Foundation helps fund area eyeglass project

Friday, June 14, 2013
The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, partially through a grant provided by the Mississippi County Community Foundation, has been providing glasses to needy students in the Delta area.

The Mississippi County Community Foundation recently helped to fund an effort to provide glasses to students in the area, through the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation.

Through this grant money and other sources, the foundation was able to provide 718 pairs of glasses to needy students in Arkansas, a portion of those in Mississippi County.

According to Stephanie Wyatt, executive director for the Mississippi County Community Foundation, her group is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation, which is privately funded and has been present in Mississippi County for more than 20 years.

"All funding through our foundation is used within the county," she said. "They [the Burlsworth Foundation] will be providing glasses locally. We felt that this effort could benefit the working poor of Mississippi County. We have some assistance available for people living below the poverty line, but the working poor are the ones who really need our help."

For their 2013 grant cycle, the Foundation gave away more than $20,000 to different local 501(c)3 charitable organizations and government agencies. Some of the groups which have recently benefitted from their funding include the American Red Cross, CASA of the 2nd Judicial District, the Charles Strong Recreational Center of Luxora, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Girl Scouts, KIPP Blytheville, the Mississippi County Library system, the Special Olympics and the Haven of Northeast Arkansas.

Applications for their next grant cycle may be submitted from Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 2014. For more information, visit arcf.org.

sharris@blythevillecourier.com