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S-GI Community Foundation awards grants

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK – Don Feuz, of the Springville-Griffith community Education Foundation, left center, presented a check to Brian Tavernier, chief professional officer for the Holland Boys and Birls Club. The check was a grant from the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation.
SPRINGVILLE — Earlier this year, the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation voted to provide grants to three local organizations.

Board members allocated $1,000 to the Elizabeth Ministry, which followed another $1,000 awarded during the 2012-13 holiday season. These funds will go toward providing infant supplies needed by young families in the area. Several families are aided each year by the ministry. The Elizabeth Ministry began in 2001 with the efforts of three women from St. Aloysius Parish in Springville. It now has a ministry of six women with a purpose of helping families with small children.

Families in need can call Love In the Name of Christ at 592-3761, which then contacts the Elizabeth Ministry. Supplies are then purchased and delivered by the ministry’s volunteers.

Another grant for $2,500 was provided to the Boys and Girls Club of Holland for their programming. Foundation Board Member Don Feuz presented a check to the organization in March.

The foundation also awarded $3,500 to the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District’s Family Support Center. The center, an initiative that began in fall 2013, connects district residents with services related to parenting, counseling, crisis intervention and social service and health benefits enrollment. Foundation members Dr. Patrick Hurley and Feuz presented the check to the district at the Feb. 11 board of education meeting.

Board Member Mary Irish assumed the role of treasurer, taking over from Hurley, who resigned as treasurer after serving in that role for seven years. He will remain a foundation board member.

The Foundation is actively seeking new volunteers, potential board members and ideas for future projects. Contact for more information. The next meeting is scheduled for April 2 at 7 p.m. at Papa Jake’s Restaurant.

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