Starke County Community Foundation Provides a List of Local Agencies That Could Assist Those Affected by the Flood

Many questions have been going around about how individuals can assist those who have been impacted by the recent flooding.

As a way to direct people to the right channels, Starke County Community Foundation’s Director of Development Sarah Origer provided a plethora of local resources that work year-round to assist our community. Continue reading

SCCF Touts Importance of Early Childhood Education

The Starke County Community Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Preschool Fair for local children and their families tomorrow evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Development Director Sarah Origer says a number of local programs will be represented at this one-stop shop. She encourages families to look seriously at early childhood education opportunities. Continue reading

SCCF Preschool Fair Scheduled Tomorrow Evening

abc-blocksParents of preschool-age Starke County children can take advantage of a one-stop shop tomorrow night at the 3rd Annual Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Fair. Development Director Sarah Origer says the goal is to increase awareness of how important preschool is.

“We encourage parents, grandparents, caregivers, the whole family, to come out for this preschool fair. I guarantee they will learn something new about offerings for young children in Starke County.” Continue reading

$500 Grant Awarded to Bella Vita

[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig [back]: Jay Albert
[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig
[back]: Jay Albert
The local pregnancy resource center, Bella Vita, was graciously awarded a grant of $500 yesterday. Thursday afternoon representatives from the Starke County Community Foundation, Director of Development Sarah Origer and their intern Rachel Lenig as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albert presented the money to Bella Vita representatives, Center Director Sarah Dedloff and Executive Director Lorie Reading. Continue reading

Starke County Community Foundation Awards Grants, Honors Hardesty

 
 

The Starke County Community Foundation has announced that nearly a quarter-million dollars ($247,630.00) was awarded in 2014 grants and scholarships. The total was revealed at last night’s “Impact Celebration” at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.

A number of the grant recipients were presented their cash awards at the catered dinner.
Scholarship winners were recognized at an earlier event.

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Lilly Endowment Offers Starke County Community Foundation Matching Opportunity

The Starke County Youth Club is one of several organizations funded by the Starke County Community Foundation.
The Starke County Youth Club is one of several organizations funded by the Starke County Community Foundation.

Donors to the Starke County Community Foundation can double their support to the community funds. Lilly Endowment, Inc. has agreed to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000 for the next 18 months. Starke County Community Foundation Development Director Sarah Origer said no gift is too small.

“Our community funds are the funds that allow us to make our community grants every fall. These are the grants that go to support organizations like the Starke County Youth club and our library systems and the SCILL Center.” Continue reading

Starke United Fund Grant Applications Available Now

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Starke United Fund grant applications are now available through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

Volunteers with charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants. Applications can be found online at www.nicf.org. The application deadline May 2.

The Starke United Fund Committee will review applications and award the grants to the chosen organizations.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 1-877-432-6423 or call Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at (574) 772-3665.

Starke County Community Foundation Still Offering Preschool Scholarships

 
 
The Starke County Community Foundation continues in its efforts of making one year of preschool education affordable for every child in Starke County, and to that end, there are still scholarships available for families who wish to send their child to preschool but are financially unable to do so.

Director of Development Sarah Origer said it’s not too late to receive a preschool scholarship and encourages parents who need to send their child to preschool but are concerned about the cost to contact their local preschool for information on enrolling in the program. Participating preschools include Foundations Child Care, Little Lambs Preschool, Adventure Island Preschool, Oregon-Davis Preschool, Knox Elementary Preschools, and St. Peter Lutheran Preschool. Scholarships are available to 4-year-olds whose families show financial need.

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Grants Available Through Starke United-Northern Indiana Community Foundation Partnership

Starke UnitedGrant funds are available for charitable organizations that serve the people of Starke County thanks to a partnership between the Starke United Fund and Northern Indiana Community Foundation. The two entities teamed up to make Starke United more cost-effective, and they hope to pass that savings along to deserving local entities. Grant applications can be found online at ncif.org. They are due Monday, April 22. The Starke United Fund Committee will review grant applications and decide which agencies will receive funds. It’s made up of Starke United board members. For more information contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.