GM Foundation Donates $75,000 to Support 11 Area Organizations through Plant City Grants Program


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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $75,000 to support programs at 11 area nonprofits and organizations, the third consecutive year the foundation’s Plant City Grants are being awarded in the home of the iconic Chevrolet Corvette.

“Through the GM Foundation grants, these vital community organizations will be able to fund critical programs that enhance the quality of life for so many,” said Dave Tatman, Bowling Green Assembly plant manager. “We are fortunate to be a part of a company and community that works so hard to help those in need.”

Through the GM Foundation’s Plant City Grants program, funds will support the following organizations and community programs:

  • Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. – The grant will be used for emergency assistance, resources and programs for regional domestic violence and homeless shelter residents.
  • Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and The Leader in Me ® – Funds will support this schoolwide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be future leaders.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green – The donation will support math and reading programs to help ensure all Club members are on track to graduate from high school and are ready for college, trade school, the military or employment. 
  • The Center for Courageous Kids – Funds help support the Summer Camp program for children battling serious illnesses.
  • The Center for Environmental Education & Sustainability at Western Kentucky University – Funding will be used to support GREEN, a partnership to encourage youth to be active community citizens, tackling water quality issues with hands-on science.
  • The Friends of the Lost River, Inc. – Funds provide equipment and life vests for Lost River Cave’s youth kayak program, which is designed to get kids outdoors, encourage exercise and educate them on the local environment.
  • Orchestra Kentucky – Donation will help to expand the “Arts Access for All (AAA)” program to provide admission to concerts for those less fortunate.
  • Public Theatre of Kentucky – Grant helped produce teen theatre productions. 
  • The Symphony at Western Kentucky University – Funds will support string instrument music lessons and scholarship assistance for Warren County students.
  • United Way of Southern Kentucky – Funding will be used to support programs that address critical issues in the areas of poverty, literacy, personal abuse, substance abuse, youth development, senior services, and physical and developmental disabilities.
  • Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations Treatment and Education) The grant will support Camp UNITE, a youth program designed to develop leadership and communication skills, promote teamwork and empowerment.

In 2013, the GM Foundation will provide a total of $1.6 million in funding to nearly 200 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work. The grants are given to a variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much-needed services, improve education, and influence the quality of life within their respective communities.  

“The communities that our employees and their families call home are important to us,” said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. “The grants we provide benefit education programs, art and cultural organizations and many other important areas of focus to enrich the lives of our neighbors.”

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