2019 Live First Community Grant Winners

2019 Live First Community Grant Winners


The following community groups were selected as 2019 Live First Community Giving Grant recipients!


$10,000 Grand Prize Winner:

Harvey Ambulance Service, Harvey, North Dakota
Harvey Ambulance Service has served the Harvey and surrounding communities for nearly 50 years, providing emergency transport and EMT service in a coverage area of approximately 1,000 square miles. EMT’s volunteer their time to keep the service in place, and providing critical care for hundreds of residents. The ambulance service is facing a number of financial challenges, including replacing an aging vehicle, updating equipment, and the need to train more volunteer EMT’s.  More information at: https://harveyambulance.org/

$2,000 Rising Star Winners:

Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports; Minot, North Dakota
Prairie Grit enhances quality of life for youth and adults living with physical and mental disabilities through providing sports and recreation opportunities. The program is seeking to expand the number of sports it offers, and the number of athletes it supports. More information at: https://www.prairiegritsports.com/ 

Wolf Pup Day Care; Watford City, North Dakota
Wolf Pup Daycare is a nonprofit childcare center that provides quality child care to the community. Wolf Pup Daycare opened in August 2014 and cares for more than 200 children. The center is raising money to place durable turf in its private playground. More information at: http://www.wolfpupdaycare.com/

Justin’s Break the Silence; Fargo, North Dakota
Justin’s Break the Silence was founded in September 2016 by Curtis & Lynne Olien, following the suicide of their son, Justin. The mission of Justin’s Break the Silence is to let people know it’s important to “break their silence” and ask for help if they are struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal thoughts, and to encourage open communication about these topics. The non-profit is hoping to bring Jeff Yalden, a motivational speaker to Fargo-Moorhead next fall to speak at a number of schools and community forums. More information at: https://www.justinsbreakthesilence.com/

Veterans Outdoor Adventures; Mott, North Dakota
Veterans Outdoor Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to North Dakota Veterans, 911 Responders and their Families. The organization provides unique ways to heal from traumatic injuries, both mental and physical while being in the outdoors. More information at: https://www.veteransoutdoors.org/

Arizona Helping Hands; Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Helping Hands is a non-profit organization which provides essential needs to boys and girls in foster care in Arizona. The organization provides beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, and personal care items, birthday and holiday gifts, and school supplies and backpacks to the more than 14,000 children living in foster care in Arizona. More information at: https://azhelpinghands.org/mission/

$1,000 Fan Favorite Winners:

Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue; Rolla, North Dakota
Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is non-profit organization run out of a garage that serves mostly the communities within Rolette County, ND. Their dream is to get out of the four kennel garage they are in and build a physical shelter where they can rescue animals, offer free and low cost spay clinics, vaccination services and community outreach programs. TMAR saves 70-100 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens each month. Since its existence, TMAR has saved nearly 4,500 animals. More information at: https://www.turtlemountainanimalrescue.org/

United Chinese Americans of Fargo-Moorhead; Fargo, North Dakota
The United Chinese Americans Fargo-Moorhead (UCAFM) is an organization dedicated to promoting fellowship and friendship among Chinese Americans, to increasing public awareness and understanding of the Chinese arts and culture, and to helping Chinese Americans integrate into the Fargo-Moorhead Community. More information at: http://www.ucafm.org/en/index.html

4 Luv of Dog; Fargo, North Dakota
4 Luv of Dog is a volunteer run, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming dogs. The majority of the organizations rescue dogs are placed in foster homes, with a few residing at our facility. More information at: http://www.4luvofdog.org/wp/

Bonus Grants:

Safe Kids Grand Forks; Grand Forks, North Dakota, $750
Safe Kids Grand Forks is a childhood injury prevention coalition that covers northeast ND and northwest MN. The organization focuses its efforts on reducing preventable injuries to children - their number one cause of death. Safe Kids just launched an adaptive aquatics program that helps children with special needs to learn water safety skills to keep them safe in an aquatics setting. More information at: http://safekidsgf.com/

RoughRider AMUCS, Bismarck, North Dakota, $750
RoughRider AMBUCS is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide mobility & independence to individuals with disabilities. The organization provides scholarships to therapy students, and by providing Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals with disabilities. More information at: https://roughriderambucs.wixsite.com/bismarck#!

Mondak Animal Rescue; Williston, North Dakota, $500
The Mondak Animal Rescue is a non-profit which provides a temporary safe place for animals awaiting to find their forever homes. The Mondak Animal Center recently just opened inside the Buck Scheele Family Animal Center, and is transitioning from a foster based rescue to a brick and motor rescue. More information at:  http://www.mondakanimalrescue.org/

Thank you to everyone who participated! We received a record 91 applications this year. We look forward to seeing these dollars put to use in our communities!

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