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Community Fund Advisory Committee Selects 2019 Grants

[caption id="attachment_10184" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lyndsey Crossley
Program Officer[/caption] This year’s Community Fund Grant cycle received 89 different grant proposals, each providing a unique service throughout our community.  Grant proposals were reviewed and awarded by members of the Community Fund Advisory Committee which is made up of Community Foundation Board and Staff Members as well as local Community Members. Would you like to serve on the Community Fund Advisory Committee and help choose the 2020 Community Fund grants? If you are interested please visit: and complete the application.  Applications must be submitted via email to by noon on Friday, July 26th. Out of the proposals received for 2019, grants were awarded to 6 area nonprofit organizations. I’d like to give special recognition to this year’s grantees and share with you the projects and programs that the Community Fund is helping to support. Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada - St. Vincent’s Warming Room This grant will provide a warming center for the area’s homeless during freezing winter mornings, potentially providing a life-saving service to Reno’s rapidly increasing homeless population, who are at great risk of hypothermia and complications from the cold. Child Assault Prevention - Elementary Child Abuse Prevention Workshops These in the classroom workshops engage children in songs, demonstrations, and roleplays in order to teach them how to recognize and understand abusive situations they might encounter with bullies, strangers, Internet predators, social media, and people they love and trust who might physically or sexually abuse them. Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence - Rural Communities Distance Learning Program The 20-Hour Advocate Certificate Program training gives basic knowledge from which to build expertise and experience of options available to battered individuals, understanding of the dynamics of battering, and a philosophy of empowerment. The Northern Nevada Literacy Council - Family Reading Program The Family Reading Program is a successful and unique inter-generational literacy project that began in 2015 and has grown to reach families across Northern Nevada through community building and collaborations. Sierra Nevada Journeys – Family STEM Nights Partnering together, Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) and Desert Research Institute (DRI) will provide Family STEM Nights for K-6 students, their parents and siblings to experience a fun evening with interactive stations that reinforce STEM concepts learned in the classroom. Ridge House - Nutrition and Wellness Program The 6-week Rise and Grind Program at the Ridge House will further increase clients' chances for a successful recovery from substance use disorders and behavioral health issues. The Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Community Fund is directly tied to the efforts of the Foundation’s Campaign for Our Community. Through the efforts of this campaign, the Foundation aims to raise $10 million for the Community Endowment Fund to support our region today, tomorrow and into the future. Forever. If you have questions about the Campaign for Our Community, the Community Fund or general questions about the Foundation; do not hesitate to reach out to me at 775-333-5499. Lyndsey Crossley, Program Officer