Other NCVO Activities 2016
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THE NCVO “NEW TO YOU” BARGAIN SHOP
The Bargain Shop receives donations of goods such as clothing and household items. These are sold for low prices to generate income for NCVO programmes. Items of clothing, furniture, household goods and appliances are also donated to those in need throughout the community.
This year we donated numerous items such as furniture, clothing, food items, household items and many more to people in need of our help.
THE NCVO JOHN GRAY FUND
In 2016 the John Gray Memorial Fund Committee awarded grants to ten students studying for their first degrees in colleges and universities overseas. Seven of the students are past recipients of the grant; all are maintaining high GPA’s and must maintain a minimum of 3:00 in order to continue to receive funding. The other applicants are first time recipients whom the NCVO hopes to continue to support throughout their degree course.
The Grant is named in honour of the late Rev. John Rae Gray, a former NCVO Council and Executive Committee member, United Church Minister, and High School Principal. Funds are granted each year to young Caymanian students who wish to attend college or university but have insufficient funds to cover their living expenses. This is a “top up” fund and assistance is intended for expenses associated with pursuing a degree such as for books, accommodation or transportation and helps those who may have funding for tuition through government grants or other means but not for additional expenses. In 2016, a total of US $60,000 was distributed to applicants.
The students who were given funding are studying a wide range of courses including Biology, Music, Engineering, Special Education, Architecture, Chemistry, Psychology and English Literature.
THE NCVO CARING COUSINS FUND/LUNCH SUPPORT PROGRAMME
One of the functions of this programme is to supply a school lunch and snack to children in need who would otherwise go hungry during the school day. During the last school year there was an increase in the numbers of students referred requiring lunch assistance and we are currently supporting thirty eight children in various schools, including on Cayman Brac; we are aware that there are other students needing our support and would love to be able to help additional children should we receive more funding for this programme.