Foundation awards mini-grant to Roachdale revitalization effort

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance (RRCA) member Joanie Knapp and RRCA President Joe Buser celebrate receipt of a $250 mini-grant from the Putnam County Community Foundation.
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ROACHDALE -- The Putnam County Community Foundation has a mini-grant program whereby 10 board members select a Putnam County nonprofit organization that models the Community Foundation’s mission “enrich the quality of life and strengthen community for this and future generations.”

These nonprofits receive a $250 grant that are ultimately made possible thanks to generous donors to Foundation endowments.

Roachdale Revitalization Cooperative Alliance (RRCA) was recently selected for a mini-grant by Community Foundation board member Alan Zerkel.

The RRCA is committed to local development and community service within Roachdale. As a small town of 900, the aim is to build a more sustainable community to allow the people who live and work in Roachdale to thrive.

The RRCA is a grassroots non-profit organization that manages to preserve the past while planning for a successful future.

Joe Buser, president of the RRCA, accepted the award as a representative of the organization. The group plans on using the grant to help with one of its revitalization projects within the community. Such projects benefit both community members and those who wish to visit the historic downtown Roachdale.

Buser expressed his organization’s gratitude for the grant and explained in further detail how it would be used.

The RRCA “will use the funds to cover our mural with a coating which will provide sun protection for the Roachdale Mural, located on the south side of the new Roachdale Community Center,” Buser said.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to help donors establish endowments, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Foundation has been entrusted with more than 279 funds and endowments.

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