At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Mason Community Foundation on March 16, 2010, several grant applications were discussed and six grants were approved totalling a little more than $30,100. These grants are funded by the profits from the operation of the Mason Thrift Store and go to support local organizations and projects that provide tangible benefits to many people throughout our community. This is a direct result of your donations, purchases and support of the Thrift Store and continue the three years of efforts the Board has invested in promoting the ways we can help ourselves to preserve and encourage the many worthwhile projects in our hometown.
The grants recently approved will support the Comanche Creek Golf Course water system improvement, provide new activity centers for the children of Steady Steps Daycare, help with the upgrading of the electrical system and grounds of the Helen Tallent Tennis Center at the school campus and assist the Hilda Community Center with painting their building. Larger grants were approved to fund the Mason Volunteer Fire Department’s purchase of new firefighting pump, hoses and nozzles to equip another truck, and a second grant to fund a Mason Smiles on Wheels which is a program of the Texas Dental Association to provide dental clinics to rural communities. This project will be mentioned much more in the coming months through this paper and is scheduled for late July, and this will provide free dental care and education to Mason residents who meet prescreening requirements This grant will bring several Dentists and assistants to town for the weekend clinic, and represents a local match of funding from the Meadows Foundation.
The Board was very pleased to be able to help all of these worthy projects, and also approved the Mason Historical Commission’s request to redirect funds not spent on a previous grant towards the re-publication of the Mason Historical Book. These grants are all made possible by the support our citizens provide for the Thrift Store and represent one of the very best ways our community works to support our own needs without relying on the assistance of outside parties. If you have items to donate to the Thrift Store please drop them off anytime between 9:30 and 4:30 every weekday and 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday. If you have some shopping to do, don’t forget the Thrift Store and come by anytime in those same hours and look over the shelves and racks of gently used items that will satisfy many of your needs. If you would like to volunteer to work at the store or to be on the Board of Directors, or if you just have a good idea or suggestion we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Board President Brent Hinckley at 347-2594 with any questions or willingness to help. In the three years since this became a community Thrift Store directed toward helping Mason non-profit groups, we have managed to fund over $93,000 for local projects, and with your help we will continue to thrive and meet local needs.