Ecolab awards $36K in grants grants

December 17, 2010 - By Megan Fisher, Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG - Twenty-four local nonprofit organizations received grants from Ecolab Inc. Thursday at the 2010 Community Relations Ceremony in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500.

Ecolab is a leading global developer of "premium cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance products and services for hospitality, institutional and industrial markets," and it has a Berkeley County location, officials said. Each year, the Ecolab Foundation reserves 1.2 percent of its U.S. pretax earnings to donate toward domestic charitable organizations. It also provides product donations in cases of natural disasters.

Thursday's event began with a turkey luncheon followed by the grants award ceremony, where Ecolab human resources representative Katrina Rosario presented the grants.

The total amount of grant money awarded to Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan County organizations was $36,000.

"It was great to see how the organizations were so appreciative and so grateful to receive the award," Rosario said. "Our Ecolab associates enjoy serving the community through supporting food drives, Toys for Tots and volunteering. There is a strong need in our community, and we are so elated that we can be a part of building a greater community."

The organizations that received a grant were:

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County

Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

Berkeley County Chapter No. 5421 of AARP,

Berkeley County Committee on Aging - Senior Services

Berkeley County Humane Society

Berkeley County Meals on Wheels

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Birthright of Charles Town

Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle

CCAP-Loaves and Fishes

Charles Town Health Right

Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic

Children's Home Society of West Virginia

Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center

Community Network Inc.

Craftworks at Cool Spring

Family Resource Network

Friends in Action

Friends of Music

Horses with Hearts

Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library

Morgan Arts Council

Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Promise Animal League, and

Shenandoah Women's Center.

Information on how to apply for an Ecolab Foundation grant is available by calling 651-293-2923.

More information on Ecolab is available at www.ecolab.com.

- Staff writer Megan Fisher can be reached at 304-263-3381, ext. 132, or mfisher@journal-news.net