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Our funding supports personnel that provide various activities around Richmond including: visits of bilingual authors; a Latino musical performance by the group Sones de Mexico; Dia del Nino, a Children’s Day Celebration; Super Sibling Bilingual Reading program; Corazon Latino youth group and mentoring program; Tennis Youth Group; and a Community Garden.
Cardinal Greenways develop and operate corridors and trails to connect people and their communities! We are proudly supporting both general operating expenses but also the purchase of a brush chipper which will help staff and volunteers keep the Greenway safe and clear for users.
We support the Proudly Presenting Series and its two student educational performances- Judy Moody & Stink the Musical. These shows will target Pre-K through 3rd graders. Additionally, Doktor Kaboom & The Wheel of Science will be available for grades 4 to 6. Last year, the two programs were attended by 2,517 students!
Hayes Arboretum serves as natural treasure in the city of Richmond. Nature programs, events, and miles of trails engage the community in healthy living and environmental education. Funding has been provided to support the position of naturalist to enhance the educational experience at Hayes. We also funded the construction of the East Side Tunnel under Elks Road to provide safe and long-term access to 175 acres of their land that had previously been inaccessible to the community. Additional hiking and running trails as well as mountain bike trails are now available for public use.
Indiana University East
IU East offers a special tutoring program for students in which IU East students serve as math tutors for middle and high school students both during and after school. This year’s funding will help to expand the program providing math and reading to grades K-5. Additionally, funding will help them purchase leveled books and math manipulatives.
Established in 1887 on the campus of Earlham College, Joseph Moore Museum is the only regional institution offering regular, free science programming. Our funding supports quality science learning experiences, particularly those that promote connections with the natural world, and training for Earlham College students to develop and lead outreach programs through coursework and regular practice and feedback.
Richmond Art Museum
SKFF is proud to support Richmond Art Museum, an organization which provides art education and access to the region. This year, we supported the Programming Assistant’s position which has made it possible to expand programs to a wider audience. In the past, we supported the capital campaign of RAM to renovate the galleries and build an endowment. RAM is the only independent art museum to be housed in a public school in the country.
The Just Us Kids Outdoors (JUKO) program has been a long staple in the community, providing summer services for well over 40 years to the youth of Richmond. Our support assisted in covering costs for this free six-week long summer camp.
A new position was funded to support the educational programming of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Providing free opportunities to over 3500 youth annually, the RSO offers three children’s concerts, two youth competitions, and free admission to subscription concerts for children under the age of 18. This year, SKFF is funding community concerts and “Meet the Music Makers” where students will be introduced to 16 different instruments by musicians of RSO.
With the support of the foundation, the Wayne County Historical Museum has been able to make the museum more interactive for all ages and engage areas schools in new ways. Adventure Trunks have been created to assist with hands-on activities around the museum and a Literacy Night at the Museum has been established with much participation from local schools.
WWR exists to empower women through education and training on the use of hand and power tools. This SKFF grant is for the purchase of “kid sized/friendly” tools and safety equipment, including hammers, small tape measures, noise cancelling earplugs and safety glasses. “Mommy and Me” workshops offer opportunities for kids to work along their parents or special friends as they create something together.
Other organizations we have supported:
We provided funding to purchase 15 drums and carries so that every interested student would be able to participate in the program. These drums were used to win the percussion caption award and 3rd place overall at the Indiana State Fair band competition!
Through an unrestricted gift that was double matched by the Lilly Foundation, Wayne County Foundation is able to distribute nearly $35,000 in gifts to the non-profit organizations through its grant processes annually.