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Grants Awarded By Calaveras Foundation

The Calaveras Community Foundation has awarded four grants to nonprofit agencies serving residents of the county.

“Added to ten previously announced grants, we have been able to provide almost $13 thousand during this quarter to improve the quality of life in our county,” stated CCF president Genna Hurst. “We are pleased to be a conduit whereby people of our area can assist those groups that do so much for our communities.”

The newly announced grants voted by the CCF board of directors are: Angels Library Boosters – $140. This small group of about twelve people has been actively raising money to help the Angels Camp Library and eventually build a new library facility. One of their fundraising efforts is periodic book sales. The CCF grant will purchase a large fabric sign to hang over the library on Highway 49 announcing “Library Book Sale.” Human Resources Council – $500. This private nonprofit human services agency has served families, children, and other individuals in Calaveras and Amador counties since 1981. Like many organizations it faces a serious employee turnover, averaging 27 percent in 2002. Grant money will go toward a Leadership Training on Conflict Resolution workshop intended to reduce stress and increase job satisfaction.

Murphys Fire Protection District – $355. Organized in 1935, the district provides services in Murphys, Douglas Flat, and Vallecito. It maintains fire stations in Murphys and Vallecito. One of its major tasks is to educate the public, young and old, in a fire prevention program. The CCF grant will purchase fire safety printed materials for this program.

Save the Romaggi Adobe Foundation – $1,000. Te foundation’s project is to preserve the historic Romaggi Adobe on Highway 49 and make the facility into a museum featuring families that came for the Gold Rush and stayed. The funds received from CCF will help enclose the building for the winter and protect from further damage.

The CCF makes grants periodically throughout the year. This round of awards was voted by the board of directors at its October meeting. Other recipients previously announced include the Valley Springs Youth Center, Calaveras Children’s Repertory Theatre, Vallecito Music Boosters, Mother Lode Youth Symphony, My Own School, Calaveras Children’s Dental Project, Calaveras Senior Center, Calaveras Adult Tutoring, Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, and Oakendell Community School.

The Calaveras Community Foundation is an umbrella organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of eleven residents of the county who possess specific professional skills. It is building toward a permanent reservoir of charitable funds to help support local needs and emerging issues. Genna Hurst is board President. Trudy Lackey is the Executive Director of CCF and may be reached at its Angels Camp office, (209) 736-1845.