Important funding for Transit

3 Feb

Here’s some good news for a lot of folks in our part of the world. Christian Help of Mingo County has been awarded important grant funding from not one but two regional foundations recently.

The Logan Healthcare Foundation has awarded the agency $50,000. An additional $15,000 was presented by the McDonough Foundation. Both grants are to support our free transit service during 2011.

As our friends and supporters know, the transit service takes hundreds of people every month to doctors’ appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, and more. Many passengers who use the service are either elderly or disabled.
2010 was the busiest year for this service since it was introduced ten years ago. It provided over 10,000 passenger rides during the year, and the agency’s three vans together travelled over 100,000 miles.
A few days ago, I posted some photos from a local holler. As I said, travelling these hollers is not easy even if you have reliable transportation. If you don’t, it’s almost impossible. That’s what makes Christian Help’s transit service so important to the people we serve.
The new grants will cover about half of expenses budgeted for the service during 2011. Some of the remainder is provided by state funding, and the rest must come from gifts from individual donors.

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