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Community Foundation of Will County award grants to 8 area nonprofits

The Voyager Group Fund of The Community Foundation of Will County presented a grant to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet at Wednesday’s Grant Awards Reception. Pictured (left to right): Michael Trench, foundation, executive director; Courtney Suchor, director of Daybreak Center of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Kathy Cawley, president of The Voyager Group, foundation trustee and grant committee chair; Brother James Gaffney, president of Lewis University, foundation trustee and past board chair; Michael Rittof, foundation’s current board chair.
The Voyager Group Fund of The Community Foundation of Will County presented a grant to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet at Wednesday’s Grant Awards Reception. Pictured (left to right): Michael Trench, foundation, executive director; Courtney Suchor, director of Daybreak Center of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet; Kathy Cawley, president of The Voyager Group, foundation trustee and grant committee chair; Brother James Gaffney, president of Lewis University, foundation trustee and past board chair; Michael Rittof, foundation’s current board chair.

WILL COUNTY – At its fall reception on Oct. 7, The Community Foundation of Will County awarded Community Partner Grants in the priority areas of health, education, human services and the arts. The grants ranged in value from $2,000 to $15,000.

Lewis University and Brother James Gaffney, community foundation past board chair and president of Lewis University in Romeoville, sponsored and hosted the event.

The following is a list of the 2015 grant recipients and projects they will be implementing:

• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet – Homework Help Center at Daybreak Center – $5,430
 
• MorningStar Mission – Beth’s Garden – $15,000

• Northern Illinois Food Bank – Network Partner Capacity Building – $14,000

• Power Connection – Forklift Certification Training Expansion – $10,000

• Rockdale Elementary School District #84 – Rockdale Green STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and Wind Project – $8,000

• Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project – Mariachi Matters: Community Music Program – $5,000

• United Way of Will County – Strategic Plan-– $15,000

• Warren-Sharpe Community Center – South Side Urban Farm – $12,500

Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has built its assets to over $3 million and awarded more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit agencies serving the residents of Will County and beyond.

For more information about the foundation, contact Marilyn McSteen, program director, at 815-744-9223, or mmcsteen@cfwill.org, or visit www.cfwill.org.

 

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