Goessel Community Foundation gives over $3,000 in grants

The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the recent awarding of six 2020 Community Grants. Through the generosity of community donations to our Impact Fund, the Foundation is able to “give back to the community” through these local non-profits.

$1,000—Bethesda Home $930 from the Goessel Senior Endowment and $70 from the Impact Fund to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program.

$500—Goessel USD411 for CARES (Community Addressing Readiness for Everyone) from the Impact Fund for family engagement opportunities and education activities for parents of pre-school age children.

$500— Prairie View, Inc. from the Impact Fund to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to USD 411 Goessel teachers and staff who work directly with students.

Funds will be used to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to Goessel USD 411 teachers and staff who work directly with students.

“Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis,” says Eric Schrag, director of advancement for Prairie View.

In the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, teachers will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

“We are excited to be partnering with Prairie View on this venture,” says John Fast, Goessel USD 411 superintendent.“Our interest at Goessel USD 411 is to better serve the social and emotional needs of our students, and this partnership is an exciting venture to benefit our students.”

The Goessel Community Impact Fund supports charitable projects/programs that benefit those in the Goessel community.

$500—Goessel Jr/Sr High School from the Impact Fund to help fund expenses for attending FCCLA State and National Leadership Conferences.

$500—Tabor Food Pantry from the Impact Fund for purchasing supplies and Keith’s Foods cards needed by the pantry.

$330—Marion County FACT (Families and Communities Together) from the Impact Fund for Family Financial Assistance Network (emergency financial assistance to households that are unable to pay for basic services necessary for family health and safety).

Due to increased donations to our Impact Fund last year, we were able to award more generous grants than in previous years. Our goal of reaching $125,000 (currently $75,000) for our Impact Fund, would allow for larger grants in the future. To help us reach this goal, donations should be sent to GCF, PO Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053 or on-line at Goessel Community Foundation website.

We rejoice in recognizing these organizations receiving grants this year. In the past, grant recipients were announced and celebrated at our annual Spring Celebration Dinner originally scheduled for the end of this month. However, due to the statewide stay-home order, we had to cancel the 2020 event. We look forward to resuming these recognition dinners again in the future.

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