Teen Challenge of Macon received a $10,000 grant as one of 10 national winners of Ace Hardware’s “New Faces for Helpful Places” campaign, according to the Macon Telegraph of Macon, Ga.
Teen Challenge is a nonprofit organization that works to help adult men who receive treatment for substance abuse and other problems.
Workers at Teen Challenge were surprised when Lou Manfredini, Ace’s Helpful Hardware Man and a syndicated radio and TV show host, presented a $10,000 check to the organization on Oct. 28.
“Helpful Places” must be locations that house a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving its community. Those selected receive not only the $10,000 grant from Ace, but Ace also provides volunteers who help with the renovations .Previous renovation projects have included paint, lighting, storage, bathroom and kitchen repairs.
About 2,600 nonprofit organizations submitted entries for the grants this year. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op confirmed it is surprising the winners one at a time, a process that will be finished by early December. Teen Challenge, the only organization in Georgia to be selected, according to the article, was the third organization to be notified.