March 22, 2016
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C.—The Conservation Fund today announced additional support from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, for the Resourceful Communities program’s partnership with the Towncreek Vision Corporation.  

The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program provides a broad range of capacity-building support to over 500 grassroots groups in multiple states to help strengthen organizations, connect groups to each other and to resources, and advance community-based projects. The program helps local leaders improve the economic, social and environmental standing of their communities.

Towncreek Vision Corporation (TCVC) works to ensure a better future for the youth and senior citizens of the Leland/Towncreek community of Brunswick County, North Carolina. By implementing various community enrichment programs—including brick masonry training programs, a summer food program for children, a food pantry, sports programs, after-school tutoring and summer camps—TCVC strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of community members of all ages. TCVC utilizes the time and talents of retired citizens within the community to teach valuable skills and pass on life lessons to younger generations.

TCF Towncreek Foundation
Towncreek Vision (from left to right): Evelyn Hardy, Marjorie Goodman, Anne Parker, Rose Ann Bryant, Sharon Keats, Shirley Coley; Johnnie Small, Ledell Brown, Willie Sloan, Carl Parker, Willie Jenkins, Gregory Harrison

“The Orton Foundation’s grant is a vitally important investment in this grassroots organization,” said Mikki Sager, Director of The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program. “TCVC’s programs have made such a difference in Brunswick County, and this support is strengthening their effectiveness and growing their reach and impacts.”

“We are grateful to The Orton Foundation for their support, which will allow us to better equip the youth of our community with the tools they need to succeed,” said Carl Parker, a member of TCVC. “TCVC would like to complete a recreation and community center to give local residents the opportunity to learn industrial, commercial and residential skills as well as how to become a voting citizen. It will also provide a space for events and opportunities to learn more about the history of the community.”

Support from The Orton Foundation will enable TCVC to grow their Board of Directors; assess community assets and goals; conduct oral history interviews; and develop a business plan.  Additional activities will include marketing support, grant writing and oral history workshops, and connections to funders, partners and other resources.

“We are proud to support The Conservation Fund in the critical effort to establish a shared historical record for the Towncreek community,” said Louis Bacon, Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliates.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Our Resourceful Communities program creates opportunities that preserve the rural landscape and engage communities with innovative strategies to achieve environmental, economic and social justice goals. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land.

About Towncreek Vision Corporation
Towncreek Vision Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to ensure a better future for the youth and senior citizens of the Leland/Towncreek community of Brunswick County, North Carolina.

About Louis Bacon
Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist and Founder of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc (“MCF”). As the Founder and Chairman of MCF and its affiliates, Mr. Bacon has spent more than two decades conserving threatened habitat, protecting open spaces, and safeguarding clean water through the support of more than 200 local, national, and international organizations. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

About The Orton Foundation
The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, supports conservation nonprofits that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies. The Orton Foundation also supports educational and community programs in the region.

Press Release Contact
Mikki Sager | The Conservation Fund | | (919) 949-5687