CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children in Lancaster County, recently announced the recipients of its spring Community Initiative grants. The grant winners were chosen from a competitive application process and focused on six strategic areas impacting the lives of local children. Seven local nonprofit organizations were chosen for awards amounting to over $55,000.
Spring 2016 Community Initiatives Grant recipients include CASA of Lancaster, Eastern Lancaster County School District, Hands Across the Street, Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School, Mental Health America, Milagro House, and Samaritan Counseling Center. CASA of Lancaster was awarded $10,000 to help fund a full-time volunteer manager to provide support and guidance for CASA volunteers. Eastern Lancaster County School District will use its $7,550 grant to obtain a Spot Vision Screener, so that nurses will be able to complete more effective eye screenings for students.
Hands Across the Street was awarded $10,000 for its Summer Food Service Program and to purchase equipment to enable the program to increase its capacity. Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School was awarded $4,000 for its Horizons Health and Wellness Initiatives, which provides early childhood intervention, summer enrichment, and year-round support for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families through learning and enrichment for low-income public school children when school is not in session.
Mental Health America will use its grant of $10,000 to expand mental health advocacy to Spanish-speaking families through a contracted Spanish-speaking advocate. Milagro House was awarded $5,000 to strengthen the family unit for single mothers by providing more intensive one-on-one services. Samaritan Counseling Center will utilize its $10,000 grant to expand the TeenHope Mental Health Screening Program for middle and high school students that identifies teens struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for future Community Initiatives grants can find application instructions and guidelines by clicking the Community Initiatives link at http://stjosephchildrenshealth.org/community-initiatives/. Applications for the upcoming fall grant cycle are due Saturday, Oct. 1, and applications for the spring cycle are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.