2018 CFSEK General Funds Grant Awards Announced



 

2018 COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GENERAL FUNDS GRANTS

 

BASIC HUMAN NEEDS 

BOURBON COUNTY INTER-AGENCY COALITION, INC. WILL SUPPORT RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE SO FAMILIES CAN STAY IN THEIR HOMES AND AFFORDABLE FAMILY SWIM PASSES.  

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, INC. WILL PROVIDE ONE-TIME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AT RISK OF EVICTION OR CUT-OFF OF ESSENTIAL HOME UTILITIES THAT WILL PREVENT IMMINENT HOMELESSNESS OF THE FAMILY.  

CLASS LTD PLANS TO ASSIST RESIDENTS OF CK, CR, AND LB COUNTIES WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES WHO HAVE EMERGENCY FOOD, SHELTER OR CLOTHING NEEDS.  

EASTERN KANSAS ADULT EDUCATION RECEIVED GED TESTING SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE.

FAMILIES & CHILDREN TOGETHER, INC.WILL HOLD A COUNTY WIDE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY ON OCTOBER 21, 2018.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, WESLEY HOUSE WILL PROVIDE DENTAL HEALTH CARE TO UNDERSERVED EMPLOYMENT AGE CLIENTS IN PITTSBURG.

KANSAS CHILDREN’S SERVICE LEAGUE WILL PROVIDE PERIOD OF PURPLE CRYING SHAKEN BABY PREVENTION MATERIALS TO PARENTS OF BABIES BORN IN SEK.

K-STATE RESEARCH & EXTENSION WILL HOLD AN AGING WITH ATTITUDE REGIONAL EXPO IN FT. SCOTT IN APRIL 2019.

LABETTE COUNTY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CENTER PROVIDES EMERGENCY BASIC HUMAN SERVICE NEEDS TO LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL CRISIS TO PREVENT UTILITY DISCONNECTION AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE.  

LABETTE HEALTH FOUNDATION WILL EQUIP THEIR BIRTHING FACILITIES WITH NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING EQUIPMENT.  

MERCY HOSPITAL FORT SCOTT WILL BE PURCHASING A SPECIAL CHAIR DESIGNED FOR ADVANCE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PATIENTS.  

MOUNT CARMEL FOUNDATION PLANS TO PURCHASE NEW STRETCHERS FOR SURGERY PATIENTS.  

NEXT STEPS INC.WILL ASSIST THOSE LIVING IN POVERTY WITH DENTAL AND EYE CARE FOR EMPLOYABILITY.

SAFE HAVEN OUTREACH MISSION WILL SUPPLEMENT THEIR FOOD SUPPLY FOR MEALS FOR SHELTER RESIDENTS.

SEK WOMEN HELPING WOMEN: A FAIRY GODMOTHER’S FUND WILL PROVIDE ONE TIME GRANTS TO WOMEN IN NEED WHO WORK IN CARETAKING PROFESSIONS.

STILLWELL HERITAGE & EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION PLANS TO INITIATE A WALKING CHALLENGE FOR DOWNTOWN PITTSBURG RESIDENTS.

TRI VALLEY DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES WILL PURCHASE NEW CPR MANIKINS FOR STAFF AND CLIENT TRAINING.

 

YOUTH ACTIVITIES 

ARMA RECREATION WILL BE ADDING AN ELECTRONIC SCOREBOARD AT THE CITY BALLFIELD.

CHERRY STREET YOUTH CENTER IS DEVELOPING YEAR ROUND GREENHOUSE GARDENING.

CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER, INC. IS UPDATING ABUSE PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM MATERIALS.

CITY OF GIRARD PLANS TO ADD EQUIPMENT FOR SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT TO THE CITY POOL.

CURIOUS MINDS DISCOVERY ZONE INC. WILL OFFER FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHTS TO SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN THE PARSONS AND SURROUNDIG AREA.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER IS ADDING 5 CAMERAS FOR INTRUDER SAFETY.

