WESLACO, RGV – The Knapp Community Care Foundation granted checks to several organizations and charities last week during their annual Community Care Grants Award Celebration.
Yvonne “Bonnie” Gonzalez, CEO of KCCF, presented the checks and briefly described the programs that they will be funded through them. As of 2012, the private nonprofit has granted over $25 million to local and national entities that provide programs that “impact, improve and sustain long-term health of residents” in the Mid-Valley.
“Tonight is the culmination of a lot of work, a lot of dreams and a lot of passion from a lot of community groups who really want to improve the health of Mid-Valley families,” said KCCF Board Member Lynn Carter. “And that’s what we want to do. So, our focus this year has been on diabetes and obesity, and each of these programs will touch the lives of many people in many ways.”
This year, about $3.8 million was granted between the following organizations:
- Access Esperanza Clinics, Inc. for “Access to Diabetes Assessment” ($257,100);
- City of Weslaco for the Northside Park Complex project ($250,000);
- Dentists Who Care for their Mobile Dental Unit and Charity Dental Voucher Program ($165,000);
- El Milagro Clinic for their DREAM program ($400,000);
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. for food relief and their Mobile Produce & Diabetes Prevention Program ($66,036);
- South Texas College for high school diabetes and obesity prevention ($50,000);
- South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association to expand their programs ($103,500);
- Su Casa De Esperanza for diabetes prevention amongst the colonia population ($51,693);
- Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Public Health for outreach to women of reproductive age ($349,640);
- The Boys & Girls Club of Weslaco for childhood obesity prevention ($60,000);
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for their Healthy Communities Institute Platform ($20,000);
- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for disease research ($1,989,727);
- Valley Nature Center for summer camps ($100,000). Knapp Medical Center was also granted $3 million for indigent and charity care.
More detailed descriptions from the evening’s program: