BIG SPRING, TX: The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was presented with a check in the amount of $250,000.00 last month from the G.C. Broughton Foundation, to be used for the purchase of a new fire truck, equipment, and upgrades to existing trucks.
Board member of the foundation, Jim Weaver, stated that the board was very impressed with the volunteer fire department’s grant request which included photographs, by-laws, IRS documents, 501 C3 certification, and a description of the specific fire truck that would be purchased, if funds were to be granted. The request was for $140,000.00, however, the existence of the Volunteer Fire Department is dependent upon donations, therefore the board awarded the department an additional $110.000.00 for a total of $250,000.00.
The G.C Broughton Foundation was established in 2005 and is made up of a Board of Directors in Big Spring, with Jean Broughton-Powell as President. The foundation actively contributes to 501 C3 charities and has granted six to seven million dollars in Texas to date. Recipients have included CASA, the Big Spring Symphony, the Dora Roberts Rehabilitation Center, the G.C. Broughton Agricultural Pavilion at Howard College, the Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, as well as the West Texas Rehabilitation Centers in San Angelo and Abilene. The Foundation particularly enjoys contributing to charities that help children.
HCVFD Board President Eric Barber stated that the grant for the new fire truck was greatly appreciated, as well as the extra funding which will go towards upgrading current engines, equipment, and even the construction of a fire station in the far north end of Howard County where there are currently no fire engines in service.