Our View: Funds go to worthy causes

Published 10:26 am Monday, September 17, 2018

Funds allocated by the Fiscal Court Community Foundation will allow more than a dozen local nonprofits continue doing much-needed work in the community.

More than $103,000 has been allocated from the fund toward local causes. Included in those proceeds are allocations to 17 local nonprofits, including The Rowland Arts Center, Winchester American Little League, Winchester-Clark County Heritage Commission and Lower Howard’s Creek, Achieving Recovery Together, Clark County Community Services, Upward 40391, parks and recreation, Winchester-Clark County Salvation Army, Partners in Education, Bluegrass Heritage Museum, the Unity Committee, the Heritage Commission, Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, Beacon of Hope, Winchester Labor Day Committee and Clark County Homeless Coalition.

The foundation is partially funded by proceeds from the sale of the Rockwell International building.

Allocations ranged from $1,500 to $6,000. These funds will be used for everything from meals for students being mentored in an after-school program, preservation efforts, drug recovery programming, scholarships for youth athletics, playground equipment, local festivals and events, beautification efforts, services for the homeless and more. The committee also allocated $17,000 for the transit service, $14,250 for debt service on the pool at Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation and $4,000 for the Fourth of July fireworks in 2019.

The balance of $7,666.50 may be used for adding chimes or other upgrades to the new courthouse bell tower.

A complete list of projects the money will be used for can be found at tinyurl.com/FiscalCourtFundAllocations.

Without these funds, many of these local nonprofits would not be able to complete these necessary projects.

More importantly, the proceeds are going to an incredibly wide variety of things that serve multiple groups and demographics. The proceeds go to help children, the homeless, people of various races, struggling families, historical preservation and so much more.

Nonprofits often run entirely on donations and rely heavily on private donations, making it difficult sometimes to complete some projects that might fall lower on the priority list than their primary mission.

Because these funds are part of an endowment, they will continue this for years to come.

We appreciate the work these nonprofits do and the committee’s attention to allocating these funds to some of the most worthy but needed causes.