MARYVILLE, Mo. — Local nonprofit organization One Act received some help in the form of funds from GRM Networks on Tuesday morning.
During the cooperatives’s third-quarter allocation of the company’s Community Improvement Grants, personnel were on hand in Maryville to provide $250 to the local nonprofit.
For several years the organization has been on a mission to provide basic essential needs to school-aged children from low income families throughout Nodaway County.
“We hope to raise the self-esteem of students by providing, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and brush, as well as, clean clothes to those in need,” the organization wrote in its application.
The organization has an annual budget of $5,000, according to the application.
Since receiving a large donation from Ten Squared Men in 2018, the organization has been able to provide a lot of items to 12 northwest Missouri schools.
“Because that’s not an every year thing, we’re trying to find ways to bring in other funds to make up for when we’re spending that down,” said One Act President Samantha Raasch.
The organization also is applying for other grants to purchase two sets of washing machines and dryers for area schools in need. It most recently replaced the washing machine and dryer at Northeast Nodaway.
According to the group’s social media, it hopes that by teaching children that these are important items to have and use, that it will stop bullying and health issues before they become a problem, while also teaching children that it’s OK to ask for help when it’s needed.
“It takes a lot of money to operate every year,” she said. “We can’t operate without grants.”
GRM Networks, a member-owned cooperative that provides communication services to customers located within a 4,500 square-mile radius, has awarded 272 grants to community organizations in its service territory since 1999.