all girls in Gaston County. Funds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will aid Girls on the Run in further providing need-based, program registration scholarships to over half of registered Gaston County participants. Historically, 50% of participants in Gaston County receive some form of a program registration scholarship. Proceeds from the Gaston Community Foundation Run will enable Girls on the Run to ensure that every girl that expresses interest in participating is able to register, regardless of financial ability. Thanks to generous donors and the support of the Community Foundation Run, girls who would not typically have access to quality youth programming in Gaston County will be able to participate in Girls on the Run.

Habitat for Humanity Gaston County    
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County will use funds from the 2020 Community Fun Run to purchase building materials and supplies to build a decent, affordable home for a partner family in 2020.

HealthNet Gaston          
HealthNet Gaston will use its 2020 Community Foundation Run proceeds to purchase critically needed prescription medications and medical supplies such as diabetes test strips and asthma inhalers for its patient population who could not otherwise afford these items.

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 Inc            
Continue to provide funds to the kids in the community to participate in sporting events. Assist with purchasing equipment need/requested for the kids to participate in the sporting activities.

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

Holy Angels       
Holy Angels will use funds generated from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to purchase needed educational, adaptive, and medical equipment and supplies for our residents ages 3 year to 77 years of age.

House of Mercy, Inc.     
House of Mercy intends to use any funds raised from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to fund general operating expenses for our residential program that provides quality, compassionate care for people living with HIV.

Hoyle Historic Homestead         
To continue to make needed repairs and the correction of safety issues to both the Hoyle Historic Homestead and the Historic Eli Hoyle House so we can continue to offer historical tours and educational programs for the citizens of Gaston County.

Ignited Minds Childcare
We will be updating our learning materials and purchasing Pea Pods for our individuals. We also would like to purchase more sensory friendly items.

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas             
We plan to use funds from this year’s run to help cover the cost of programming that we plan to deliver this year to schools in the Dallas Community per Dr. Balknights request.

Junior League of Gaston County               
We will use the funds to continue our impact of helping the community within Women's Health and Substance Abuse by expanding the programs already in place and implementing new programs that will be long lasting within our community.  This will include training for our members to maximize a volunteer’s impact and thus aid a greater number of disadvantaged women and children.

Keep Belmont Beautiful              
We will continue and hopefully increase our grants to the 5 Belmont City schools.  As Belmont grows population-wise, we look to further educate the public on personal and environmental  responsibility.  KBB plans to purchase safety vests for our downtown Flower Power Program volunteers and will continue to supply the city with cigarette disposal stands to alleviate cigarette litter.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful              
Keep Gastonia Beautiful will be using the funds for the 2020 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.

The King's Daughters Ministry  
Funds will be used for direct service to our residents, including educational and social development.

Least of These Carolinas              
Least of These Carolinas (LOTC) intends to use the funds raised from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to our ministry's operating expenses.  LOTC implements multiple programs to provide for the needs of foster children.  Beds of Hope, provides needed beds to foster caregivers as required for the placement children in a home. LOTC assists with car seats and other infant/baby supplies through application requests, enabling caregivers to provide a safe environment. Bags of Hope (a personalized duffle bag individually packed for a child entering foster care) is another program that meets specific immediate needs of a child entering foster care.  The funds raised through the 2020 Community Foundation Run will enable us to continue to meet specific needs and make a difference for these children in Gaston County.

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

The Lighthouse-Children's Advocacy Center       
The Lighthouse intends to use funds for the 2020 Community Foundation Run for the 'Together We Shine' building campaign.  This building campaign will allow for a child friendly and expanded location for the Children's Advocacy Center.

Lily Pad Haven, Inc.        
The funds we will gain from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will be used to continue providing transitional housing and supportive services to the guests and their children who stay in our Gaston County house. Specifically, we will designate the funds for food, transportation, group activities and house maintenance.

Little Theater of Gastonia           
The funds will be used to upgrade the stage lighting, sound systems, renovation and upgrades of the Little Theater of Gastonia building.

Loray Girls' Home, Inc. 
The funds raised through Community Foundation Run 2020 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.

Lowell Women's Club   
We intend to add outdoor exercise equipment to the Rankin Park area, expand amenities in the Bolin Park playground and to continue our support of City initiatives to add plantings, banners, seating  and flags to public areas.

