The Mason Community Foundation has begun distributing checks for the grants it is awarding this fall to various groups around town. Pictured are members of the Foundation Board, including D’Ann Stahl, Gladys Kaderka, Pat Reardon and Brent Hinckley, awarding a check to the Mason Youth Soccer represented by President Sandy Hanscheck, Kevin and Tennile Kothman, Levi Munsell and other adults and children. This funding will help the Soccer association purchase equipment, goals and benches for the coming season to continue providing a healthy and enjoyable sport for kids from four, as pictured with their coaches, to seventeen years of age. Games start this Saturday at the City Park, and everyone is invited to stop by and watch the fun. This is one of the first grants from the fall cycle, although there will be several more in the coming weeks as the Community Foundation distributes more of the profits from the Thrift Store back to the Mason Community. Since its start in 2006, the Foundation has funded over $192,000 of projects to benefit the citizens of our community in a very wide variety of ways and projects.
The Mason Community Foundation operates the Communty Thrift Store just a half block off the square, and after paying for all the costs of doing business reinvests all of the profits in grants to non-profit organizations around Mason. These grants have benefitted many groups from the EMS and Fire Department, to most of the community clubs around the county, to historical groups and the fort, to many different children, youth and adults all around our town. The volunteers and donations of gently used clothes and household goods allow us to continue to fund these programs, and we sincerely appreciate your support as we continue to help those that need some extra funding. The Community Thrift Store is a great example of Mason residents giving and helping to provide a better hometown for all of us. If you would like to donate or offer to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please call the Thrift Store at 347-6551.