After careful review of the applications received, two local nonprofit organizations have been selected as recipients of the funds raised from this year’s Happy Hounds Dog Walk. Criteria used to select grant recipients included service to Kent County and the ability to make the biggest impact with the funds raised at the walk.
Girls on the Run is a program for girls in third through eighth grades. The program’s goals are to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, while working to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future including substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, sedentary lifestyle¸ and depression. These goals are met through a program which combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education. If we are able to meet their grant request in full, they will be able to provide 50 low-income participants with new running shoes as well aid in the basic financial needs of maintaining the program.
Kent County Search and Rescue (KCSR) is a division of the Kent County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. The unit, which consists of volunteers, has the responsibility of locating, assisting and transporting missing persons in Kent County. The canine handler volunteers provide a vital role in the locating of missing persons. The unit has recently had one bloodhound pass away and another has retired. If we are able to meet their grant request in full, KCSR would use the funds to host a Search Dog Training conference with the goal of adding more dogs to the unit.
Individuals or businesses can support these programs in a variety of ways including sponsorship of the event, becoming a vendor at the event, donating items for the raffle, or by registering to participate in the walk. For more information, please visit the Happy Hounds Inc. website at www.happyhoundsdogwalk.org or contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org subject Happy Hounds.