The Mount Olive ACTS! Fund
Mount Olive has been blessed with an amazing gift. Jesus challenges us to love and care for one another. We are all blessed differently and those with time or money to spare should share it with those who can use it. So we are sharing this gift with agencies, organizations or individuals that serve others in our community and in the world at large.
- Who is Safe Babies Healthy Families: A program of Easterseals, Safe Babies Healthy Families has been serving families for over 35 years as a voluntary, in-home visitation program, serving families prenatal to age 5.
- How does Safe Babies Healthy Families help: There are two main missions: assist children to be school-ready, which is done by providing activities and developmental screenings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and second, to prevent child abuse and neglect. The majority of the families have experienced trauma in their lives and may be struggling either financially, with mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, etc.
- The organization helps build them up by providing support, education and resources for their families. When a family achieves goals (big or small), they receive ‘baby bucks’ to go shopping in the Earn as You Learn Store, which Mount Olive has been generous in supporting. The store contains basic essential items that their children need. The generous donation has made an amazing difference because the once bare shelves of diapers and wipes have been well-stocked. The organization also purchased some umbrella strollers, car seats and pack ‘n plays for families. The donation provides families with assistance, but also keeps the children safe.
Any program or initiative that seeks to meet the needs of others is eligible to apply. Requests for matching funds to complement existing fund raisers are also eligible.
The annual application deadline is February 28th. Twelve applications will be accepted each year. They will be considered in chronological order. The size of each gift will be based on the needs of applicants and the merits of the request.
In addition to a possible financial gift all recipients will have information about their program/initiative shared in Mount Olive’s newsletter, bulletin and website.
Applicants will be notified in early April as to whether the application is being considered for funding. Decisions will be communicated by the end of May.
Financial requests over $10,000 may take an additional 90 days for an approval decision (end of August).