HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Community Foundation announces it recently awarded two $1,000 grants to county efforts.

The foundation provided $1,000 to the Weir Cook Memorial Project from the W. H. and Lola Reason Endowment for Patriotism Fund and the foundation’s Enrichment Fund.

The mission of the Weir Cook Memorial Project is to educate the public, especially youth, on the roles of aviation pioneers and military heroes through public displays, exhibits and events.

The foundation awarded the grant to the memorial project to help fund the Weir Cook Community Day and Fundraiser conducted June 24 in conjunction with the Town of Wilkinson’s annual garage sale.

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The project will particularly focus on educating the public that day about World War II and how the Tootsie Roll saved the lives of the “Frozen Chosen” with activities for all ages.

The foundation recently awarded Hancock County Senior Services a $1,000 grant from the Enrichment Endowment Fund to purchase tires for two of the wheelchair accessible vehicles in their fleet.

Senior Services’ mission is to advocate for and address the life challenges of the Hancock County senior population and to provide public transportation to people of all ages in an effort to achieve the highest quality of life possible. The transportation portion of the mission is accomplished through its operation of Hancock Area Rural Transit.

The community foundation works with caring individuals, families and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. The foundation has granted more than $12 million since its inception in 1992.