Foundation Facebook friends vote for Young Scholars as $500 grant recipient

The Community Foundation recently hosted a three-week contest via its Facebook page that allowed nonprofits to vie for $500 to be used toward its programming.

Nonprofits who received grants from The Foundation in 2012 were invited to write a short paragraph sharing with the community how they would use the $500 if chosen. A small committee of community members unaffiliated with The Foundation chose the top four organizations they believed would best use the $500 grant.

Those four chosen organizations’ logos were posted to Facebook with their short paragraph and community members had a three-week period to vote for the nonprofit they thought most deserved the $500 based on the submitted paragraph. Young Scholars received the most votes. With the e $500, Young Scholars will be able to give 16 Young Scholars students the opportunity to attend two writing camps this summer.

The contenders were:

JOHN BOSCO HOUSE

John Bosco House supports homeless young men through housing and teaching practical life skills and guiding them toward independent living while helping to grow organic veggies in the program’s indoor greenhouse. Five hundred dollars would have gone toward hydroponic equipment. The hydroponic Boston lettuce, sold in local stores, has grown so popular that the current John Bosco House hydroponic system can’t keep up with the demand. The equipment also will “grow” more job skills for the homeless young men.

 HERKIMER AREA RESOURCE CENTER

$500 would have sponsored eight children in a six-week course of Autism Movement Therapy instruction that would otherwise not be available to them due to finances. This instruction is imperative in providing the basics of life-long techniques to develop communications and socialization skills that give them access to a full life in the community.

 ABRAHAM HOUSE

Abraham House, which provides free around-the-clock compassionate care to the terminally ill so people can die with dignity and without pain, would  have used the $500 to enhance the quality of life for their guests by purchasing a patio set and flowers for their back garden.  It would have allowed  guests and families to enjoy fresh air as well as the peace and beauty of the garden.