McAdenville Woman's Club      
We are planning to use the funds for our Maxine Porch McAdenville Scholarship that is currently managed by the Community Foundation. The McAdenville Woman's Club established the Maxine Porch McAdenville Scholarship fund to assist qualified McAdenville residents wishing to further their education. The club named the fund in honor of Maxine Porch, a club member who devoted her time and talents to the betterment of the McAdenville community.  Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and are typically in the amount of $500-$1,500 each with a typical total of $3,000 awarded each year.

nursing scholarships

Funds will support the housing services of MiraVia.  MiraVia's residential program provides housing, meals, case management, clothing, baby goods and practical support for young women facing unplanned pregnancies during their higher education.  Student mothers from any college or accredited program are welcome to live at MiraVia until their child is two years of age.  During this time, they are empowered to create lives of hope for themselves and their children.

Mount Holly Community Development Foundation       
We will utilize the funds toward our operating expenses, and our public/private partnership with the city of Mt Holly.  We will spend the money on things as such as, events on the greenway, funding for public art, and downtown revitalization.

Mount Holly Farmers Market    
The Power of Produce (PoP) Club a program designed to empower children ages 4 to 12 to make healthful food choices. Each week, children do an activity, receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits, eggs and vegetables and food plants. We are working with the Gaston County Health Department, Mount Holly Community Development Foundation and Mount Holly Community Garden for 17 weeks of programming and activities.  We have had 150 children participate this summer.  We hope to raise additional monies to double the bucks of the $2 token. SNAP/EBT We received out EBT status this year and hope to develop an outreach program to encourage folks to shop at the farmers market. We hope to double the bucks for this program as well.

Mount Holly Historical Society 
We plan to use the funds from the 2020 Run to support the improvement of the Doctors/Drugstores exhibit as well as continuing to improve the preservation and digitization of our archives.

Mount Holly Impact Fund           
2020 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.

Mt. Holly Community Garden, Inc.          
The Garden plans to use this year's funds to provide electricity to the back-garden areas.     We need accessibility to electricity in our large building where we store vegetables, provide sitting areas, and use for a stage during community events.  It is also an area used for healthy cooking demonstrations.

We will use the funds raised to fund our Next Gen grant cycle in the fall of 2020.

Noon Optimist Club of Gastonia              
Proposed use of funds from Run2020 are for continuation of projects for area youths in the Boys and Girls Club as well as Gastonia area youth.  Increasing efforts on education of trades by providing scholarships to graduation high school students.  See table in section 5 budget

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 Counties              
Proceeds will be used to purchase age appropriate books for children in our community through the Partnership's Early Literacy Programs including but not limited to Reach Out and Read and Boogie with Books in the Park.

Paul Fuller Scholarship for Mentored Students 
We continue to support the Scholarship winners attending a degree or training program for up to 8 semesters. (6 students) and we will select a 2020 Recipient in May 2020.

PFLAG Gaston  
We plan on helping other LGBTQ based organizations. Add money to the scholarship to allow another student to receive it. But more needed items for the group.

Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America           
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           
The funds will be used to meet general budget needs for the Place of Refuge. They  will include (oversite of:  adolescent parenting, adoption, counseling, and the STI clinic.

Presbyterian Weekday School  
Presbyterian Weekday School will continue to assist parents who experience hardship during the school year with paying tuition.  Also, this year, we are dedicating funds to establish support for students with special learning needs. Students who need special accommodations to prepare them for Kindergarten.

Remembering Austin    
Funds will be used to support opioid education throughout Gaston County.

Rotary Garden of Gastonia         
Community Foundation Run funds will be used to make improvements to the Garden.  Areas that need attention include updating the irrigation system, adding more storage space, maintaining the parking lot, and maintaining the raised beds.

S.O.C.K.S.  (Serving Our Community With Kindness In Springwood)        
replace old freezer food purchases utility payments operational expenses

Safe Kids Gaston County             
We intend to use the funds to help us educate caregivers and children about safe storage of medication and that medicine and candy may looks the same but are not.  We will also use the funds to continue our educational programs on bicycle safety, car seat safety and fire safety education.

The Salvation Army       
We will use the funds to help shelter and feed the homeless in Gaston County.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History
The Schiele Museum relies on the generous donors from the Community Run to support the development of educational programs, workshops and exhibits for students, children and families in our region.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina              
We will use funds raised from the 2020 Community Foundation Run to continue to support child hunger programs in Gaston County. We have several backpack programs that the funds will be used for.  Our backpack program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready-to-eat, staple pantry items on weekends when school meals are not available.

