Thanks to the generosity of local residents, the Hilliard Community Foundation has been able to present four local charities with six grants through the “Hilliard Gives” campaign. These grants will help Hilliard residents whose lives have been affected by COVID-19.
The “Hilliard Gives” campaign is a partnership of the Foundation with the City of Hilliard.
The Foundation Board of Directors announced grants would be presented to Hilliard Community Assistance Council/Hilliard Food Pantry, Patches of Light, Kiwanis Club, and Hilliard First Baptist Church Daycare Center. Additional grants may be presented in the coming days.
Hilliard Community Assistance Council/Hillard Food Pantry Program – HCF presented a $2,400 grant to expand the Senior Box Program, which provides much-needed and immediate basic food and toiletries for seniors in three specific communities.
Patches of Light – HCF presented two grants totaling $4,000 to Hilliard-based Patches of Light to support the social needs of families with medically fragile children. The grants will supply these families with much-needed financial support for basic expenses, including food, rent, utilities, and transportation.
Kiwanis Club of Hilliard – A third grant provides $2,500 for a program providing weekend lunch packs for the most vulnerable and financially in-need students in Hilliard City School District. This program is a partnership between Kiwanis and Hilliard United Methodist Church.
Hilliard First Baptist Church Daycare Center – These two grants totaling $4,500 are to help this agency – which became a pandemic daycare facility for essential workers – with short-term staffing needs. The grant will allow the center to add part-time help to continue providing families while still meeting the state’s current requirement of one staff member for every six children.
“The pandemic has created a time of unprecedented need in our community. These non-profit programs epitomize what Hilliard Community Foundation set out to achieve with its ‘Hilliard Gives’ charitable fund, and the board is proud to be able to support them with these grants,” said Bob Apel, HCF Board Chairman.
“Hilliard Gives” was launched in March to accept donations for local not-for-profit agencies that are working on the front lines, supporting local residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Foundation expects to be able to present additional grants to other programs in the coming weeks as donations continue to come in from the community.
“The outpouring of support we have seen truly speaks to the kind hearts and charitable spirits in this community,” Apel said. “The Foundation also wants to thank Hilliard City Council and City staff for their efforts in supporting this important cause.”
Contributing to Hilliard Gives is easy and tax deductible. Details are available at http://hilliardcommunityfoundation.org/w/.