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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Riverboat Foundation grants $97,102

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 17, 2013
Eighty-eight groups applied for Washington County Riverboat Foundation minigrants. The foundation gave out $97,102 Tuesday night. Some of the groups are pictured above.

RIVERSIDE — The Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) handed out $97,102 in minigrants Tuesday, July 16, during its meeting.

“We had 88 applications for mini grants,” said WCRF president Patricia Koller. “Most of these groups are very, very small and $2,000 goes a long way to help their cause.”

One of those groups receiving a mini grant was Hospice of Washington County. They were awarded $2,000 for organizing personal information. Marketing director Robyn Harvey-Smith said this grant would be used to launch their documentation system for personal information the patients have.

“We’re really excited about it,” she said. “This will help us to get the document printed and passed around the community, hopefully to help educate people about the end of life.”

It will contain instructions on what their family should do for care, a list of assets the patient may have, financial information, and any legal information the family may need, Harvey-Smith said.

“The document will be there so loved ones can pull it out and not stuggle,” Harvey-Smith said. “A lot of people don’t like to acknowledge that they have to do this, and this document will be there to help them with this process.”

Another group that received a minigrant was the Washington Community School District (WCSD). They were awarded $2,000 for an electronic door lock at Stewart Elementary.

“We thought it was a big need and there has been a request for the electronic door lock for a while,” said WCSD technology director Jeff Brock.

It will be put on a door that leads to the playground, which never had a working lock on it, Brock said. In order to re-enter the school, staff would have to prop open the door with a broom. With the grant money the district will purchase a key card system, Brock said. He hopes to have it installed by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

There were board members who abstained from voting on certain minigrant awards. Ed Raber abstained from voting on the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) and the WCSD grants. Brenda Herrington abstained from voting on the Kalona Historical Society grant. Faye Vittetoe abstained from voting on the Prairie Painters and Stephanie Schlabaugh abstained on the Kalona Public Library grant.

At the meeting the WCRF also set the application deadline for the fall grants. It will be on Thursday, Oct. 10, by 5 p.m.

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