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Station Clubhouse to Hold Open House Celebrating 26 Years

The Station Clubhouse will hold an Open House celebrating 26 years of support for people with mental health disabilities in Grinnell and Poweshiek County Tuesday October 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Special recognition to celebrate recent upgrades will be part of the Open House. Refreshments will be served and tours conducted. Location is listed in the last paragraph in the chronological …

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Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk

Grinnell Skatepark Fund Receives Grant From Tony Hawk Tony Hawk has been the biggest name in professional skateboarding since he the late 1980s. Now, The Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the country build free, public skateparks. Grinnell is one of the latest recipients of Hawk’s generosity- a $5000 donation to help revitalize the Bailey Park skate area. Imagine Grinnell …

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GO FLY A KITE!

GO FLY A KITE! No, really, go fly a kite. By Michael McAllister What can sound like an insult in some contexts is excellent advice if spoken by a Rotarian recently in Grinnell.  A tradition, Kites Over Grinnell, was set aloft again on Saturday, September 24, at the Ahrens Park driving range amid summer-like temperatures, under cloud-cleared skies, on vibrant …

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Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost

Poweshiek County Conservation Fund Gets a Boost The Poweshiek County Conservation Fund, one of more than 120 funds administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, has received a large gift from Frank Brownell of Montezuma. His gift will allow the “acorn” endowment fund to grow to a fully funded endowment. The endowed fund supports county conservation projects determined and overseen …

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Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1

Big GIVE Month Starts Oct. 1 GPCF annual fundraiser motivated by art and matching challenges at Oct. 8 auction   The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE fundraising campaign, Oct. 1-31, will take an artful twist this year with matching challenges and an Oct. 8 kickoff and recognition event focused on “The Art of Growing Community.” Last year, donors …

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2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Education Partnership

The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF). The “Leave It Better ThanYou Found It” award commemorates the August birthday of the late benefactor Claude W. Ahrens. In a 1993 …

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GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity

  GPCF Founder’s Day Celebrates Leadership, Vision and Generosity The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) celebrated its second annual Founder’s Day on June 2, the birthday of GPCF founder Tom Marshall who passed away in 2015. Marshall, who started the community foundation in 1989, was remembered for his “leadership, vision and generous spirit” in building GPCF to its current strength …

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Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move

Anonymous Donors Keep Mayflower Residents on the Move Generous friends of Mayflower Community have provided gifts of nearly $130,000 to purchase two vehicles that literally keep Mayflower residents on the go. The gifts by anonymous donors allowed Mayflower to purchase “Lester,” a 15-passenger bus, and “Daisy,” a conversion van that accommodates two wheelchairs. The new bus transports active residents on …

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CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

CENTRAL PARK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – THANKING DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT   The Central Park Campaign is in full swing with more than $500,000 gifted or pledged to the project.  Because of the overwhelming community support for the project, the Committee wanted to take time to publicly thank those donors who have supported the campaign.  With the project beginning in just …

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CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others

May 31, 2016 CSS Reaches 10th Anniversary of Serving Those Who Serve Others The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has “exceeded all expectations.” CSS has also become a model for other foundations, and in 2010, …

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Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants

Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying …

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Kids Against Hunger Surpasses 700,000 Meals Packed in 10 Years

The 10-year-old Grinnell chapter of Kids Against Hunger (KAH) held a packing event on Sun., Feb. 7 that moved the organization past a milestone of 700,000 packaged meals. The Feb. packing event involved 12 teams of volunteers from local businesses, churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations packaging more than 19,600 meals. Since 2005, local KAH volunteers have packaged 718,024 meals …

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Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation Announces Staffing Changes

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) board of directors has announced a change to its staffing structure in response to growth in foundation programs and changing internal needs.  These changes include the new role of executive director and a newly defined program manager position. In 2009, the GPCF board of directors hired Nicole Brua-Behrens, program coordinator, and Delphina Baumann, community …

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A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway

A Familiar Face Returns to Lead Imagine Grinnell; 2016 Membership Drive Underway Rich Dana, who coordinated Imagine Grinnell’s energy reduction program from 2006-08, has been hired as the quality-of-life organization’s new executive director. Since his earlier IG work, Dana has managed numerous renewable energy and historic remodeling projects through his own Plan B consulting business and taught sustainable living practices …

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Green Yard Makeover classes offered in February and March

The green yard makeover    GRINNELL – Want to improve your home landscaping while protecting the environment, creating habitat for native species, and producing fresh food? Get ready for the Green Yard Makeover, a series of three free Tuesday evening classes that will be held in Grinnell in February and March. The classes will introduce you to ecosystem landscape gardening, …

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GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year

