Forty-one organizations across North Florida were recently awarded a total of $210,000 in grants by the Weyerhaeuser Foundation’s Giving Fund, which has invested millions in communities across the country.
Gainesville and its surrounding communities received the largest investment with thirty-one organizations securing grant awards to support a variety of programs and initiatives. Recipients include the Child Advocacy Center, which is using its grant award to fund therapy services for children who have experienced abuse, drug endangerment, witnessed violent crimes or have been victims of human trafficking.
The American Heart Association of Alachua County is using its grant for research, education and advocacy to help residents reduce cardiovascular disease and strokes. Impact America is using its grant to provide free vision screenings and follow-up eye care for preschool children in urban and rural communities.
Other Gainesville grant award recipients include:
- Alachua County Emerging Leaders
- Alachua County Library District
- Alachua Habitat for Humanity
- Archer Community Center
- Black on Black Crime Task Force, Inc.
- Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County
- Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Inc.
- Cade Creativity Labs, Inc.
- Community Impact Corporation
- Dance Alive National Ballet
- Five Points of Life Foundation Inc.
- Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation
- Friends Across the Ages, Inc.
- Human Capital Foundation for the Alachua County Education Compact
- Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association, Inc.
- Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency
- Gainesville Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
- Levy County Schools Foundation
- March of Dimes Foundation – North Central Florida
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida, Inc.
- PACE Center for Girls of Alachua
- Rebuilding Together North Central Florida, Inc.
- Reichert House Incorporated
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida, Inc.
- The Caring and Sharing Learning School, Inc.
- The Education Foundation of Alachua County, Inc.
- University Of Florida Foundation Inc.
- Windsor Volunteer Fire Department
- Youth Combine
“Weyerhaeuser has a legacy of investing in the communities where we live and work, recognizing that a sustainable community starts with a quality of life,” said Rose Fagler, manager of economic development for Weyerhaeuser in Florida. “These grant recipients are unique and serve different needs, yet all are working to provide a better quality of life for the people they serve. We value these organizations because they are helping our community, residents and neighbors thrive.”
Established in 1948, Weyerhaeuser has awarded more than $228 million in grants through their Giving Fund. In 2015 alone the timber company invested $5.8 million in communities nationwide.
Weyerhaeuser’s Giving Fund annually distributes grants to support environmental stewardship, affordable housing, education, youth development, and civic and cultural growth. Visit www.weyerhaeuser.com to download an application and learn more about the Giving Fund in addition to other ways that Weyerhaeuser is serving its communities.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control more than 13 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In February 2016, we merged with Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. In 2015, Weyerhaeuser (including its Cellulose Fibers business) and Plum Creek, on a combined basis, generated approximately $8.5 billion in net sales and employed nearly 14,000 who serve customers worldwide.