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LCRA and City of Mason Award Grant to Mason Community Foundation Thrift Store
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 • Posted February 1, 2014

The Mason Community Foundation will renovate its community thrift store, housed in the old Mason post office building, with the help of a community development grant.

LCRA and the City of Mason provided the $8,200 grant to help complete the remodeling of the old post office, located on the southwest corner of the town square, into a thrift store operated by the Mason Community Foundation. The Foundation provides grants within the community.

“Completing this renovation will help us save money with energy efficient improvements, make our shopping space secure and allow us to continue operating a store that provides local grants to worthy nonprofit groups,” said Brent Hinckley, Mason Community Foundation president and Mason mayor. “We anticipate a 10 to 15 percent increase in sales volume as a result of our new building location on the downtown square, combined with our native landscaped flowerbeds that provide a natural advertisement to draw people into the store.”

The Mason Community Thrift Store has increased sales more than 250 percent during the past six years. The foundation has funded more than 75 groups or projects, and donated more than $240,000 to benefit Mason residents since it began the thrift store program in 2007.

“I have been more pleased with the ongoing positive impact that the foundation is providing to the Mason community through the thrift store than most anything else I have done for our town as mayor,”Hinckley said. “It’s a wonderful organization, and we believe these changes will help continue the foundation’s grant program indefinitely, so the reinvestment in our community carries on for future generations.”

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities,counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Mason is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

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