$1.2 Million Handed Out to Local Charities

KNWA/FOX 24 -- Ten local organizations are getting an influx of funding thanks to grants from the Care Foundation.

On Tuesday the group announced they'll hand out $1,238,313 to "improve quality of life, access to health care, and educational opportunities for families across Northwest Arkansas."

These local grants will go to programs that help get kids from low-income families into pre-K programs, offer free dental services and find affordable access to health, according to Care.

The following grants were announced today:
•$500,000 in general support for the Jones Center, which provides high-quality and affordable recreational, educational and youth programs, as well as meeting space for families, schools, churches, community groups, and businesses across the region.
•$13,100 to support Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA), which provides resources to support citizenship, voter registration, and access to community services for Hispanic/Latino families.
•$200,000 in general support for the Community Clinic, which offers low-income and uninsured patients a stable primary care provider to support preventative health, promote wellness, manage chronic illness, and reduce the need for costlier care such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
•$50,000 to support the Arkansas State Dental Association's Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) 2-day free dental clinic in Springdale on May 16-17, 2014. This annual event will provide free preventative and acute dental services (such as extractions, fillings and cleanings) to more than 2,000 low-income and uninsured individuals.
•$255,000 to support Arkansas Better Chance pre-K programs in Decatur, Huntsville, Gravette and Siloam Springs. These programs provide pre-school children below 200% of the poverty line with the skills and experience they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.
•$220,213 to support high school graduation student advocate programs at Springdale and Bentonville Public Schools, respectively. These programs provide at-risk youth with individualized support plans to help keep them on the path to graduation.

The Care Foundation was established in northwest Arkansas in 1999 and has invested more than $57 million into local programs since then.

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