The Starke United Fund supports initiatives that promote financial stability and independence, programs that help children and youth succeed and projects that strengthen and support families and improve the health of our community. Each year, members with the Starke United Fund work to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying issues in our community and empowering citizens.
Starke United works in collaboration with various other agencies and members of the community. Last year thanks to generous donations, nearly $30,000 was granted to many of Starke County’s non-profit organizations. Starke United works very hard to assist as many people as possible, but they can’t do it alone. As the 2015 Starke United Fund Campaign kicks off, you are asked to join in and lend a hand. Continue reading
[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig
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The local pregnancy resource center, Bella Vita, was graciously awarded a grant of $500 yesterday. Thursday afternoon representatives from the Starke County Community Foundation, Director of Development Sarah Origer and their intern Rachel Lenig as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albert presented the money to Bella Vita representatives, Center Director Sarah Dedloff and Executive Director Lorie Reading. Continue reading
Starke County individuals looking to obtain further education can apply for funding assistance through two Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarships. Continue reading
A celebration of life service for Bradley Allen Penicaro, 58, of Kewanna, Indiana is Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. ET at the Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.
The Starke County Youth Club is the recipient of a $5,000 Sustainability Fund grant from the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. SCYC Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the money will be used to establish an endowment to support the youth club’s work and mission. Funds in the endowment are invested, and a portion of the interest comes back to the organization each year to help offset operating expenses. Continue reading
Kids learned several important skills prior during the Kindergarten Countdown. Photo provided.
The Kindergarten Countdown program held at the Knox Elementary School in June was a success this year.
Twenty children received an early education before they enter Kindergarten this fall. Students who attend preschool often obtain better scores on tests, have better social skills and are more understanding of routines than those who do not attend a preschool program.
Starke United Fund grant applications are now available through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.
Volunteers with charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants. Applications can be found online at www.nicf.org. The application deadline May 2.
The Starke United Fund Committee will review applications and award the grants to the chosen organizations.
For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 1-877-432-6423 or call Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at (574) 772-3665.
The Starke County Community Foundation is moving into their fall granting cycle, and applications are now available for community support grants. This cycle allows the organization the flexibility of granting funds to a number of different groups and a variety of programs.
Grants are open to any charitable organization, and may be picked up at the Starke County Community Foundation office at any public library or online at www.nicf.org. Jay Albright, executive director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, told WKVI that the grants are intended for just about any non-profits in Starke County.
Three scholarships administered by the Northern Indiana Community Foundation for the Starke County Community Foundation are available to Starke County residents this summer. These scholarships support students currently attending college, as well as non-traditional students
The Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship is specifically for non-traditional students which helps those who wish to further their education and/or training as a way of enhancing their employment skills.
Grant funds are available for charitable organizations that serve the people of Starke County thanks to a partnership between the Starke United Fund and Northern Indiana Community Foundation. The two entities teamed up to make Starke United more cost-effective, and they hope to pass that savings along to deserving local entities. Grant applications can be found online at ncif.org. They are due Monday, April 22. The Starke United Fund Committee will review grant applications and decide which agencies will receive funds. It’s made up of Starke United board members. For more information contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.
The Northern Indiana Community Foundation announced last week that the foundation has chosen a new executive director: Jay Albright will fill the position for the three-county foundation, which represents the Community Foundations for Starke, Fulton, and Miami counties. Albright will be responsible for directing local offices and developing the foundation’s missing to connect donors with causes that are important to them.
Gerald Briney, 83, of Rochester, Indiana passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. ET at the Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation is Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Military graveside rites willl be conducted. Memorials may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation for Fulton County Animal Education.
The director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation has resigned after serving 10 years in the position.
Terri Johnson began as director in September 2002. She won’t be moving too far from work with the NICF. She will be working with the Indiana Grantmakers’ Alliance as the associate director of the GIFT Technical Assistance Program. She will be designing and implementing development programs for over 90 Indiana Community Foundations. Her last day will be Dec. 31.
Starke United this week announced a new partnership with the Northern Indiana Community Foundation in conjunction with the creation of the Starke United Fund.
Starke United Board President Todd Zeltwanger said they’re pleased with this exciting venture, and says they’ll work with the Community Foundation to ensure their organization becomes not only stronger, but more cost-effective as well. He said the partnership will benefit both the organizations that receive funding from Starke United and the donors who faithfully support the organization.
The Starke County Legacy of Women organization is offering grants to women in the community to attend a leadership event or conference.
“This is our second year that the Legacy of Women is providing grants for women in our county to hopefully have them go either for conferences or plan a retreat,” stated member Sheri Bartoli. “We’re asking them then to bring the ideas back to the community.”
The Starke County Community Foundation is announcing three new scholarship opportunities for high school seniors. Added this year are the Altman Family Scholarship for students at North Judson-San Pierre High School, the James and Carris Lucas Scholarship for Knox High School students, and the Physicians Hospital System Visionary Scholarship which will provide one scholarship for a Starke County student and also one for a Marshall County student.
The members of the Legacy of Women Organization in Starke County are working on a project to help fund the education of a woman, or women, in the county. The scholarships would be awarded to an individual, or more than one, who have expressed interest the reason for continuing their education to better their life through an essay.
Legacy of Women spokeswoman, Sherri Bartoli, said this week that the applications have been received and scored. The applications are now in the hands of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation who will tabulate the scores before announcing the recipient, or recipients.