Fort Bend Cares gifts 29 heroic nonprofits grants totaling $157,500

Caption: (Submitted Photo) Representatives from Fort Bend Cares 2016 grant recipients and the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees celebrate the awarding of $157,500 in grants last month.

Caption: (Submitted Photo) Representatives from Fort Bend Cares 2016 grant recipients and the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees celebrate the awarding of $157,500 in grants last month.

Fort Bend Cares supporters celebrated the awarding of grants to 29 heroic nonprofits serving disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County on June 8 at Safari Texas Ranch.

Through the generosity of event sponsors and other donors, Fort Bend Cares distributed $157,500 to these organizations. Close to 40 Fort Bend Cares Grants Committee volunteers performed a thorough review of grant applications from 48 local nonprofits before making their recommendations to the Fort Bend Cares Board of Trustees. Reviews included site visits, meeting with staff, and consideration of factors such as the number of children impacted and whether the organization meets a physical, emotional, or educational need.

“People think fundraising is difficult. They should try making decisions on who receives grants. Fort Bend nonprofits are dedicated to improving the lives of everyone in our community,” Grants Committee Chairperson Scott Icenhower said.

New grant recipients this year include Creative Dreams to provide a summer day camp for disadvantaged youth aged 11-18 in Fort Bend and Hope for Three for the Teen Huddle program that holds activities including Sibling Sessions and Parents Time Out for families living with children on the autism spectrum.

Fort Bend Cares Co-Founders, Dr. Bob McClendon and Jim Rice, awarded Shared Dreams the Founders Grant. Shared Dreams provides underserved Fort Bend ISD students with clothing, toiletries, and school supplies.

Fort Bend Cares raises funds for grants through a variety of events and individual donations. Its primary fundraising event, “Road Trip,” is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, at Fluor in Sugar Land. To sponsor the event or to volunteer with Fort Bend Cares, contact Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki at angie@fortbendcares.org or 832-819-2005.

For a complete list of 2016 grant recipients and for more information on Fort Bend Cares visit www.fortbendcares.org.

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