Union Community Foundation donates $1,000 to local groups

Charles Warner Editor

October 13, 2013

UNION COUNTY — The Union Community Foundation’s tradition of supporting local charitable and community groups continued this week with donations to Meals on Wheels and the Council on Aging.

Foundation Chairman Bob Love and Vice Chair Lisa Morris presented Lynn Mornane, chairperson of Union County Meals on Wheels, and Earl Black, executive director of the Union County Council on Aging, with checks for $500 for each organization. The checks were presented during a foundation board meeting at the Union County Development Board Thursday afternoon.

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer organization whose members deliver meals to the needy of Union and Buffalo. In 2012, the group’s 60-65 volunteers delivered 26,155 meals or more than 2,000 per month to the residents of the 11 delivery routes in the Union and Buffalo served by the organization. The number of meals delivered in 2012 also included meals delivered to two daycare operations the group provides assistance to.

In accepting the check, Mornance thanked the foundation for its generosity and said it comes at a crucial time for the group.

“This just means everything to us,” Mornane said. “We’ve lost many of our big donors over the last year and a half. So we’re down from where we are in the past and community support means everything to us.”

The Council on Aging provides services to the senior citizens of Union County. This includes the operation of senior citizen centers in Union, Buffalo, and Jonesville where seniors can gather to socialize and enjoy a noon meal.

Black said donations like the foundation’s help the council obtain other needed funding.

“Community support is essential to Council on Aging’s mission,” Black said. “We use it to match other funds we get. If you can’t match them you can’t get them.”

Love said this was the third year the foundation has donated funds to local charitable and community organizations. He said that Thursday’s donations were the first the foundation has made this year. In previous years, Love said the foundation has also made donations to Cross Keys House Fund, Union County Arts Council, the Miracle League, Union County Carnegie Library, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross as Meals on Wheels and the Council on Aging.

“This is the third year we’ve been able to make small donations to deserving charities in the community,” Love said. “We feel it is important to make these periodic gifts to support worthy organizations and to remind everyone of the purpose and goals of the foundation.”

Established in 2006 with $1 million in seed money from the City of Union, the Union Community Foundation’s purpose is to endow Union’s economic future with funds that grown and benefit the community in perpetuity. As of May, the foundation has amassed $4.5 million through donations, endowments, and other sources of revenue. It is one of only seven community foundations in South Carolina and one of only 750 nationwide.

For more information about the Union Community Foundation contact Bob Love at 864-427-5423.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.