Hello Foundation Faithful!
November is a time to reflect on all we are thankful for. The Foundation has had a great year with many community stories created. We have almost finished our unrestricted giving for the year, granting over $50,000 in Community Grant requests. We awarded $238,000 in scholarships at the awards program in April. Our designated funds and donor advised funds continue to make a positive impact in the community. We are still working hard on our Lilly Gift VII Large Scale Grant implementation, and in September hosted Brent Lee from Lilly Endowment, Inc. who came to check out the work we have been doing at the Williamsport Falls and Fleming Woods County Park. We received a $50,000 Capstone Grant from WHIN (Wabash Heartland Innovation Network and have funded 11 projects with that grant so far. There are still other exciting things to accomplish in the last two months of the year, but we are pleased with all 202 has brought us. We are thankful for you, the donors, who help make the Foundation what it has become today. Please know that our door is always open! We would love to meet with you to hear the ideas you have for how we can do an even better job in 2023 when we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary.
Thank you for your support!
$5,000 Match offered for Private Donations Towards New Pool
The Community Foundation is currently offering up to a $5,000 match for private donations towards the new Warren County Community Pool. For example, if a donor sends a $50 check to the Town of Williamsport with the memo line item of "pool fund", the Foundation will match that gift with a $50 donation for a total impact of $100. The pool committee has worked hard to acquire funding for this project and our community is 75% of the way to the goal!
Beau's Gift Fund gives a $1,000 Grant to A Better Way Food Co-Op
Dayleann Waymire, Carol Clark, and Chump pose with a check from Beau's Gift. This $1,000 grant will be used by A Better Way Food Co-Op to buy pet food for the Co-Op. The Beau's Gift Fund was established in 2012 and has a purpose of helping with animal needs in the community. This fund was named after one of Dayleann and Russell Waymire's German Shepherds, Beau. As the fund grows, there is a hope of being able to provide for low cost spay/neuter days, low-cost vaccination days, and medical care for animals in need. Be on the lookout for some fun fundraisers to help grow this fund in 2023. We have some great ideas, but if you have an idea, don't hesitate to call us and tell us about it! You can also make a charitable contribution to this fund at any time. Mail a check to Warren County Community Foundation 31 N. Monroe Street Williamsport, IN 47993 and write Beau's Gift in the memo.
Seeger Seniors Volunteer at Foundation
On October 25th, seniors from Seeger High School had the opportunity to partake in some community service hours. There were outdoor service activities planned, but it rained the entire day, so we improvised! In seeing the forecast, and knowing we needed to create an indoor activity, Brian Jordan, the chairperson of Christmas in the Park, prepared sheets of plywood to be painted by the students to add to the decorations at the park. These plywood cutouts are going to be a nice addition to the display!
Christmas Displays wanted for Williamsport Park
This year marks the third year for Christmas in the Park. We are seeking businesses, organizations, and churches to put up displays around the park, the ball diamonds, tennis courts, pavilions and the fair buildings including the hog barn, coliseum and goat/sheep barn. The goal is to create a drive around the park loop of light displays for families to enjoy. The displays need to be set up by the weekend after Thanksgiving through January 1st. Displays can be as simple as a tree, or as far as your imagination can take you. To sign up for a free spot, or for more information contact Brian Jordan at 765-376-6067 or 1926rpu@gmail. com
Foundation participates in first annual Track or Treat
Seeger Early College hosted its first ever Track or Treat on Halloween. School clubs/organizations, and local businesses/ groups participated by having booths. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the outdoor track, but the rainy weather moved the event to the PAC and organizations set up around the indoor track. It is estimated that 400 children went to Track or Treat! Groups passed out candy and some had information about their organizations for the parents to pick up. Sandy Frasch, Brian Jordan, and Valerie Jordan represented the Foundation at our booth.