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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Impact 100, a major grantor to Indian River County nonprofit organizations, awarded eight grants to local nonprofits at its annual meeting on April 11 at the Oak Harbor Club.
The receivers of the largest grant awards went to Camp Haven, Treasure Coast Community Health, the Senior Resource Association and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Indian River County, who all received $100,000 each.
"We have reached a new membership high of 429 members, enabling us to award four $100,000 grants to the winners, and four $7,250 grants to the remaining four finalists," said Jane Coyle, president of Impact 100. "We have also reached a major goal by putting forth projects that represents all four of our focus areas: health and wellness, family, education, and enrichment and environment."
The $100,000 grants will be used for different projects within each nonprofit.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, there will be a collaboration to provide comprehensive mentor training, staff development and a mentor roundtable facilitation for Indian River nonprofits that are implementing a mentoring program. The grant will provide for the hiring of a trainer as well as establishing a resource library.
Camp Haven, the only shelter for homeless adults without dependent children in the county, will provide for newly homeless persons with case worker support, life-skills education and shelter and meals. The grant money will also go towards a new roof and small commercial kitchen for their new property, formerly the Citrus Motel.
Treasure Coast Community Health will provide oral health education and preventative care through expansion of pediatric services at their Oslo center. Their grant money will be used to converting administrative space to allow for three new dental chairs, which will result in 5,000 new dental visits a year and cut down on the waiting period.
The Senior Resource Center will relocate the adult day care center, the only one in Indian River County, to the Schumann Center. This will increase the number of seniors served daily from 35 to 69. The grant money will go towards remodeled bathrooms, construction of mobile partitions, installation of safety elements, addition of a secure outdoor garden and appropriate health-care furniture.
The remaining four groups, the Early Learning Coalition, the Environmental Learning Center, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Vero Beach Theater Guild will each receive $7,250. Their projects include a parent education program, an interactive environmental exhibit, a junior scientist fellows program and a mobile musical theatre program.
That brings the total amount Impact 100 has given to Indian River County nonprofits over the past five years to $1,630,000.