Community Foundation grant supports animals in need - June 16 2010

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society was at capacity.

Though the shelter can house 200 cats and 40 dogs, every kennel and crate was filled. And more and more animals were coming in every day. As a full service shelter, the Humane Society will not turn away any animal in need. Plus they've pledged never to euthanize animals for space.

"We literally had no where to go with these animals," Executive Director Joni Geiger says. "But they still needed our help."

So the Humane Society came up with a creative solution: a temporary foster care program. When the shelter is at capacity, Humane Society staff contact volunteer foster families for assistance. Fost families temporarily house and care for animals, providing them with a safe, loving environment until they can be permanently adopted.

By extending the walls of the shelter, the Humane Society is able to help more animals in need. Over 300 animals have benefited from temporary foster care since the program began in 2009.

"We're extraordinarily grateful to the Community Foundation for this grant," Geiger says. "This is a life saving program. Your financial support makes it possible."

In addition to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, the following organizations also received grant awards:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh ($5,000) to provide low-income children with safe transportation to the club;
  • Clarity Care, Inc. ($10,000) to assist disabled and low-income elderly residents with household tasks, allowing them to remain in their homes;
  • Jasper Pickett Foundation ($5,000) to provide electrical upgrades to the Pickett Community Center, making it more energy efficient;
  • Oshkosh Area Community Pantry ($10,000) to support general pantry operations, including the purchase of food, insurance, rent and utilities
  • UW Oshkosh Center for Career Development ($2,000) to support a larger matching grant for the AmeriCorps Connects program;
  • Winnebago County Literacy Council ($10,000) to provide literacy education for adult students;
In the past year, Community Impact and Field of Interest Funds of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation have awarded nearly $147,000 in grants.

Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive Community Foundation grants. Individuals in need of assistance should dial 2-1-1 for information and referral.

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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