August 27, 2003
By MIKE ALLEN
THE ROANOKE TIMES
A Martinsville-based nonprofit foundation took steps to combat the hard economic times there Tuesday, awarding more than $2 million in grants to Martinsville and Henry County agencies.
The Harvest Foundation was created last year with $150 million from the May 2002 sale of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County to Province Healthcare of Brentwood, Tenn. The organization's board announced plans to give as much as $7 million a year to programs that benefit residents of Martinsville and Henry County.
"We're ecstatic," said Carolyn Seay, marketing and public relations director for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which will receive a $37,995 grant to conduct a science education program for local schools.
The museum program will pay for field trips for schools that have had to slash their budgets drastically because of recent factory closings, Seay said. The area "has been hit so hard with industry moving out," she said. The grant "not only helps the museum, it helps us help the schoolchildren."
The grants range from $8,500 to $384,639 over six-month to three-year periods. Other organizations that will receive grants are:
Adult Day Care Center, $250,000 contingent on receipt of $960,000 in pledges for construction of a new building; Central Virginia Health Services, $20,000; Triple "C" Dude Ranch, $337,600; YMCA of Martinsville and Henry County, $384,639; Citizens Against Family Violence, $42,000; Focus on Youth, $144,967; Henry County Department of Public Safety, two grants worth $318,380 and $250,000; Partnership for Progress, $250,000; Piedmont Arts Association, $137,989; Piedmont Regional Community Services Board, $8,500; United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, two grants worth $50,000 and $200,000; and the West Piedmont Business Development Center, $50,000.
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