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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Group donates thousands to local non-profits

ONESBORO, Ark- Like many things, funding for the nonprofit industry took a large hit due to the pandemic. But one organization is helping local non-profits continue their mission.

Fourteen non-profits from across the county were awarded grants from the Craighead County Community Foundation. In total, the organization distributed $65,000 on Thursday.

“[Funds] is going to everything from AED’s that save people's lives to helping with maintenance and computers and vehicles to an agency that’s going great work. We’re able to help save lives and help people who are doing really good work keep their programs going,” says Bill Harrison, chairman of the board of the Craighead County Community Foundation.

Non-profits who received grants include Fischer Street Community in Action, Habitat for Humanity, CASA of the Second Jurisdiction, and more.

The Community Health Education Foundation was also one of the 14 organizations to receive funding. They will use their grant to purchase and place AEDs across town. It will add five additional life-saving medical devices to their already distributed 85 in Jonesboro.

“We had a 13-year-old, a teacher at Nettleton School, and we also had an elder at a church that within this last year have been saved by our AED’s that we have fundraised for in order to place them. With the elder at the church, they say CPR would not have saved him,” says Community Health Education Foundation volunteer Stacey Schratz.

Schratz says it will also help with their new AED app locator.

The Craighead County Community Foundation was established 20 years ago by local families. Harrison says that continues to grow two decades later.

“We’re at 10 million dollars in the community foundation and, what we’re giving out today is a small part in the returns for that. It’s really fun and exciting. We do this once a year and, this is the most money we’ve ever been able to give out at one time,” he said.


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