The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund awards $286,000 in grants to local nonprofits
The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund awarded $286,000 in grants to 22 area nonprofit organizations.
The awards were announced during a grant reception April 22nd at the iWireless Center in Moline.
Amy’s father, Franz “Bud” Helpenstell, presented the grants to the groups. In addition, three nonprofit leaders shared the effect that will be made on their organizations and the people they serve through funding received from the foundation.
Speaking on behalf of their organizations were Patrick Carlson, clinical director at The Center for Youth & Family Solutions;Sally O’Donnell, executive director of School Health LINK; and Amanda Dybek, executive director of Henry County Youth Services Bureau
Among the causes and organizations it supports, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund promotes awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the greater Quad Cities area. Amy Helpenstell passed away in 2003 from complications related to an eating disorder. Ms. Helpenstell created the foundation through her estate to support causes related to health, education, youth development, community development and cultural activities within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, where she lived and worked.
“Since 2005, Amy’s Foundation Fund has given more than $5 million back to causes that she cared deeply about,” said Bud Helpenstell, chair of The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund. “The spring grants will impact community efforts to protect children from abuse, provide enrichment activities for individuals with disabilities, help local students attend college, and so much more. The results of the grantees’ important work will be felt in the lives of real people every day.”
Spring grant recipients and the programs that received funding include:
Aldridge Early Learning Center – Parent Education, $1,500
Augustana College – Amy Helpenstell Foundation Student Interns Program, $20,000
Bethany for Children & Families – Housing for Chronically Homeless Families, $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley – One-to-One Youth Mentoring Expansion and Enhancement Initiative, $15,000
Black Hawk College Adult Education Program – Adult Education ESL Coordination, $20,000
Black Hawk College Foundation – Documentation at Point of Care for Nursing Students, $4,500
Boy & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley – After School Programs for At Risk Youth, $15,000
Child Abuse Council – Prevention Education Core Program Support, $10,000
Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities – Enhanced Feeding Therapy Program, $16,000
Gilda’s Club Quad Cities – Children in Need Continuation, $10,000
Hand-in-Hand – Inspiration Studio Art For Individuals With Disabilities, $2,000
Henry County Youth Services Bureau – Home-based, School-based, Individual, Group and Family Counseling, $10,000
Junior Achievement of the Heartland – Junior Achievement: Empowering the Future, $15,000
New Kingdom Trailriders – Horse Care, $6,000
Rick’s House of Hope – Trauma and Loss Training Program, $4,000
Robert Young Center: Amy’s Gift – Amy's Gift: QC Eating Disorders Consortium, $50,000
School Health LINK Inc. – Behavioral Health Specialist, $15,000
Spring Forward Learning Center – After-School Tutoring and Mentoring Program, $15,000
St. Ambrose University – Amy Helpenstell Scholars Program, $10,000
The Center for Youth & Family Solutions – Crisis Intervention Service Enhancement, $5,000
Vera French Foundation – School Based Services Program Expansion, $20,000
YWCA of the Quad Cities – theplace2b, $12,000
For more information about The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, visit www.amyhelpenstell.org or call 563-326-2840. The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund is administered by the Community Foundation.