Better Health of Cumberland County, Inc.
Fayetteville Fit Childhood Obesity
Fayetteville Fit is a new clinical community-based program to address childhood obesity. Based on Duke’s Bull City Fit model developed at Duke’s Healthy Life-Styles Clinic, the program has designated pediatric offices refer children who fall within the 95th percentile BMI from the ages of 2-18. Once enrolled, parents are required to attend and the entire family is eligible to attend as well.
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc.
A Day Long Retention, Certification and Recruiting Event for Foster Parents
Amount Awarded: $8,986
This program supports NC Foster Care by recruiting and training foster parents. Their services are an adjunct to DSS with whom they have a close working relationship. They support 167 foster families in eastern NC with 156 children placed and 16 pending. Cumberland County has one of the largest unmet needs in the state for foster care families. Their staff notes that Boys and Girls Home has very good retention rate of foster parents—they rarely leave and when they do, it is usually due to adopting foster children. It supports retention, provides training on critical issues including trauma, builds morale and provides a time for foster parents to interact with each other to share experiences. This has a very positive impact on retention. Word of mouth from foster parents appears to be the best strategy for the recruitment of additional foster parents.
Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
Therapy and Intervention Services for Child Abuse Victims
Amount Awarded: $7,986
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides onsite Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for abused children through individual counseling and offers two group therapy programs for boys and girls. Topics include healthy living, connecting with others, understanding more about their experiences - their similarities to and differences from others in the group, exploring how the influences in their lives have impacted them, learning skills and coping mechanisms to help them now and in the future, and anger management. The program provides children a safe, familiar place (from previously coming to CAC for their Forensic Interview) to share their experiences without fear or judgement. Without effective therapeutic intervention, many traumatized children will suffer ongoing or long-term adverse outcomes that may impact them throughout their lifetime.
Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Inc.
Cumberland County Family Recruitment
Amount Awarded: $8,986
Children's Home Society of North Carolina (CHSNC) has a strong record in adoption in North Carolina and has more recently become involved in foster parent support, with the change in focus taking place 4 years ago. CHSNC recruited 30 foster families in 2018, and their stated goal in the current grant application is to recruit between 80-95 foster parents in 2020. CHSNC can reach this goal by leveraging targeted on-line messaging using marketing data from Google, Facebook, and other social media via geo-fencing technology. Geo-fencing captures individual information, including location data and browser history, and uses this information to tightly target individuals with an interest in foster parenting. CHSNC has experienced a high success ratio in getting families to attend information meetings with targeted online messaging.
Connections of Cumberland County, Inc.
Improving Quality of Life at Connections Day Resource Center
Amount Awarded: $12,986
Connections of Cumberland County's (CCC) Day Resource Center (DRC) offers one-stop access to supportive services designed to improve the quality of life of women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their comprehensive case management product is the heart of CCC. Providing case management and supportive services to single mothers reduces risk factors of neglect, abuse and maltreatment among this vulnerable population of children. Services at the DRC are no cost to clients. The DRC provides access for clients to receive mail, store luggage if they are seeking employment or are employed, use computers to work on resumes and job applications, and participate in workshops to improve life skills.
Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Inc.
Diaper Bank of NC Healthy Toilet Training Class
Amount Requested: $7,572
The Partnership for Children works collaboratively with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina (DBNC), whose mission is to assist low income families with meeting the need for clean diapers through existing safety net programs for women and children. Diaper needs affect 1 in 3 US families and is a rarely recognized by-product of child poverty. For low income families, the average $100 per month cost of diapers is a significant household expenditure. To reduce expenses for diapers, low-income families may attempt potty training before a child shows signs of developmental readiness. Not recognizing developmental readiness can create undue stress for both the parent and child.
The St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center
After School Tutoring
Amount Requested: $1,300
The St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center provides a biweekly program for students in grades 2-5 from low-income housing. The students are referred by classroom teachers and guidance counselors and are provided with academic support, consisting of homework and reading assistance from volunteer retired educators and college students. The reading component in this afterschool program is the Accelerated Reading and software, which promotes reading comprehension as well as fluency and is used by Cumberland County Schools. The books read in the after school program can be added into the students’ accelerated reading program achievement level at school. St. Ann maintains a library of books at all elementary levels. The children are fed a snack upon arrival and dinner before going home.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cumberland County, Inc. - $10,000 to support an after school program that is implementing SMART Girls at Spring Lake Middle School for low income girls. This project is a 16 week program that is designed to teach important life skills for girls - It’s Your Body, Take Care of your Body, Financial Literacy, and Planning for College.
Child Advocacy Center, Inc. - $11,811 to support onsite Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for abused children through individual counseling and offers two group therapy programs for boys and girls. Topics include healthy living, connecting with others, understanding more about their experiences - their similarities to and differences from others in the group, exploring how the influences in their lives have impacted them, learning skills and coping mechanisms to help them now and in the future, and anger management.
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. - $8,800 to support an event for foster parents - “Foster Parent Care - Retention, Certification and Recruiting Event." Attendees will include current foster parents and social workers who will receive training which helps them receive continuing education needed to meet licensing requirements. Several other agencies attend along with vendors and speakers who address issues concerning foster parenting. Potential foster parents are also recruited at the event.
Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library - $12,148 for Cumberland County Public Library to partner with Clark Park to create a Story Walk at Clark Park to encourage children, caregivers and their teachers to experience reading, participate in physical activity, and explore nature together. The Story Walk will have consists of each page of a picture book laminated and displayed along a walking trail so adult and child can read the entire book together. Updated throughout the year, families are able to read several stories. Picture book displays also feature early literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities along with movement and exercises. To ensure children from underserved areas have access to the Story Walk, library staff will contact child care facilities and schools in high poverty neighborhoods. Story Walk will be free of charge and children will receive a free book after program attendance.
Connections of Cumberland County, Inc. - $11,811 for the Day Resource Center (DRC) which offers one-stop access to supportive services designed to improve the quality of life of women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their comprehensive case management product is the heart of CCC. Services at the DRC are NO COST to clients. The DRC provides access for clients to receive mail, store luggage if they are job seeking or employed, use computers to work on resumes and job applications, and participate in workshops to improve life skills. Tuesday through Thursday, Fayetteville Technical Community College staff is onsite at the DRC to conduct a Human Resource Development Employability Lab for clients seeking employment or improved access to better employment.
- Alms House, Inc. - $13,700 to support their Kids Assistance Program which is a collaborative community program operated by the ALMS House that is designed to serve elementary, middle and high school students in the Hope Mills area who are faced with food insecurity and may go without food over the weekend without this backpack food program.
- Connections of Cumberland County, Inc. - $18,784 for salary support for a part-time case manager as needed to assist in the delivery of supportive services at the Day Resource Center. Connections of Cumberland County’s programs are designed to raise the quality of life among homeless single women, single mothers and children.
- The Salvation Army of Fayetteville - $10,000 to support the new homeless shelter focusing on families with children and single women which was built when the old shelter was closed due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.
- Serving With Accountability and Teamwork (SWAT) - $5,596 to support the Blessings in a Backpack for Westarea Elementary School. This program mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for school children from Westarea Elementary School during the 2018-2019 school year who might otherwise go hungry.
- Alms House, Inc. – $12,000 to support the Kids Assistance Program which is a collaborative community program operated by the ALMS House that is designed to serve elementary, middle and high school students in the Hope Mills area who are faced with food insecurity and may go without food over the weekend without this backpack food program.
- Connections of Cumberland County, Inc. – $26,000 to support housing assistance and case management through a comprehensive and long term in nature approach that focuses on the needs of homeless women and their children.
- Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc. – $10,715 to support empowering women living in poverty to improve their life situations and that of their dependent children through basic skills training and employment while addressing food insecurity.
- St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center – $2,000 to support the outreach program that provides meals, academic tutoring and other cultural enhancement for girls and boys residing in the surrounding low income public housing developments and impoverished neighborhoods by providing reading level materials and food.
- Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults – awarded $17,000 to support the purchase of the first hot/cold meal delivery truck for Meals on Wheels program.
- Action Pathways/Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern NC – awarded $13,500 to support a mobile school food pantry pilot program for two Cumberland County Schools with some of the highest need in Cumberland County.
- Alms House – awarded $13,354 to support their Kids Assistance Program which is a collaborative community program operated by the ALMS House that is designed to serve elementary, middle and high school students in the Hope Mills area who are faced with food insecurity and may go without food over the weekend without this backpack food program.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Cumberland County – awarded $5,000 to support Success in Reading, a comprehensive reading program for students K-3 who are from low socio-economic households and participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs program.
- St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center – awarded $4,000 to support the outreach program that provides meals, academic tutoring and other cultural enhancement for girls and boys residing in the surrounding low income public housing developments and impoverished neighborhoods by providing reading level materials and food.
2015 Grantees :
- Connections of Cumberland County – awarded $22,580 for the rapid re-housing program which assists participants in “Connect 2 Re-Direct” to secure housing and gives financial assistance with rent and utility deposits as needed.
- Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center – awarded $8,625 for purchasing 69 reusable Playalongs and headsets for six targeted day care centers that are part of their Books2Kids Program.
- Ferguson-Easley Elementary School – awarded $6,505 for the purchase of 20 iPads and their protective cases which are used during the literacy block for K-2 to provide practice with students who are identified as below grade level in reading due to vocabulary and sentence structure deficits.
- The Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Inc. – awarded $11,040 for the purchase of books for 4,000 children involved in the national literacy program, Reach Out and Read.
- Fayetteville Urban Ministry – $30,000
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – $25,000
- Child Advocacy Center – $7,000
- Better Health of Cumberland County – $25,000
- Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network – $20,000
- The Fayetteville Police Department – $3,000
- The Salvation Army – $6,050
- St. Ann’s Neighborhood Youth Center – $4,000
- CARE Center Family Violence Program – $15,000
- Cumberland Co. Coordinating Council on Older Adults – $15,000
- Cumberland Interfaith Hospitatlity Network, Inc. – $15,000
- Hungry Angelz – $5,000
- Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch – $25,000
- Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network – $15,000
- Grace & Mercy House, Inc. – $9,340