$13,952.62 was recently awarded from a number of funds administered by the Hillsdale County Community Foundation (HCCF) to area non-profit organizations for targeted projects or programs to benefit Hillsdale County residents. Funds for these grants come from a number of Field of Interest funds at the Foundation.

The following organizations were awarded funding through the George W. Romney Endowment Fund (for volunteer activities):

  • Love INC of Hillsdale County, $2,163.14 for training and recruitment of volunteers;
  • Hospice of Hillsdale County, $900 to provide bereavement training for volunteers;
  • Hillsdale CASA Inc., $1,250 for recognition and retention of volunteers; and
  • Hillsdale County Agricultural Society, $2,881.98 for volunteer recognition.

Several area libraries also received funding from the Benge Library Fund and the Louise Hawkes Library Fund:

  • Reading Community Library, $429.85 for the summer reading program;
  • Camden Township Library, $450 for the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program;
  • Waldron District Library, $600 for the juvenile audio CD collection;
  • North Adams Community Memorial Library, $482.65 for the summer reading program;
  • Jonesville District Library, $400 for the summer reading program and $1,100 for a community open house;
  • Pittsford Public Library, $600 for junior books and junior audio books; and
  • Hillsdale Community Library, $675 for the summer reading program.

Two organizations received funding from the Healthy Senior/Healthy Youth Endowment Fund:

  • Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, $1,120 for “Matter of Balance” volunteer facilitator training, and
  • Hillsdale Community Schools, $2,000 for the “Davis Closet” program.

Field of Interest funds allow donors to support broad areas of interest, such as education, the arts, or youth services.  The Foundation makes grants to the most appropriate programs or organizations within the specified field. While a donor directs a Field of Interest Fund established from its creation, the maintenance is left up to HCCF. HCCF’s professional staff continually monitors changing community needs so that donors can be sure grants made in the name of the fund make the most impact in the specified field of interest and create a personal legacy of giving.

Information regarding setting up any type of fund can be obtained by calling the Foundation office Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, or by stopping at the offices located at 2 S. Howell Street, Hillsdale, Michigan.  Information is also available online at www.abouthccf.org.

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