2013 Grant Cycle Requests Approved

Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic was grant request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their October meeting.
Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic requested $260,000.00 to cover their operating costs for their 2013 fiscal year.   The clinic relocated their operations to 230 South Main St. in May 2012 and expanded their operations to four days per week.  Dr. Dawani stated that “the care received in our clinic meets or exceeds other area clinics due to the extra time that he and the staff allows for each patient”.

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County’s Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 meeting.
Habitat for Humanity requested $250,000.00 to purchase a building for their “RESTORE” project.  The additional space will allow Habitat for Humanity to receive and store materials, furniture, appliances and other items to be sold to the general public.  Mr. Ricky Hardee stated that “this new revenue source would be very beneficial building new homes in Marion County”.
Mr. Bruce Siegal, Chairman of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors said he and the Directors are pleased to be a participant in improving the living conditions and home ownership to the Marion County Citizens.

Wildlife Action’s scholarship Initiative for their summer camp program Grant Request has been approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors.
Wildlife Action, Inc. requested funds to provide scholarships to the less fortunate children in Marion County.    Mr. Gault Beeson stated that these funds would allow “Wildlife Action the opportunity to teach more children in Marion County and our surrounding regions about God’s backyard”.

Science South, Inc.  Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 meeting.
Science South, Inc. requested a three year grant totaling $120,000.00 to fund one week summer science camps for rising sixth graders and teachers in Marion County.  The camps activities will be based on South Carolina science education standards and STEM related topics.  Mr. Stephen Welch stated that ”we hope these programs will equip the teachers of Marion County the content and skills they need to present science to their students in a more successful learning environment and to generate a spark of interest in the students to excel in science and perhaps pursue a career in a science field”.

Trinity Behavioral Care Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 meeting.
Trinity Behavioral Care requested a two year grant totaling $75,000.00 to fund additional counselors for their ”Direction Correction” project within the Marion County School District. Mr. Donny Brock stated that funding of the request is “seed money” which will be used to subsidize the cost of recruiting and training of two additional counselors “.

The Marion Rural Fire Department’s grant request to renovate their fire station was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 meeting.
The Marion Rural Fire Department’s request of $41,780 for renovation included 3 new bay doors, replacing their HVAC, a new storage area, remodeling the kitchen and a new ceiling.  Mr. Billy Wallace stated that the trucks would be protected from the weather and improves the overall appearance of the fire station.  Mr. Wallace stated that his neighbors were pleased with their progress and that “this new renovation project will continue to improve the property to the satisfaction of the neighbors”. 

Marion Boys and Girls Club three year Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors in March 2012.  The second year of the grant request in the amount of $25,000.00 was presented to Mr. Neil Zimmerman on May 13, 2013.  Mr. Zimmerman stated “these funds will allow the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County to continue their efforts to implement a quality program for the youth of Marion County”   

The Marion Rescue Squad’s Grant Request to purchase training equipment was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation at their November 19, 2013 meeting.Marion Rescue Squad’s Grant Request for training equipment was needed due to new requirements that training equipment be maintained on site and have more training days to offer volunteers and rescue squad members.  Mr. Ralph Cooper, Captain stated that “this equipment will keep our First Responders, EMT’s and Paramedics up to date with the new trends of pre-hospital emergency services.

Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault Grant Request were approved at the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their February 18, 2013 meeting.  Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault requested funding of $5,000.00 for their Reducing Our Assault Risk (ROAR) project.  Ms. Ellen Hamilton stated ROAR is a sexual assault and dating violence program for middle and high school students and young adults in Marion County in a classroom or group setting.  Ms. Hamilton stated “ROAR helps students examine core beliefs and values “.

Mullins Activation Committee Grant Request was approved at the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors February 18, 2013 meeting.  Mullins Activation Committee requested funds in the amount of $3,960.00 to develop and install a community bulletin board on highway 76 within the town limits.  Ms. Smith stated that advertising current events would be displayed for the benefit of the general public.  Ms. Smith stated that “this will keep local residents fully aware of what is available in the Mullins Community with regard to public meetings, youth activities and special events.” 

The Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors approved a grant request from PAWS to the Rescue in the amount of $2,500.00 for the purpose of purchasing kitty cages that will improve the feeding process and sanitary conditions.  Ms. Jennifer Nall stated that these cages can be easily moved to a new location if necessary. 

American Red Cross Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their March 18, 2013 meeting.
American Red Cross requested funds in the amount of $5,000.00 to aid disaster relief victims.  The money will bring relief in the form of temporary housing, food and clothes for family members.  “The Red Cross works hard to support Marion County in time of need and this money means a great deal to families that are suffering”, said Linda Boone Smith, executive director, Marion County Red Cross.  “I can’t say thank you enough to the Marion County Healthcare Foundation for supporting our needs by funding our grant request”.

J. Roberts Performance Arts Academy Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their March 18, 2013 meeting.
J. Roberts Performance Arts Academy requested funds in the amount of $5,000.00 for assistance in the relocation of their studio as the space previously occupied was destroyed by fire.  Ms. Justine Roberts said “these funds will allow our studio to return to full operation and continue their preparation for the students to participate in the many community events scheduled for 2013.”

Gregory Davis Ministries Food Bank Grant request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 board meeting.
Gregory Davis Ministries Food Bank requested funds in the amount of $5,000.00 for assistance in gathering food and household items for distribution to needy families.  Ms. Yolanda Davis stated “these funds will assist the food bank volunteers in helping more needy families in Marion County.

Marion County Museum Grant request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their April 15, 2013 meeting.Marion County Museum requested funds in the amount of $2,000.00 for their “Living History Days” project.  The program is held each spring in honor of Marion County’s revolutionary war General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, and includes candle making, soap making, a blacksmith and other period exhibits.  Ms. Roseanne Black, museum director stated that all county third and eighth graders who attended were very interested in living their history”.

The City of Marion Grant Request was approved by the Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors at their November 19, 2013 meeting.
The City of Marion requested funds in the amount of $5,000.00 to purchase sound and lighting systems for the C.D. Joyner Auditorium.  “These systems will enhance the Christmas production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL which is open to all Marion County citizens said Mayor Bobby Davis”.