Inspiring Stories

Lawrence Public Library now has a mobility scooter!

Lawrence Public Library now has a mobility scooter!

As part of the Spring 2018 Community Grants, the Lawrence Public Library was awarded $2,000.00 for the purchase a mobility scooter to improve disabled patrons’ access to the library. The mobility scooter is now available for public use at the Welcome Desk. From the Spring 2018 Community Grant Report: We hear from people every day…

Do you hear what I hear? LAC Audio Looping System is making a difference!

Do you hear what I hear? LAC Audio Looping System is making a difference!

The Lawrence Arts Center received a Spring 2018 Community grant to install a hearing loop system in their main theater – and the results have received a solid BRAVO standing ovation!  DCCF is happy to be a part of increasing the joy of the theater-going experience for hearing impaired patrons. From the Spring 2018 Community…

LCNS Spring Community Grant is making a difference!

LCNS Spring Community Grant is making a difference!

Lawrence Community Nursery School (LCNS), a parent-cooperative preschool, applied for a Spring 2018 Community Grant and received funds to purchase instructional materials to better serve the preschool students in four main areas: STEM, classroom inclusivity, music, and outdoor classroom improvements. LCNS purchased equipment and supplies for both indoors at their “centers” (lessons) and on the…

2018 Momentum Grant Recipients

Four local nonprofits received Momentum grant support in 2018 for programs that will help local people facing poverty build momentum as they take steps to reach their potential. The Momentum Grant program was established this year at the Douglas County Community Foundation by the Rob and Micki Chestnut family. “We believe that each person possesses great power for good,” said…

BackSnack Douglas County Childhood Weekend Feeding Program

DCCF September 2017 Community Grants supported Harvesters “BackSnack Douglas County Childhood Weekend Feeding Program” – we are thankful to be a part of this crucial program that provides nutritious food options for food-insecure households in our community. From the Harvesters community grant report -“Douglas County’s childhood food insecurity rate is 18.6% (Map the Meal Gap 2017). That’s…

Baldwin Retirement Complex: Keeping Seniors Warm and Safe

DCCF September 2017 Community Grants supported the purchase and installation of 24 energy efficient secondary space heaters in apartment unit bedrooms at the Baldwin Retirement Apt. Complex, Inc. dba Orchard Lane Leisure Living & Jersey Street Apartment Suites.  We are proud to partner on making this possible to keep Baldwin City senior citizens safe and warm with…

O’Connell Youth Ranch: Washer Woes to Washer Wins!

Sometimes supporting the simplest needs can lead to the greatest joys!  DCCF was pleased to provide a Community Grant to the O’Connell Youth Ranch to purchase new washers, dryers, and a generator for the facility.  From their 2017 September Community Grant report, “Our success resulted in daily laundry being done. Our youth are responsible for…

Just Food: Pots and Pans Pantry Program

Our 2017 September Community Grants awards included funding for the Just Food Pots and Pantry Program. We were so pleased to receive this inspiring story of the difference the program is making in people’s lives. “Feeding America (2017) reports that 79% of families facing food insecurity purchase inexpensive, nutrient-poor “convenience” foods to stretch their budgets….

Eudora High School SmartSpot and SmartBus Student Initiative

The Eudora Schools Foundation partnered with Eudora USD #491 to apply for $8,844 in DCCF community grant funding to purchase 20 SmartSpot mobile internet devices and 5 SmartBus devices. A grant was awarded as part of the September 2017 Community Grant Cycle. These SmartSpot devices were issued to high school students without home internet. The…

Communities in Schools of Mid-America making a difference!

We are always inspired by the amazing work our community grant partners are able to do for children and families in Douglas County!  This is one of the many powerful stories of success we receive from grant reports. “I (Site Coordinator) first met the Richards* family during the 2016-2017 school year when the mother expressed…

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