6/16/2017 10:40:00 AM Heath Foundation gives more than $125K in grants Firefighters, police, PDA, fair among biggest winners in this grant cycle.
The Mary Heath Foundation awarded 13 grants to local organizations Wednesday afternoon. One of the organizations, the Crawford County Fair Association, received a grant of $15,000. Its representative said the money will go toward construction of a new horse barn, seen here, being built near the Oblong Park entrance. (Blake Nash photo)
Stewart Schutte, Trust Officer at First National Bank Trust Services in Robinson, announced recently the Mary Heath Foundation would award grants totaling more than $125,000.00 to eligible organizations.
Those grants were awarded Wednesday at the First National Bank in Oblong.
The 13 grants the foundation awarded amounted to $125,675, and while each of those organization will benefit directly hundreds, if not thousands, of area residents will also benefit.
The Red Hill School District received $1,546 to buy new library books that students will read over and over again.
The Robinson Fire Protection District will use its $18,982 to buy new turnout gear, including coats, pants and helmets for firemen. The new gear will not only keep them safe, but allow them to come to the public's aid when it is most needed.
The Hutsonville school district continues to upgrade educational materials with new cross-curriculum projects like Salt to the Sea. The $4,149 granted to Unit 1 will make this possible.
Technology is ever-changing, and law enforcement needs to change with it. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department received $20,000 to purchase six new computers for police vehicles. Each patrol deputy will have his own mobile office.
Last year, the Robinson Police Department made a commitment to purchase new police software from the Spillman company. the $20,000 grant it received will go toward that software purchase.
Soccer continues to grow in popularity with younger athletes, and Sunrise Youth Soccer will use the $1,030 it received to buy new balls and other equipment.
Even in the digital age people still require hard copies of documents, articles and other publications. The Palestine Public Library plans to buy a new multi-functional copier/printer with the $7,500 it received.
The Jasper County Health Department helps run the VFC program and will use the $3,993 they received to purchase new freezers.
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges nursing faculty needs to keep up with technology, and $10,706 will help them purchase new iPads to better train the next generation of health-care professionals.
The pounding players take on the gridiron takes a toll on players and equipment. Palestine High School will use its $7,769 grant to buy pads, helmets and other personal equipment to protect players.
The new horse barn continues to take shape in at the fairgrounds in Oblong. The Crawford County Fair Association received $15,000 to help in its commitment to build the new barn/stable.
The new community building/pavilion on Main Street in Palestine continues to be used more and more each year. The Palestine Development Association will use the $10,000 it received to purchase a sound system to better facilitate pageants, concerts and public events.
The Robinson Kiwanis Club is rapidly closing in on there phase II goal of the interactive musical instruments in Harmony Park at the entrance to Washington Park in Robinson. The $5,000 grant they received will go a long way to reaching that goal.
First National Bank's Trust Services in Robinson is a department of First National Bank in Olney, a locally owned and managed financial services provider serving communities in Southeastern Illinois in seven locations. The Trust Department in Robinson is at 1719 W. Main, Robinson.
For additional information about the Mary Heath Foundation, contact Stewart Schutte at 544-3900.