COLUMBIA — The Missouri Foundation for Health awarded $75,000 or more each to 11 mid-Missouri nonprofit organizations, the foundation announced Wednesday in a news release. The grants are part of approximately $5.8 million in funding the foundation board approved in March.
Ashley Burden, communications coordinator for the mid-Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said the association will use its $75,000 to support existing programs, such as safety service and care consultation.
"Basically, it just helps us do business better," she said. "... It helps support us in the work we do."
Burden said the safety service program gives "families information about how to address the safety of a person with Alzheimer's," for example, the use of ID bracelets.
"(It's) a process that we use when we meet new families to assess their needs and direct them down the right path," she said of the Care Consultation program.
Other organizations that received $75,000 from the foundation's Basic Support program are:
- American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter, Jefferson City
- Central Missouri Food Bank, Columbia
- Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence of Callaway County, Fulton
- East Central Missouri Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Mexico, Mo.
- Family Counseling Center of Missouri Inc., Columbia
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Missouri, Jefferson City
- Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, Columbia
- Rainbow House Emergency Shelter, Columbia
- Safe Passage Domestic Violence and Crisis Intervention Center, Moberly
MU received $79,792 from the foundation's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative, which it plans to use to reduce tobacco use and related health issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, according to the release.