Plainview Area Endowment distributes $21,100
Six local and area nonprofits received $21,100 in grants Thursday from Plainview Area Endowment, bringing its seven-year total to $75,000.
“We exist to provide support and resources to the Plainview community in order for it to continue thriving,” explains Mark Warren, an advisory board member. He also serves on the board of Lubbock-based Community Foundation of West Texas which manages investments for the Plainview Endowment.
“We want to take care of our friends and neighbors, and feel the Plainview Area Endowment is a great way to do it,” Warren said. “The money raised by our local endowment stays right here in Plainview.”
Steve Warren, president of Community Foundation of West Texas, was on hand to distribute the grants. He notes that funds donated to the Plainview Area Endowment and similar groups administered by his organization “never go away, but the income they generate is used to benefit a great number of people. In fact, during the past seven years the Plainview Endowment has now been able to distribute $75,000 to a variety of nonprofit organizations.”
One of this year’s local recipients is the Friends of the Unger Memorial Library. Mariya Hapiy, head librarian, explains that the funds will be used to set up a Manga Book Club. Geared toward teens and young adults, it’s based upon the highly popular Japanese comics.
Petersburg EMS will benefit with funds to help that group stock a new ambulance with necessary medical equipment and supplies. Petersburg EMS is staffed totally by volunteers and serves the small community in southeast Hale County and the surrounding rural area.
Plainview YMCA received funding for new cardio and weight room equipment to use at the Plainview facility.
Wayland Baptist University received funds to assist with its carillon bell restoration. According to Mike Melcher, the school plans to not only bring back the carillon bells that chime on the hour, but expand its scope to play music and serve as an outside alert system for the university and surrounding neighborhood.
Plainview Downtown Restoration Inc., represented by Blair and Gayle Willson, received a grant to assist with the restoration of the Skaggs Building. The nonprofit was gifted the downtown office building just over a year ago by its previous owners, and is working to reopen at least the ground floor with the front being an event venue and areas on the side and rear used for retail businesses. They hope to become a new business incubator.
The Plainview Area Endowment also made a second installment on a multiyear grant to Covenant Health Plainview toward its $40 million renovation and expansion project.
The Plainview Area Endowment was established in 2010 to create stability and sustainability for the community as economic and demographic landscapes continue to change, officials note. As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of West Texas, it provides a vehicle for building permanent charitable endowments to benefit Plainview and the area.
Grants are awarded from funds based on the interest of the donor, or through an open competitive process that is responsible to the changing needs of the Plainview area.
Plainview Area Endowment has joined with Community Foundation of West Texas to ask those throughout the area to support GivingTuesdayLBK. Giving Tuesday, which is Nov. 29, is an extension of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
“We now have a day dedicated to giving back and making Plainview a better place,” Warren explains. “Help support GivingTuesdayLBK by making a donation to the Plainview Area Endowment. The process is fast, easy and secure. We truly appreciate any support you can provide, and it will benefit a great cause.”
A link to the donation page can be found online at http://communityfoundationofwesttexas.org/