AIDS Council of Gaston County

Continue to support the Patrick fund which issues emergency funds to HIV+ patients for food, medications, transportation, rent and utilities through case managers at Kintegra Health.

American Legion Post 23

American Legion summer baseball program, Military Museum upkeep, Boys State scholarships, and other community projects to support Veteran’s welfare.

Animal League of Gaston County

Animal League of Gaston County will use the funds for the following purposes: (1) to subsidize spay/neuter, vaccinations, tests and medical care for Gaston County pet owners in financial need; rescue groups that save animals from our shelter; and to spay/neuter shelter pets that are then offered to qualified adopters free of charge; (2) to build large fenced enclosures and provide houses for dogs that live on chains so that they can be released from the chain and have "Room To Run"; and (3) to sterilize and vaccinate feral and community cats.

ArtPop Street Gallery

The money raised through the 2022 Community Foundation Run sponsored by the Gaston Community Foundation will support the ongoing ArtPop program in the Gaston County artists' community. Additional funding of the ArtPop program in Gaston County would allow us to give local Gaston County artists the opportunity for unprecedented exposure of their work throughout the twelve-county area. It would help build up the arts and increase the growth of small businesses in Gaston County.

Ashbrook Foundation, Inc.

The Ashbrook Foundation's goals will continue to be first and foremost to raise funds to provide Academic Scholarships for deserving students unable to fulfill their dreams of pursuing higher education due to lack of financial resources; as well as providing financial assistance to the faculty members of Ashbrook High School through approved mini grants.

BackPack Weekend Food Program, Inc

The BackPack Weekend Food Program relies on grants, donations and fundraising projects to ensure the organization fulfills its mission and promise to the students and the community. The Board approved a higher projection of food costs to feed students this year. We are anticipating a greater need in our community. Funds will help subsidize the cost of food for students who do not have a financial partner. Funding will also help cover the expense of general program support projects (warehouse support, volunteer sustainability, etc.).

Belmont Abbey College

The Abbey Players have presented 138 seasons of continuous theatre on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. A more recent addition, Arts at the Abbey builds on the college's mission to exhibit virtue, excellence, and hospitality through a full season of offerings by classical artists. Having a long-celebrated tradition of fostering and nurturing the creative spirit within Gaston County, The Abbey Players and Arts at the Abbey offer artistic, educational, and community events for both the college community and patrons across the greater Metrolina area. Local, regional, and international artists are invited to teach, collaborate, and perform, benefitting all who participate and attend. Our spaces are offered to schools and other non-profits for performance venues, with many opportunities for free concerts, plays, reader's theatre, and musicals.

Belmont Community Organization (BCO)

2022 funds will be used for BCO Client Assistance Program through which we will be able to provide immediate relief to those requesting food, clothing, household items and payments for rent, utilities, medicines and heating fuel.

Belmont Historical Society

The 2022 proposed use of funds will be used to repair and paint the freestanding kitchen and cooks’ quarters (circa 1899) which is located on the grounds of the BHS museum. Also, the grounds will need some new plantings, etc. Other museum buildings will also need some maintenance upkeep.

Bit of Hope Ranch

The funds will be used for program expansion for mental health, autism and special needs therapeutic riding. Additional programs to help clients and first responders during the pandemic are being added.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston

Funds will be used for vital out of school programming for youth ages 6 to 18, focusing on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. We will continue to provide support to reduce the learning loss our members will experience through 2022.

Camp Sertoma of GC

This years funds will directed to cover food, educational materials, scholarships and more.

Camp Sunshine

Funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide a day camp for economically disadvantaged children ages 6-10 in Gaston County who otherwise would not have a camping experience. The funds will allow us to purchase the following: Food/Kitchen Supplies, Craft Supplies, bus transportation and gas to transport the children, special activities & programs, first aid supplies, clothing for the children, miscellaneous supplies (towels, backpacks, snacks, Bibles, etc.). It will also allow us to do background checks for volunteers and provide a Christmas Party for the campers that attend Camp Sunshine over the summer. The funds will also help with the rental facility at Crowders Ridge Camps.

