Story County Community Foundation celebrates with 18 new grants awarded

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Seated: Kim Behrendt, Boys & Girls Club of Story County; Cheryl Langston, Healthiest Ames; Ann Thompson, Healthiest Ames; Jade Sporrer, YSS; Kathy Dinges, YSS; Carrie Dunnwald, Emergency Residence Project; Josie Stahlin, Mid-Iowa Community Action; Gloria Symons, Mid-Iowa Community Action; Kim Hanna, Raising Readers in Story County; Jennifer Garst, Story County Community Foundation. Second row: Cherie Torresi, ACCESS; John Shierholz, Healthiest Ames; Suzy Sernett, Friends of Slater Public Library; Jennifer Gogerty, Slater Public Library; Melissa Murray, Legal Aid Society of Story County; Julie Eslick, Children & Families of Iowa; Brad Jensen, The Arc of Story County; Tricia Crain, The Arc of Story County; Jake Edwards, Gilbert-Franklin Township Fire & Rescue Agency; William Hook, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department; Dale Hennick, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department; Jake Moody, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department, Zach Pelz, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department; Bruce Gauley, Roland Public Library Board; Heather Slifka, Roland Public Library Foundation. Back row: Cindy Koepsel, ACCESS; Erika Petersen, Boys & Girls Club of Story County; Roberta Milinsky, YSS; Michael Fritz, Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance; Carin Forbes, Legal Aid Society of Story County; Greg Schlueter, City of Collins; David Zeisneiss, Gilbert-Franklin Township Fire & Rescue Agency; Michael McCarty, All Aboard for Kids; Lisa McCarty, All Aboard for Kids.

The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) awarded 18 new community grants at a Nov. 8 ceremony at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus. A total of $106,046 was awarded to charitable projects in Story County. Board chair Chuck Glatz offered special recognition for reaching the milestone of $1 million in grants awarded since SCCF started awarding grants in 2005.

Dave Moody with the Story County fair board shared appreciation for the $25,000 grant received in 2014 for replacement of the lower level windows of the Community Building. The Community Building is located on the fairgrounds in Nevada and widely used by youth, family and community groups throughout the year.

Suzy Shierholz offered her perspective as a SCCF fund holder and donor. She described the value to the Story County community of building endowments and other funds with SCCF, because most distributions are directed back into our community. In addition, most donations are eligible for Endow Iowa tax credits worth 25 percent of the gift. Suzy was the founding president of the SCCF board and served as the volunteer executive director for the first 5 years of operation.

Cambridge Fire Department received the major grant of $25,000 for an addition to the fire station in Cambridge. Eleven grants for a total of over $48,000 went to projects with countywide impact. Another $58,000 went to 7 projects that will impact individual Story County communities.

Story County Community Foundation—2016 Community Grants

Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department: $25,000, Fire station addition

All Aboard for Kids: $3,000, Summer enrichment program for children with autism spectrum disorder

Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS): $2,528, Grief support for victims of crime

Boys & Girls Club of Story County: $6,000 Recipient of the Suzan Shierholz Award*, Storage expansion

Children & Families of Iowa: $2,000, Emergency care equipment for children

City of Collins: $6,000, Main Street amphitheater

Emergency Residence Project: $6,000, Emergency rental and utility assistance

Gilbert-Franklin Township Fire & Rescue Agency: $5,998, Personal protective equipment

Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance: $6,000, Healthy Food Voucher program

Healthiest Ames: $4,025, Bicycle helmets for Ames third-graders

Legal Aid Society of Story County: $6,000, Legal services for mentally ill residents

Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA): $5,000, Commercial refrigerator for food pantry

Raising Readers in Story County: $6,000, Expanded tutoring for children in Colo-Nesco, Nevada and Ames school districts

Roland Public Library Foundation: $6,000, Library expansion

Slater Public Library: $4,998, Technology upgrades for children’s services

Story City/Lafayette Township Fire Department: $6,000, Extrication air bags and equipment

The Arc of Story County: $2,897, Special Olympics T-shirts

YSS: $2,600, Technology upgrade for Telehealth psychiatric services

*The Suzan Shierholz Award highlights a grant that supports a better life for children, including grants that provide shelter, education or food for children and their families.