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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 23, 2018

Foundation distributes over $177,000

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 22, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Grant recipients are, from left, John Stever (Evergreen Cemetery), Dick DeAngelis (Fair Field Productions), Shanaz Kreider (Fairfield ReStore) and Kathy Brown (Habitat for Humanity).

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation held its annual awards ceremony Thursday night at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The foundation awarded over $177,000 to local nonprofit groups, the most it has ever awarded in a single year. It beat last year’s previous record of about $157,000, which was greater than 2016’s total of $140,000.

The grants have traditionally been used for capital improvements. Area communities that have benefitted from the grants include Fairfield, Batavia, Libertyville, Lockridge, Pleasant Plain and Packwood.

One by one, grant recipients came forward to receive their checks from the foundation as their groups were named.

The groups that received awards, and what their grant will fund, are as follows:

Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties: annual disbursal;

Batavia Volunteer Fire Department: AirPak cylinder filling station;

Calu Apartments: elevator power unit replacement;

Carnegie Historical Museum Foundation: journalism displays

Community ChildCare: new flooring and carpet;

Cornerstone Community Well: laptops and printers;

Evergreen Cemetery: recording keeping and mapping software;

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center: 2018 Artist Series sponsorship;

Fairfield Art Association: worktables and chairs;

Fairfield Band Aides: sousaphone;

Fairfield Beautification Commission: self-watering plants;

Fairfield CoLab: sound/recording booth equipment;

Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau: digital poster kiosk;

Fairfield Girl Scouts: Girl Scout cabin repairs;

Fair Field Productions: hard drives and production equipment;

Fairfield ReStore: building expansion;

FEDA and Pathfinders: child care facility;

Fairfield First Fridays: projector, lens and receiver;

Habitat for Humanity: scaffolding;

Iowa Contemporary Art (ICON): laptop;

Jefferson County Agency on Aging: new light fixtures;

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserve: radios;

Little Superheroes: medical expense assistance for families;

Lockridge Fire & Rescue: leaf blower backpacks, brush rake and pole;

Maasdam Barns Foundation: painting the barns;

McElhinny Foundation: concrete entrance pads;

Pekin Child Care: cribs and rocking chair;

Pekin Elementary School: playground equipment;

Singing Cedars School: flooring;

Sustainable Living Coalition: solar battery storage system;

TENCO Industries: parking lot repair;

Victory No. 8 School: foundation work and building repair.

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In addition to its grant program, the foundation also maintains a scholarship program. Its scholarship program began in May of 1988 with a donation of $20,000 and has grown to more than half a million dollars. The Park Enhancement Fund is the most recently established area of the foundation. Its focus is to help replant trees in the public parks of Fairfield and Jefferson County. During the past 10 years, many of the large, old trees in the parks have begun to deteriorate because of age, pest invasion and wind damage. The reforestation effort provides for the planting of the new, lightly branched trees where they will have a high rate of survival.

The foundation’s board consists of president Tami Kramer, vice president Kara Waugh, executive secretary Tammy Dunbar, treasurer Arvin Bogaards, Angie Atwood, Ashley Manning, Frank Redeker, Greg Lowenberg, Lori Stever, Lucas Helling, Marty Gleason, Nelson Anderson, Renee Rebling and Sim Buckley.

John Morrissey is its legal counsel; Barbara Kistler is its administrative assistant; Dave Neff is an ex-officio member who helps with public relations, and William Baumann is an ex-officio member who helps with finance.

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