The Edwin A. Blue and Janice Owen Miller Charitable Fund held at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) in Tyler awarded $114,500 to assist 22 charities in Henderson County.
The Community Food Pantry in Tool received a $5,000 dollar grant from the Miller Fund. The Community Food Pantry, serving the Cedar Creek Lake Community, is a "client choice" pantry where the patrons are able to choose the foods that their families will eat based on the number in each household.
Keep Athens Beautiful received a $5,000 grant to replace trash cans at Kiwanis Park in Athens. Keep Athens Beautiful Executive Director, Carol Morton said “Currently we are just using metal barrels painted red, white and blue but these require a lot of maintenance. The new replacement waste barrels with have a removable lid and are manufactured from high-grade recycled milk and juice jugs.
The Miller Fund granted $6,500 to the Public Library Fund, Inc. which supports the Henderson County Library. Library Director Rachel Cox said the grant would be used to purchase two early literacy computer stations.
Other Henderson County non-profits that received grants include: Athens Academic Renaissance Association for scholarships for graduating Athens HS seniors, Athens Public Education Foundation to fund teacher classroom grants for innovative programs, Athens Samaritans, Inc. dba Labor of Love to make repairs for safety purposes to homes of the elderly and disabled, Athens Soup Kitchen, Inc. for general operations, Athens Thrift Store for a truck and trailer to transport large donated items, Brownsboro ISD for innovative classroom programs, Cain Center for fitness equipment, CASA of Trinity County for new computer equipment and records management software, faith in Action Outreach for the weekend food program, First Baptist Church Athens Clothing and Bedding ministries, Henderson County Community Partners for Beds for Heads program for foster children, Henderson County Food Pantry for general operations, Henderson County HELP Center, Inc. for counseling services for abuse victims, Henderson County Young Life for camp scholarships, Lila Lane Outreach, Inc. for a equipment purchases, Malakoff First United Methodist Church for an afterschool program and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake for audio books.
“Mrs. Miller was a generous benefactor during her lifetime, giving both her time and her resources to many groups and worthy causes in and around Athens, ” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation. “Mrs. Miller made plans before her death in 2007 to establish an endowment fund that continues to fulfill her charitable objectives in her beloved community.”
- Betty Waters