SAYBROOK—Saint John School has announced the recipients of it 2017 Youth Philanthropy Board grants. Made possible in partnership with The Ashtabula Foundation, which provides each Ashtabula County school with the opportunity to award $5,000 in local grants to area non-profit organizations, Saint John’s Philanthropy Board received a number of proposals this year.
The student Philanthropy Board spent months meeting with local non-profits, receiving and reviewing proposals and learning all about a number of area organizations doing some fantastic work. Saint John Youth Philanthropy Board advisor Maryann Hartwell said, “The students worked very hard to better understand the local non-profit organizations, what they do, who they service and the challenges they face every day”. In addition to funding provided by The Ashtabula Foundation, Saint John students have been making monetary donations on school sponsored dress down days and the Philanthropy Board will be awarding additional funds to some local non-profits at the end of the school year.
Saint John’s Philanthropy Board 2017 grants will be helping the following non-profit organizations with their listed projects:
· Birthcare Inc. of Ashtabula County: Purchasing diapers and formula for local newborns.
· Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County: Purchasing of turkey, ham, and other perishable food items for the Thankful Hearts Program to provide area families in need with Thanksgiving meals.
· Farm for Christ: Purchase beef cattle to be distributed to Ashtabula County families in need.
· Our Lady of Peace Parish Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry: Purchase additional fresh (non- processed) meat to provide healthier meals to the families they serve.
· GO Ministries: Purchase additional items to better stock the clothing bank for local families in need.
· Learning About Business (LAB): Purchase additional programming opportunities for area high school sophomores and juniors to participate in an interactive program exploring future business careers.
· Mya Women’s Center: Purchase infant car seats for those families in need to transport their newborns home from the hospital.