CFO Awards 2009-10 Field-of-Interest Grants to Wide-Ranging Projects

The Community Foundation has chosen recipients for the 10 Field-of-Interest Grant opportunities for the 2009-2010 year.  Individuals or groups of donors establish Field-of-Interest Grants to support specific program opportunities in our community through competitive grant programs.

These programs help with a wide range of needs for people ranging from schoolkids to grandparents.

We’ll profile these grants in two segments this week.

  • The $3,300 made available through the Caplan/Kramer Holocaust Museum Award will allow three Springfield R-12 Social Studies teachers to attend workshops this summer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C., for the opportunity to work with curators of the Museum and other teachers from around the country.  The Caplan and Kramer families created the grant to expose teachers to the Museum’s instructional offerings so they can share authentic knowledge of one of the most tragic periods in history.
  • The John, Beth and Jack Raidel Fund will provide $1,300 in funding for early intervention for Springfield Public School students who experience repeated absences and poor achievement due to chronic head lice infestations.  The funds from this program provide the appropriate equipment and personal hygiene materials needed to treat these infestations and get the children back to school as quickly as possible, without exposing the remainder of their classmates.  The Raidels were inspired to create this fund after reading an article about the problem for Springfield children.
  • The $1,198.00 award made through the David B. Woodruff Fund will extend summer school opportunities for youth held in the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center, beyond what is provided through Springfield Public Schools.  This allows for continued instruction for students who are traditionally behind their classmates and the chance to re-enter in the fall better prepared.
  • The Lennie Cloud Fund for the Hearing Impaired Fund will provide a $450 scholarship for a hearing-challenged student to attend the Term 8, Sensational Week at Camp Barnabas, which provides services for campers who have hearing or vision difficulties.  The traditional camp experiences will be made available to the scholarship recipient, with the necessary equipment, specially trained staff and services, made available though the Cloud Fund.
  • The Eslick Fund will award $948 to Sunshine Baptist Church in Springfield.  William E. Eslick established the fund to provide Southern Baptist Churches in southwest Missouri with capital improvement funding.   Sunshine Baptist plans to replace the Fellowship Hall piano and broaden its music-outreach program.

Watch the website for the second group of 2009-10 Field-of-Interest Grants.