Carolina Pro Musica

Carolina Pro Musica plans to use funds for presenting early music concerts and workshops in Gaston County as well as recording and editing them for online publication. If granted these will be used in conjunction with NC Arts Grass Roots funds.

Carolina Thread Trail

Carolina Thread Trail intends to use funds raised from the 2022 Gaston Run to help maintain trails in Gaston County that are open to the public. CTT also plans to use funds to continue offering free environmental education programming in Gaston County.

Catawba Lands Conservancy

Catawba Lands Conservancy intends to use funds raised from the 2022 Gaston Run to help maintain preserves in Gaston County that are open to the public. CLC also plans to use funds to continue offering free environmental education programming in Gaston County.

Catawba Riverkeeper

Catawba Riverkeeper will use funds to educate children and adults about our watershed, engage residents in on-the-water activities that inspire stewardship, and protect local waterways through science-based advocacy.

Catherine's House, Inc.

Funds raised in the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be utilized to provide safe housing, and specific programing aimed at helping homeless women and children return to self-sufficiency in our community.

Cherryville Area Ministries

We would like to split the amount raised with half of the funds going to our assistance program where will continue to serve families in need. With the remainder of the funds raised, we would like to fix a wall that separates our donation sorting from our shopping floor. This wall is currently separating from the main structure and is becoming hazard to those that shop in our store.

Children's Christian Music Academy, Inc

We will use funds raised to support our annual choir camp to be held in the summer of 2022.We will pay for snacks, props, music supplies, rental of sound equipment, and a sound technician.

Civil Air Patrol, Gastonia Composite Squadron

Funds will be used to support cadet education programs, including aerospace, leadership, character development, and physical fitness programs.

Classroom Central

We respectfully request funding in 2022 to enable Classroom Central to provide core, urgently needed school supplies to be distributed through our programs to serve schools and students in need in Gaston County.

Community Relief Organization of Mt. Holly

For the purchase food for distribution to neighbors in crisis.

Cornerstone Christian Center/ACPP, Inc.

Funds will be used for the housing, feeding, transportation and care of Cornerstone Christian Center Residents.

Covenant Community Preschool

The funds generated from the 2022 RUN will be used to fund student scholarships.

Cramerton Historical Society

We will use the funds to continue to add to our current display boards and display cases in the Museum.

Cramerton Middle School PTO

Funds will be used for ongoing appreciation efforts for students, teachers and staff. They will also be used to help purchase new computers for classrooms, that are old and outdated, and help teachers with different projects and school clubs.

Crisis Assistance Ministry

CAM will use any funds raised through the 2022 Community Foundation Run to operate our emergency assistance program. CAM assists with the basic life needs of food, rent/mortgage, and utilities to low-income households in the greater Gastonia area who are experiencing a financial crisis.

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, Inc.

As an essential service in Gaston County to those experiencing pregnancy, we provide the initial services of pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and counseling support and then provide material support for the client for as long as needed after the child is born. All of our services are provided freely.

Crowders Camps

Crowders Camps will use funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to scholarship campers for our summer program, as well as supporting programming needs for the summer program. It is our goal to make summer camp both affordable and unforgettable, so the funds will allow campers to attend at a reduced rate and enjoy new and exciting activities.

Dallas Christian Ministry

This year the Dallas Ministry will be using the funds on client assistance and any operational expenses to carry out that plan.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Funds raised in 2022 will be used to restore the Perennial Garden, a large section of the Garden in need of repairs and restoration. It is the hope that this section will be restored not only to its former glory, but to a state of new and unique beauty.

Delta Research and Educational Foundation

We intend to use the funds to take our youth on college tours to enhance their knowledge about colleges and universities as this gives our participants an opportunity to go on tours as we serve a diverse population.

Dream Center Academy

Proceeds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be beneficial to the growth of our program. Each year a new class of 30-40 students joins the Dream Center Academy. In the Summer of 2022, when the next class joins DCA we will be serving 6 classes of students (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders) and estimated 160 students. Year-round programming will be provided for these students through CFR funds, community support, private foundations, local, state and national grants. We are grateful to all who support the Academy allowing us to continue to provide quality programming, invest in the lives of our students, and watch them grow into the individuals they have the potential to become.

Elements of Empowerment, Inc.