HORSES OF HOPE RIDING CENTER, INC. WILL BE PURCHASING SENSORY INTEGRATION AND COMMUNICATION TOOLS FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER CLIENTS AS PART OF THEIR TOUCH OF HOPE PROGRAM.

KIDS FIRST DAY CARE & PRESCHOOL IS REJUVENATING THEIR PLAYGROUND SPACE.

LEARNING TREE INSTITUTE AT GREENBUSH IS EXPANDING THEIR ADVENTURE BASED EDUCATION WITH INDOOR CHALLENGE EQUIPMENT.

MINERS HALL MUSEUM WILL BE UPGRADING THE MUSEUM TECHNOLOGY.

PITTSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL CONTINUE THE YOUNG AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR PROGRAM TO LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS.  

PSU NURSING WILL PROVIDE A NEONATAL PATIENT SIMULATOR TO NURSING STUDENTS.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AUTHORITY WILL UPGRADE COMPUTER EQUPMENT TO BETTER OFFER PROGRAMMING TO THE AT RISK YOUTH THEY SERVE.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS KANSAS (PITTSBURG AFFILIATE) WILL PURCHASE SUPPLIES FOR THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BOWLING TOURNAMENT.

USD 235 UNIONTOWN IS ADDING FLEXIBLE SEATING FOR THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM.

USD 246 WILL PURCHASE GOOGLE EXPEDITION KITS FOR VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS FOR ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS.

USD 246 WILL PROVIDE FLEXIBLE SEATING TO STUDENTS IN THE JUNIOR HIGH.

USD 249 FRONTENAC IS ADDING WHOLE-CLASS NOVELS AND BOOK CLUBS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READING STUDENTS.

USD 506 WILL PURCHASE MINI I-PADS TO CREATE MAKERSPACE FOR PROJECT BASED LEARNING.

FORT SCOTT AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION   THIS FOUNDATION IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS.  THEY RECEIVED A GRANT TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR GRANTING PROGRAM PROVIDING MORE FOR YOUTH ORIENTED PROGRAMS FOR THE AREA THEY SERVE.  

GIRARD AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  THIS FOUNDATION IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS.  THEY RECEIVED A GRANT TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR GRANTING PROGRAM PROVIDING MORE OF YOUTH ORIENTED PROGRAMS FOR THE AREA THEY SERVE.

 

ARTS & CULTURE  

USD 250 PHS THEATRE RECEIVED SUPPORT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE.

Competitive Grant Process Awards 2018 Grant Funding



Elm Acres Foundation 2018 Grant Recipients:

 

Cherokee County Research & Extension – will establish a Growing Healthy Habits Garden at Central Elementary school in Baxter Springs, KS, a hands – on raised garden educational experience for underserved youth to learn how to grow fresh produce, learn about balanced dietary intake, and develop life skills.

Community Health Center of SEK – believes clothing makes the child and will continue to provide Baby4Baby clothing packets to teen moms with new socks, underwear, bibs and other needed items. 

Horses of Hope Riding Center, Inc. – will begin a state of the art pilot program to provide equine assisted psychotherapy for at-risk youth, Horses, Heart & HOPE.

SEK Interlocal 637- plans to implement a secret codes reading curriculum with strategies for students with dyslexic reading tendencies at George Nettels. 

SEK Interlocal 637 - will be adding an indoor simulation track to their Project Ride program to teach mobility safety, independence, community awareness and physical fitness to students with special needs. 

PSU Enactus, Inc. – will provide children and family events at USD 250 schools through the Gorilla Achievement Program.

USD 250 Pittsburg Community Schools – at-risk students at PHS will attend summer music camp.

Restorative Justice Authority – is going to supplement their Evidence Based Community Programming with needed computer and related equipment.

Ronald McDonald House of the Four States – is developing a Teen Parent Resource Library for teenage parents with materials on parenting and life skills.

Special Olympics Kansas, Inc. – brings together youth with intellectual disabilities with nondisabled peers to learn leadership and team building skills with the end goal of new sports teams launched in SEK. 

