Inspiring Stories

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…

Momentum for Success: Building (Y)Our Future

Jessie was a long time participant of Resident Services’ Full Circle Youth Program as a minor. She graduated from Lawrence High School in May of 2017. She always dreamed of a career in Information Technology (IT), but was also interested in healthcare. She met with an Employment Specialist and completed an interest inventory. Based on…

Three local nonprofits receive Momentum Grants

Douglas County Housing, Inc., Centro Hispano and the Willow Domestic Violence Center are the first-ever recipients of grants 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…

Douglas County Community Foundation
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Lawrence, KS 66044
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