The has awarded nearly $40,000 to the Office of Community and Economic Development and the Community and Regional Planning Center at California State University, Fresno, the Kingsburg Recorder reports. The grant will be used to establish StreetsAlive, a walking and bicycling audit program designed to promote walkable and bicycle-friendly communities within Fresno and Kings counties. To that end, the initiative will work to stimulate ideas in response to local transportation challenges and facilitate and inspire long-term policy changes that support walkability and bicycle infrastructure in the region.
The in Fairfield has appointed Constance Harris as its new president and CEO. Harris has served the foundation for thirteen years, most recently as its chief operating officer and fund administrator. She will succeed Stephanie Wolf, who retired in July after a ten-year tenure.
The in Wheaton has announced that it is accepting applications to its Spirit of Volunteerism awards program. Through the program, grants of $10,000, $20,000, and $30,000 will be awarded to organizations in the county that have implemented successful volunteer programs and leveraged their volunteers to enhance organizational outcomes. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2015.
The has announced twenty-one grants totaling $575,000 through its Greater Mercer program, which provides support to organizations working to help vulnerable people in Mercer County and build a strong, interconnected community for the future. Recipients include the Children’s Literacy Initiative, the Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, Sustainable Jersey, and Volunteer Connect.
The has announced thirty grants totaling $38,500 through its , which is celebrating fifteen years of support for children’s programs in Summit, Portage, and Medina counties. Awards in support of the arts, education, and health include $2,000 each to ACCESS, the Crown Point Ecology Center, Girls on the Run of Greater Summit, and Grace Academy of Small Wonders.
The has announced nineteen grants totaling more than $129,000 to organizations serving Chillicothe and Ross County. Awarded through the Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund, the grants include support for the Archaeological Conservancy, the Pump House Center for the Arts, Ross County Christian Academy, and Seeds of Hope.