Elements of Empowerment, Inc. will use funds to foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and preservation by educating, enriching, and empowering communities through artistic cultural programs, presentations, and events.

Eta Mu Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

We will continue to offer assistance to students of Gaston County, provide political awareness to citizens, and strengthen mentoring programs by offering more activities and events.

F3 Foundation

F3 Foundation and F3 Nation work to promote health lifestyles for men ages 18-75 in Gaston County. This is accomplished through a few key activities. Free morning workouts are open and available to all men. Fellowship activities are coordinated in order to help prevent men from becoming disconnected and isolated. This is important because middle-aged white males are the most likely to commit suicide and nearly four times more likely than women to attempt it.

Finally, F3 encourages an active faith - which is not any one religion, denomination, or practice, but instead a sense that all of us are part of something bigger than ourselves. As such, the way men of F3 live out their faith is through service and community leadership. These three areas of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith not only help keep the men who participate in F3 physically, emotionally and mentally healthy — the approach to service and creating community impact in Gaston County is at the core of why F3 Nation and F3 Foundation exist. "

FamilyLife Ministries is a Cru Ministry

We will use the funds provide resources to families, provide much needed marriage seminars and workshops that create healthy environments. We will also partner with other organizations to equip parents with healthy habits and proven tools to assist them in raising their children with character and integrity.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

We plan to put some of the funds towards our annual scholarship fund that we use to send coaches and athletes to our sports camps each year as well as our annual Dr. Whitesides scholarship that we give out each year to our FCA athlete of the year. We will also use some to provide resources, food, sporting equipment, emergency/family needs, and aid to all of our local huddles throughout our high school and middle schools in Gaston County. We will use some to continue the growth of our female ministry here in the county. That ministry is a vital part in our area and Meagan is doing a great job leading that out. Lasty we will use some funds to help market our ministry.

First Presbyterian Weekday School-Belmont (FPWDS-Belmont)

To provide early childhood development educational opportunities, to provide fellowship and educational opportunities for persons working in the early childhood development field, to provide scholarship assistance to qualifying families and staff.

Flynn Fellowship Home of Gastonia

To supplement the basic care, feeding, and housing of our residents.

Forestview High School

Forestview High School will use any funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to secure additional Technology for their students and teachers.

Friends of the Gaston County Public Library

The Friends of the Gaston County Public Library (FGCPL) intend to use the 2022 Community Foundation Run funds to provide equipment and other resources to serve all GCPL patrons. The funds will also be used to provide high-quality programming that enriches the lives of GCPL patrons.

Gaston Aquatics

Funds will be used to expand upon swim lessons and programming. They will also be used for the continued fundraising efforts for the construction of the Gaston Regional Aquatic Center.

Gaston Arts Council

STEAM Arts in Education and Arts in Community programming

Gaston Choral Society

Our chorus has not met since March of 2020. We are chomping at the bit to return, safely, to singing together and performing for our community. A plan to return in January is underway and the monies raised from the 2022 Run will aid in our production of concerts for the community. Usually, in June we put on a "Celebration of Freedom" concert to celebrate and recognize the armed forces. We have brass, piano, organ, and a full choir. The monies from the 2022 Run will be used for our hiring of musicians. Additionally, after our spring semester we can better gauge what direction the chorus will proceed in for the 2022-23 season and purchasing of music and scheduling of concerts. Here's to an optimistic and productive season for the Arts!

Gaston Christian School

These funds will go into our Annual Giving Fund to go towards campaign projects and ground maintenance. This fund enhances our campus for our families and students.

Gaston College Foundation

The Gaston College Foundation intends to use the Community Foundation Run funding to address the financial barriers that prohibit student academic success. These funds will supplement the Student Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP) and scholarships. Recognizing that financial aid does not cover all student expenses, the Gaston College Foundation developed SEAP to provide students with funding for an immediate academic need, prohibiting them from success at Gaston College. This student Aid is awarded through mini scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, books, and educational supplies. Most student emergencies consist of but are not limited to loss of housing, unemployment, financial hardships, and illness. This year, one student indicated in her application "I am a single parent, and I cannot afford a lot of materials needed for my classes right now. All of my income goes into my household, and that still isn't enough. I struggle every day. I just want to look and feel as confident and professional as my classmates. Support through the Community Foundation will allow the Gaston College Foundation to continue helping students in these situations achieve their educational goals, because every student deserves to feel confident with access to quality education.

