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Student studies at Crown Point Adult Learning Center

Student Alex Robles studies language skills at the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. Two Legacy Foundation grants to the center were among more than $1.1 million in funding to community organizations and scholarships during the first half of 2012.

Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner marks new milestone in funding of quality of life initiatives and educational attainment

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, funded nearly $1.1 million in grants and scholarships during the first six months of 2012.

“This significant investment in the quality of life and educational attainment of Northwest Indiana residents marks a new milestone for Legacy Foundation,” noted Harry Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. “We are leading the way in creating positive impact through funding that enhances the community, creates an informed and engaged citizenry, and helps youth graduate high school and realize their higher education and career goals.”

Legacy Foundation manages four major funds to support Lake County nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for people throughout the region. From these funds, the foundation has awarded nearly $306,000 in grants so far this year.

Legacy Foundation also manages 30 scholarship programs within its $40 million in assets. These programs awarded $260,000 in new funds for the 2012-13 academic year, while students continue to benefit from $531,000 in renewable scholarships.

“Young people throughout Lake County are achieving great things academically while becoming engaged in their community,” Vande Velde said. “Legacy Foundation proudly stewards donors’ funds to support the hopes and dreams of these talented scholars to attain a college education.”

Grants make positive impact in the community

Campagna Academy soon will complete construction of an outdoor therapeutic recreation area on its 47-acre Schererville campus thanks to the support of a Legacy Foundation grant. CEO Elena Dwyre said the project features a low ropes course that will improve clinical services to children served by the facility, and will be offered to the community for programs such as leadership skills training. The project had been on the drawing board for some time and would not have been possible without the Legacy Foundation funding.

“This has allowed us to improve and strengthen our services for the children,” Dwyre said. “(Government) cuts in rates for our services have been quite significant, and without this type of financial support, nonprofits would not be able to add to the services we offer. It is important for us to find collaborative partners like Legacy Foundation.”

In Crown Point, the Adult Learning Center recently moved to new space in the Lakeview Square shopping center. The center currently is helping more than 120 students with GED preparation and English as a Second Language classes. A Legacy Foundation grant helps pay for rent, utilities, internet access and phone service. A second, matching grant will help the board build its fundraising capacity.

“Legacy Foundation’s funding is critical to our very basic needs,” said Carol Borowski, president of Friends of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. “If we can’t pay the rent, we won’t have a school. We have been serving adult learners since 1979 and have been in several different locations in town, so we’re pleased to be able to continue the school serving the Crown Point community.”

Client intake at Sojourner Truth House

An employee works with a homeless mother and child during intake at Sojourner Truth House in Gary. A Legacy Foundation grant to Sojourner Truth House will ensure a case manager works with each client to create a recovery plan.

Grants awarded during 2012

From January through June 2012, Legacy Foundation awarded grants to the following Lake County nonprofit organizations:

From the Lake County Community Fund

  • Campagna Academy to build an outdoor therapeutic recreation area
  • Catholic Charities to renovate parks and vacant lots in Gary
  • Crown Point Community Theatre to create a theater arts mentoring program
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to collaborate on a teaching garden with Avicenna Academy, the Town of Merrillville, and GrowNWI
  • Dunes Learning Center to update curriculum for Lake County students
  • Friends of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center to rent program space and build fundraising capacity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to purchase building materials for two homes in East Chicago
  • Indiana Ballet Theatre to subsidize student attendance of arts programming
  • METAS to increase the number of Lake County Latino students earning college degrees
  • Miller Beach Arts and Creative District to support five pop-up art events
  • Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation to design a website that engages members and donors
  • Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission to produce a video of the Comprehensive Regional Plan
  • Opportunity Enterprises to serve Lake County clients at the Lake Eliza campus
  • Our Family Center to build organizational capacity
  • Parents as Teachers of Lake County to provide parent educator services that include program monitoring and quality assurance activities
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust to conduct an environmental education program for Hobart students
  • Sojourner Truth House to ensure a case manager works with each client to create a recovery plan
  • Teach for America to build organizational capacity in Lake County
  • Three Creeks Historical Association to restore the oldest historical brick home in Lake County
  • Tri-Town Safety Village to subsidize student participation in safety programming

From the Maria Reiner Senior Citizen Fund

  • Hobart Family YMCA to fund senior services in Hobart
  • School City of Hobart to fund senior arts programming in Hobart

From the College Readiness Fund

  • College Mentors for Kids to support a mentoring program for Hammond students
  • Communities in Schools to coach high school students to graduate high school and chart college and career opportunities
  • Gary Life Education Initiative to coach middle school students to graduate high school and chart college and career opportunities
  • Hammond Education Foundation to coach parents to teach their children through reading at home
  • Hobart Education Foundation to provide early childhood education classes for children and parents
  • Purdue University Calumet Education Talent Search to support college and career readiness programming
  • The Salvation Army to tutor students struggling with math and language arts
  • Urban Reach, Inc. to coach students to become the first generation of their family to graduate college

From the John S. and James L. Knight Fund

  • Gary Public Library South Shore Museum and Cultural Center to create a sustainability model for the museum and cultural center
  • Leadership Northwest Indiana to implement leadership programming for Lake County students
Crown Point Adult Learning Center

Teacher Pat Cope (left) reviews materials with student Angel Santomaria at the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. Two grants from Legacy Foundation help pay for rent and other basic needs of the center, as well as build the board’s fundraising capacity.

To learn more about the Legacy Foundation grants program, visit www.legacyfdn.org or email legacy@legacyfdn.org.  Grant applications are posted August 1, and the next deadline for grant applications is Sept. 1, 2012.

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Foundation awards $93,600 to furnish Maria Reiner Center

 

(HOBART, Indiana) – The City of Hobart and Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, announced a second significant grant for the city’s first dedicated senior center.

Legacy Foundation has approved a $93,600 grant from the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund to furnish the center, which is currently under construction inside the former Hobart Middle School near Fourth and New streets.

The 8,300-square-foot Maria Reiner Center, which will be open to Hobart residents and non-residents age 55 and over, was established with a $100,000 grant through Legacy Foundation in April. The latest award will enable the purchase of furnishings, fitness equipment for the wellness center, and other needs to complete the renovation.

“The Legacy Foundation Board of Directors has once again demonstrated its commitment and willingness to support a vital resource to the community,” Hobart Mayor Brian K. Snedecor said. “Legacy Foundation has partnered with us to make this senior center a reality, providing senior citizens a place that allows social interaction and a place where they can receive important resources. We also thank Maria Reiner for her vision to benefit the seniors of this city.”

Legacy Foundation manages the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund along with more than 260 other funds providing grants and scholarships to benefit people throughout Lake County. Reiner was a Hobartresident who left her estate to be used for Hobart senior citizens. Past grants from her fund have been used to establish and sustain the highly successful Hobart Senior Transportation Program, which provides low-cost vouchers for participating taxi and bus services, and for cultural and civic events open to seniors.

“Legacy Foundation is proud to steward the financial resources left by Maria Reiner, a generous Hobart citizen and philanthropic visionary, to benefit residents of Hobart,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. “We commend the city’s leaders on identifying the need for services to seniors in the community, and collaborating with Legacy Foundation to develop a solution that will benefit citizens for generations to come.”

The Maria Reiner Center is expected to open this summer. Its services will include a computer learning center, dining area, health and fitness center, and social events such as card playing and movies.

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