Letters (Feb. 9, 2011)

Local support made production possible


We want to extend our thanks to the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Association, Hillsboro Com­munity Foundation, USD 410 and other area businesses and individuals for supporting the Jan. 27-30 performances of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Your support made it possible to present a stage version of this significant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel published 50 years ago. The cast and crew valued this opportunity to present this story to five appreciative audiences.

Thank you for your generous assistance.

Judy Harder, Tabor College theater director, on behalf

of the cast and crew


Grant will help our families, community


The Hillsboro Community Foundation recently awarded a 2011 Hillsboro Area Impact Fund grant to Families And Commun­i­ties Together Inc. (FACT). This award will allow our organization to contribute toward payments for basic necessities of heat, light, water, shelter and transportation for low-income families in the USD 410 District.

Just as the title implies, we expect these funds to have a positive “impact” on not only those households who receive financial assistance, but also on the community as a whole.

When children live in homes with consistent supplies of food and needed services, they are more successful in school. When parents have access to needed resources, they are more likely to put down roots and contribute economically.

Recently, FACT has begun to use a strengthening families model. This model was developed through testing and research, and in the process, five key protective factors for family success were identified: nurturing and attachment between children and caregivers/parents; knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, social connections and concrete supports for parents.

The Hillsboro Community Foundation Area Impact Fund allows area organizations to support families in building all of these protective factors. Further­more, when families are strong, so are the communities in which they live.

The FACT executive board and staff are grateful for the Hillsboro Community Foundation Impact Fund contribution to our organization. We also are beholden to the far-sighted individuals who established the foundation, the current directors, and those who contribute financially to a fund that benefits the citizens of the Hillsboro area today and into the future.

Linda Ogden, director

Tamara Hinerman,

financial manager,

Families And Communities Together Inc. (FACT)


• We would like to thank the board of the Hillsboro Community Foundation for awarding the Hillsboro After School Programs a grant for the amount of $750. This will be the fourth year our organization has received this grant.

Over the past 18 years, we have been able to provide afterchool programs to our students and help fund other activities that are offered through the Hillsboro Recreation Commission and other community offerings, summer camps and passes to the Hillsboro city pool.

For the past seven years, we have depended solely on community support through service clubs and individuals to fund our activities. With our HCF grant this year, we will be able to fund most of our projects for the fourth year. Our programs are open to all first- through sixth-graders.

With this grant we plan to continue to offer the variety of after school activities that we have had in the past. Some of these activities have been running club, Spanish club, community clubs that the Leo Club helps to supervise, bike club, guitar classes, chess club, funding for rec activities, gymnastics, dance and summer pool passes.

Last year with the money from the HCF, we were able to pay for seven families and two single individual summer pool passes.

We are thankful that the individuals who formed the HCF had the foresight that they had five plus years ago.

Mike Moran, director

HES after-school programs


• The Hillsboro Fire Depart­ment is extremely grateful to be chosen as a recipient of the Hillsboro Community Foundation’s Hillsboro Area Impact Fund Grant.

The $1,200 that was awarded will go toward enclosing the back of the Hillsboro Rescue Truck. The intent is to create a space to put the high angle (rope) rescue equipment that we are beginning to collect.

The Hillsboro Fire Depart­ment has partnered with Marion County EMS and other fire departments in Marion County to provide rescue services in addition to firefighting services. This means additional equipment and training are needed. However, increases in municipal budgets are tough to get in these economic times.

This makes organizations like the Hillsboro Community Foundation so welcome with their desire to create a positive impact in our community.

Thank you.

Ben Steketee

Hillsboro Fire Chief

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