Inspiring Stories

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…

Hallmark Employee Donates Retirement Savings to Help Others

Hallmark Employee Donates Retirement Savings to Help Others

Hallmark Employee Donates Retirement Savings to Help Others Lifelong Lawrencian Charles Curtiss had a final wish as cancer brought him close to death. He wanted to donate his Hallmark retirement savings to help other people. “Charlie would do anything in his power to help another person out,” said his brother Joe Curtiss. Charlie had grown…

Environmental Fund Marks Ten Years of Impact

Environmental Fund Marks Ten Years of Impact

Ten years in, thousands of Douglas County residents have a better understanding of nature and resource conservation because of the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund. Animal and plant populations have benefited too.

When the Arts Spark Hope

When the Arts Spark Hope

Single mom Denise and her boys George, Joseph and Bubba left home several years ago to escape abuse. Joseph and George attended the Lawrence Arts Center preschool on scholarships made available, in part, by DCCF grants. Denise talks about what the opportunity meant for her family.

Chris Helps Shaniya Navigate Digital Divide

Chris Helps Shaniya Navigate Digital Divide

Having access to current technology helps Shaniya and other kids living in subsidized housing keep up with students who have nice computers and the latest software in their homes. Our donors helped Douglas County Housing, Inc. acquire computers and software that help the kids learn.

Melissa helps Virginia Manage Medications

Melissa helps Virginia Manage Medications

University of Kansas retiree Virginia ended up in the emergency room when she accidentally took too much medication. Visiting Nurses provided a medication minder, paid for with a DCCF grant, and taught Virginia how to use it.

Mark Larson Bequest Supports Parents as Teachers

Mark Larson Bequest Supports Parents as Teachers

When longtime local resident and home weatherizer Mark Larson died, he left his only major asset—his house—to DCCF for the benefit of Lawrence Parents as Teachers (PAT). Proceeds from the sale of the house now provide annual funding for the parenting education program.

Ulysses Helps Tim Stay Independent

Ulysses Helps Tim Stay Independent

Tim’s life changed drastically at age 19. He went from riding everywhere on his mountain 
bike to needing help with everyday tasks. Gifts from our donors provides training for Ulysses 
and 130 other direct support professionals who help 
Tim and 230 others in Douglas County maintain as 
much independence and quality of life as possible.

Douglas County Community Foundation
900 Massachusetts, Suite 406
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8727
Fax: 785-843-8735