More than 150 people showed their love for Union County by nominating their favorite Union County endowment during Union County South Central Iowa Community Foundation’s “Show your love” campaign in February.
Of the 150 entries, Teresa Krejci’s entry was drawn, awarding I Think I Can Child Care endowment with $1,000.
I Think I Can Child Care Board President Rick Fyock said one parent put a sign up at the entrance of the child care facility asking parents to take part.
“We had parents go around and collect (CNA) papers and cut out the coupons,” said Fyock. “It’s like a lottery, luck of the draw. The more you had the better chance you had at winning.”
Krejci, chief financial officer at Southwestern Community College, said it was her coworker Erin Kiley who asked her to vote.
“Both of my kids went there,” said Krejci. “She (Kiley) mentioned to me there was this thing in the paper, so, I went home that night, found it, decided to fill it out and send it in.”
Fyock said the $1,000 award will be added to a previously established endowment, which helps offset costs of the child care and is used for supplies and projects such as updating the playground.
“As I tell people, there aren’t many nonprofit daycares around anymore,” said Fyock. “We’ve always tried to keep our costs as low as possible.”
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This is the first year Union County South Central Iowa Community Foundation board awarded the $1,000 “Show your love” gift.
According to board member May Seales, the foundation awards tens of thousands of dollars annually to Union County nonprofits.
In 2013, board members from Union County South Central Iowa Community Foundation awarded 20 nonprofit organizations at a total of $103,458.41 for community enhancement projects.
Board Member Don Sheridan said the foundation has more than $400,000 — and growing — in an endowment fund which will benefit Union County humanitarian, educational and cultural nonprofit organizations for perpetuity.
For more information about how an organization may apply for a grant, visit www.scicf.org, contact the foundation office at 641-217-9105 or visit with a Union County board member: Peg Anderson, Penny Cheers, Jan Knock, Mary Seales or Don Sheridan.