Gaston County Art Guild

The Gaston County Art Guild is most grateful for the support of the GCF and the community. The Guild will use the proceeds from the 2022 Run to support operations: rent, show prizes, jurist fees, insurance, guild meeting expenses, office expenses, etc. The Guild is an all-volunteer organization; we are dependent on and very thankful for the proceeds from this annual event, particularly during these challenging times when holding in-person shows and workshops, which generate operational income, have not been possible.

Gaston County DHHS

To provide educational scholarships to two staff members and two children of staff members next year.

Gaston County Education Foundation

The funds raised will be utilized to fund the Ron L. Ensley and Jennifer Stultz Grant cycles. The Ron Ensley Grant is awarded to teachers requesting funding for innovative teaching initiatives not covered in the yearly budget. The Jennifer Stultz grant is award to the fine arts programs in Gaston County Schools. Teachers request funding for educational and creative ideas that they do not receive yearly funding to administer. This may include guest conductors, art that collaborates with history class, murals that depict school heritage, and many more creative ideas.

Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA)

Scholarships for Gaston County students

Gaston County Family YMCA

Funds raised will be used to continue our efforts strengthening Gaston County through our three Areas of Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Gaston County Young Life

We will use them to finish establishing our new branch of ministry, as well as to help fund camp scholarships for adolescents in our county who can't afford to attend a weekend or week of camp.

Gaston Dance Theatre

Proceeds from the Community Foundation Run 2022 will support the mission of Gaston Dance Theatre: to provide affordable, high-quality instruction for our students and sharing the art of dance with the Gaston County community. We utilize this funding to create professional level dance shows in large-scale venues, including costumes and sets for our student dancers in our annual productions. We will also continue to utilize Run funding to provide scholarships for dancers who need financial help to continue their dance training.

Gaston Day School

Technology and faculty/staff professional development.

Gaston Galaxy Volleyball Club

We will use the funds for uniforms and volleyballs for our rapid growing team.

Gaston Gators

Funds raised in the 2022 run will be used to continue funding the travel to state, regional and national events for our swimmers and coaches, expand upon the equipment needed to improve swimming skills for all levels and continue to promote water safety and maintain our facility.

Gaston Hospice

Gaston Hospice will use funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to support its patients who do not have the ability to pay for end-of-life services. In carrying out its mission, Gaston Hospice serves everyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay.

Gaston Literacy Council, Inc.

GLC will use funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to continue providing literacy services for our community. Funds will be used to enrich and replenish materials in program areas where needed and to support instructional staff.

Gaston Music Education Foundation

We plan to use the funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to provide music camp scholarships for qualifying applicants who pass an audition and provide college scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in music and who pass their audition and a written music theory test. In both cases, the students must be residents of Gaston County and attend school here.

Gaston Residential Services, Inc.

Gaston Residential Services, Inc. will use the funds raised for therapeutic activities such as horseback riding and other recreational activities for I/DD persons.

Gaston School of the Arts

Gaston School of the Arts would use the funds from the 2022 Gaston Community Foundation Run to defray costs of instructional programs, GSOA’s Children’s Playhouse productions, and the GSOA Youth Orchestra, and to fund scholarships.

Gaston Skills, Inc.

To purchase craft material and additional exercise equipment. These items will help in improving their mobility and reducing stress. With the craft material they will be able to make items for which to be proud and it can be displayed at the facility and take home later. The additional exercise equipment will assist in their healthy living skills.

Gaston String Orchestra

To support performances offered free to the community, including purchasing scores and sheet music, renting performance spaces and compensating special guest performers and service providers. We are currently anticipating a concert at the Gaston County Library in Spring 2022 as well as one at First United Methodist Church in November 2021.

Gaston Together

Funds will be used to support the work of the Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition, Gaston Together Healthcare Commission/ Healthy Gaston, Community Engagement Leadership, Gaston Vision2040, and Pride in Gaston Travel Tour/Proudest Kid in Gaston County.

