Flushing Area Community Fund achieves $50,000 grantmaking milestone

FLUSHING — The Flushing Area Community Fund has met a new milestone with over $50,000 in grants made in support of Flushing area nonprofit organizations. The community’s only permanent endowment was established in 1997 through a fundraising drive led by members of the Rotary Club of Flushing. Through generous contributions from local community members and smart investments, the endowment has grown to $310,000.

Recent grants of $6,990 were advised by members of the Flushing Area Community Fund Advisory Committee. Grants include support for basic needs for families, wellness opportunities for seniors, park improvements and youth health.

Flushing Christian Outreach Center, Getting Ahead Program: $1,600

Funding will help the organization to pilot this program – a series of 16 “Getting Ahead” workshops designed to work with 10-12 low-income adults and help them make improvements in their lives.

Flushing Senior Citizens, Exercise Equipment: $2,000

A grant will help purchase exercise equipment for the Flushing Senior Center to encourage health and wellness activities among seniors and expand the offerings available at the center.

Charter Township of Flushing, ADA Picnic Tables and Benches: $2,390

Funding supports construction and installation of two benches and two ADA picnic tables at Flushing Township Park to encourage those with limited mobility to use the Park. The Nature Park often serves 100 people or more a day.

Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Handheld ECHO machines: $1,000

A grant will help to purchase a handheld ECHO machine to use at the youth heart screening clinics held in partnership with Hurley Medical Center, that serve approximately 40 Flushing-area youth each year.

For more information about the Flushing Area Community Fund, visit online at www.cfgf.org/communityfunds. B.G.