Excitement was in the air as 31 charities and numerous sponsors and volunteers gathered at Classic Chevrolet when Fort Bend Cares presented grants totaling $155,000 which brought the organization to a total of $1 million plus given.
Now entering its ninth year, Fort Bend Cares continues to make a powerful impact on the disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend County. There is still much need in Fort Bend County and Fort Bend Cares is there to help fill in the funding gap needed by worthy non-profits working with disadvantaged children.
To date, Fort Bend Cares has distributed approximately $1,050,000 in designated grants. The grant applications are evaluated and put through rigorous analysis by a group of local community volunteers who serve on the grant committee. Chaired by Board Director, Robert Coffman, the grant committee did a lot of research and had to make many hard decisions. Board of Trustees Chair, Rick Conley said, “The grant committee has the deep appreciation of our Board. Reaching one million dollars in our relatively short history is a milestone that we celebrate and thank the many volunteers, supporters and sponsors that helped get us to this point. Now on to the next million dollars!”
The highlight of the event came when Dr. Robert McClendon presented the newly instituted Fort Bend Cares Founder’s Grant named after the co- founders, Dr. Robert McClendon and The Honorable Jim Rice. This grant was presented to Knowledge First Empowerment Center, an organization that provides academic services, tutoring and after school programs. During his presentation of the Founders Grant, Dr. McClendon praised Knowledge First Empowerment Center for the wonderful impact that the founders of this organization have already made on the youth of Fort Bend County and challenged them to use the proceeds from this grant to continue their fine work.
Co-Founder Jim Rice said, “We are fortunate to live in a county that is so generous in helping to meet the needs of disadvantaged youth and appreciate the hard work of all our volunteers, staff and supporters who have made these grants possible. Little did Robert and I know back in 2005 that Fort Bend Cares would be able to have such a significant impact in our community. I attribute Fort Bend Cares success to Robert McClendon’s leadership during our early years which has laid a strong foundation for us to build on and continue to serve the needs of our youth.”
“We are thrilled to be able to support so many dedicated organizations that are doing valuable work in Fort Bend County”, said Laura Richard, Executive Director. The people and businesses in this community recognize the needs of children and they give generously. We are very appreciative of our sponsors, business partners and individual contributors who have given to Fort Bend Cares throughout the year.”
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Road Trip on February 1, 2014 at Fluor in Sugar Land. Stay tuned for the grand location we’ll travel to next year – you won’t want to miss it!
For a list of grant recipients and more information on Fort Bend Cares visit www.fortbendcares.org.