Gastonia East Rotary

Support our Rotary projects with 9/11 Luncheon, North Belmont Elementary School, Robo-Gaston, Boys & Girls Club dinners, and Love Our Community Day

Gastonia Parish Nurse Ministry

Funds raised will be used in support of, but not limited to, areas such as health education awareness programs, speaker fees/honorariums, printing of materials, medical supplies/equipment and giveaways.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Funding received through the GCFR will assist with providing Girl Scouts experience to girls in Gaston County. Girl Scouts is open to all girls ages 5-17 who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girl Scouts program offers out of school learning through experiential education. The traditional model is troops of girls with volunteer adult leaders. The United Way of Gaston County helps support participation of girls from impoverished communities. Through these funding sources we are able to provide paid adult leadership for girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. The Girl Scout program is girl led and girl only cooperative learning rather than competitive and offers hands on experiences. Girls engage in activities that build skills and instill positive values. Through participation, girls gain a strong sense of self, develop positive values, develop healthy relationships, learn to take appropriate risks and learn from those, and become community problem solvers. Girls meet weekly with their troops and adult leaders to progress through a nationally proven curriculum for girls.

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County Inc.

As the cost of building materials continues to rise for our homes, Habitat is able to continue building through the incredible support of our community. We are committed to helping low-income families achieve the American dream of homeownership to build generational wealth through affordable mortgages.

HealthNet Gaston

HealthNet Gaston will utilize 2022 Community Foundation Run funds to purchase needed prescription medications for its low-income patients. Circumstances where this funding will be used include when an HNG patient is discharged from the hospital and has been put on a new medication that they cannot afford, when a patient needs a medication such as an antibiotic that are not available through pharmaceutical charity care programs, and when a prescribed medication is not available through pharmaceutical charity care programs or other low-cost pharmacy programs.

Heart Society of Gaston County, Inc.

We will use the proceeds from the Run to provide potentially lifesaving cardiac related medication to heart patients in Gaston County.

High Caliber Athletics

Continue to help youth in the community with fees and equipment to participate in sports

Highland Tech PTSO

We would like to continue offering teachers the opportunity to receive supplies and goods that they would not otherwise be able to afford to help promote their pathway and the classes they teach. Monies received would be split equally between teachers for the upcoming school year.

Holy Angels

Holy Angels will use the funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to purchase needed educational, adaptive, and medical equipment and supplies for our residents, ages 5 years to 79 years of age.

Honorable Ralph C. Gingles, Jr. Scholarship

The funds will be used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors of Gaston County Schools, who meet the requirements of the scholarship and are selected to receive the award.

Hope United Survivor Network

Funds raised through the Community Foundation Run 2022 will be used to purchase resources bags provided on scene to survivors of abuse. Funds will also be used to provide transportation to medical care after an assault and unmet survivor needs.

House of Mercy

House of Mercy intends to use funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run to support general operating expenses for the House of Mercy residential program.

Hoyle Historic Homestead

To support the integrity of both the Hoyle Family Home and the Eli Hoyle House. To restore and renovate both houses with painting, repairs, repair/replace windows and doors, and any other needed repairs or correction of safety issues.

Ignited Minds Childcare

We plan on updating our educational materials throughout the facility.

Junior League of Gaston County

For 2022, we are intending to expand on our current programs that help women and children within Gaston County such as providing events and supplies at the Domestic Violence Shelter, working alongside Food Banks who are in need as trough the ongoing pandemic, and providing leadership training for our members in order to better serve our communities.

Keep Belmont Beautiful

We will continue to assist the City of Belmont in beautification projects. We want to increase our planned activities that involve the public in litter removal and education. We will aid the city in obtaining and planting additional trees in the local parks, and share research based educational material on the care of trees.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful

Keep Gastonia Beautiful will be using the funds from Run 2021 to continue beautification efforts and the expansion of visual enhancements within the City of Gastonia. Our accumulated funds will be used towards future public art endeavors.

Kintegra Health

The proceeds will be given back to the community to help those in need

Least of These Carolinas

Funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be applied to the general operating budget of Least of These Carolinas. The operating expenses include foundational expenses to keep our ministry functioning. Without a secure foundation, we are unable to focus on and meet the urgent needs and necessary services of foster/kinship care children in Gaston County. With the continuation of the Covid-19/Delta virus pandemic, we continue to creatively re-think our traditional fund-raising events. We are grateful for the CFG and the Community Run.

Lifeline Children's Services

Pregnancy Options Counseling for women in unplanned pregnancies Recruiting, training, equipping and supporting families to adopt children in the foster care system and specifically in NC and Gaston County. Begin church-based parenting class programs for vulnerable families at risk of losing custody of their children.

Little Theater of Gastonia

The funds will be used to upgrade the stage lighting, sound system, HVAC system equipment upgrades as well as other needs of the Little Theater of Gastonia building.

Loray Girls' Home, Inc.

The funds raised through Community Foundation Run 2022 will be used to support foster care youth who have been placed with Loray Girls' Home, Inc. These funds will be used in a variety of ways including direct care services and support services. Funds will provide clothing, educational materials and opportunities as well as providing basic needs for our residents.

McAdenville Woman's Club

The McAdenville Woman's club will use the funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run for our Maxine Porch McAdenville Scholarship that is currently managed by the Community Foundation. The McAdenville Woman's Club established the Maxine Porch McAdenville Scholarship fund to assist qualified McAdenville residents wishing to further their education by attending a 2- or 4-year college, university, vocational or community college. The Club named the fund in honor of Maxine Porch, a club member who devoted her time and talents to the betterment of the McAdenville community. Scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and are typically in the amount of $500-$1500 each with a typical total of $3,000 awarded each year.


MiraVia will use proceeds for our College Residence at Belmont Abbey College campus in Belmont, NC. This program serves pregnant college students from pregnancy up until their child turns two years old.

Mount Holly Community Garden

Our goal for 2022 Community Foundation Run funds is to repair a large section of fencing, large scale staining and repair of fence, pergola and community tool shed. We are also working to add additional garden art and lighting to our garden to draw in more visitors. We also plan to utilize funds to renew and fund free community gardening, art and wellness programing for all ages (COVID permitting).

Mount Holly Farmers Market

Mount Holly Historical Society

We plan to use the funds raised in 2022 to continue the process of digitizing our physical collection of the Mount Holly News. The newspaper ranges from the 1940s-2000s and once digitized it will be viewable and searchable by the public. We are also working with the Mount Holly Farmers Market to fund engraving of bricks to commemorate local veterans which will be placed at the new Veterans Healing Garden.

Mt Holly Community Development Foundation

These funds will be used to further the mission of the Foundation by support of foundation projects such as the 5K/10K, Chillibrew, and "prom party", all of which relate to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the sense of community identity.


Our intentions are to use the funds to support the needs of the new Fiber Innovation Center (FIC) being constructed at the Kimbrell Campus in Belmont. The FIC will be a world class research and development center focused on driving innovation into the textile and manufacturing industry.


Funds that will be raised will be utilized to fund the NextGen Grant Cycle for 2022. These funds are awarded to non-profits in the Gaston County area that apply. All grants are reviewed by NextGen board members.

Noon Optimist Club of Gastonia

Proposed use of funds from Run 2022 are for continuation of projects for area youth in the Boys and Girls Club as well as in area youth. Increasing efforts to support youth to study trades at the community college using scholarships for graduating High school students. See table in section 5 for a proposed budget. Some projects may be reduced due to Covid restrictions.

Off the Streets Program, Inc.

Off the Streets Program, Inc will use the requested funds to provide increased community outreach, day-to-day operations, transportation, supplies for the women who are seeking employment, and will continue to serve at least 60 inpatient and out- patient women during the fiscal year providing residential addiction treatment, self-esteem and life skill classes and job readiness counseling. The house can accommodate six (6) women at one time.

Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties, Inc.

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties will use funds to lead, advocate and collaborate with others to ensure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five.

Paul Fuller Scholarship for Mentored Students

We will continue to support tuition for the 2021 scholarship recipient for 7 semester and will select a 2022 scholarship winner for the upcoming year.

Phoenix Counseling Center

We maintain a client fund that is designed to help clients in need. Through the years we have used these funds to help our clients with housing, transportation to safety, clothing, food, living supplies and for the overall betterment of client health and wellbeing.

Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America

With the support of the Community Foundation, we will continue to provide the Scouting program to the families and youth we serve in Gaston County. The funds we receive from the Community Foundation Run will be used to implement new programs designed to support our emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure our Scouting programs bounce back. We will be implementing new recruitment strategies in the late spring and early summer to share the Scouting program with more families. Additionally, we are devising new programs that will attract and engage all youth whether in person or virtually as restrictions mandate (as they did in Gaston County this Fall, 2021). One of the projects we hope to launch in 2022 with the help of the Community Foundation is a joint venture between the Department of Health & Human Services and the Piedmont Council to support Scouting for at-risk youth and low-income families. This program was initially planned for 2021, but continued restrictions had us refocus our efforts for next year.

Place of Refuge of Gaston County Inc.

The funds will be used to continue to further develop our new ministries to the Place of Refuge which include a miscarriage ministry. The funds will also be used for oversight of supporting our Adolescent Parenting, PACE (post abortive counseling), Adoption and Counseling.

Presbyterian Weekday School, Gastonia

Scholarship and General Use Funds

Promise For Haiti

The money will go towards the PFH endowment at the Community Foundation

Remembering Austin

Rotary Community Garden of Gastonia, Inc.

We plan to use the funds raised to maintain the grounds and beds of the Rotary Community Garden so that excellent crops can be grown to feed those in need in Gaston County by local residents and groups. We will provide new organic soil and fertilizer for the growers. We will continue to teach good farming and gardening techniques and practices. We will raise awareness of the benefits of nature and spending time outdoors, while building friendships across our county.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

We plan on using these funds to continue to support our child hunger programs in Gaston County, in particular, our Backpack Program. The Backpack Program provides a backpack full of nutritious, ready to eat or easy to prepare foods that are sent home on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. The Second Harvest Backpack Program provides over 200,000 backpacks annually at over 200 distribution sites in 17 counties that the Food Bank serves.

Shining Hope Farms

The funds raised through the Gaston Community Foundation Run 2022 will be used to support our therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy programs at our Mt. Holly location to benefit the residents of Gaston County.

Smith Cemetery Historic Preservation Association, Inc.

Some of the expenses we incur in maintaining the cemetery are constant from year to year, such as our ground maintenance expenditures. Some of the money will be used to purchase of pine needles, equipment maintenance, weed killers, landscaping needs, and purchasing Gray and Tera-Cota patio stones that are used to mark the graves of the Unmarked Graves, that we have discovered.

And finally, we are in a position to direct the excess funds towards our Ongoing Maintenance Account, that will allow us to hire someone to take over the tasks I currently do for free, when I’m no longer able to keep up with it all. Now that we have restored this historic cemetery, and secured it with fencing, we can now focus on additional donors that will help us meet our mission of making Smith Cemetery a perpetual care cemetery, that will never be neglected again."

Southminster Church

The 2022 Community Foundation Funds will be used for the Tim Tebow Night to Shine special needs prom that will be held in February 2023. The event will take place at Southminster Church and will include a full style prom with dinner, dancing, limousine rides, hair and make-up and a crowning ceremony. It will include 150 special needs guests along with approximately 300 volunteers.

Special Olympics Gaston County

Special Olympics Gaston County proposes using the current funds, COVID pending, to fund our local games the following year (fall 2022-spring 2023). We hope to fund our local games in bowling in fall 2022 (over 400 athletes), unified champion schools basketball competition in winter 2022-2023 (over 200 unified athletes), and spring games in spring 2023 (over 450 athletes). All athletes (and unified partners for respective events) are included in these events, ages 8 and above. We also plan to offer Young Athletes Day (serving athletes and unified partners ages 2-7) in fall 2022, COVID pending. We will use the funds to fund these local events for our athletes.

SPHS Band Boosters

We will use the funds to repair and purchase instruments and equipment also for registration fees and transportation for band events such as All-County, All-District and MPA performances.

St. Stephens AME Zion Church

Our proposed use of funds this year will support our Digital Display Project. The intent is to erect kiosks throughout our church campus of announcements of community events and church event the like.

