Pyle 'Spirit of Community' Fund awards two grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund has awarded two grants to projects in Huntington County.

The Huntington County Chapter of American Red Cross received a grant in the amount of $412.50 to purchase materials for brochures and magnets to distribute at upcoming community events to educate and inform the public about 2-1-1 for emergencies.

The initiative is the result of a collaboration between the American Red Cross Huntington County Chapter, the United Way of Huntington County and the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency.

The initiative is designed to address the communication needs for the entire county in the event of an emergency. It is the intent to educate and inform the public that during a declared emergency, they can call 2-1-1 for updated information concerning shelter operations, power outages, road closures, and other related emergency situations.

Huntington County Leadership Inc. received a grant in the amount of $412.50 to be used for partial funding of expenses of curriculum books, scholarship sponsors or graduation gifts for graduation of the Huntington County Leadership Academy class members.

The Huntington County Leadership Academy offers students solutions to the fast-paced, ever-changing needs of business and industry in the 21st century. Each year the Huntington County Leadership Academy class members are tasked with developing relationship skills, understanding key individual and organization leadership principles, gaining team-building experience, learning goal setting and identifying their leadership styles.

The Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund was established in April 2005 by individuals representing various groups endeavoring to ensure that Stephanie Pyle's generous community spirit lives on for years to come.

Yearly grants from the fund will recognize individuals, organizations and projects which will keep Pyle's passion for community service alive in Huntington, note community foundation officials. Serving on the grant committee were Brooks Fetters, Darlene Stanley, Scott Harter, Debbie Dyer, Ruth Marsh and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Stonebraker.