Board approves $29,000 in local grants

SHELBURNE Faced with an unprecedented volume of requests for funding, but empowered by the continued growth and success of the resale shop that earns the money to support the grants, the Board of Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Projects voted to make grants totaling $29,000 to support projects that will benefit the people of the three towns. We received more requests for grants, many of them for larger amounts of money, than ever before, said Marilyn Neagley of Shelburne, a member of the Grants Committee. Before the current round of grant making. SCHIP had given a total of almost $103,000 since they first began making grants in April 2005. The mission of SCHIP, which was formed in 2003 by 10 faith communities in the three towns, is to work together to raise funds for grants to improve the lives of neighbors and strengthen the communities. Funds are raised through the operation of SCHIPs Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne Village where donated good used clothing and household items are sold. The shop is operated by a small paid staff and many volunteers. Grants made in October: $10,000 to emergency food and fuel assistance in the three towns including $5,000 to the Hinesburg Resource Center, $2,000 to the Charlotte Food Shelf and $3,000 to Shelburne Food Shelf. In a similar vein of direct assistance to people facing crisis situations this winter, $1,000 was granted to the Charlotte Congregational Church Pastors Fund and $750 to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pastors Discretionary Fund. $500 to Charlotte Volunteer Fire Department for equipment to be used by the Fire Department Auxiliary to provide refreshments to the members of the department while they are dealing with emergencies $1,000 to St. Catharine of Siena to provide support for young people who could not otherwise participate in the churchs trip to West Virginia to help Habitat for Humanity. $500 to Charlotte Central School to provide scholarships for students who could not otherwise participate in the eighth grade graduation trip to Quebec City. $3,000 to Champlain Valley Union High School for their auditorium renovation project, a facility-upgrade that will improve a valuable community resource. $2,500 to Shelburne Community School PTO project to install a sound system in the cafeteria, a space used regularly for assemblies and public events. $5,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services to support their work for teenagers in crisis, including young people who come from Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg. $4,000 to the Institute for Spiritual Development, an organization that provides spiritual support for people of all faiths with spiritual programs and retreats including programs for persons dealing with divorce or separation, abuse, or addiction and more. $500 to St. Jude Parish in Hinesburg to help with their senior meals program which provides not just a nutritious meal, but also important social interaction. $250 to Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Vermont to help with the printing of a brochure to be distributed to encourage low income people to buy local and organic produce.

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