2017 Laurens County Community Foundation
Community Enrichment Grant Award Recipients
Clinton Community Garden Project (CCGP): The CCGP’s overall goals are to promote the benefits of self-sufficiency, eating food communally, and the health benefits of eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in season. Partnering with the Greenville Health System and the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, the Laurens County Community Foundation’s grant to CCGP will, in the Bell Street and Lydia communities of Clinton (designated by the US Department of Agriculture as a “food desert”), offer dietary and cooking instruction, communal meals, and health screenings in an effort to promote behavioral change.
Ford Elementary School, District 55: The LCCF grant is to provide funding to offer experiences to the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club members at Ford Elementary School through off-campus field trips that the students may not otherwise have opportunity to experience. Students will learn appropriate behavior and etiquette for a variety of settings and how to dress appropriately for those settings. Field trips will be preceded by weekly after-class lessons.
Main Street Laurens: The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors (age 60 or greater) with market vouchers that may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at approved farmers’ markets. In 2017, Laurens County received 200 vouchers but the distribution suffered from a lack of advertisement of the availability of the vouchers and the health benefits of a healthy diet. The LCCF grant award will be used to broadcast the news about the program and its benefits to Laurens County seniors who will use their vouchers at the Main Street Laurens Downtown Farmers Market.
Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board: This project will serve Laurens County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, head and spinal cord injuries, and autism with “live” training to enter workplaces within the county. The LCCF grant will fund an on-campus store which will provide hands-on training and prepare these individuals to be work ready in the areas of stocking, cleaning, food preparation, and hospitality allowing them to gain the skills and experience needed to join the workforce by the end of August 2017.
Rotary Club of Laurens: Each school year since 2013, the Rotary Club of Laurens has provided weekly bags of food to help provide weekend meals for impoverished children attending E. B. Morse Elementary School. These bags of food are called backpacks because they are strategically sized so that students can easily fit them in their backpacks to carry to their homes. For the 2017-18 school year, the Laurens County Community Foundation grant will help provide 30 to 35 meals per week to needy students at E. B. Morse Elementary School.