Vicksburg Historical Society receives Allstate grants

The Vicksburg Historical Society (VHS) has won two grants totaling $1,000 from the Allstate Foundation to support this year’s programs.

The grants were made possible through volunteer efforts of Charlie Church, owner of the Allstate agency in Vicksburg. “The Historical Society is very grateful to Charlie for the volunteer hours he provides and his leadership as our society president. We thank The Allstate Foundation for these grants. They will be put to good use,” said Don Wiertella, a trustee of the society.

The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants must be used by the Historical Society as operating support or program funding, he said.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and to promote the safety of volunteers and visitors to the Historic Village, all programs in 2020 were greatly reduced or canceled. Two major fundraisers, the Harvest Festival and Winter Fund Raiser (Bake Sale), were canceled.

“The Vicksburg Historical Society depends on these fundraisers to meet financial needs and to provide programs free of charge to the folks in the greater Vicksburg Community. The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants will allow the VHS to meet these needs,” said Wiertella.

The Allstate Foundation supports causes that agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to help communities thrive.

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