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Three local organizations benefit from Community Foundation grants

Tuesday, 08 June 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Three local organizations benefit from Community Foundation grants
DonaLee Smith, Pincher Creek Community Hall Society member-at-large, holds a plaque commemorating the grant received from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.   Photo by Jenaya Launstein

Three local organizations benefit from Community Foundation grants

By Jenaya Launstein
Community Reporter

Three area organizations were among the first to receive grants this year from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Pass Powderkeg Ski Society, $15,000

The ski hill’s funding will go toward additional washroom capacity to address its growing needs.

Right now, it is hoped the new washroom can be a trailer rather than a physical building.

“It’s portable and can be used for other events in the community as well,” says Pass Powderkeg manager Katherine Seleski.

Details on when the washroom will be ready are still being determined, but it should be installed this year.

Pincher Creek
Community Hall Society, $15,000

This grant will be combined with another that was received last year for $35,000. This means a total of $50,000 will be put toward new flooring at Community Hall.

The upgrade is long overdue, as the current flooring has been in place since the building’s opening in 1972.

“That was one of our projects we’ve had on our list for a number of years,” says Mike Killoran, chairman of the Community Hall Society. “The original tile is starting to lift and break.”

Depending on the best quote the society receives, the new flooring will likely be vinyl planks. Besides having a long life, this type of flooring will have easier upkeep.

If all goes as planned, it is hoped the project can be completed this summer.

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Napi Friendship Association
Piikani Food Bank, $5,000

Since opening in January, the food bank has already seen a tremendous amount of support from surrounding communities and this grant is a prime example of that.

The $5,000 will be put toward a community garden program at the Piikani Food Bank. Everything from potatoes, carrots, onions and more will be planted for the food bank’s use.

“It’ll help us with our food source for our food kits, and help the community to be self-sufficient with growing our own fruits and vegetables,” says Jody Little Wolf, the food bank’s co-ordinator.

Jody must meet with the chief and council before a location for the garden is determined, but she does already have a good spot in mind. Once approved, she plans to start breaking ground in mid June.

Jody thanks everyone from the surrounding communities for their help and partnership.

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