Tarheel Trailblazers

2022 Community Foundation Run proceeds will be used to fund the final trail design and construction of the final phase of the trail system at Rocky Branch Park in the City of Belmont. This will include the advance trails connecting to the Carolina Thread Trail multi-use trail. All are constructed of natural materials to be enjoyed by mountain bikers, hikers and runners from across Gaston County.

The Arc of Gaston County

Funds from the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be used to provide offsite field trips and transportation for campers at our specialized summer program, provide financial assistance for personal or medical needs to someone with a developmental disability, as well as purchase winter apparel, toiletries, toys, and other items for disabled adults at Christmas.

The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center: A Domestic Violence Shelter

The Cathy Mabry Cloninger Center intends to use funds raised through the Community Foundation Run to refresh our facilities outdoor playground equipment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the families that utilize the equipment while also allowing for children’s enjoyment. We also plan to utilize the funds to provide for legal needs/advocacy of our residents and community survivors who are in need of immigration assistance as this can be a very costly expense to a survivor and one that is necessary to help maintain their safety.

The Center Day Care Services for Adults

Purchase a raised planter box and gardening supplies for participants to grow fresh vegetables and flowers

The Gastonia Potters House

The Potters House will use funds raised from the 2022 Run to expand addictions-based outreach and services within the Gaston County community.

The King's Daughters Ministry

The funds will be used for education, food, personal development, counseling, and transportation for the residents in our program.

The Lighthouse Children's Advocacy Center

The Lighthouse Children's Advocacy Center will use funds for furniture and supplies at new site with projected completion in late Summer 2022. Funds will be used for a variety of furniture and programmatic needs in this new, larger space.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

The Schiele Museum is dependent on the generous Community Run donors to help support our efforts to provide exceptional educational programs, workshops, and exhibits for students, children, and families in our region. These educational opportunities are designed to inspire wonder and appreciation of science and the natural world by engaging the diverse audiences we serve.

Tri-County Animal Rescue, INC.

The 2022 funds will be used for: spay/neuter surgeries, dentals, vaccinations, micro-chips, flea treatments, heartworm prevention, pet food and other needed pet supplies

United Way of Gaston County

United Way of Gaston County has been a Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate since 2004. United Way of Gaston County has partnered with DPIL to place an age-appropriate book in the homes of Gaston County children from birth to age 5. 2008 children have graduated from the program. We currently have 1,200 children enrolled in this early literacy program providing books to children. We currently have 181 children on our wait list which increases daily. Our goal is to enroll the children on the wait list and be prepared to continue to enroll new children as they apply. Christmas Wishes provided 1,000 individuals with Christmas presents in 2020. Christmas 2021 with the loss of one of our sponsors we are only able to provide Senior Christmas Wishes, for our senior citizens. For Christmas 2022 we want to be able to provide our Christmas Wishes program once again. Community Foundation Run funds will help us to accomplish this goal.

Victory Farm Therapeutic & Adaptive Horsemanship

insurance - GL, Professional, Property and D&O

Webb Street School

Webb Street is an outstanding school that serves students with special needs from ages 5-22. The school provides unique, hands-on learning opportunities for students as well as community-based vocational training. Students are able to work with Webb Street's aquaponics system as well as the greenhouse, garden and coffee shop programs that teach business and entrepreneurial principles. Focusing on academics, Webb Street School uses an online platform called Unique Learning Systems to help every student reach their full potential. Students from Kindergarten through our Transition Program have the advantage of consistent, high-quality instruction, a motivating learning environment and a path to independence using the Unique Learning Systems. Since this is an online platform, funding will be used to purchase new computers needed to maintain the quality of education our students at Webb Street receive throughout the year.

With Friends, Inc.

To meet the needs of young people ages 10-21 that are homeless, in crisis, or at-risk by providing residential shelter care, food, counseling, education, skill building, case management, outreach, follow-up and referral services that focus on positive youth development.

YKD Kings

The funds raised from the 2022 Community Foundation Run will be used towards expenses for our youth athletics program: including, new equipment, facility rentals, community service supplies, scholarships for students going to college, and transportation to events. Funds will also be used to assist underprivileged youth in the program as well. The organization is planning to serve between 65-75 kids in 2022.