I Pour Life awarded Glenstone Square Big Idea Program grant for 2014-15

  1. CFO’s Grants Program Officer Bridget Dierks (far left) and Assistant Vice President of Donor Development and Operations Winter Skelton (far right) present a check representing the $20,000 value of the Glenstone Square Big Idea Program grant to I Pour Life Representatives (from left): Ellie Schmidly, Director of El Salvador program;  Vanessa Higgins, Director of Finance; Julie Neal, Director of Ethiopia program; and Julie Higgins, Executive Director.

I Pour Life has been selected as the nonprofit agency to receive the 2014 Glenstone Square Big Idea Program grant of $4,000 and a one-year lease of office space in the Glenstone Square shopping center to help further the group’s charitable mission.

I Pour Life will receive the use of a 1,000-square-foot office unit in the Glenstone Square Office Complex, on South Glenstone Avenue just north of Sunshine Street in Springfield, including utilities and some furniture. The one-year grant period began July 1, 2014.

The grant is valued at $20,000: $16,000 in in-kind donations of office, utilities and furniture, plus a $4,000 unrestricted grant for operations or innovations associated with the project.

“It’s very exciting to have this grant to help grow our ‘Hand Up to Leadership’ coaching model,” said Julie Higgins, Executive Director of I Pour Life.

I Pour Life’s mission is to provide a “Hand Up” to people to overcome extreme poverty and its devastating effects. The office space and grant will allow the group — which previously met at volunteers’ home and at coffee shops — to grow its “Hand Up to Leadership” program to “diagnose for the good” the leadership abilities of homeless and at-risk youth. I Pour Life will work as a facilitator between agencies, who will identify those students ready to discover their leadership strengths, and the team of leadership coaches, made up of volunteers from local businesses, churches and schools. I Pour Life also has “Hand Up” programs in El Salvador and Ethiopia, through which they help Pipkin Middle School students learn social-response leadership.

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