Sonora Area Foundation grants to help livestock at fair, feed the needy

local@modbee.comMay 3, 2013 

The Sonora Area Foundation's latest round of grants will help feed low-income people and improve conditions for county fair livestock, among other things.

They include:

• $20,000 to the Christian Heights Church food ministry, which serves meals at several locations in Tuolumne County.

• $20,000 to Sierra Senior Providers Meals on Wheels for use in fueling and maintaining five vehicles that deliver meals to home-bound seniors.

• $20,000 to the Mother Lode Fair for improvements to the livestock area in time for the July 11-14 event. They include cleaning and sealing of asphalt areas, portable fencing panels, additional fans for the goat barn and replacement of rain gutters.

• $11,495 for renovation of Lions Park, next to the Dome, former site of Sonora Elementary School. The Sonora Lions Club is fixing up the park to complement the ballfield project completed there earlier this year by the Youth Sports Foundation.

• $10,000 to Sonora Regional Medical Center to do a community health assessment.

• $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County for doors and windows for two homes under construction in the 35-unit Parrotts Ferry Village, near Columbia.

• $5,000 to Friends of the Animal Community to pay for veterinary care and boarding fees for rescued animals.

• $8,000 to Mind Matters to diagnose and treat people suffering from ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and related issues.

The foundation, founded in 1990, has more than $25 million in assets, including the affiliated Irving J. Symons Foundation and Symons Family Fund.

Symons, who died in 2004, owned the Hales & Symons feed, hardware, lumber and propane business in Sonora. The company, founded in 1898, was sold to J.S. West & Cos. of Modesto in 1998.

The foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants and administers about 180 funds set up for scholarships and other purposes.

More information is at (209) 533-2596 or www.sonora-area.org.

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