Nearly $100,000 was spread out among 17 different non-profits during the Jones County Community Foundation’s appreciation event held Dec. 2 at the Calkins Barn.
Foundation chairperson, Doug Edel, said the foundation received $212,000 in grant application requests and was able to award more than $99,000 to various projects across the county. The organizations and projects awarded grants were varied.
• The Anamosa Booster received funds for concession stand improvements. The funds will be used to improve both the upstairs and downstairs concession stands in the high school utilized by the athletic and music programs.
• Cedar/Jones County Early Childhood Iowa was awarded funds to go toward their participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination library.
• The Martelle Public Library received funds for their circulation and cataloging station.
• The Monticello Public Library received money to renovate and reorganize their library, including the purchase of new furniture.
• Every Child Reads Jones County was awarded funding for their grade level reading campaign.
• The Grant Wood Scenic Byway received funds for the publication of their Maquoketa River Regional Guide, including how to access it and popular spots along it.
• The Jones County Community Food Bank will be getting new shelving and a commercial refrigerator as they continue to expand.
• The Jones County EMS Association received funding to go toward training for local emergency responders.
• The Jones County Historical Society will be sealcoating approximately 300 feet of asphalt leading to their picnic shelter.
• The Jones Regional Medical Center received funding for their solar energy project, part of their sustainability plan which they hope to have funding completed for by the end of the year.
• The Little Lion Learning Center in Olin will be updating their playground equipment and storage shed.
• The Monticello Vocal Treble Makers were awarded funds to help cover the cost of updating the stage at the Berndes Center used for performances.
• Oxford Junction Ambulance received funding to pay for a power load hydraulic lift.
• The Oxford Junction Cemetery Association received funding for a tree removal project.
• Sleep in Heavenly Peace Jones County received funding for their next bed build Jan. 12 in Monticello to help fill requests for children’s beds.
• Vision to Learn received funding for vision services and glasses.
• Waypoint Services received funding for their Domestic Violence Safety Net project, which includes things like crisis intervention.
JCCF Director Sherri Hunt spoke briefly about the initiatives the foundation is focusing on currently, including their partnership with Vision to Learn Iowa and their grade level reading campaign. Vision to Learn works with area school districts every other year to screen students for vision problems and ensures students have eye glasses they need in order to be able to learn effectively.
In talking about the grade level reading campaign, Hunt said it’s important that kids are able to read at grade level by third grade, as that is a key indicator of future success, and that the program is also seeking to address the issues of chronic absenteeism.
The foundation also recognized Vic Hamre and Dean Zimmerman for their service on the board.