Hurricane Relief Expanded



Hurricane Relief Donations have been expanded to support the continued damage the southern part of the country is experiencing. The CFSEK will continue to collect donations via check or online donations. 

To make a donation, make the check payable to: Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas and on the memo line specify geographical area if you choose, or, click on the DONATE NOW! button above and choose the "Disaster Relief Fund." Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 1448, Pittsburg, KS 66762-1448 or dropped by the Community Foundation office at 100 South Broadway, Suite 100 in Pittsburg.

Hurricane Harvey Relief



Hurricane Harvey caused damage and flooding through Houston and part of its surrounding area, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is accepting monetary donations from community members to assist with the damage.

The foundation will send the donations to nonprofit agencies or its partner community foundations in the affected areas of Texas.

“We can see to it that the money will go to the non profit organizations and see it’s way into the community,” Community Foundation Executive Director Kit Parks said.
Parks said the these contributions will go towards the long term impacts of the disaster.
“The donations will be used for rebuilding, specific needs or whatever the Community Foundation designates from the city’s needs,” she said.
To make a donation for this disaster, make the check payable to: Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas and on the memo line specify: “Hurricane Harvey.”

Click on the DONATE NOW! button above and choose the "Disaster Relief Fund."  Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 1448, Pittsburg, KS 66762-1448 or dropped by the Community Foundation office at 100 South Broadway, Suite 100 in Pittsburg.

Elm Acres Foundation Grants Awarded



The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Announces 2017  Inaugural Elm Acres Foundation grant recipients

 

The purpose of the Elm Acres Foundation, Inc. is to provide support for at-risk youth in the Southeast Kansas community (Crawford, Cherokee and Labette counties), including supporting any entities that provide services for at-risk youth. 

 

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to be the host agency for the Elm Acres Foundation Fund. Established as the Pittsburg Area Community Foundation 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, we invite you to visit the foundation website www.southeastkansas.org or call 620-231-8897.

The Elm Acres Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to congratulate the following 2017 grant recipients:

Communities in Schools (CIS) will initiate another CIS FEEDS: Families Engaged by Eating Dinners by providing at-risk children and youth access to a healthy meal outside the school day in one other USD 250 elementary school in the 2017-2018 school year.

Family Resource Center – Crawford County Diaper Stock 2017 will develop a resource to supplement diapers/wipes to low income families caring for infants/toddlers in Crawford County.

Partnership for All Cherokee County Children, Inc. will assist at-risk middle and high school aged youth in state custody/foster care with the purchase of items needed for participation in extra- curricular school activities and graduation needs.

The Restorative Justice Authority will receive assistance with Evidence Based Community Programming curriculum and transportation.

Wesley House – Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development and skill building for individuals with disabilities.

Wesley House – Family Stability Action Program-Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work will provide at risk teenagers with the opportunity to receive employment training resulting in certification.

 

 

 

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Announces 2017 Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund grant recipients



 

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 $133,000 impacting areas of need 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.

 

The Rita J. Bicknell giving circles granted a total of $22,300 this year to worthy projects supporting women’s health throughout southeast Kansas. The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to congratulate the following 2017 grant recipients:

 

Angels Among Us Inc.: Financial Needs of cancer patients will assist cancer patients, primarily women, with various financial needs, wigs, turbans, air conditioners, fans, space heaters, etc., throughout their treatment process. 

 

Community Health Center of SEK, Inc.: Get Tested! Get Cured! Will provide screening to 150 ‘Baby Boomer’ women in Crawford and Cherokee counties for Hepatitis C.  

 

Hannah’s Promise Pregnancy Life Center: Transportation for Education, Employment, and Improved Health Services  will go to the purchase of reliable transportation for the center. 

 

Mount Carmel Foundation: Women’s Clinic Experience Improvement Project is to purchase a state of the art Colposcope.

 

Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry: Love & Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will purchase a curriculum to teach Love & Logic and additional lending library resources. 

 

Women’s Resource Center of SEK: Educational Curriculum for Mothers’ Physical & Emotional Health to improve and increase resources for the Earn While You Learn program. 

 

 

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin' Foundation Scholarship Recipients & Youth Volunteer Grant Recipients



Our motto this year is "Never Press Pause".

We challenge all of our GBL friends to take on the year at full speed ahead,

recording every moment, being grateful along the way, and experiencing life at its fullest.

The GBL proudly announces its second year of funding grants relating to Youth Volunteerism.

The following four grant recipients will receive matching funds to complete the following activities:

  • "Mission Trip to West Virginia", high school youth and sponsors from Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Mary's Colgan will travel to help renovate homes in depressed areas of the Appalachian Mountains. 
  • "Stuff the Bus" is a community youth effort in Labette County which collects and distributes school supplies to students in need.
  • "Growing Growers" sponsored by the KSU Wildcat Extension District and C-TEC in Pittsburg will become a "hands on" lab for local students and community members to encourage and learn about the production of local foods and vegetables.
  • "Project Patient Satisfaction" sponsored thru Via Christi/Mt. Carmel Foundation will support high school and college volunteers that donate their time to assist and comfort patients undergoing difficult medical conditions.

Additionally, the GBL Foundation wishes to announce our annual scholarship winners.

This year's six winners were selected from numerous applications

submitted by well qualified students from our Crawford County High Schools.

Each individual represents having a unique value of personal motivation with "no self-limitations".

They illustrate strong academic achievements, extracurricular participation, giving to others,

leading by example and are role models among their peers.

This years winners:

  • Lindsey Fox, Northeast High School *
  • Kelli Cuthbertson, Girard High School
  • Margaret Murray, Frontenac High School *
  • Eric Wilson, Girard High School
  • Trina Paul, Pittsburg High School *
  • Lauren Eagon, Frontenac High School

Three of these individuals (*) will also serve as our GBL representatives to a high school volunteer abroad program.

Our students will travel abroad this summer with other high schoolers completing volunteer tasks in the

Orosi Valley, Costa Rica.

Finally, our two football related scholarship awards go to;

Elijah Harris as the recipient of the Pittsburg High School Purple Dragon's Senior Award,

and the KPrep Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin' Kansas Player of the Year award recipient is quarterback

Will Schneider of Shawnee Mission North High School.

The GBL foundation gratefully thanks all our friends and sponsors who have generously contributed to our

"Never Press Pause" campaign and foundation.