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Things are tough right now. There’s a lot of uncertainty about so much that we have taken for granted.

Yet nestled in all a life that seems turned upside down there are some amazing stories of the generosity of the human spirit.

Here on the Outer Banks the Outer Banks Community Foundation represents so much of what is right about where we live. Founded in 1982 by, among others, actor Andy Griffith and author David Stick, the OBCF has an extraordinary record of supporting nonprofits with grants and giving out over $150,000 a year in scholarships.

But now, though, what the Community Foundation is doing takes the organization to a whole different level.

The Community Foundation Rapid Response Grants

Recognizing the immediate needs of the community the OBCF has established COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants—and they have given out over $95,000 in those quick grants.

What those funds have enabled the Outer Banks community to do, is make sure that as many students as possible have access to high speed internet in Dare County and on Ocracoke Island. According to school officials the grants for the internet connections were approved in less than 24 hours.

Funds have gone to a number of local food banks and food assistance program as well as organizations that help families in financial difficulty. Even though most of the grants have gone to support human needs, there has been some funding given to local animal welfare organizations.

The Community Foundation has a remarkable history of supporting institutions and organizations. What the organization is doing now, though, takes it to a whole new level.

It is an example, and one of the best examples, of one of the many good things that make the Other Banks such a special place.

Please, be patient and careful and before you know it, we’ll be seeing again in a Brindley Beach Vacations home.