GPCF Wraps Up Active, Successful Year The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) is concluding its 26th year in operation, acting on the legacy left by GPCF founder Tom Marshall, who died in March of this year. “Tom built the foundation from the ground up, and has left a sizeable legacy for us to fulfill,” said GPCF program coordinator Nicole Brua-Behrens. …

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Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students

Sterk Fund Warms the Hearts and Soles of Elementary Students Before the winter break, several Bailey Park and Fairview students in need benefitted from the generosity of proceeds from the Dr. Kevin W. Sterk Elementary Student Needs Endowment Fund. The fund, administered by the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, was created in 2011 by Glenn and Ginger Sterk of Grinnell in …

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Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups

Big GIVE Month Raises More Than $300,000 for Area Groups The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s Big GIVE campaign, Oct. 12-Nov. 12, yielded big results for area organizations. Donors pledged and contributed more than $307,500 to 36 different funds administered by GPCF. This was the first year for a month-long fund drive, which emphasized donor participation and was further stimulated by matching …

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Legacy Gift to Library Benefitting Community Patrons

A December 2014 bequest to Drake Community Library (DCL) from the estate of Malcom area farmer Don Puls is already yielding benefits for library patrons, big and small, now and in the future.  Puls, described as “a lifelong reader,” designated a generous bequest of $169,000 to the public library.   The library board of trustees directed $80,000 of the Puls …

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Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability: Addison Bidwell Named an “Emerging Leader” by Land O’Lakes

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Grinnellian Addison Bidwell has been chosen as one of 10 “Emerging Leaders” by the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge initiative, a program focused on ending world hunger. Bidwell, an Iowa State University sophomore, will join nine other students in Washington, D.C. for the year-long fellowship. Land O’ Lakes has been offering the Global Food Challenge Initiative …

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Fright Hike to Take Place at Arbor Lake October 30

GRINNELL – In its second year, the Grinnell Fright Hike aims to scare participants into leaving with spine-tingling chills. Teenagers and adults alike are invited to the Fright Hike, a spooky one-mile walk around Arbor Lake. “The Fright Hike is similar to a haunted house, but it takes place outdoors,” said Emily Counts, an event organizer. “Participants will venture into …

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Central Park Fundraising Well Underway

Central Park Fundraising Well Underway Fundraising efforts for the Central Park improvement project are well underway, with more than $200,000 pledged or in hand of the $1 million goal for private gifts. Co-chairs Tom and Dianne Latimer and Sandy and Betty Moffett have been making personal solicitations of donors who have given to similar community-wide projects in the past, as …

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2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council

2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council   The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) is the 2015 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).   The arts council oversees programming and performances for the Loft Theatre, Arts Academy, Community Theatre, …

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Hubbell Spaulding Loft Project: Full Steam Ahead

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Rumors that the Spaulding Loft Project, an ambitious $12.5 million venture that will turn the former car manufacturing plant into a 77-unit apartment complex, has filed for bankruptcy, is false. According to business insiders, construction is still underway with plans for the lofts to be completed by Spring 2016. The project, which has suffered incorrect reports …

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Tri-County Collaboration Benefits Children

Tri-County Collaboration Benefits Children A three-year-old, three-county collaboration between Jasper, Marion and Poweshiek counties (JMP) recently awarded grants to area projects that benefit children. JMP, or “Jump” as it is locally known, was created in July 2012 to distribute funding from the state’s Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) program, administered by the Department of Management. The state requires that each county …

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Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion

Drake Library to Celebrate Landscape Completion Drake Community Library’s “Converging Landscapes” project is now complete, and the public is invited to enjoy the results at a celebration on Wed., July 29, from 4:30p.m.-6 p.m. The Prairie Jewel Dixieland Band, led by trombonist Frank Heath, will perform and root beer floats will be served on the south terrace of the library. …

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Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education

Three Organizations Combine Efforts to Support Education Three organizations that support the Grinnell-Newburg School District are combining efforts to raise funds for classroom equipment, graduate scholarships and alumni association activities. In the past, the Grinnell-Newburg Educational Endowment (GNEE), Dollars for Scholars, and the Grinnell-Newburg Alumni Association have sent separate fundraising appeals at different times of the year, but often with …

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Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken May 2

Loft Theatre to Host Central Iowa Premiere of Housebroken   Grinnell, Iowa – The Grinnell Area Arts Council is excited to announce that the Loft Theatre located at the Grinnell Arts Center in historic downtown Grinnell will host the Central Iowa premiere of the play, Housebroken, for one night only on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm.  A talkback with the artist will …

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Poweshiek County Alliance Awards $100,274.46 to Local Organizations

Poweshiek County Alliance awards $100,274.46 to local organizations April 16, 2015: The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) honored its 2015 grant recipients at a ceremony at the Foundation Offices on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Representatives from the 34 winning organizations received their checks and spoke about their projects. This year grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 for a total of $100,274.46. …

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