South Slope Cooperative Communications and Aureon are pleased to announce that matching charity grants have been awarded to the North Liberty Community Pantry, the North Liberty Optimist Club, Wishes for Wildlife, and the Amana Firefighters Association. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, the Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local communities.
The North Liberty Community Pantry will use their grant funds to further develop their many family oriented food programs. The North Liberty Community Pantry recognizes the need for additional lunch foods during summer vacation. Children need healthy lunches all year and by purchasing foods to fill the gaps in donated foods, the pantry is able to better serve our community. This grant will provide funding for much needed food items to make sure our community children will have healthy meals during the summer break.
The North Liberty Optimist Club will use their funds to purchase helmets and lights for their bicycle safety program. Nearly 2,400 children attend the five elementary schools in North Liberty and many of those children ride bicycles. It is important that children are taught safe riding skills, bicycle traffic safety rules, and where they can find designated safe routes to school. It is also important to keep bicycles in safe riding condition and that children wear helmets. With these objectives in mind, the North Liberty Optimists, have developed a Bicycle Safety Day where knowledgeable volunteers will inspect bikes, teach basic riding skills, give helmets and bike lights to those in need, and provide informational handouts.
Wishes for Wildlife will use their funds for the “Planting Trees for the Next Generation” project. The foundation serves the Amana Colonies and surrounding communities and counties as well as visitors from across the country. Wishes for Wildlife Foundation is a volunteer run, non-profit organization which preserves and enhances wildlife habitats. Their mission is to provide safe and sustainable wildlife refuges that are carefully planned and maintained to enrich the environment and increase and preserve the wildlife population.
Amana Firefighters Association will use their funds to restructure the Homestead fire station to accommodate a first-out pumper truck. The ability to house this equipment at Homestead will be a great help in the Amana Fire Department’s efforts to protect the historical Amana Colonies. The Amana Fire Department serves the seven colonies of Amana with 24 volunteer members. They provide fire suppression, auto extrication and hazardous materials response, and their team is dedicated to deliver the highest level of public safety.
Grant applications are available at www.southslope.com/grants. Grants are awarded quarterly and amounts are determined by an independent charity grant committee.