The conference room at the Minot Area Community Foundation was full of smiles from the several community members who attended the grant presentation that took place Friday morning.
The Minot Area Community Foundation, on behalf of president Ken Kitzman, presented a check for $50,000 to Hope Village as part of the foundation's "50K in 30 Days" campaign. This was the foundation's fourth round of distributions from the Minot Area Rebuilding Fund. The funds were earmarked by the Minot Area Community Foundation to be used for materials for the Recovery Warehouse, which provides rebuilding supplies to homeowners who were flooded.
"We appreciate the opportunity to leverage our funds with other caring individuals in the area, such as Mr. Kent Busek, to double the aid available to flood survivors," Kitzman said.
Ken Kitzman, president of the Minot Area Community Foundation, left, and Pastor Paul Krueger, director of Hope Village, right, stand with a check at a grant presentation Friday morning. The Minot Area Community Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to Hope Village as part of the foundation’s “50K in 30 Days” campaign.
The $50,000 grant to Hope Village brings the total funds approved for distribution by the Minot Area Community Foundation Board of Directors from the Rebuilding Fund to almost $700,000 for flood recovery projects in Minot. Between the Rebuilding Fund and the Recovery Fund, the Minot Area Community Foundation has reinvested more than $5.7 million back into the community through individual reimbursements and flood recovery projects.
"It's tremendous to be partnered with such great community leaders like the Minot Area Community Foundation," said Pastor Paul Krueger, director of Hope Village. "Great need remains in Minot area flood recovery and great organizations rise to the challenge."
"We couldn't have done this without you," Kitzman remarked at the end of the presentation, nodding toward the representatives from Hope Village.
The contribution from the Minot Area Community Foundation will bring the total funds raised by Hope Village to more than $77,000. However, the City of Minot has estimated that there remains $1.09 billion in unmet needs for flood recovery.
People interested in donating to Hope Village can send their contributions to 3705-11th St. S.W., Minot, or visit (www.hopevillageND.org). For more information on the Minot Area Community Foundation, visit (www.centerforcommunitygiving.com).