By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas awarded nearly $69,000 in grants for nonprofit projects in a ceremony Wednesday at Wilkinson Alumni Center at Pittsburg State University.
Established in 2001, the foundation is a public nonprofit that serves Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. Director Cathy White said its purpose is to help individuals and businesses fulfill charitable giving goals in ways that benefit the common good and improve the quality of life.
Each year, the foundation holds three grant cycles that accept applications from nonprofits across Southeast Kansas. More than 30 projects are to be funded in 2013.
The following projects received grants.
General grant funds
• Elm Acres’ program for participation in artistic and cultural activities.
• Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush, to fund Basic Interpreting 101 training for community agencies and organizations.
• The Center for Learning Tree Institute, to fund a challenge grant for youth summer camps at Greenbush.
• Horses for Hope Riding Center, to pay for Phase 2 of the Healthy Living program collaborating with public schools and the Kansas Health Foundation.
• Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, to purchase a spirometry system for the Baxter Springs clinic to be used to evaluate lung capacity and diagnose breathing problems.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Labette County, for events designed to encourage others to be a match.
• NAMI, to be used to purchase items for physical health for adults with severe mental illness.
• Class Ltd., for emergency assistance for individuals with intellectual or developmental disorders.
• Catholic Charities, for emergency funding for families facing eviction or utility cut-off — up to $200 per eligible household.
• Wesley House, to pay for the 2013 Children’s Summer Food Program.
Rosalie Manley Endowed Fund
• Angels Among Us, to provide Christmas gift cards for area cancer patients to use for their needs.
• Partnership for All Cherokee County Children, to implement a Strengthening Families program.
• Interfaith Housing Services, to fund financial education workshops and client services for low to moderate income households in Crawford, Cherokee, Bourbon and Labette counties.
• Special Olympics, to purchase a recumbent bike.
• Mother to Mother Ministry, to pay for monthly programs.
Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Giving Circle
• Angels Among Us, to purchase tables for the operation of the Angel Cafe at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.
• Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, for a bone ultrasonometer, which is a compact, cost-effective method of determining a person’s risk of a fracture due to osteoporosis.
• Elm Acres Foundation Inc., to support the purchase of “A Women’s Way Through the Twelve Steps and Safe Dates: An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Curriculum.”
• Horses of Hope Riding Center, to establish the Rita J. Bicknell Women on the Oregon Trail Adventure to promote healthy behaviors and understanding of people with disabilities among upper-grade school children.
• Labette Health, to purchase breast pumps for new mothers and to create a breast pump loan program for underprivileged mothers.
Future Fund Giving Circle
• Angels Among Us, to replenish supplies.
• Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, to be used to create marketing materials to recruit volunteers.
• Children’s Advocacy Center, to be used for a weeklong forensic training course for the center’s new advocate.
• Elm Acres Foundation, to keep curriculum materials current and updated.
• Franklin Community Council, to purchase two iPads and stands with security hardware designed for museum use for the Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked.”
• Interfaith Housing Services Inc., to be used for learning materials for clients.
• Mother to Mother Ministry, for materials, supplies, handouts and on-site child care for an educational workshop.
• Special Olympics Kansas, to purchase a treadmill.
• Students in Free Enterprise at Pittsburg State University, for its Building Seeds of Courage program.
• YMCA, to fund ground cover and equipment for a new child-care play area.