HILLSDALE – The Hillsdale County Community Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a virtual campaign.
The online campaign runs through June 25 on Facebook and features stories, successes and thoughts from the past 30 years in the community.
On June 25, the Foundation will close the week with an outdoor event. HCCF invites community members to stop by the Hillsdale County Courthouse lawn for free coffee and donut between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Caitlin Sterling, Marketing and Youth Program Manager, said the HCCF was established on June 25, 1991, with a mission to receive and administer funds for artistic, charitable, educational and scientific purposes in a manner that promotes both the spirit of philanthropy and meets the needs of the people of Hillsdale County.
As a grant-making community foundation, it provides seed money to organizations and institutions that have identified problems and designed constructive action programs aimed at finding solutions. The majority of Foundation grants focus on the areas of youth, leadership, philanthropy, and community needs.
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $ 10 million to benefit Hillsdale County and awarded $ 3.5 million in scholarships to local students and residents pursuing higher education. HCCF has established and maintained 330 charitable funds, Sterling said.
In addition, 83 community members have served on the Foundation’s board of directors and over 250 young people have received leadership training and opportunities as YOUTH (Youth Opportunities Unlimited Through Hillsdale) members since its inception in 1991.
HCCF has also played an important role in several projects, initiatives and programs in Hillsdale County. Terry Vear, Executive Director of Perennial Park, said the Foundation has contributed to many projects over the years.
“The Hillsdale County Community Foundation has helped us ensure the overall success of our projects,” said Vear. “They were helpful in getting the generator for the center, which was helpful with the recent power outage from the Monday night storm. Overall they helped us with 77 different grants. They really are a blessing for the development of a better community. “
Domestic Harmony executive director Hannah Jordan said the Foundation has also helped secure many items for the shelter over the years.
“Recently, they helped buy a shed, a disabled ramp and a new phone system for the shelter,” Jordan said. “The telephone system is all the more useful since our main service is offered by the crisis line.
Jordan added that the Foundation has also ensured that all staff are certified in CPR and first aid. A new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was also recently purchased with a grant.
“Domestic Harmony is a better agency because of the work of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation,” Jordan said.
HCCF President Sharon Bisher said the Foundation was delighted to celebrate its 30th anniversary in this county.
“This is a time for us to reflect on how we have been able to make a difference in the community and to appreciate everyone who has helped us get here,” said Bisher. “This Foundation is the result of individuals who came together to have a positive impact on our community. As a thank you to our donors, fundraisers and community supporters, our footprints can be seen at various locations in our county. “
Karley Horton, HCCF Board Chair, said she loves being a part of the Foundation.
“I have the privilege of being the current Chairman of the Board of Directors,” said Horton. “It allows me to give back to this community that I love so much and to be a part of something bigger than me.”
Mike Nye, fund holder and former HCCF board member, stressed the importance of being a fund holder.
“It’s a legacy,” Nye said. “You leave something for the community to come back – to give back to the community that has been so good to me.”