From cemetery restoration and water conservation to theatre production and double zip lines, the Washington Count Community Foundation has funded an eclectic array of projects. Eight organizations in Washington County have received over $23,000.00 in grants to improve life in Washington County. Funds for the grants awarded are drawn from the Touch Tomorrow Funds of the Washington County Community Foundation.
The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with West Washington High School has been awarded a grant in the amount of $3840.00 for Water Sampling and Lab Testing. The testing will be conducted by students in Biology class at West Washington. Testing will be done for e-coli and non-point sources. The data collected will be used in a watershed assessment.
Range Days, a project of the Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports, will receive a grant in the amount of $527.00 to help cover the costs of ammunition for the days. This grant is funded by the Salem True Value Touch Tomorrow Fund.
The Delaney Creek Longbeards have received a grant in the amount of $700.00 for 2008 JAKES Day. This project educates youth on the principles of habitat management, importance of conservation, hunting ethics, and safe and responsible hunting.
Broken stones will be repaired this year at Mt. Washington Cemetery. The cemetery association has been awarded a grant for $1,000.00 from the Salem Mortgage Touch Tomorrow Fund for the restoration.
Martinsburg Cemetery Association has also been awarded a $1,000.00 grant. The award from the Carol Ruth Mosier Touch Tomorrow Fund is to be used for the restoration of 30 headstones in the cemetery.
High flying fun is in store at Wonder Valley Christian Assembly. They have been awarded a $6,000.00 grant from the Gene and Judy Hedrick Touch Tomorrow Fund. Campers at Wonder Valley will learn to push themselves out of their “comfort zone” and discover excellence within themselves as they soar down a double zip line.
Washington County Actors Community Theatre (WCACT) has been awarded a $3,500.00 grant for their production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Spring 2008. Funding for this grant was made possible by the Brent and Lauren Elliott Touch Tomorrow Fund.
The YMCA of Washington County has been awarded $7,500.00 to help with membership scholarships.
The Foundation’s next grant cycle will be in the spring of 2008.
Washington County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1993 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Washington County forever