Community Foundation gives grants for kids, camps - June 14 2010

School may be out for summer, but local kids are keeping busy with support from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $57,000 from the Hiwela Youth Fund. Established in 1995, the Hiwela Youth Fund provides youth development and 'campership' grants for children and teens throughout Winnebago County.

Among the organizations receiving grant awards:

  • Bay Lakes Council ($3,115) to purchase four two-way radios for the Twin Lakes Webelos Resident Camp.
  • Best Friends of Neenah/Menasha ($2,000) to send children and their mentors to Camp Onaway.
  • Boys and Girls Brigade Association ($2,000) to send children with financial need to Camp Onaway.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh ($7,950) to send club kids to local day and overnight camps.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh ($5,000) to provide child care assistance for low-income and working poor families.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh ($3,260) to send Keystone Club members to the 2010 Keystone Charter and Leadership Conference.
  • Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin ($2,500) to send children with disabilities to Camp Sandy Wheels.
  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services ($1,000) to send youth from the Children and Teen Program to local camps.
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes ($3,700) to send Oshkosh area girls to local summer camps.
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwester Great Lakes ($350) to provide counselor training for teen girls, with skills like fire building, outdoor cooking, knot tying and recreational leadership.
  • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin ($2,500) to bring corporate executives and community leaders into local high schools for discussions on ethics and integrity.
  • Omro Middle School ($3,450) to take middle school students on a three day camping trip to Lake Lucerne, with an emphasis on outdoor environmental education.
  • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce ($3,050) to support Youth Leadership Oshkosh, leadership development and community involvement program for Oshkosh high school juniors.
  • Oshkosh Community YMCA ($5,000) to support the Summer Teen Adventure Program, which provides age appropriate activities and field trips for teens ages 11-14.
  • Oshkosh Community YMCA ($1,500) to send Oshkosh area children with financial need to Camp Winni-Y-Co.
  • Paine Art Center and Gardens ($2,500) to support a new Nature Exploration station for children ages 5-12.
  • Rawhide ($1,500) to provide experiential learning and behavioral counseling for at-risk youth at the Flambeau River State Park.
  • Trees for Tomorrow ($2,500) to provide hands-on, field-based classes in tree identification, human survival skills, vertebrate natural history, winter wildlife survival, ecology, wilderness investigation and conservation lifestyle consumption for local youth.
  • UW Extension – Winnebago County ($1,825) to send children and teens to various 4-H leadership and recreation camps.
  • Wisconsin Badger Camp ($800) to send children from Winnebago County with developmental disabilities to Wisconsin Badger Camp.
  • Youth Go ($1,500) to send local teens on leadership retreats and service-oriented spring break trips.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call (920) 426-3993.

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