Shining Hope Farms       
The funds raised through the Gaston Community Foundation run 2020 will be used to support our therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy programs at our Mt. Holly location to benefit the residents of Gaston County.

Smith Cemetery Historical Preservation Association      
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, mowing, weed killers, landscaping needs, and purchasing some additional Grey and Tera-Cota patio stones that are used to mark the graves of the Unmarked Graves, that we have discovered.

And finally, we in a position to direct the excess funds towards our Ongoing Maintenance Account, that will allow us to hire someone to take over the tasks I perform for free, when I’m no longer able to keep up with it all.  Not that we have restored this historic cemetery, and secured it with fencing, we can now focus on additional donors that will help us meet our mission of making Smith Cemetery a perpetual care cemetery, that will never be neglected again.

Southminster Presbyterian Church         
Our proceeds from the 2020 Community Foundation Run will be designated specifically for the 2021 Night to Shine special needs prom, which will be open to all Gaston Cunty special needs citizens (age 14 and up) The Night to Shine prom will take place in February 2021

Special Kare for Special Kids      
We will continue job training skills with organizing toys, clothing and performing job skills within a setting to wash dishes, sweep, clean windows and serve snacks to young children.  We will also provide Music Therapy scholarships to young children to increase language development.

Special Olympics Gaston County              
Special Olympics Gaston County will provide sports opportunities for our athletes with intellectual disabilities who are competing and training for summer games. We will support athletes in a variety of sports as they train for these games and prepare for competitions, both locally, and at the state level.

South Point High School PTO
As a PTO, we plan to do several activities over the next year to benefit the school and student body. Our goal is to purchase new furniture for the school’s entrance hall and office area, update the brick sign in the front of the school, add directional signs within the school, and landscape the grounds of the school. In addition, we would like to purchase a new toaster and microwave for each of our teacher’s lounges, and we would like to purchase 3-4 new microwaves to place in the cafeteria for our students. Lastly, the PTO provides meals for teachers and staff throughout the year to show appreciation for all that they do, and we also host several events for our students. Each semester we provide an Honor Roll Breakfast, and we host the Baccalaureate Reception and Senior Breakfast at the end of the year for our seniors.  The PTO would use Run Money to upgrade our school campus, provide much-needed appliances in teacher lounges and the school cafeteria, and host special events for our staff and students. Thank you for the opportunity to help raise funds to benefit the outstanding students and staff at South Point High School.

St. Michael Catholic School        
St. Michael Catholic School will use the funds to give scholarships to financially challenged students who qualify for financial assistance; tuition assistance.

St. Stephens AME Zion Church  
We intend to update the education suite of our church with the following: - Three large format displays for information sharing- 15 Chromebooks that will serve as a mobile computer lab- Upfitted AC network constructed to handle the traffic of up to 100 smart devices. The investment in this effort will ensure we can house summer academic academies and provide them best in class technology while on our campus.

Tarheel Trailblazers       
2020 Community Foundation Run proceeds will be used to fund the trail design and construction of a modern trail system at Rocky Branch Park in the City of Belmont. This urban, forested park will feature beginner, intermediate and advance trails made of natural materials to be enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers and runners from across Gaston County. The successful completion of this park will connect downtown Belmont to Stuart Cramer High School and downtown Cramerton on the Carolina Thread Trail.

Teens Changing Gaston County
Funds will be used to support the program and the annual TCGC grant cycle.

The Thomas Cricket Smith IV Scholarship Foundation    
High school scholarship

Tri-County Animal Rescue          
The 2020 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  
As we continue to make our building more welcoming to our community without using donor campaign dollars.  This year's Run funds will be used to continue our building improvements. These efforts will help to make Downtown Gastonia Beautiful.

Victory Farm Inc.             
Pay Annual Insurance Premiums Operating Expenses - THERE ARE NO SALARIES AT VICTORY FARM - we are an all-volunteer charity.  Operating Expenses cover the care and maintenance of the farm and horses only - not administrative or salaries.

Webb Street School       
We would love to use the funds to be able to continue to purchase curriculum bands for our students with special needs.  As a public school the state is not able to provide us with all of the materials needed to teach all of our students with different ranges of ability levels. 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 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 would also love to be able to add on a purchase from UNIQUEs system called Symbol Stix. Symbol Stix is a evidencebased symbol communication tool, provides that lifeline, ensuring everyone has access to learning, language and selfexpression.

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


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