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Osceola County Commissioner Choudhry Distributes Nearly $100,000 in Community Betterment Grants

Photo of Commissioner Choudhry addressing the crowd

Published on: Mar 1, 2019

Osceola County, Florida – District 1 Commissioner Peggy Choudhry awarded nearly $100,000 in Community Betterment Grant dollars to a variety of community partners Tuesday.

Grant recipients include: Blue Iris Acres, CFHLA Foundation, Miles of Help Through Christ - Changing Rooms USA, Agape Food Ministries, Swamp Girl Adventures, St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi, Free Clinic of Florida, Caballo Bravo Fino Horse International Association, and The Salvation Army.

Grants ranged from $1,020 to $50,000. The largest amount – $50,000 – went to The Salvation Army, which will start an Emergency Resource Center that will provide hot meals, showers, job search assistance, shared office space and medical care.

“I’m so proud that these grants will be used to provide such a variety of essential services to the residents of Osceola County,” said Choudhry, who announced the grants on the Courthouse steps. “The Salvation Army is a tremendous partner to establish this Emergency Resource Center, which has been a priority for me. They are going to use these funds to team with other agencies to change the lives of Osceola County’s most vulnerable residents, who so often just need basic, immediate assistance.”

Community Betterment Grants allow local groups to seek funds from Osceola County Commissioners for a variety programs or events. The funding is administered through Osceola County Human Services Department for all five County Commissioners. $50,000 is set aside annually in each commission district and if the funds are not fully expended, the funds carry over. Before Tuesday’s distribution, Commissioner Choudhry had $150,000 in funding available

CAPTIONS FOR ATTACHED PHOTOS: Commissioner Peggy Choudhry announces distribution of nearly $100,000 in community betterment Grants Tuesday in front of the Osceola County Courthouse with recipients and interested members of the community.

The Salvation Army

Assistance to low income, homeless and other individuals who are experiencing poverty. Providing rent, utility assistance, meals and clothing.

$50,000

Caballo Bravo Fino Horse International Association

To promote and preserve culture and tradition in a safe and responsible environment by providing free seminars, clinics such as CPR, first responder and 911 awareness.

$18,000

Free Clinic of Florida

Providing primary care to Osceola County residents, who are uninsured and low income.

 $5,000

St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi

Support those in need who would otherwise end up on the street or most cases will cost the County monies for medical, housing, food and legal services.

$4,900

Swamp Girl Adventures

Cleanup project that will bring the community together to help remove litter and invasive plants from local areas.

$4,700

Agape Food Ministries

Provide food for low-income families, as well as elderly and disabled that are on a strict fixed income.

$4,500

Miles of Help Through Christ - Changing Rooms USA

Purchase a trailer to distribute much-needed provisions in Osceola County.

$4,455

CFHLA Foundation

Support the Hospitality Students Scholarship, allowing students an opportunity to attend higher education without financial burden.

$3,000

Blue Iris Acres

Support the Dancing Farmer Summit, which is a two-day program that provides animal interaction activities for stress reduction and mental health improvement.

$1,020

 


 

Comisionada Peggy Choudhry del Condado de Osceola Reparte casi $100,000

en fondos del Programa de Subvenciones de Mejoramiento Comunitario 

Condado de Osceola, Florida – La Comisionada por el Distrito 1, Peggy Choudhry, otorgó casi $100,000 en fondos del Programa de Subvenciones de Mejoramiento Comunitario a una variedad de socios comunitarios este pasado martes.

Recipientes de estos fondos incluyen a:  Blue Iris Acres, CFHLA Foundation, Miles of Help Through Christ - Changing Rooms USA, Agape Food Ministries, Swamp Girl Adventures, St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi, Free Clinic of Florida, Caballo Bravo Fino Horse International Association, y el Ejército de Salvación (“Salvation Army”).

Los fondos otorgados fueron desde la cantidad de $800 hasta $50,000.  La cantidad más grande fue para el Ejército de Salvación (“Salvation Army”), el cual comenzará un Centro de Recursos de Emergencias para proveer comidas calientes, duchas, ayuda en búsqueda de empleo, oficinas compartidas y servicios médicos.

“Estoy tan orgullosa que estos fondos se utilizarán para una gran variedad de servicios esenciales para los residentes del Condado de Osceola,” dijo Choudhry, quien hizo el anuncio en los escalones de la corte.  El Ejército de Salvación (“Salvation Army”) es un maravilloso socio comunitario para establecer este tipo de Centro de Recursos de Emergencias, el cual ha sido una prioridad para mí.  Ellos van a utilizar estos fondos para asociarse con otras agencias para cambiar las vidas de los más vulnerables residentes en el Condado de Osceola, quienes a veces sólo necesitan lo básico, asistencia inmediata.”

El Programa de Subvenciones de Mejoramiento Comunitario permite que grupos locales soliciten fondos de los Comisionados del Condado de Osceola para varios programas o eventos.  Los fondos son administrados a través del Departamento de Servicios Humanos para los cinco Comisionados.  La cantidad de $50,000 está disponible anualmente para cada distrito, y si los fondos no son utilizados, se cargan al próximo año fiscal.  Antes de la distribución del martes pasado, la Comisionada Choudhry tenía disponible $150,000.

The Salvation Army

Asistencia a personas con bajos ingresos, personas sin hogar y otros individuos experimentando pobreza. Proveen renta, asistencia para utilidades, comida y ropa.

$50,000

Caballo Bravo Fino Horse International Association

Promover y preservar las tradiciones culturales en un ambiente seguro y responsable.  Proveer seminarios gratuitos, clínicas de CPR, primeros auxilios y 911.

$18,000

Free Clinic of Florida

Proveer cuidado médico primario a residentes del Condado de Osceola que no tienen seguro y tienen bajos ingresos.

 $5,000

St. Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi

Proveer apoyo a aquellas personas que están en peligro de estar sin un lugar para vivir.

$4,900

Swamp Girl Adventures

Proyecto de limpieza para unificar a la comunidad y remover basura y plantas invasivas de áreas locales.

$4,700

Agape Food Ministries

Proveer comida para familias de escasos recursos, envejecientes y personas discapacitadas que viven de cheque a cheque.

$4,500

Miles of Help Through Christ - Changing Rooms USA

Proveer ayuda financiera para la compra de un vehículo que ayude a distribuir provisiones en el Condado de Osceola.

$4,455

CFHLA Foundation

Proveer becas para estudiantes de Hospitalidad.

$3,000

Blue Iris Acres

Apoyar al programa de Dancing Farmer Summit, el cual es un programa de dos días que permite la interacción con animales para ayudar a bajar el stress y mejorar la salud mental.

$1,020