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Canton Community Health Fund Grants Awards

Published: June 16, 2011

Several Local Groups Benefit from Generosity

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CANTON COMMUNITY HEALTH FUND GRANTS AWARDS

By RYAN CASEY
For The Canton News

CANTON — The Canton Community Health Fund (CCHF) awarded grant checks to 9 Canton organizations June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Canton Community Center.

“This year, the CCHF is providing financial support for numerous diverse needs within the Town of Canton with recipients including Focus on Canton, the Town of Canton, The Canton Food Bank, Canton Friends of Football, Roaring Brook Nature Center and the Canton High School Class of 2011 Substance Free Graduation Party, Canton Middle School,” said CCHF Chairman Jay Tourigny.

“We were delighted to receive a donation from the Canton Community Health Fund,” said Roaring Brook Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan. ”This summer, we will begin a two-part project that will hopefully result in eventually adding an ADA accessible restroom here at the Nature Center, something we have sorely lacked since this building was first constructed in 1966.”

Kaplan said this project comes about through an offer from the local Rotary Club to construct a “chair closet” adjacent to Roaring Brook Nature Center’s auditorium.

“By clearing out space in the building, we hope to be able to put an accessible restroom into the area where our chairs and audiovisual equipment are currently stored,” said Kaplan. “The generous gift from the CCHF enables us to begin planning for the restroom, a project which will necessitate the raising of some significant additional funds. The restroom will make the Nature Center available to more people in our community, and it is something we have long believed should be a priority for us.”

The CCHF Selection Committee was delighted by the response from the community this year, according to Chairman of the Program Planning Committee, Elizabeth Nardi.

“It was very difficult to choose among so many deserving organizations,” said Nardi. “We had over 19 applications totaling over $79,000 in grant requests, but our budget restricted us to allocate only $24,000,” said Nardi.

The CCHF annually awards grants to Canton organizations for use in activities that enhance the health and well being of Canton residents, according to Tourigny.

“The monies awarded are outright grants, and are derived from the proceeds of a fund that was established nearly 50 years ago,” said Tourigny.

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