Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation announces $279,900 in grants to local nonprofits
Twenty-two area nonprofit organizations were awarded $279,900 earlier this month during the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund’s fall grant reception at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Rock Island.
The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation, makes grants in the Quad Cities region that support the core mission work of nonprofits while also honoring the legacy of Helpenstell and meeting her charitable objectives, which include supporting programs for youth development, health, community development, cultural activities and education.
The fund provides grants to carry out its mission to schools, colleges and charitable organizations within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, where Helpenstell lived and worked. The fund awarded $286,000 in grants earlier this spring, for a total of $565,900 this calendar year.
“This fund has continued to breathe life into the missions of so many important organizations in this region,” said Kelly Thompson, Director of Programs for the Community Foundation. “Amy’s memory is honored—because these grants help protect children, house families, and contribute to our vibrant local culture. These grants make a real difference in the lives of individuals, which is felt throughout our community.”
Amy Helpenstell’s father Bud Helpenstell presented the grants to the following area nonprofits:
Christian Care, for domestic violence counseling and case management: $15,000
Churches United of the Quad City Area, for Winnie’s Place Emergency Shelter: $15,000
Family Resources, for Core Mission Campaign match: $10,000
Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, for a new home: $5,000
Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., for transitional housing for single parent families experiencing homelessness: $18,000
Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc., for shelter, housing and services for people experiencing homelessness: $18,000
Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc., for the center’s Metropolitan Youth Program: $15,000
Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc., for the center’s other youth programs: $20,000
Project Renewal, for the afterschool program: $14,000
Quad City Arts, for the Visiting Artist Series: $5,000
Quad City Botanical Center, for self-guided tour technology: $5,000
Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, for home repairs for those least able: $20,000
River Bend Foodbank, for the Backpack Program: $15,000
Rock Island County Extension and 4-H Education Foundation, for teen leadership programs: $3,000
St. Joseph the Worker House Association, for transitional housing for homeless women and children: $10,000
Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program, for client emergency financial assistance: $10,000
Thomas Merton House, Inc., for daily readiness of the meal program at Café on Vine: $10,000
Transitions Mental Health Services, for the Youth Engagement Project: $9,900
WVIK Quad Cities NPR, for the Amy Helpenstell Public Broadcast Fellowship: $12,000
Youth Services Bureau of Rock Island County, for the Family Therapy Program: $20,000
YouthBuild Quad Cities, for the job training and pre-apprenticeship program: $10,000
YWCA of the Quad Cities, for the Childcare Center: $20,000
During the October reception, representatives of three of the nonprofits receiving grants spoke, including Rod Jennings of Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, Anissa Pemberton of Quad City Arts and Sister Ruth E. Westmoreland of Café on Vine.
For more information about The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation, visit www.cfgrb.org or call 563/326-2840.