PRIDE was started in 1978 with the assistance of Stan McAdoo, Community
Development and PRIDE Specialist. Stan visited with a group of Grinnell
residents about the PRIDE program and encouraged them to set up a group
of volunteer committees. And that is just what they did.
They conducted a community survey to identify needs. Two needs which
rose to the surface were a library and senior center. Committees were
formed and the work started.
In 1979, Friends of Grinnell, Inc, a 501C3 corporation, was established
to handle the financial and legal aspects for PRIDE. With Friends of
Grinnell in place, PRIDE started working on establishing a library. A
building was donated and funds were solicited to remodel, buy books and
start the library. The majority of the labor was in kind.
With the library project well underway, another committee became
excited about the prospect of a Senior Center. In 1980, the committee
started soliciting donations and working on grants. They were
successful in obtaining a grant and were able to build a new facility.
Once again, much of the labor for the center was in kind.
As the PRIDE Program became established, they continued to add new
projects. A few of their annual projects include Yard of the Month,
park clean-up in the spring, landscaping downtown, welcome to Grinnell
packets and Christmas activities such as caroling and decorating.
In 1993 a new and urgent need hit the community. The grocery store was
in danger of closing its doors. The owners were wanting to sell and
prospect did not look good. PRIDE rallied, and through Friends of
Grinnell was able to obtain an interest free loan from S&T
Telephone Co. Letters were sent to Grinnell alumni and past residents
soliciting donations and memberships. Through their efforts, they
obtained enough funds to purchase the building and its inventory and to
hire a manager. The store has been able to pay back the loan to S&T
Telephone. The store is not a big money maker, but it offers a
tremendous service to the small community. This spring they have added
noon meals since the town does not have a local restaurant.
To address health issues in the community, Grinnell has applied and
received Get It! Do It! Grants the past two years. They have held
Health Fest Days at the park where games and booth have been set up for
nutrition and physical activity. The grade school children participate
while the middle school youth man and set-up the booths. Through the
Get It! Do It! Grants they have been able to establish 4 exercise
stations at the park which are open for all to use.
To expand their health activities they are now in the process of
applying for a Blue Chip Grant through Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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