The Salvation Army received the lion’s share of the town’s Moffat Family Fund allotment for 2012, getting $8,000 to provide disadvantaged families with back-to-school supplies for their school-aged children.
The Salvation Army means to purchase school supplies such as notebooks, binders, pencil crayons, pens, pencils and backpacks with the funds provided.
Northern Community Development Services (NCDS) received $5,000. The money will be used to help put on the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival, which will take place July 1 on the riverfront here in Fort Frances.
Meanwhile, Safe Communities Rainy River District got $5,000 to help purchase a hi-tech mannequin. This will help imprint the “Ripple Effect” message of choices and consequences on youth to get them to make smart lifestyle choices in relations to injury prevention and substance misuse.
Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child & Family Services got $3,650 to help put on a special substance-free event in Fort Frances this Hallowe’en to mark the 10th anniversary of the glow stick program here.
The planning committee is comprised of KRRDCFS staff, the OPP, Northwestern Health Unit, and Rainy River District Victim Services Program, on behalf of Safe Communities Rainy River District.
The OPP Youth Foundation received $3,500, which will help fund the OPP North West Region Youth Summer Camp, a police and youth mentoring program designed to offer youth leadership opportunities to foster a positive relationship with police and the community.
“Loaves & Fishes” soup kitchen received $3,300 to upgrade and replace some equipment in their kitchen and help provide a meal each week to a group of about 30 children who attend a weekly program.
The Fort Frances Lion Club got $3,100 to install three surveillance cameras to deter vandalism at Lions Park. The funds also will be used to extend and perhaps complete walkway from the kiosk to Shevlin Avenue to increase accessibility to the park.
The 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadet Squadron received $3,000 to help support activities of the local air cadets, which provides youth aged 12-18 with the opportunity to the participate in outdoor survival, range, sports and flight training.
Friends of Little League got $2,950, which will help offset costs of operating little league baseball in Fort Frances.
Individuals and organizations were invited back in March to submit their requests, including a specific dollar amount and the rationale behind it, to the local Moffat Family Fund committee.
A total of 12 applicants responded, requesting $$92,400 in funding in all.
The selection committee—comprised of Mayor Avis, Couns. John Albanese, Andrew Hallikas, Paul Ryan, and Marie Howells, Linda Hamilton, and Salvation Army Capt. Angel Sandoval—then had to pare those applicants down to a number that could split the $37,500 the town once again was allotted to give to local groups that benefit children, families, and the less advantaged.
This is the 10th-straight year the town has gotten money from the Moffat Family Fund to hand out to local groups and service clubs with the aim of helping youths and families.