Starke County officials hope that recent upgrades to the County Forest will help attract new visitors. County Park Board members and Community Foundation representatives joined Forester Bruce Wakeland, Commissioner Kathy Norem, and several others Wednesday afternoon, to cut the ribbon on the forest’s upgraded access road.
The Starke County Forest will get $15,000 worth of improvements this spring, thanks to a grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund. The funding was formally presented to the Starke County Park Board Tuesday by Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Sarah Origer and Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albright.
The Starke County Community Foundation is honoring one of its founders. Cherry Gumz was presented with the foundation’s 2017 James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award last week.
The Starke County Community Foundation is moving into their fall granting cycle, and applications are now available for community support grants. This cycle allows the organization the flexibility of granting funds to a number of different groups and a variety of programs.
Grants are open to any charitable organization, and may be picked up at the Starke County Community Foundation office at any public library or online at www.nicf.org. Jay Albright, executive director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, told WKVI that the grants are intended for just about any non-profits in Starke County.
The Northern Indiana Community Foundation announced last week that the foundation has chosen a new executive director: Jay Albright will fill the position for the three-county foundation, which represents the Community Foundations for Starke, Fulton, and Miami counties. Albright will be responsible for directing local offices and developing the foundation’s missing to connect donors with causes that are important to them.