Goessel Community Foundation awards $8,500 in grants

Jeremy Voth, MC Fire District #2; Sara Hiebert, Bethesda Home; Bonnie Gaeddert, USD411; Alicia Nienstedt, MC Core Communities; Susan Nafziger, Public Library; John Janzen, MH&AM; & Terry Bebermeyer, FACT (Families and Communities Together).

The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the recent awarding of seven 2024 Community Grants. Through the generosity of community donations to the Foundation, which were matched by the Patterson Family Foundation, the Foundation was able to “give back to the community” through these local non-profits. Awards were presented at a Spring Celebration & Recognition Dinner at Goessel Elementary School on April 20 hosted by the Foundation Board. A complimentary meal prepared by Goessel Grocery & Deli, highlights of 2023 and door prizes were also part of the event.

The following grants were awarded:

$3,500—Marion County Fire District #2 from the Operating Fund to supplement Board Room renovations. This grant adds funds to the Bruce Schmidt Memorial Fund dedicated to this project.

$2,000—Bethesda Home $410 from the Goessel Senior Endowment and $1,590 from the Operating Fund to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program. The recipients pay for approximately one-third of the cost, with the remainder covered by grants, donations, and Bethesda.

$1,500—Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum from the Impact Fund ($1,000) and ($500) from the operating fund for the “Journey of a Lifetime: 1874 Immigration Experiences” celebration taking place in 2024.

$1,500—Goessel USD 411 for Early Childhood Family Engagement Night (Title 1) from the Impact Fund ($1,000) and ($500) from the operating fund for family engagement opportunities and education activities for parents of pre-school age children. This event is an evening with many hands-on activities that allow families to get acquainted with resources which can assist educational needs early in life.

$1,500—Goessel Public Library for the 2024 Reading Kick-off from the Impact Fund ($1,000) and ($500) from the operating fund. The Kick-Off will begin with an adventure to the Maxwell Game Preserve. “First and foremost, we always want to promote reading; Second, we want to provide a positive community event that is educational as well as fun.”

$750—Families Communities Together (FACT) for the Marion County Dolly Parton Imagination Library from the Impact Fund ($250) and ($500) from the operating fund which provides families with children ages 0-4 a free age-appropriate book each month until the child reaches age 5. Books include directions and activities so parents have the means to read, interact and connect with their children.

$750—Marion County Core Community from the Impact Fund ($250) and ($500) from the operating fund for funding Youth Core Ministries. CORE hosts a series of classes that help people build the resources necessary to walk out of poverty. They also provide 1:1 coaching and support.

Each year, our Impact Fund continues to grow. By the end of 2023, the Impact fund reached approximately $141,000 which allowed us to increase our grant amount over previous years. To help us give even larger and/or more grants, and possibly take advantage of a matching grant opportunity during the month of May, donations should be sent to GCF, PO Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053 or on-line at bit.ly/donate-goesselcf.

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