PENDLETON -- The Pendleton Community Public Library was selected Thursday to receive a $10,000 grant from the Open Hearts, Open Purses giving circle, an initiative of the South Madison Community Foundation.
The three finalists for the grant gave presentations that evening at Blu Falls about their proposed community projects to the 137 members of the group, who then voted to award the grant to the library.
The library will use the grant to expand its Read-n-Feed outreach to include personal and household cleaning supplies. The project expansion is known as “Project Suds.”
In her presentation, library director Lynn Hobbs shared stories of encounters with patrons of the Read-n-Feed trailer, which visits locations each Thursday to serve patrons with library materials and food staples.
“Our patrons who rely on Read-n-Feed need help to make their food supply last from week to week," Hobbs said.
"If you’re struggling to provide enough food for your family, the ability to supply the household with notably more expensive cleansing and sanitary products is unlikely. As a result, your confidence is diminished and the world treats you differently.”
Annual membership in the OHOP giving circle is open to women who contribute at least $100 to the OHOP Fund established at the South Madison Community Foundation.
The contributions are pooled and awarded once each year. Grants of $1,500 were made to each of two other finalists, the Flagship Enterprise Center (to expand the benefits of micro-lending to South Madison County) and the Pendleton YMCA (for sports floor replacement).
-- The Herald Bulletin