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CCCF Awards $17,000 To GLOVE Scholarship Participants

Seventeen local college students returned to school this fall with money for tuition and the satisfaction of giving back to our community.

CCCF gave $1,000 scholarships to each of the 17 people who completed the 2011 summer Growing Local Opportunities for Volunteer Experience program and application process.

Students who have completed at least one year of college are eligible to compete for awards. Criteria include scholastic achievement, a short essay and completing at least 100 hours of volunteer service for non-profit organizations in Cass County during the summer.

Twenty-one local organizations benefited from almost 2,000 hours of volunteerism provided by GLOVE participants over this summer. Emmaus Mission, The Salvation Army, Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services, Cass County Family YMCA, A.I.M., Logansport Art Association, Logansport Memorial Hospital and McHale Performing Arts Center were among the organizations.

Ellen Kuker, executive director of Cass County Family YMCA, noted the impact the students had on the YMCA.

"The help we received this summer from the GLOVE volunteers was invaluable. All volunteers were dependable, punctual and fun to work with."

Student participants gained just as much form the program as the organizations. Not only were they eligible to apply for the scholarship, but they also acknowledged the significance of the volunteer experience in their essays.

Participant Jacob Peattie wrote, "GLOVE provides a way to think of others and use our time to serve others in different ways. It's especially important for college students looking for experience and exposure in the job field they are going into after school."

Bryce Fawcett volunteered at the McHale Performing Arts Center and shared, "I have thoroughly enjoyed this volunteer opportunity and being able to give back to some of the people at McHale that gave me so much and helped shape me into who I am today. I may not have the money to donate for something as significant as the McHale PAC, but I can donate my time so that it continues to be a place where the community can come to enjoy the magic of theater."

The GLOVE program has become a win-win for our entire community. Local organizations get the advantage of some very bright college student volunteers for the summer, and students get the opportunity to know the joy of giving back as well as gaining practical experience and contacts for their future careers.

Nonprofit Excellence Workshops

Educating our local nonprofit organizations is just one of CCCF's many roles. In response to the needs of the Nonprofit organizations in our community, The Cass County Community Foundation sponsored a series of four free workshops for community leaders in the nonprofit sector. Each workshop offered a unique topic with a nationally known presenter. Thirty to forty persons representing over two dozen not-for-profit organizations in Cass County attended these workshops.

The main goals of this series were 1) to increase capacity and community leadership of nonprofits within Cass County, 2) to provide participants with tools and ongoing education for establishing best nonprofit practices for lasting community influence, and 3) to enhance the ability of nonprofit boards to engage and communicate in a purposeful way for community projects and impact.

The first workshop was held on September 23 at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds Community Center. It featured Kent Dove, one of America?s most successful fundraising practitioners and author of the widely acclaimed Dove on Fundraising series, and Curtis R. Simic, President Emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation. Mr. Dove and Mr. Simic covered the topic of Fund Raising for Good.

The next workshop was held on October 26, and featured Philip Purcell, Vice President for Planned Giving & Endowment Stewardship, Ball State University Foundation who presented the program on Legal and Ethical Issues.

"Board Roles and Responsibilities" presented by Helen Monroe, President of Endowment Development Institute, was the third workshop, held on November 10.

The final workshop on December 1st-entitled "Accounting, Fiscal Responsibility and Audits" featured Shannon Borden and Mike Gricius, Senior Audit Team, Blue & Company. This workshop was held at the Ivy Tech Community Room.

Organizations meeting specific CCCF criteria for representation at these sessions received CCCF mini-grants of $500 each to help them implement the ideas gained from the sessions as well as to offset the expenses of having their members attend.