As part of its December cycle of grants to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts, the Pope Foundation has added four new grantees:
- ($25,000) SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals: Provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics.
- ($5,000) The Green Chair Project: Accepts gently used furniture and household items and re-sells them at a significant markdown to the working poor. Families benefit, and so does the environment because furniture that otherwise might end up in a landfill is reused.
- ($5,000) Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program: Provides horseback riding lessons for special-needs children. Therapeutic horseback riding has proven physical, mental, and psychological benefits for individuals with disabilities.
- ($5,000) Miracle League of the Triangle: Offers an opportunity for special-needs children to play baseball.