2009-07-02 / News

Jamestown Community Fund awards $4,100 for island projects

The Rhode Island Foundation recently awarded a total of $4,100 to the Jamestown Community Fund to support projects proposed by four non-profit organizations.

The 2009 grant recipients and their projects are:

• The Jamestown Education Foundation, which received $2,000 for a performance by Inca Son. This performance for kindergarten through 8th grade students in Jamestown schools includes a traditional music and dance group from Peru. During the performance, Inca Son will describe and discuss the special importance, meaning and background of each song and dance with the goal of preserving the cultural legacy and fostering appreciation of the Inca heritage.

• Friends of the Jamestown Library, which received $1,000 for its “traditional with the nontraditional” art camp. This weeklong camp for middle school youths will focus on traditional handcrafts made by using nontraditional, mainly recycled and resourced materials, in traditional methods. Sewing, knitting, weaving, paper making and ceramics will be taught with an environmental twist. This camp will be free for 10 children who show talent and interest in art, but may not have the opportunity to attend a summer program because of finances or other obstacles.

• Meals on Wheels, which received a grant of $1,000 for its home delivered program, providing 200 meals for elderly and disabled Jamestown residents. In addition to delivering meals, volunteers monitor the physical and mental health of the seniors and disabled, and report concerns to the Meals on Wheels staff for further investigation.

• Jamestown Community Chorus, which received $100 for its music award, designed to encourage vocal, choral or related musical interests in Jamestown middle school, high school or older residents or non-residents who participate in the Jamestown music community, and to defray the cost of musical instruction, music camp or music school.

The Jamestown Community Fund was established at the Rhode Island Foundation by Jamestown residents Joseph and Nancy Logan, who wished “to support the community in any way we could,” but chose not to attach their names to the fund, so that others “who also appreciate the Jamestown community may contribute to the permanent endowment.”

The Jamestown Community Fund is one of several endowments at the Rhode Island Foundation specifically benefiting the town of Jamestown, including the Jamestown Fund for the Performing Arts, the Jamestown Philomenian Library Endowment Fund and the Peyton R. Hazard Fund for Newport and Jamestown. The Newport County Fund benefits all six communities in Newport County, including Jamestown.

The Jamestown Community Fund will seek applicants again next spring. Visit www.rifoundation. org for more information.

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