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Thompson Foundation awards community grants

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The F.F. Thompson Foundation is awarding 11 area nonprofit organizations with Mary Clark Thompson Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500.

The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of UR Medicine Thompson Health. Each year, its grants committee reviews applications from nonprofit organizations offering programs that improve the health and wellness of the community within the Thompson service area.

Given the current economic uncertainty faced by many organizations, the Foundation expedited the process to award more than $19,000 in funding.

This year’s recipients are Benincasa to replace hospital beds used by patients, Bridges for Brain Injury to provide 50 people with emergency preparedness training and emergency kits, and Bristol Volunteer Fire Department to purchase an AED for the community room, as well as an AED cabinet and spare adult and pediatric electrodes and batteries.

The Canandaigua City Fire Department received funds for a laptop, projector, screen and speakers for delivering fire safety and life safety education in facilities that do not have audio/visual equipment.

Family Promise of Ontario County Inc. will use the funds for vehicle maintenance and insurance on a 14-passenger mini-bus to transport clients receiving supervised temporary lodging, as well as assistance in securing permanent and sustainable housing.

Grants also went to Happiness House to purchase an AED for the Golisano Autism Center, Mercy Flight Central to fund training and professional development opportunities that help the air medical crew maintain required certifications, Ontario Arc to cover the cost of having up to 150 staff members medically screened to wear N-95 masks, and Serenity House of Victor Inc. to purchase deck furniture for residents receiving end-of-life care and their families.

Sonnenberg Gardens Inc. will use the grant to purchase seeds, plant materials and fertilizer for its Kitchen Garden, where volunteers grow vegetables that are donated to Gleaners Community Kitchen in Canandaigua. Thrive to Survive Organization Inc. will help local cancer patients through support groups, survivor wellness programs and yoga classes.

Visit thompsonhealth.com/FFThompsonFoundation to review the guidelines for applications, which are due each spring.