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- The St. Joseph Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 St. Joseph Foundation Grants Program. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a 501(c)(3) organization (not-for-profit charitable organization). Grants are not available to individuals.

2. Programs must address any of the following issues: health services education; medical uninsured; medical under-insured; hospice; and homeless

3. Must serve any of the following counties: Columbia, Burke, Richmond and McDuffie counties in Georgia; Aiken and Edgefield counties in South Carolina

Grant applicants must submit applications to The Community Foundation for the CSRA before 11 a.m., Feb. 28. Applications and more information can be found on The Community Foundation's Web site at www.cfcsra.org or by clicking on the St. Joseph Foundation link in the box on the right side of the screen or at (706) 724-1314. Grants are not available for individuals. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903.

- Knology announced it is donating 35 computers to the Family Y in conjunction with the organization's 150th anniversary in the Augusta area.

"Knology has a very good relationship with the Family Y and was eager to sponsor its anniversary celebration," said Mike Adams, the general manager for Knology in the Augusta area. "We were planning a significant upgrade at our call center and were about to replace its computers. So instead of selling the computers, we are donating them to the Family Y, where they can help with operations and logistics during this milestone year."

The biggest of these events is the World's Largest Family Picnic & Miracle Concert, an organized and official attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records ' mark for the largest family picnic. The current record was set in 1999 and involved about 8,000 families. The Family Y event is slated for October at the First Tee of Augusta Amphitheater.

"It's a daunting task, but we took a giant leap toward achieving our goal with Knology's donation of computers," said Millie Schumacher, community relations director for the Family Y. The computers will also be used for staff training and at new Family Y locations in North Augusta and Aiken.

Another application for the computers' logistical software involves creating a baseball field the for handicapped on the grounds of its main facility and bringing Operation Kid Comfort to Augusta, where volunteers make custom quilts for the children of men and women serving in the armed forces.

Knology officials plan to present the network of computers to the Family Y at a reception on March 14.

- The University of Phoenix's Augusta campus has opened its computer lab to family members of victims of the Savannah sugar refinery fire who are being treated at the nearby Doctors Hospital Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

The school, which is offering use of the labs Internet access to family members as long as they are in Augusta, has also donated T-shirts, socks and cases of bottled water to the Southeast Firefighters Burn Foundation .

- The Augusta Technical College Foundation announced the donation of $1,000 from Ken and Ruth Simmons in support of licensed practical nurse book scholarships. The scholarships were established in memory of Nancy Simmons and Philip Walsh. This is the second year of support by the Simmons for the Practical Nursing Program at Augusta Technical College.

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