The Heritage Community Foundation presented a $1,000 grant March 31 to Keri Cannella-Moye, president of Rachel’s Ray of Hope, Inc.
The funds will be used by the organization to purchase a laundromat cash card so that donated clothes in usable condition can be washed before wearing. As Rachel’s Ray of Hope is fairly new, it does not have the luxury of disposing of usable but dirty clothing; therefore, it has become a necessity to wash multiple loads of clothing on a regular basis. Their hope is to one day have enough space to purchase their own large capacity washer and dryer; for now, however, they must utilize the commercial-sized washing machines at the local laundromat.
Rachel’s Ray of Hope opened its clothes closet in July 2015, with a mission to help children in the Fayette County school district whose families are struggling to provide basic necessities for their children. Rachel’s Ray of Hope is there to ensure that children in these challenging circumstances are given the opportunity for academic success. Students are identified by school social workers, counselors, and other local nonprofit organizations.
Rachel’s Ray of Hope also works with families who have children qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Once identified, the children are invited to “shop” at the clothes closet for clothes and school supplies at no cost to the family. Clothing is given out by availability, including 4-5 outfits, new socks, new underwear, and shoes. New and gently used clothing is donated by individuals in the local community. The Rachel’s Ray of Hope store is available to the community year-round, so all-season appropriate clothing is needed.
For more information on how to apply for a grant with Heritage Community Foundation, make a donation or volunteer, visit www.heritagecommunityfoundation.org or contact Rocky Davis, executive director, at 770-478-8881.