Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

North Port, FL



On November 29, the Heron Creek Community Foundation held ceremonies to present grants to 14 charities that help North Port residents.   Granting some $40,000 this year alone, HCCF has now awarded over $180,000 since its founding in 2010.  This year the focus was again on the more critical needs of North Port residents. 

Among other things, the grants addresses adult and child mental illness; rape and sexual abuse crisis assistance and therapy; Parkinson’s disease help for patients and their families; assisting children to master the skills necessary to resist the temptations of alcohol and drugs; helping adult North Port residents become more literate in order to be more productive; and training pregnant and parenting teens how to grow their families in a safe and healthful manner.   

HCCF also continued its tradition of bringing new services to North Port by funding a new Infant Room for babies and their siblings at the Florida Center for Early Childhood where infants and their siblings can receive much needed physical and cognitive developmental therapy.   In addition, HCCF funded an expansion of Safe Place and Crisis Center’s North Port office, which was originally brought here due to HCCF grants in 2011 and must be enlarged due to increase client workload in North Port.

As to education, HCCF also awarded its third high school mentoring and full college scholarship for a North Port High School student through Take Stock in Children.   Grants also will help Back Pack Angels acquire hygiene products to North Port children considered homeless and feed the elderly who cannot prepare their own meals through a grant to North Port Meals on Wheels.   The Boys & Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters also received grants to allow them to continue their fine work with North Port youth. 

HCCF is an organization of Heron Creek residents and members who joined together in 2010 to find a way to concertedly give back to our community and help those who are in need.   Its mission is to fund charities that serve North Port and find other ways to improve the local community.  Several fund raisers and minimal annual membership fees have allowed HCCF to grow each year and look forward to a continuation of those goals in the future.  More information on HCCF and its membership requirements, as well as information on the Annual Golf Tournament to be held on January 7 can be found at

After the ceremonies, HCCF President Roger McQuain stated, “We are happy to join together and help those in North Port who need a little help.  Thanks to the generosity of our members, those who help by attending and volunteering at fund-raising events and those North Port businesses, including Heron Creek Country Club, that support our efforts, we look forward to continuing to help in the future.  Together, we can make a difference.”

The 2016 grants were as follows:

        Charity                                                  Purpose of Grant

Child Protection Center

Therapy for child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse

Meals on Wheels

Meals for North Port residents who cannot make them themselves.

Literacy Volunteers

One-on-one tutoring services for NP residents

Forty Carrots

Parenting education classes for pregnant and parenting teen students

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Mentoring at-risk middle school and high school students in the Gateways to Graduation Program

Take Stock in Children

Mentoring and full college scholarship for an at-risk, low income NP student

Boys & Girls Club

SMART (Skills mastery and resistance training) Program at the Gene Mathews Boys & Girls Club

Neuro Challenge Foundation

Funding seven Parkinson's support groups at their NP Facility for a full year

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

Operational expenses and new computer at SPARCC's new expanded facility

Back Pack Angels

Hygiene products for distribution to North Port homeless children

Second Chance Recovery

North Port halfway house for drug and alcohol addiction

Mental Health Community Center

Operate Anchor House Drop-in Center for adults with severe mental illness

FL Center for Early Childhood

Furniture, carpeting and equipment in a new INFANT ROOM for early childhood physical and cognitive development

SOLVE Maternity Home

Vehicle expenses for clients' physicians visits and education

Total 2016 Grants

           Total Grants to date