Community Foundation Invests over $70,000 in the Greater Midlands

June 3, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – June 3, 2008 – Central Carolina Community Foundation announces the investment of over $70,000 in the Midlands through a semi-annual, competitive grant process in which eight grants were awarded.

The following organizations received grants:

• Carolina Children’s Home received $7,382 for a network upgrade, to include installing and converting its accounting software and hiring a consultant to train staff on the new system.

• Free Medical Clinic of Newberry received $9,000 to purchase scheduling software to obtain office and management efficiencies while maintaining patient demographic data.

• The Women’s Shelter received $9,692 for the development and printing of 4,000 brochures and the development of an interactive Web site allowing volunteers to apply online and supporters to donate online.

• Fast Forward Technology Center received $10,000 for the Nonprofit Training Program. The program will provide technology training to a minimum of 100 nonprofit staff based on needs assessment conducted with the nonprofits.

• Healing Species received $9,900 to expand its 11-week program into two new elementary schools, Sheridan and Whittaker Elementary Schools, in Orangeburg. The program utilizes rescued dogs and trained instructors in a classroom to teach life skills.

• Lutheran Family Services received $10,000 towards the construction and furnishing of Angels House, a transitional home for homeless women veterans. The home will provide supportive services to help these women transition from homelessness to a life of independence and permanent housing.

• Rural Crossroads Institute received $10,000 for the Hispanic Workforce Training Program. The program will provide educational training, youth job development in the Information Technology (IT) industry, and new business development and expansion of existing local businesses in Saluda County.

• United Way of Sumter, Clarendon & Lee Counties received $5,000 for Diamonds Teen Service Learning. The program brings together twenty students throughout the school year for educational workshops and community service activities in efforts to reduce teen sexual activity and promote abstinence among its team members.

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need.

For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 803.254.5601.