USD 506 – Altamont Grade School – will be pushing Full Steam Ahead with STEAM materials building wide.

Wesley House – will once again provide career development for students or job seekers with disabilities on Disability Mentoring Day. 

Scholarships Provide Opportunity to Earn an Education



The Community Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients 

 

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas had the privilege to assist in the granting of scholarship funds to 37 area students valuing nearly $50,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.  The scholarships administered by the Community Foundation are funded by donors who believe in the youth of our area and support their pursuit of higher education.  A scholarship fund established with the Community Foundation is another way a family can leave a legacy and impact the future of our community.  If you would like to know more about establishing a scholarship fund, contact the Foundation office for more details at 620-231-8897 or email kit.parks@southeastkansas.org.  The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to thank the donors and congratulate the following scholarship recipients.

 

M. Lee and Noretta Caldwell Scholarship                            

Ashley Dillinger – Erie High School                           

Breanna Grewing – Chanute High School                              

Tayler George – Fort Scott Community College                   

Samantha Nighswonger – Frontenac High School                              

Cori Watts – Frontenac High School                                                       

Commerce Bank Scholarship                                                     

Hannah Zerr – St. Mary’s Colgan High School                                                                       

Daniel Eichenberger – Pittsburg High School                                        

Craig Crespino Scholarship                                                         

Bailey Yoakam – St. Mary’s Colgan High School                                  

Luke Martin – Girard High School             

Jeanette Edwards Scholarship

Clayton Romans – Fredonia High School

Pat Forbes Scholarship 

Hannah Zerr – St. Mary’s Colgan High School

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Scholarship

Abigail Dainty – Frontenac High School

Kaitlynn Kidd – Pittsburg High School *

Ilyanna Knopp – Girard High School *

Taylor Redd – Pittsburg High School

Matthew Sanders – St. Mary’s Colgan High School *

Reese Willis – Pittsburg High School

Eric Underwood – Southeast High School

*Chosen to receive Get Busy Livin’ Volunteer Abroad Grant

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Dragon Award

Chase Curtis – Pittsburg High School

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ KPREPS Player of the Year Award

Carter Putz – Bishop Miege High School

Stacy Goedeke Scholarship

Mardi Traskowsky – Kansas State University

Haberbosch Family Scholarship

Megan Ensminger – Marmaton Valley High School

Makayla Brooks – Marmaton Valley High School

Bill House Hereford Scholarship

Colton Massey – Fort Hays State University

Kayla Signer – Coffeyville Community College

Kylar Walker – Sedan High School

Kalee Rhodes – Sedan High School

Hunter O’Toole – Ark City High school

Tyler Jeck Scholarship

Marci VanBecelaere – St. Mary’s Colgan High School

William Lehman History Scholarship

Tayton Majors – Fort Scott High School

Joe & Margarita Sauer Scholarship

Dan Mosier – Girard High School

Jaylynn Blythe – Girard High School

Short Family Fine Arts Scholarship

Matther Buck – Pittsburg High School

Cassie Hurt-McLarty – Pittsburg High School

Vinylplex, Inc. Scholarship

Zach Dee – Pittsburg State University

Austin Sievert – Kansas State University

Lukas Amershek – Frontenac High School

Tabitha Claeys – St. Mary’s Colgan High School

Bailey Henry – Pittsburg State University

Women's Health Fund Grants



                                                                                           

               

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Announces 2018 Rita J. Bicknell

Women’s Health Fund grant recipients

 

The Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund once again supports women’s health initiatives in the southeast Kansas surrounding area. In 2007, the establishment of the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Giving Circle was the philanthropic beginning for women helping women in Southeast Kansas.  “To improve the health and well being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness, and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women” is the mission of the Rita J. Bicknell (RJB) Women’s Health Fund. In 2012, the Circle of Friends giving circle grew out of the Women’s Giving Circle and today the RJB Women’s Health Fund is made up of the Women’s Giving Circle and the Circle of Friends. These giving circle memberships support area organizations through a granting process to promote their mission in southeast Kansas communities. Since its inception, the Rita J. Bicknell giving circles have generously given over $221,000 impacting women’s health in our community.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to be the host agency for the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund, established in 2001. The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a public non-profit Foundation.  Specifically, the Foundation serves the region helping individuals, businesses and municipalities fulfill their charitable giving goals in ways that benefit the common good and improve the quality of life. The Fort Scott Area Community Foundation and the Girard Area Community Foundation are affiliates. The Foundation inspires a passion for generosity in each community that we serve. The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. If you would like to know more about the CFSEK or the Women’s Giving Circles, we invite you to visit the foundation website www.southeastkansas.org or call 620-231-8897.

The Rita J. Bicknell giving circles granted a total of $41,951 this year to worthy projects supporting women’s health throughout southeast Kansas area. The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to congratulate the following 2018 grant recipients:

 

Angels Among Us Inc.: Any and all financial Needs of cancer patients in the southeast Kansas area throughout their treatment process. 

Community Health Center of SEK, Inc.: Picture This…. Bringing State–of–the–Art Ultrasound into the Exam Room will purchase a portable diagnostic ultrasound system to be housed at the Cherokee County clinic but utilized at the Pittsburg facility as well. 

Labette Health Foundation: Emergency Room Gynecological Response Project will provide a gynecological cart to deal more rapidly and effectively with acute women’s health issues. 

Pittsburg State University School of Nursing: Super Tory, a Newborn High-Fidelity Simulator will offer students advanced neonatal patient simulation. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States: Family Resource Library will expand existing women’s and family resources at the Ronald McDonald House and add a resource library at the new Ronald McDonald Family Room. 

Special Olympics Kansas: Women’s Fitness Implementation will start a Fit Friends program between women with intellectual disabilities and friends or organizations within the community to be active and healthy together. 

Crawford County Health Department: The Lactation Station, which is sponsored by the Southeast Kansas Regional Breastfeeding Coalition, will provide space for breastfeeding families to nurse or express breastmilk at public events in area communities. 

Southeast Kansas Special Education Interlocal 637: Healthy Relationships project will purchase two sets of the CIRCLES Intimacy and Relationships Curriculum for instructional use with students with autism and developmental delays at the middle and high school level. 

Women’s Resource Center SEK: Educational Curriculum Upgrades: Supporting Women’s Health and Emotional Education will upgrade the center’s parenting, parenting toddlers, and special circumstance curriculum. 

The Women’s Health fund is proud to be able to contribute to the success of these organizations and projects in support of women and their health in the SEK region.

Stacy Goedeke Scholarship Established and Awarded



 

 

 

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to announce the establishment and awarding of the Stacy Goedeke Scholarship. The scholarship was established by her family in memory of Stacy through memorial contributions following her death in 2017.

 

A graduate of Kansas State University, College of Agriculture, Stacy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Milling Science and Management in 2008. 

The Stacy Goedeke Scholarship fund was established to support an individual pursuing a grain science career who may not have qualified for other achievement based scholarships. Stacy was very proud to be a KSU Wildcat and her degree in Milling Science and Management was the foundation of a successful career.  Stacy was an independent, free-spirit who succeeded at living life to its fullest. She loved to travel, visit her friends and family and never met an adventure she did not want to experience. She loved rural life and had a special love for Kansas sunsets and prairies. During her youth, Stacy was an avid 4-H’er.  Priority for the scholarship recipients is given to individuals who can demonstrate a passion for grain science, strong work ethic, community involvement, and moral character.  

Scholarship funds will be distributed from the Stacy Goedeke Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.

 

The first recipient of the Stacy Goedeke Scholarship is Mardi Traskowsky.  Mardi will be a third year Milling Science and Management Operations student at Kansas State University this fall. She is currently interning in Ayer, Massachusetts. Mardi is from Herrington, KS.

 

Mardi was a natural choice for the Stacy Goedeke Scholarship based on her history of hard work, activity in 4-H, community involvement, and academic status.