The McDowell Endowment and the McDowell Hospital Healthcare Foundation recently announced joint grants of $8,848 to local non-profit organizations.

Sharon Parker, chairwoman of The McDowell Endowment’s Nonprofit Support Committee, which ran the small grants process, said this is the second year that the McDowell Endowment “has been able to set aside grant funds to help nonprofits in McDowell County with important needs that may arise between normal grant cycles.”

“We are excited to be supported and joined by the McDowell HealthCare Foundation in this work,” said Parker. “When The McDowell Endowment received 13 grant requests totaling more than $17,000 this spring but only had $5,000 to award in this cycle, we looked for partners to help support grants related to health and active living. The McDowell Healthcare Foundation was a natural fit and immediately stepped in to help.”

Five grants totaling $3,848 were made by the McDowell Healthcare Foundation to:

• McDowell County Rescue Squad - $689 for a generator needed to maintain state certification.

• McDowell County EMS - $1,200 automatic defibrillator (AED unit).

• Good Samaritan Clinic - $500 for a wireless scanner.

• McDowell County Schools-Alternative Education Center - $959 for a stationary basketball system (goal, backboard and post).

• McDowell Cooperative Extension - $500 to buy seeds, transplants, soil amendments and supplies for safe food handling for YMCA Community Garden and to hold field days for limited resource families.

“The McDowell Healthcare Foundation is honored that The McDowell Endowment asked us to partner with them this year for their small grants program,” said Christen Fulk, manager of the McDowell Healthcare Foundation. “We are pleased to support these deserving nonprofits, and believe these grants will help create a healthier McDowell community.”

“With the McDowell Healthcare Foundation covering the health related requests, The McDowell Endowment was able to deploy its funds to support other nonprofits,” said Parker.

The McDowell Endowment, made seven grants, totaling $5,000, to:

• Historic Carson House - $1,500 to build the Jubilee Arbor, an open air facility.

• McDowell County Arts Council (MACA) - $1,000 to replace a heat pump in the classroom used for summer camp and afterschool programs.

• McDowell County DSS - $500 for repairs and new shelving for the food pantry.

• Grace Community Church - $500 for children to attend the Upwards Sports Camps this summer.

• Freedom Life Ministries - $500 for security equipment for their new location and to purchase computer software for this prison re-entry case management program.

• McDowell Tech Community College - $500 towards childcare assistance.

• McDowell Mission Ministries - $500 for costs of transporting clients.