Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation



The HCCWF float was awarded first prize in the Hermitage Christmas Parade.

Contact Information

18376 New Hermitage Drive
Hermitage, MO 65668

Established December 11, 1999

Who We Are

HCCWF presented grants to local agencies prior to the Heritage Christmas Parade.

The HCCWF is a vehicle for charitable giving capable of benefiting the entire community in Hickory County. Our foundation is made up of a group of community volunteers from both community organizations and community members. Through the mechanism of endowment funds, charitably minded individuals can establish funds to build a permanent source of charitable assets to meet the emerging and existing needs of the community.

Fundraising efforts within the community include: Annual 5K Run, held in June 2016; Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Game, 2013; Hickory County Fair; charity golf tournaments; plate lunches; and the Launch Little Kickers Soccer League.

Here are a few groups in the community that we have assisted through community fundraiser partnerships and community grant efforts in both funding and equipment:

  • Hickory County Farmers Market
  • Hickory County Historical Society
  • Hickory County Library
  • Friends of the Weaubleau Park
  • Hickory County Volunteer Fire Departments
  • West Central Community Action Agency-Wheatland
  • Hickory County Fire and Rescue
  • McCarty Senior Center
  • Hickory County Health Department
  • Hickory County Teen Outreach Programs
  • Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church
  • Hermitage Head Start
  • Four Legs & Fur
  • Hickory County C.A.R.E.S

HCCWF members Jody Vecchio, Gary Edwards and Abby Gordon present the HCCWF Banner at the Summer Fun Festival Parade in June 2018.

Board of Governors

Abby Gordon, President
Nancy Sisson, Vice President
Brian Wright, Treasurer
Stacy Coulsell, Secretary
Bill Arnold
Gary Edwards
Mark Houser
Gary Lile
Cindi Mudd
Jody Vecchio

The HCCWF Board of Governors is responsible for the distribution of funds. We do this by administering grant opportunities at the end of each year. We also hold fundraisers with community partners. For more information, contact Abby Gordon, President, at (417) 327-2419 or abbybenedict@hotmail.com.

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2019): $350,520

Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:
Addie Longshaw Fund for Continuing Education Scholarship Fund
Bob Stokes/Bob Krasser Memorial Scholarship Fund
Donnie Vaughn Memorial FFA Scholarship Fund
Dale Joseph and Rheva Allen Blackwell Business Scholarship Fund
Hickory County Administrative Endowment Fund
Hickory County CARES Fund
Hickory County Community Building Fund
Hickory County Community Foundation Imagination Library Fund
Hickory County Community Wellness Building Fund
Hickory County Cultural Arts Fund
Hickory County Farmers Market Fund
Marion and Mae John Memorial Scholarship Fund*

*Previously established as an at-large fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2016

Hickory County Health Department, car seats, $800
Hickory County R-1 School District, math tutoring, $100
Four Legs and Fur Animal Society, shelter project, $1,500
Hickory County R-1 School District, hygiene projects, $500
Hickory County Farmers Market Fund, $2,000

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2015

Hickory County Farmers Market Fund, $500