The CarolinaEast Foundation distributed checks that made up the $93,460.00 available to disburse from the Foundation’s first grant cycle of fiscal year 2020.

Foundation and local nonprofit representatives gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for the check passing.

These donor dollars come largely from the monies donated during CarolinaEast Health System’s 2019 Employee Campaign.

During this annual two week long fundraising campaign, over 50 percent of the workforce at CarolinaEast gave of their time and dollars, bringing in a remarkable total of $451,032.00 with 100 percent of those dollars dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in coastal North Carolina.

The CarolinaEast Foundation board of directors approved these grants given to nine local non-profit organizations that share CarolinaEast Health System’s vision for health and wellness.

The following non-profits received a total of $93,460:

Craven County Senior Services, $8,360, for Sunshine Center Respite Program. The program provides temporary relief to caregivers who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease & other neurological disorders.

Crystal Coast Autism Center, $4,000, for adolescent social skills class for children who are on the Autism spectrum or have other developmental disabilities.

Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort, $9,000, for scholarships for men who are struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

The MirIAM, $10,600, for scholarships for women who are struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

Promise Place, $11,500, for trauma-focused therapy and childhood sexual assault prevention education.

Religious Community Services (RCS), $25,000, for medical-related expense assistance program for local families in need.

Reviving Lives Ministries of New Bern, $15,000, for faith-based 12 step residential recovery program for men and women struggling with substance abuse.

True Justice International, $5,000, for medical needs for those who may have been trafficked and experienced severe trauma.

United Worship Center, $5,000, for faith based residential program for men who are going through substance abuse recovery.

A second grant cycle will take place later this year and the remaining funds will help the community through the Foundation’s patient assistance program. This program assists patients and family members with a variety of medical needs, such as gas cards for transportation to and from treatment, prescription medications, as well as medical supplies and equipment.