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Junior Guild offers funding

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By COREY DAVIS
Staff Writer

Saturday, August 12, 2017

An 80-year-old civic organization comprised of women living or working in the Rocky Mount area devoted to helping the needs of the community through volunteerism is taking a new round of applications to provide funding to local nonprofit groups.

The Junior Guild of Rocky Mount is accepting requests for nonprofit applicants in the Twin Counties for funding for 2017-18. Tiffany Delano, president of the Junior Guild, said among the organizations’ efforts each year is selecting community recipient organizations to receive funds and providing scholarship money to Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College.

The organization has 44 active members and 240 sustainers, who are people who completed their seven-year commitment and continue to support the Junior Guild. Delano said the Junior Guild is always looking for new members and fall is the time when the organization meets perspective members and starts its new provisional class. 

Applications can be found on the Junior Guild’s website and are due by Aug. 23, Delano said.

“The Junior Guild is all about working together with women across all age groups to help make a difference in the local community,” she said.

This year’s applications for funding must be submitted by Aug. 25. The application should consist of a cover letter, required attachments and certification form located in the application.

In the cover letter, applicants should briefly explain the organization’s history, mission and goals, how their respective organization will benefit from being selected as a Community Trust recipient by the Junior Guild and specifically how the organization will use the funds to provide services to people in the Twin Counties.

The organizations also should provide information regarding the specific local people who would benefit from the funds, including a timeline of how the organization will apply the funds, indicate what information will be collected to measure and demonstrate the usefulness of the funds and a contact person’s name, including title, daytime phone number, email and mailing address.

Delano said other required materials include completing an income statement from the last fiscal year and complete operating budgets for the current and next fiscal years, a copy of the organization’s current Internal Revenue Service’s determination letter indicating tax-exempt status and a copy of the organization’s registration with the Charitable Organization Division of the Office of the Secretary of State or indicate the reason for exemption.

The Junior Guild raises funds to give to nonprofit groups through several different fundraising events and activities, including its ongoing corporate sponsorship campaign. Last year, the Junior Guild provided $23,286 to 16 local organizations.

Despite the organization’s long stability in the community and efforts to help nonprofit groups, Delano wants the Junior Guild to become more visible throughout the Twin Counties.

“I think it’s important that we put faces with our name,” Delano said. “In the technology age, it’s easy to fall into and rely on email, Facebook, Twitter or other ways for communications and promotions. It’s time to roll our sleeves up and make our presence strongly known. A verbal thank you goes a long way. Also, we’re working on bridging the gap between our sustaining members and our active members this year. To accomplish this, we’re engaging our past presidents for ideas.”

Applications for nonprofits for next year’s Junior Guild’s funds or new member applications can be found by going to http://www.jgrockymount.org.

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