Grants will help organizations throughout Huron County

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Apr. 9—NORWALK — Making the world a better place.

More than $75,000 in grants was handed out to 18 different organizations Friday morning by the Huron County Community Foundation during a presentation at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce.

Grants were presented to:

—Firelands Rails to Trails (Safe spaces for recreation) — $10,000.

—Huron County Imagination Library (Help provide books for youngsters) — $5,000.

—Huron County Humane Society (Community cat spay/neuter program) — $2,000.

—Firelands Symphony Orchestra (Huron County family concert) — $5,000.

—Team First Book (Providing appropriate books to homes) — $5,000.

—Norwalk Economic Development Corp. ("We make — we build — we thrive") — $3,750.

—Hope Restored (Outreach program for children) — $2,000.

—CLI Incorporated (Kenilee Lanes wheelchair accessibility project) — $5,000 (match).

—First Presbyterian Church (Youth speech language therapy during the summer) — $2.500

—Norwalk Arts Center (Art Club, AIM) — $1,000.

—Abigail Pregnancy Services (Baby basics and beyond) — $2,862.

—Willard Hope Center (Access system for main entry doors) — $3,500.

—New London Local Schools (Creating a marketplace for students) — $2,445.

—Citizens Ambulance Service (Enhancing safety) — $3,000.

—New London parks (picnic tables throughout park) — $8,500.

—Village of New London (Grove Street Cemetery improvement) — $8,000.

—Huron County Youth Soccer Club (Equipment replacement) — $2,500.

—Norwalk Cemetery Association (Woodlawn Cemetery improvements) — $1,500.

Board members on hand were Denny Camp (chair), Bill Kalfs, Ray Chapin (secretary), Vicki Missler, Patrick Nolan and Brad Davis.

Money awarded will help "Produce a better and thriving society," said McKenzie Spriggs, director of development & marketing for the Huron County Community Foundation. "A thriving community here in the county. Together we can make a better place for everybody to live."