Clintonville Area Foundation held its 8th annual Grant Distribution Celebration at the The Living Room Coffee Shop this morning, awarding nine area nonprofit groups grants to help strengthen the community and create opportunities. Pictured L-R:, front row) Make-a-Wish volunteer Amy Goerlinger, Cesa 8 representative Lynn Aprill, Mission of Hope House of Wisconsin representative Pat Toney, Phoenix Players representative Mary Beth Kuester, Clintonville Ambulance Service representative Mary Wais, St. Vincent de Paul of Appleton representative, Becky Fickel, (L-R, back row) Navarino Nature Center representatives Ann Fuge, Connie Mitchell and Director Tim Ewing, Girl Scout Leader Virginia Ritchie, St. Vincent de Paul of Appleton representative Jim Werner and Phoenix Players representative Brandon Byng.
By Jeff Hoffman, board member, Clintonville Area Foundation
The Clintonville Area Foundation has awarded $12,500 in grants to nine charitable organizations serving the Clintonville area. The grants, which benefit a range of community causes, were awarded from a variety of charitable funds within the community foundation this year.
“The Foundation’s mission to enhance and improve the social, cultural, educational, health and general well being of the people in the Clintonville Area was well served with these grants,” said Mike Hankins, Advisory Board Chairperson of the Clintonville Area Foundation. “We are happy to award these grants to benefit our community.”
The Clintonville Area Foundation was established in 1995. In 2000, it became a geographic affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Since 2000, the Clintonville Area Community Foundation has awarded over $400,000 in grants from charitable and scholarship funds created within the Foundation by individuals and families.
Check out the slide show from this morning’s celebration on our website.
Eligible nonprofit organizations submitted grant requests through the Foundation’s annual competitive process. The Community Foundation’s volunteer grants committee members recommend grant recipients to the advisory board for approval.
The following grants were approved:
- CESA 8 – $1,250 to sponsor two Clintonville area teachers in the CESA 8 Career Academy Teacher Externship program. Participants will work side-by-side with industry peers to better understand their workforce needs, and later, integrate what they learn into the classroom.
- Clintonville Area Ambulance Service – $1,000 to support a two-day flu vaccination clinic to provide up to 150 residents who may not otherwise have access.
- Clintonville Historical Society – $1,000 to better tell the story of local Clintonville artifacts through the purchase of two swinging displays for the museum.
- Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes – $750 to help provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in the Clintonville community through supplies and financial assistance so that all girls are able to participate regardless of financial means.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast WI – $1,000 to help grant a like-affirming wish to a child in the Clintonville area diagnosed with a critical illness.
- Mission of Hope House of Wisconsin – $3,000 to support counseling, supplies and program expenses used in serving families and individuals in Waupaca County.
- Navarino Nature Center – $2,000 to replace materials and equipment of the Marvelous Mammals program.
- Phoenix Players, Inc. – $1,000 to sponsor a community theater production of “Sister Act” allowing the opportunity for affordable live theater experience to Clintonville-area residents.
- St. Vincent de Paul of Appleton – $1,500 to provide support to Clintonville neighbors in need with the help of trained volunteers who meet with people in their homes. To offer advocacy, resource referral, crisis financial assistance and beds.
To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit the Clintonville Area Foundation online, write P.O. Box 244 Clintonville, WI 54929, or call (920) 830-1290.