More than $41,000 was awarded to 10 non-profit organizations in Laclede and Howell counties by the Heuer Foundation at a ceremony held Friday in Lebanon.
The Heuer Foundation, which is named in honor of a past Lebanon resident, Leila Heuer, has been providing monetary assistance to organizations in those areas since 1996.
“(Leila Heuer’s) legacy continues through her foundation as it seeks to provide assistance to worthy charitable organizations primarily in Laclede and Howell counties,” said David Taylor, spokesman for the foundation. Last year, it surpassed the $1 million mark in how much it had given out to organizations in the two-county area.
“It’s organizations like this that make great communities better,” said Rep. Diane Franklin of the 123rd District. Rep. Sandy Crawford of the 129th District also attended the meeting.
Among the organizations awarded grants on Friday were Laclede County’s COPE, which received $3,500, and the Lebanon-Laclede Interagency on Food and Enrichment, which was given $5,000.
COPE, which provides emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence, as well as legal advocacy, financial assistance, outreach services and educational programs in Dallas, Laclede, Texas and Wright counties, will use the money to help fund the PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Everyday) program.
“(The Heuer Foundation is supporting) Laclede County children in both education and prevention — something we feel is very near to our hearts,” said COPE Executive Director Mary Young.
The educational program teaches children in grades six through 12 about developing safe relationships. PAVE serves more than 4,000 children each year in a nine-county area that goes beyond COPE’s normal service area.
Young also was recognized during the meeting. She was given the Heuer Foundation Award for Excellence for her work, which is the first time the foundation has ever given the award. Along with heading up COPE, Young is also on the L-LIFE board.
L-LIFE, which provides food for Laclede County families in need, will use the funds to pay for half the salary of its first part-time employee. The other half is being donated by an anonymous local donor. Since its forming in 2010, L-LIFE has fully relied on volunteers until now. L-LIFE Chair Rachel Carr said that volunteers are still very important to the organization.
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