2020 Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Grant Recipients

Hope Station received $40,000 for an initiative that will focus on reducing obesity and improving specific health measures for shelter and pantry clients. Mentors, nutrition and cost-efficient cooking classes, and community mini-gardens will be accessible to assist clients with food selection, meal planning and eating habits.

Love A Sea Turtle has been awarded $17,500 to support the FAN (Fitness and Nutrition) program, which offers weeklong summer sessions focused on healthy choices. In collaboration with The SPOT, LAST will provide youth with hands-on cooking lessons and water-focused activities to improve fitness and swim skills.

Wilson County Department of Social Services has received $100,000 to expand Eat Smart Move More in collaboration with Wilson County Health Department and Wilson Family YMCA. The team will implement the next phase of the countywide obesity prevention plan with a focus on improving stress management and sleep.

Wilson County Health Department was awarded $284,639 for Wilson Area School Health Centers(WASH) to add a site at Hunt High School. In addition to established services all WASH sites will have access to behavioral health care via a new WASH telepsychiatry program with East Carolina University. 

Wilson County Health Department received $20,000 to support the role of a licensed clinical social worker for behavioral health integration. The funding supports clinical follow-up needed by post-detox clients.  Services will include assisting patients with accessing counseling and support to live a drug-free life.   

Wilson County Schools received $7,500 for the continuation of Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH), which uses a body-systems approach and empowers students to make healthy choices through lessons taught in Healthful Living, Science, Math, Language Arts and Social Studies.

Wilson County Schools received $95,000 for continued resource development support to address needs across the district with prioritized attention given to grants relative to the four focus areas of the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, which are linked to the top health concerns of the greater Wilson community.

Wilson County Schools received $85,000 to implement a certified NC Pre-K Program and Playground at Hearne Elementary School to help provide high-quality experiences to enhance school readiness for eligible 4-year-olds by preparing them in five developmental domains, including health and physical development.

Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition – Hope Alliance received $9,500 to assist with growing needs and greater citizen access to the treatment and care needed to combat current issues with substance use disorder. Funding will support transportation, detox, and treatment costs.

Wilson County Health Department received $10,000 to provide long-acting contraceptives (Nexplanon) to uninsured women under the age of 26.  Studies have shown the increase in the use of long-acting contraceptives is a very effective way to prevent teen pregnancy. 

Wilson Parks and Recreation received $10,000 to continue the expansion of an exercise program for the intellectually disabled with outreach to school age children, teenagers and adults who do not have a group setting for exercise. Grant funding will support an increase in the frequency of activity opportunities.

Wilson Police Department Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) received $25,000 to initiate a Total Child Mentorship Program. Youth will meet bi-weekly with Wilson Police role models and civilian volunteers to participate in activities that address topics including substance abuse, violence, health and wellness.

Wilson Youth United (The SPOT) received $61,640 to continue to provide Hi-5 Wilson nutrition and fitness components to meet the out-of-school needs of youth in the community, including nutritious meal service, while incorporating a mobile food cart, individualized “SMART” health and fitness goals, and family engagement.

Wilson Youth United (The SPOT) was awarded $11,680 to provide youth and their families with nourishing food for healthy, active growth and development.  The SPOT is focused on engaging the whole family in fitness activities and education about the importance of eating nutritious foods and making healthy decisions.

Young Life of Wilson received $5,190 to support a substance abuse training initiative to improve assistance accessibility among vulnerable teens. A select group of program leaders and highly engaged teen participants will be trained to identify substance abuse among adolescents and connect them to resources.

Read the 2020 Grants News.