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Tuolumne County Foundations Enjoy Record Setting Year

Sonora, CA — The Sonora Area Foundation and the Irving J. Symons Foundation enjoyed record setting years in 2007 community grants.

According to SAF Executive Director Mick Grimes, 307 grants totaled $1,521,179 for the just completed year.

The Jamestown Food Bank and the Mentoring Works Program received valued Christmas gifts from the two foundations. The Food Bank received a $70,000 two year grant from the Symons Foundation as well as a $2,600 grant from SAF for emergency repair to a delivery van.

Mentoring Works received two grants totaling $25,000. Mentoring Works coordinates 25-30 volunteer adults who are matched in friendships with children recommended by teachers, parents or family.

Grants awarded in the final quarter of the year included the Summerville Family Resource Center, the YES Partnership, arts education services, Sonora High School gymnasium scoreboards and a $2,500 grant for birthday and holiday gifts for hospitalized veterans in Tuolumne County.

Written by Bill Johnson