In honor of National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 15, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) is announcing that the charity will be providing $84,000 in grants to a dozen non-profits and organizations across the state. Twice a year, RMHC of NC selects grant recipients that are dedicated to making an immediate and positive impact on children who need it most in the areas of health care, education and social services.
“It’s our honor to support numerous organizations through our grant program that, like RMHC of NC, hold life-changing missions close to their hearts,” said Fred Huebner, board president of RMHC of NC. “We believe it’s vital to have a positive impact on a child in order to change the world, and we’re one step closer to this goal by joining forces with other organizations who share a similar mission.”
These organizations are set to receive a grant this fall:
• Located in High Point, Brothers Organized to Serve Others is a mentoring program that started in 1993 to empower and educate economically disadvantaged, at-risk African American boys. The organization is dedicated to empowering male youth by exposing them to intensive programs of mentoring, academic advising, character-building education, culture and arts. RMHC of NC is providing a $7,500 grant to help support the organization’s purchase of internet, a computer, as well as office and program supplies.
• Based in Charlotte, Camp LUCK is the only camp in the Carolinas exclusively for children with heart disease. The non-profit’s week-long, medically supervised camps provide children an opportunity for a unique experience. RHMC of NC is providing a $5,000 grant to support Camp LUCK’s children and families.
• Children’s Hunger Elimination of Wilson, also known as CHEW, is an all-volunteer non-profit that was founded in 2012 to ensure that no student in Wilson County is prevented from learning because of hunger. RMHC of NC is providing a $5,000 grant to support the organization in providing weekend food for chronically hungry students in the Wilson County Public School System.
• The Dunn Police Athletic and Activities League was started with a mission to offer youth of Dunn alternatives to the temptations of street life, which can lead to crime, alcoholism, drug use and gangs. RHMC of NC is providing a $7,500 grant to help provide mentoring and after school programs for disadvantaged youth in the community.
• Eagle Rock Camp is a grassroots Military and Veteran Service Organization, founded in 2011 and located in Newton, N.C. The camp currently serves approximately 30 families annually from across the United States, with a special focus on the Carolina region. RMHC of NC is providing the organization with a $6,000 grant to support scholarship money for military families to attend the therapeutic camp.
• The Family Care Center of Catawba County began in 1988 and was formed after a Task Force started looking into the number of homeless families in the community. Since it was founded, the organization has supported more than 4,000 children and their parents, supporting them with shelter, educational opportunities, social and emotional services. RMHC of NC is providing a $10,000 grant to the organization to assist in providing basic needs, such as clothing, school supplies and medical assistance, to homeless children in the community.
• First Fruit Ministries is based in Wilmington and offers food, shelter and friendship to those experiencing homelessness and poverty in southeastern North Carolina. RMHC of NC is providing a $5,000 grant to assist in improvements to its community food pantry.
• Since 1989, Right Moves for Youth has served more than 35,000 young people in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The organization targets students attending the Title 1 schools and who live in socially and economically challenged neighborhoods. RMHC of NC is providing a $5,000 grant to support group counseling and mentoring for middle and high school students.
• The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem’s Center of Hope has been serving local families in crisis since 1992 and is the only emergency shelter assisting homeless families and children in the city. In 2018 alone, the facility served 189 families with more than half of the residents being children. RMHC of NC is providing a $7,500 grant to help improve the interior of the Salvation Army’s center and enhance the recreational space.
• Simply Girls Inc. opened in Dunn, N.C. in 2018. The program provides a safe place where girls can go to focus on dreams, goals, have fun, learn about the wonders of being a girl and receive the support, mentorship and accolades that can motivate them to the best of themselves. RMHC of NC is providing the organization a grant of $12,000 to help fund an afterschool program, targeting young girls who are struggling in math and English.
• Wilson Youth United is a local non-profit that has served the city of Wilson and the surrounding communities by providing much needed educational and structural afterschool and summer camps for under-served youth. RMHC of NC is providing a $6,000 grant to assist in the building of the Nature Play Space, an outdoor learning area for youth.
• The mission of the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is to engage and develop youth from diverse backgrounds and enrich their lives inspiring excellence in choral music. RMHC of NC is providing the organization with a $7,500 grant to support scholarships for disadvantaged youth.
RMHC of NC is currently accepting applications for its spring community grants. For more information, visit www.rmhcofnc.org.
Contact: Katie Parker