Hillsboro Community Foundation gives out money

The Hillsboro Community Foundation was formed in 2004 with the vision of connecting caring donors to worthy causes.  The organizers of the foundation saw the importance of being affiliated with a larger foundation and the affiliate agreement with Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) was signed.  Being affiliated with CKCF allows the foundation to be under their umbrella and have the national accreditation that is important to ensure funds donated to the foundation are handled properly.  

Hillsboro Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate charitable giving in support of projects and programs that enhance the quality of life in the USD 410 community.  This evening we are continuing that charitable giving by giving $21,609 to various organizations that serve the citizens of the community.

Since the formation of the Hillsboro Community Foundation, $503,402.00 has been given back to the community through grants and scholarships.

Visit their website, www.hcfoundation.org for information on the various funds held by the foundation, to make-a-donation or to learn more about the foundation.  All donations are tax-deductible. You may also contact Virginia Martens, director at 620-947-0170 or via email at director@hcfoundationks.org or any of the board members listed on the website.


2020 Hillsboro Area Grant Recipients


Ebenfeld MB Church – Ebenfeld Thanksgiving Food Drive for Main Street Ministries

Impact Fund $250

Ebenfeld MB Church has partnered with Main Street Ministries to provide groceries for Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families in need.  Meat coupons from Dales Supermarket will be included in the basket. 


USD 410 – Health Services – 5th Grade Visit to the Kansas Learning Center for Health 

Impact Fund $460

The district provides an annual educational program for 5th graders to discuss how their bodies change when they enter puberty.  To support this program the funds will be used to take the students to visit the Kansas Learning Center for Health, where they will be provided with information on how to understand the physiological, mental, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.


Main Street Ministries, Inc. – Domestic Violence Support Group 

Impact Fund $500

A Domestic Violence Support Group, Marion County, would provide much-needed support for women dealing with violence.  The grant will be used to purchase the study materials necessary for each participant.


Main Street Ministries, Inc. – Electric Door Locks

Impact Fund $1,000

Key locks will be replaced with electronic locks/number pads on the front and back main entrances to the residential building and to the FoodBank.    


USD 410 High School Vocal Music Department – Rehearsal Keyboard

Impact Fund $900

The grant will be used to purchase a portable keyboard for students to use when they break into sectionals for rehearsals.  It will allow the students to be more efficient by having more groups of students practicing parts and different songs at the same time.


City of Hillsboro DBA Bluejay Lanes, Youth Bowling Center– Bowling Shoes Replacement

Marga Ebel Fund $1,000

Bowling shoes are required to bowl because their leather soles allow for a sliding approach to deliver the ball to the lane.  Some of the current shoes are many years old, and others were purchased used from bowling centers going out of business. They no longer serve their function adequately.  New shoes will replace worn-out shoes to ensure the safety of bowlers.    


Hillsboro Lions Club – Hillsboro Community LED Bulletin Board

Impact Fund $1,000

A digital LED sign at the proposed site on Ash and D Street will give local groups and organizations an opportunity to display current and upcoming events for public notice.  It will provide visibility from the most used local street. 


Parkview Church – School Supply Project

Impact Fund $1,000

Last year Parkview Church saw a need in the community to help provide supplies for elementary school children from K-5th grade.  The beginning of school brings high costs to parents, especially those with multiple children.  Lunch money deposits, new shoes and clothes, and classroom supplies can amount to a large bill. The funds will be used to supplement this project.  


Hillsboro Fire Department – Water Rescue Equipment

Impact Fund $1,100

The fire department currently has ten trained swift/flood water rescuers and only two sets of personal protective equipment.  They are seeking funding for two more sets of PPE.  


USD 410 Hillsboro After School Program – HES After School Program 

Marga Ebel Fund $1,500

The HES after school program provides activities and services, in addition to backpacks for students (PreK-12th) in need and replenishment of school supplies.  The account is also used to pay for 5th graders to attend a ropes/challenge course.  They have relied solely on community support and donations in the past but are now requesting funds to supplement their account.  


USD 410 Hillsboro After School Program – PebbleGo

Impact Fund $1,799

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.  Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.  The funds will be used to purchase a subscription + one add-on.  


Trinity Mennonite Church – Summer Food 4 Kids

Marga Ebel Fund $1,600

The summer “Food 4 Kids” program provides a noon meal throughout the summer for children during the summer.  A day swimming pass is given to each participant for exercise, socialization, and a place to cool off during the hot summer.


Studio 23 Dance – Dance Scholarships

Arts Fund $2,000 

Studio 23 Dance has many children participating in dance, which provides many health benefits (physical and emotional), but there are many more that are unable to participate due to the cost.  The studio would use the funds to provide a scholarship program to offer classes to anyone in need.    


Prairie View – Mental Health First Aid

Impact Fund $2,500

Prairie View is requesting funds to provide mental health first aid training to district teachers.  Mental Health First Aid helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.  The course will teach risk factors and warning signs for mental and addictive concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.  


City of Hillsboro – Splash Pad/Community Plaza  

Kansas Health Foundation Fund $5,000

The Splash Pad/Community Plaza has a mission to develop a splash pad and public gathering place in Hillsboro’s downtown district to increase the quality of living in Hillsboro.  It also wants to provide a safe and valuable venue for events and support the growth of local business and tourism. Phase one of the project includes a splash pad – a free and dynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area, shade, seating and public restrooms.  Funds will be used to help accomplish these goals.


Photos by Karrie Rathbone. All information provided by the Hillsboro Community Foundation.

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