Grants Awarded at the SACCF August Board Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation approved two grants at their August meeting, one to benefit the Rotary Back to School Campaign and the other the Job Seeking Skills Classes provided by DILA. Bill Tingle, President of the SACC Foundation, recently presented checks to representatives of both organizations.
Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore
Nina East, SACC Foundation Board President, presents Jayme Weeg, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, with a $1500.00 grant to purchase materials for use in Wicomico County classrooms
Salvation Army’s — Richard Hazel Youth Center
The SACC Foundation approved a grant request to assist the Salvation Army’s Richard Hazel Youth Center with improvements to their technology in their computer lab, which will allow them to work with youth specifically through their Latchkey Program on math and language skills. It is their goal to provide additional instruction and tutoring in these areas with the help of new curriculum designed for that purpose. The SACCF has purchased a router, fifteen wireless desktops (keyboard & mouse), USB network adapters, and the curriculum for the program. The router will allow the Willie Downing (pictured to the left) to set up the center’s new computer room wireless utilizing their current computers, which will increase their capacity to fifteen computers. Downing is also starting a senior’s daytime computer class to introduce them to computer basics, e-mail, and the World Wide Web.
Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore
The Board of Directors of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation approved at their October 2009 meeting a grant request for $2500 to purchase classroom materials and teaching kits for Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. Pictured above is Wesley Cox, president of the SACC Foundation, presenting the check to Jayme Weeg, president of JA. JA programs provide volunteers from the community who participate by providing K-12 programs in local schools. These volunteers share their knowledge and experience as they teach curriculum about business, economics, and free enterprise.
Wicomico Rotary Club
Bill Shockley, Treasurer of the Wicomico Rotary Club and member of their Community Service Committee, received the contribution on behalf of the Rotary Clubs in Wicomico County. This project was a joint effort by the three local clubs to provide backpacks with school supplies to underprivileged local children in the area. Shockley commented the “500 children were provided their backpacks the week before school started and their clubs would not have been able to meet the need of so many kids without the support provided by the SACC Foundation.”
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Jennifer Whitcomb, Executive Director of Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., received a check the SACC Foundation to help with the funding needed to provide deaf and hard of hearing individuals with training in job seeking skills. DILA has completed one class already, has one in progress, and others scheduled. The class includes pre-placement employment assessment, job strengths and weaknesses and developing an individual vocational plan, all with the goal of strengthening the individual’s job readiness.
Horses Supporting Women
The SACC Foundation Board of Directors approved a grant request for some funding for a special project that was held at Green Gate Farm in partnership with Women Supporting Women. The project was called Horses Helping Women and was designed to empower breast cancer survivors on the Delmarva Peninsula through the use of Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL). Equine-assisted therapy is used to help cancer survivors cope with the challenges and fears they face after treatment. A check was presented by Wesley Cox, SACC President 2009-10, to Sue Revelle from Women Supporting Women and Heather Gates from Green Gate Farm. The program occurred in April of 2009.
The SACC Foundation was founded in December 2002 by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.