At the end of September, the members of Granny’s Attic voted on its semi-annual grant awards and gave $125,001 to eight local nonprofit organizations to continue the work of supporting islanders’ health and well being.
The thrift store uses its profits to award grants twice a year for health-related purposes. This second round of 2018 grants saw 12 applications, which is on the higher side of average, according to Granny’s business manager Tim Johnson.
“Generally speaking, we saw a very competitive grant cycle, with around $280,000 requested,” he said.
Grant recipients this round included:
• Vashon Community Care received $24,259 ($50,000 requested) for Medicaid gap support.
• The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness received $5,000 ($5,000 requested) for its meals program.
• The Vashon Senior Center received $12,128 ($20,610 requested) for its Bluebird transportation program.
• The Vashon Senior Center received $12,131 ($22,000 requested) for general operations.
• The Vashon Elders Respite program received $7,429 ($12,000 requested) for general support.
• Neighborcare Vashon received $52,658 ($75,000 requested) for general support.
• Vashon Veterans’ Service Center received $8,710 ($22,904 requested) for a part-time manager.
• The Vashon-Maury Island Community Food Bank received $2,686 ($4,300 requested) for its Type 2 Diabetes Program.
Denials went to Vashon Center for the Arts’ request to fund the purchase of defibrillators, Vashon Youth & Family Services’ request to fund a mobile case manager pilot program, the DOVE Project’s request for general support and Honoring Choices’ request to fund film festival supplies.
“While some very good grant applications were denied, it wasn’t because they weren’t worthy or meaningful,” Johnson explained, “but because our membership, made up of the volunteers who work at Granny’s, had tough decisions on what to prioritize. Those decisions are never easy, but the membership is both proud of and very serious about their work, and do the very best they can to make the money they raise do the most good in the community.”
In total for 2018, Granny’s has given about $300,000 to the community through grants, scholarships and its medical voucher program administered by Vashon Youth & Family Services.