The Mason Community Foundation would like to remind local non-profit organizations that the deadline for grant applications is fast approaching!
Annually, this round for grant applications is due on September 1st but with the Labor Day holiday, it has been extended to Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. Non-profit groups and organizations that have projects intended for the betterment of the community are encouraged to submit an application, which can be picked up at the Community Thrift Store at 206 Moody Street, during store hours (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5pm, Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
Completed applications can be returned to the Thrift Store or dropped off at Hinckley’s Country Store on the north side of the Square by the close of business on Tuesday, September 2nd. Details of eligibility and requirements accompany the application. For more information, please contact either of the locations listed. Previous grants have contributed to the Fire Department, EMS, County Library, City of Mason, Mason ISD, Food Bank and Community Kitchen among others and have resulted in safety & medical equipment, computers & books, playground equipment, upgrades to sports fields and rodeo arenas and others too numerous to mention!
This second cycle of granting for 2014 will boost the monetary level to over $250,000 (that’s a QUARTER of a MILLION dollars!) having been returned to the community through grants to non-profits since the Foundation’s beginning in January of 2007. With all of this coming through sales of every day merchandise at the Community Thrift Store, it is quite remarkable!
Of course, not all sales at the Store are of the ‘every day’ variety. Recently, the Store has begun featuring select items to be sold through a Silent Auction format. An “Old Yeller” photo, autographed by Tommy Kirk (who played Travis in the 1957 Disney film) was featured. Another item of particular note was the historic 1941 Signature Quilt from Fredonia which proved to be in high demand and the bidding became quite competitive! Coming soon will be a unique antique with over 100 years of Mason County history so watch for news of that item in the near future.
The actual success of the Thrift Store is not limited to the ringing of the cash register. It can also be attributed to the merchandise donated by the community as well as to the employees who work their magic on the sales floor! Another very valuable asset is the volunteers who serve in day-to-day operations and the Store welcomes folks to stop by for more information on volunteer opportunities. Some tasks are very specific and time-related but all are very rewarding!
The Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to GIVE BACK to the community through these non-profit grants and welcomes continued support of YOUR store, the Mason Community Thrift Store!