Impact Stories

24 Oct Celebrating 2016-2017

A letter from Community Foundation president, Pete McCown, and board chair, Dzung Nguyen: For 28 years the Community Foundation of Elkhart County has focused on connecting generous people to community causes. If you talk to leaders of the nonprofit agencies (NPOs) in Elkhart County, they speak about the remarkable generosity and volunteerism...

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28 Sep The Well Foundation’s Continued Impact

Gil Pérez (right) takes the blood pressure of a patient at the Center for Healing & Hope clinic. Gil is clinic manager and also leads the Spanish-language diabetic information program offered to newly diagnosed Latino patients. The Well Foundation grant supported the Latino Integration Initiative at the Center for Healing...

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09 Jun Longtime Friends Join 100 Women Who Care

Janet Ferro (left) and Cathi Auger (right) partner together to participate in 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County.   Janet Ferro and Cathi Auger playfully tease each other that if the day comes, the other one will have to speak in front of the 100 Women Who Care Elkhart County group. The longtime friends joined...

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17 Mar Goshen Early Childhood Center Builds New Facility

For nearly four decades, Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center has helped families by providing affordable, high-quality early learning opportunities. A new facility could expand the number who can benefit from its services. The non-profit early childhood center is planning renovation of a facility to become its third location since being founded...

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16 Mar IUSB Elkhart Center Starting Advanced Programs

A new set of programs could make the Indiana University South Bend Elkhart Center a key place for students seeking careers in healthcare fields. A $400,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County is part of a $5 million investment by IU South Bend to start a cluster of advanced...

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30 Jan Helping Stephen Earn His College Degree

Like many potential students, Stephen Salisbury wanted to go back to college. Like many, he needed a bit of help. He had tried college right after high school and was pulled away by work and the demand of raising a family. “When I turned...

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30 Jan Bringing Awareness to the Fatherless Epidemic

Rodney Dale remembers scanning the crowd gathered around the athletic fields where he was playing, looking for his father.  The man was not there. “That feeling of not having anybody there to support you is hard to explain and takes a long time to get over,” he said. Dale’s mother...

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26 Jan Teaching Healthy Habits to Our Students

The Healthy Hearts program for elementary students in Elkhart County was expected to produce lower body mass index (BMI) results within three years. “In year one, we are already seeing that BMI reduction,” said Liliana Quintero, executive director of the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, which runs the program in Elkhart...

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28 Nov Gathering In and Giving Out

I happen to like Giving Tuesday a lot more than Black Friday. I would rather that we focus on charitable organizations and how to help them advance their mission rather than buying something. Before you start spending money on Christmas presents, I encourage you to think about your giving and the...

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