Ridgway Charitable Fund awards $18,950 in grants

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Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The Ridgway Borough Charitable Fund, under the management of the Elk County Community Foundation, recently awarded $18,950 in grants to eight non-profit organizations, municipalities and schools.
The Guardian Angel Center seeks to supplement the clothing needs of children from the Ridgway area that they serve. They received $4,400.
The Elk County Historical Society received a check for $4,000 to help with the conversion of 333 reels of microfilm containing Elk County Newspapers dating back to 1885. The film will be made into digital images which will be stored on an external hard drive. The data will be searchable using optical character recognition.
(OCR)The Knights of Columbus #1064 plans to purchase audio/visual equipment including a P.A. system and projector with the $2,180 that they received. This funding will allow them to grow their community events which currently include a weekly public movie night during the summer, open mic nights at the Christopher Club, etc. 
Project Gifts for Elk County hopes to provide eligible children with new toys at Christmas and other times of need such as fires, domestics etc. with the $1,000 grant they received  This is the season when Project Gifts really ramps up for the holidays, if you would like to give a tax free donation to Project Gifts for Elk County email Bob Roberts atreddog@zitomedia.net.
The Master Gardener’s program through the Penn State Extension Office is planning to establish a Ridgway Community Demonstration Garden to educate the community on the best horticulture/gardening methods and practices. With the $1,500 they received, they also hope to supply garden produce to those in need.
Ridgway Animal Haven is building a new holding facility for the stray and abused animals in the Ridgway borough and township and will use the $2,500 grant they received. 
The full story can be found in the printed publication or E-Edition of the Ridgway Record, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2018.