PRIME grant presented

Supportive Castlegar outfit fulfilling mandate of boosting worthy local efforts

CFCD President Bob Jackson delivers cheque to successful grant applicants Community Services ED Kristein Johnson and Community Response Network staff Sandi McCreight.

“The new Community Foundation of Castlegar & District has completed its first granting process, allocating funds to five successful applicants,” foundation president Bob Jackson is quoted in a June 24 press release. “One successful applicant will use the $1,200 grant for a PRIME program to benefit seniors.”

Community Response Network contact Sandi McCreight explains, “PRIME means Personal Records In Medical Emergency. PRIME provides a consistent central location of essential medical information for emergency responders. A  medical fact sheet is located inside a plastic vial and stored in the fridge door.

An eye-catching fridge magnet alerts emergency personnel to the fact that the person is a PRIME participant and has the medical information on hand at this location.”

PRIME enables faster responses with better outcomes, plus a consistent and reliable source of information for first responders including health conditions, allergies emergency contacts and more.  The Castlegar & District Community Services Seniors Outreach & Support program staff will be available to assist in form completion and answer questions. The goal is to distribute 500 packages in the first year.

The vision of the Foundation is “to build a better community – now and forever” and our mission is “to improve the quality of life in Castlegar and Electoral Areas I and J” according to Jackson.

“The Foundation will receive and invest donations in a capital fund and distribute the income generated via an application process to eligible organizations with programs and activities that conform to our vision.”

Learn more about Foundations at the national website www.cfc-fcc.ca or www.communityfoundationofcastlegar.org. Questions?  Call Jackson at 365-6113.

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