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Thanks to the participation and enthusiasm of our members and fund-raiser attendees, the Foundation is thrilled to announce that we were able to grant $62,166 in 2017 to 20 charitable organizations that help North Port.  This is nearly twice what was awarded in previous years.  In addition to the great support from the community, the HCCF fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation earned some $32,000, allowing the Board to drastically increase the grant award budget.   

With this award, the HCCF celebrates reaching total grants awarded of $242,625 since 2011.  Again, this is only possible because of the dedicated support of Heron Creek residents and members.   

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017 the Foundation held its annual grant ceremony to award checks to the below listed organizations.  All were welcome to join the Board at the presentation, which was held in the Club Main Dining Room at 1:00 PM. 

 
“I am extremely pleased that we are able to significantly increase our grant awards this year.  We have had a very good year of fund raising and investment earnings, which is a testament to the support we have received from residents of Heron Creek.  We are very happy to give as much as we can to the North Port community” said Laurie Huebner, Foundation president.  Checks were presented to the following grantees:

Child Protection Center, Inc. - $3,540 – to provide therapy for North Port children in Sexual Abuse Treatment Program

Children’s Guardian Fund - $1,500 – to financially assist victims through Guardian ad Litem advocates

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County - $3,000 – to update computer equipment and its entire Local Area Network

Neuro Challenge Foundation - $2,750 – to provide direct services like care advising, education programs, support groups

CHAPS, Inc. - $2,700 – to provide food and hygiene products for HIV/Aids patients in need

Forty Carrots Family Center - $3,000 – for classes for pregnant and teen parent students

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Sun Coast - $3,000 – to support the Gateway to Graduation Program

Meals on Wheels – $3,000 – to help serve meals to those who cannot do so on their own

Back Pack Angels – $3,000 – to purchase hygiene products for homeless students

Literacy Volunteers – $2,000 – for new computer station and instructional materials and promotional materials to get volunteers

Pregnancy Solutions – $2,000 – for diapers for their Boutique for clients at no charge

Mental Health Community Centers – $5,000 – for Operating costs for its North Port Drop-in Center which HCCF helped establish

SPARCC – $2,676 – to pay rent, phone and internet for North Port rape crisis center

Face of Hope – $2,000 – to fund temporary housing for homeless in North Port

Florida Center for Early Childhood – $3,000 – to purchase classroom supplies and furniture for special needs children up to 5 years of age

Boys & Girls Club – $4,000 – to support SMART MOVES Program

Coastal Behavior Healthcare - $4,000 – to fund incidental & temporary expenses like transportation, meds, childcare etc.

SOLVE Maternity Home – $2,800 – to fund case management services for North Port clients

Take Stock in Children - $4,400 – for one 4-year mentoring program and post-secondary scholarship

Second Chance Recovery – $4,800 – for 12 months of short-term assistance while finding permanent home