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SCHIP approves grants for 15 area projects

Responding to requests from organizations in the three-town area it serves, Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Projects (SCHIP) has made grants of $19,450 to 13 organizations for 15 projects to benefit neighbors and communities. At its October board meeting representatives of the 10 faith communities that combined their energy to create SCHIP, voted to approve the grants, bringing to more than $80,000 the amount they have raised through the sale of good used clothing and homegoods at SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne Village. In this round of grant-making, the third in 2007, they made the following grants: Girl Scout Council of Vermont to provide uniforms for 10 girls in Shelburne - $500 Hinesburg Community Resource Center for emergency funds to help with utility bills, milk for childrens lunches and food boxes - $4,000 Shelburne United Methodist Church for Shelburne Emergency Food Shelf for special needs such as medicine, utility bills and car repairs, and for repairs to ensure that someone could stay in their affordable home - $3,900 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Charlotte for the mission fund to underwrite fees for a special camp experience -- $1,000 St. Jude the Apostle of Hinesburg for materials for their Faith in Action committee to make into items needed by people in nursing homes and for the pastors discretionary fund to fill Christmas stockings for kids - $700 Charlotte Food Shelf for fuel assistance and school supplies - $1,200 St. Catherine of Siena in Shelburne for the social concerns committee - $500 Charlotte Shelburne Rotary to sponsor an individual to be part of the team going to Honduras to help train emergency personnel there - $650 Champlain Valley Union High School for the Home School Coordinators discretionary fund - $1,000 Charlotte Congregational, Ascension Lutheran of South Burlington and St. Pauls Cathedral to develop a team of high school seniors to go on a mission trip in 2008 -- $3,000 Hinesburg United Church for the pastors discretionary fund -- $3,000 In the three years since it began making grants, SCHIP has given almost $85,000 to provide funds for everything from food shelves and football uniforms to a shower for an elderly person. Grants have ranged from a few hundred to several thousand. The deadline for the next round of grant applications is the end of January 2008. The guidelines for grants is: projects must benefit people or communities of Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg grants can only be made to organizations with an IRS-approved 501c3 status, but a group or individual without such IRS approval can apply by establishing a sponsorship or mentoring relationship with a 501c3. For example, all the member faith communities that joined their energies to found the SCHIP organization have that 501c3 status and could help with an application for a grant. Application forms are available at the SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop at 5404 Shelburne Rd., in Shelburne Village, or at the Town Clerks offices in Shelburne, Charlotte or Hinesburg. The grant committee that reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the board for grants would like to hear from people who want to discuss creative ideas that would benefit the people of the towns. A creative idea may just need seed money to become a significant addition to the welfare of the town or area. The grant application for a SCHIP grant is the place to start. The funds that SCHIP distributes in grants to the communities come from the successful operation of SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne Village, a shop that accepts donations of gently used clothing and homegoods, and sells them to a growing group of customers who enjoy discovering great bargains and treasures. Volunteers are very important to the operation of SCHIP as members of the board and as helpers who assist Shop Manager Janet Morrison in the shop. Hours, days and tasks can be customized to suit the availability of volunteers. Call the shop at 985-3595 to talk about volunteering, stop by the shop to pick up a volunteer form, or call SCHIP board member Tricia Coleman at 482-2980 for information.

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