During a special presentation Nov. 14, Table Rock Lake Community Foundation awarded $17,487 to area organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people living in Stone and Southeast Barry counties. Skaggs Foundation was honored to be one of the eight recipients. Skaggs Foundation received a $1,000 grant to purchase fuel cards for cancer patients who, without this help, would not be able to afford travel costs to get to and from vital appointments.
The foundation was able to purchase 50 fuel cards at $20 each, meaning as many as 50 cancer patients could benefit from this gift.
“Cancer is a terrible diagnosis that puts a huge strain on individuals physically, mentally and financially,” says Mindy Honey, director of community relations for Skaggs Foundation. “Some patients are traveling to the cancer center as much as five days a week for eight weeks, so the cost associated with travel to and from appointments alone can be a huge burden. These fuel cards are a simple way we can alleviate some of that burden. Skaggs Foundation is truly grateful to Table Rock Lake Community Foundation for making these possible.”
The primary role for the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation is to establish endowed funds for the purpose of funding a community grant-making program, which addresses the most important needs of the community at any given time. This flexibility is made possible by charitable donors who have established funding programs and have placed the decision-making action in the hands of community leaders serving on the TRLCF Board of Directors.
In addition to Skaggs Foundation’s grant for fuel cards, other grants awarded during the event Nov. 14 include: Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks – Reeds Spring Unit, $2,972 for a Cents of Pride Store; CCUMC – Harvest Community Garden, $2,500 to support community garden projects; Galena High School Public Health Class, $3,000 for costs associated with providing Biology of Public Health Course; Kimberling Area Senior Center, $815 to replace a freeze-proof faucet; Pregnancy Life Line, $1,700 to purchase Pack and Plays for a safe sleep program; SKITS, $3,000 for a beltpack system; Tri-Lakes Humane Society, $2,500 to build a dog walking area.