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Worthington Area Foundation awards $30K in grants

The Worthington Area Foundation on Monday hosted its annual grant awards presentation at First State Bank Southwest. Presenting awards for the foundation were board members Glenn Thuringer, Andy Johnson, Dana Oberloh, Jessica Noble, Ryan McGaughey and Kris Hohensee. More than 20 agencies were awarded a total of $30,197.

The Worthington Area Foundation accepts grant applications each year from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. Foundation grants are made to nonprofit and nonpolitical groups. Priority areas include arts and culture, environmental causes, youth development and education, recreational or civic activities essential to building and strengthening the community.

The Worthington Area Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit philanthropic organization that supports many different agencies each year. It was noted in opening comments that although the foundation is proud of its work and is happy to present these grants, it wishes it could do more, so it asks agencies to help spread the word so it can do more with more people and more funds.

Award recipients receiving grants this year are: Civil Air Patrol, Creative Healing Space, District 518 Robotics Team, Every Meal, 59 Corridor CEO Organization, Friends of the Auditorium, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, International Festival, Kids-R-It Inc., Love INC of Worthington, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Nobles County Art Center, Nobles County 4-H, Nobles County Historical Society, Prairie Elementary Discovery Room, Southwest Crisis Center, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Worthington Area YMCA, Worthington Christian School, Worthington Hockey, Worthington Middle School Marching Band and Worthington United Inc. Soccer.

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