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      Forty-four local organizations receive over $58,000 in grants

      In a special presentation on the campus of Quincy University on Wednesday afternoon, the Community Foundation announced grant awards totaling more than $58,000.

      Forty-four different charitable organizations throughout the Tri-States were presented with grants to support their endeavors.

      Organizations receiving the funds include: Addicts Victorious, Affordable Community Education, Inc., Barry Food Pantry, Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois, The Learning Center, Community for Christ Assistance Center, Cornerstone Foundations for Families, County of Adams/West Central Illinois Task Force, Douglass Community Services- Court Appointed Special Advocates, Kids in Motion Program, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Down Country, Friends of the Trails, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Horizons Social Services of Adams County, Immanuel Lutheran Church Kid's Club, Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex, John Wood Community College Foundation, Junior Achievement, Lutheran Child & Family Services of Adams County, Madonna House, Maywood R4 Fire Department Auxiliary, Inc., Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois, Midsummer Arts Faire, Pittsfield High School, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Junior High School PTA, Quincy Public Library, Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, Quincy University, Redmon and Lee Youth & Adult Community Association, Regional Office of Education, St. Francis Food Pantry, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, The Quincy Museum, Transitions of Western Illinois, Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Area, United Way of Adams County, Inc., Western CUSD 12, and YWCA of Quincy.

      The Community Foundation builds permanent funds to address significant needs and opportunities for the present and future.

      The foundation has made over 1,400 hundred grants totaling over two million dollars since it formed in 1999.

      Jill Arnold Blickhan is the Executive Director of the foundation and she's pleased to see so many benefiting from these grants.

      "One of the things I love about our work at the Community Foundation is that we give grants serving the entire breath of what a community is about: arts, culture community betterment, education, health, and human services. These folks do a lot of tremendous work in this region. We're very, very pleased to be able to give a little bit of assistance," Blickhan said.