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Hillsboro foundation gives out grants

Nine programs received grants from the Hillsboro Community Foundation Impact Fund Feb. 12 at halftime of Hillsboro’s games with Nickerson.

The Hillsboro Senior Center received a $2,500 grant, which will be used to meet its budget.

“They have significant budget cutbacks. We gave them a little more leeway to make up shortfall in funding,” Keith Harder said. He is chairman of the Hillsboro Community Foundation’s grants committee and the future foundation chairman.

Main Street Ministries received $2,250, and will use the money to purchase more food to distribute to those in need. Main Street Ministries provided food to more than 2,300 people March through December in Marion County.

The Hillsboro Elementary School After School Program received $750. The program helps pay enrollment fees for some students to in recreation commission activities, funds several students to participate in gymnastics, and pays for a chess club sponsor, and a Spanish Club teacher, a craft club teacher, and supplies for these clubs.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marion County received $750. The money will be used for the “Bigs in Schools” program to provide one-on-one tutoring for at-risk students by matching them with screened volunteers. The program operates county wide in USD 408, USD 410, and USD 398.

Communities in Schools of Marion County received $750 and will use the grant to provide emergency financial assistance for families in the USD 410 School District.

The Tabor College Learning in Retirement Program received $500. Program staff are planning to use the money to buy a hands-free microphone.

Hillsboro Chess Guild received $500.The grant will allow the guild to provide free lessons to students.

The Hillsboro Police Department received $500 for its Drug Abuse Resistance Program. Once a week, for 16 weeks, a Hillsboro police officer will make a presentation to each Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grade class. The money will be used to purchase supplies for the program.

The Hillsboro Public Library received $500. The library will use the money to buy supplies for its summer reading program and reduce fees to allow more students to participate.

“We know that the money we provide is an important part of funding for all these organizations,” Harder said.

Last modified Feb. 25, 2010

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