It takes more than government funding and occasional holiday-season giving to keep local nonprofit organizations afloat and serving those in our community who need the extra hand. It takes the concerted effort of larger groups such as the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund to, as they put it, support “healthy people in healthy communities.”
During its spring meeting, the SSJCF announced nearly half a million dollars in grant funding for Mid-Ohio Valley organizations. The assistance ranges from $2,500 to the Tri-County Partnership in Spencer, for its Meals to Go project that gives nutritious meals to kids on holiday breaks, to $54,528 to Marietta College to support is Nonprofits L.E.A.D. program, which, in turn, supports other local nonprofits.
Because the SSJCF provides such resources, local groups know they have a partner in supporting the efforts that do good for so many in our area. The organization says it is rooted in the call to love God and neighbor. Among its most admirable guiding principals is the idea that it endorses initiatives that can serve as models for replication. It is vital that such financial resources be put to the most good, by putting in motion a greater effort than any initial financial contribution might spark.
Another deadline is fast-approaching, as the SSJCF is looking for grant applications for both the Basic Needs and Direct Service Grants programs by July 23. (The Fall 2014 grant cycle opens Sunday. More information is available at ssjcharitablefund.org.)
Thank goodness there are groups like the Sisters of St. Joseph, willing to magnify the good already being done by so many in our communities. Local groups are fortunate to be able to take advantage of such a resource.