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Grants Awarded for Community Projects

The Pottawattamie Youth Council (PYC), a program of Promise Partners—Pottawattamie County’s Alliance for Youth announced that it is awarding $6,000 in grants to six local organizations for projects and activities in the community that will bring people closer. These projects are estimated to bring together over 3,000 people in the community and provide over 450 people the opportunity to volunteer their time helping others.

Since its inception in 2007, PYC has given away over $220,000 to local neighborhood-based groups, grass-roots community groups, and community based organizations to build stronger connections and sense of community.

“These grants empower and help organizations to make our community more safe and supportive for children and families,” said Jessica Rayment, Youth Development Director and PYC Advisor. “We are proud to support these organizations and look forward to working with them to serve the greater good of our community.”

The full list of recently awarded Community Networking Grants is below:

New Visions Homeless Services: $1,000- A City-Wide Christmas Celebration will be held this December to help families in need. It is anticipated that 2,000 people will participate in this event that offers a fun, safe place to celebrate Christmas while receiving gifts, participating in activities, and seeing Santa.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa: $1,000- Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and the Micah House are collaborating to provide a troop with girls residing at the emergency family shelter. Every girl, grade Kindergarten to 12, living at the Micah House will have the opportunity to participate in an educational and enriching program, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus: $1,000- Spring activities will be hosted for some of the most vulnerable families and children that live on or participate in programming on the Lakin Campus. Campus participants will participate in spring activities that include an Annual Easter Egg Hunt and an Outdoor Learning Oasis.

Stars Scholarship Program of the Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation: $1,000- The Stars Scholarship Program is partnering with the Council Bluffs Library to offer a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the performing arts. Teens will learn life skills, event planning, and team work while learning to use a green screen and special effects. Following the week of learning, students and their families will have the opportunity to see a live performance.

Pottawattamie County Conservation: $1,000- Healthy connections will be built through education and positive outdoor experiences arranged by Pottawattamie County Conservation. The Natural Connections project will support children attending school at Edison, Bloomer, and AHSTW Elementary Schools with a clothing drive and outdoor adventures at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa.

Share My Smile: $1,000- Through Project Birthday Joy, the Share My Smile organization is giving foster and adoptive children the opportunity to blow out candles and make a Birthday wish on their special day. Birthday cards, gift certificates, and party packs will be given to create a moment of connection between the child and a loving adult.