Great Community Give Is On Its Way!

The Great Community Give is on its way! This event is the first online, community-wide giving day event for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Community members will have the opportunity to support their favorite nonprofit organizations that serve our area every day on April 18, 2018 from 6:30 am to 8 pm. Throughout the day we will also draw the names of lucky donors who could help their nonprofit organization for additional prize money. If you are a business and would like more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event, please email Susanne Myers at srfmyers@gmail.com. Whether you are a donor, board member, sponsor, or nonprofit, make sure to Point, Click, GIVE on April 18th!

 

 

If you have any questions regarding Great Community Give, please direct them to our graduate assistant, Amanda Bomfim, at engage@tcfhr.org.

 

SOS Foundation Awards First Scholarship Grants

It was a special night to remember and rejoice when SOS Foundation President Yancey Ford presented our charity’s first scholarship grants to three very deserving and appreciative young students during the annual SOS Dinner at the Innisbrook Golf Resort.

 

The SOS Foundation was created earlier this year as a certified 501-(c)(3) charity charged with the sole purpose of providing college scholarship assistance to the academically-qualified children of staff personnel working at clubs that host SOS competitions. To date, the SOS members have contributed $35,000 to the Foundation.

 

Two of the 2017 recipients of the $2,500 scholarships are long-time good friends McKenna Chefero and Hannah Murphy, both of whom are now sophomores at the University of South Florida.  The third recipient is Madison Duncan-Diejuste, who attends Palm Beach State College.

 

Ms. Chefero’s father, Paul, works in Banquet Management at the Innisbrook Resort. Ms. Murphy’s  mother, Nancy, is a senior sales manager at Innisbrook. Ms. Duncan-Diejuste’s mother, Kristina, shares duties in the Quail Ridge CC golf shop and locker room.

 

Yancey Ford proudly introduced the three scholarship recipients to the broad and highly-enthusiastic SOS Membership in attendance at the Dinner, and all three young ladies eloquently thanked Yancey and the SOS Foundation for its commitment to education.

 

McKenna Chefero is majoring in Entrepreneurship at South Florida; she is focusing on business management with a minor in Leadership Studies. “Someday I hope to own my own non-profit,” she says. In high school, McKenna played on the varsity golf team as a senior and she dabbles in golf with a Club Team at South Florida. “I really appreciate what the Society of Seniors Foundation has done for me,” she says. “This scholarship means a whole lot to me and to my family.”

 

Hannah Murphy is majoring in Criminology and aspires to attend Law School and become a Defense Attorney. “When I was in high school I used to babysit for Jessica Lowe, National Golf Sales Manager,” Hannah says. “She told my mother all about the SOS Foundation Scholarship. We filled out all the paperwork and I did the interview with the Society of Seniors Scholarship Committee on Skype. It was a great day when I received the call telling me that I’d be getting the $2,500 scholarship.”

 

Madison Duncan-Diejuste attends Palm Beach State College and aspires to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. “My mother is a single parent of four children,” she says, “and I am the third to attend college. The SOS Foundation Scholarship is a big help for me and for my family. I cannot thank the SOS enough for its gracious generosity.”

 

The SOS Foundation thanks those SOS members who have already donated to the Foundation. In announcing the formation and the purpose of the Foundation, the charity’s Board suggested that SOS members donate an annual minimum of $100 to the Foundation over a three-year period so that the Foundation could become self-sustaining by the year 2020.

 

At this time a number of SOS members have made long-term commitments to the Foundation through annual giving, transfers of stock and plans to include the Foundation in their wills. Indeed, some TK SOS members made an initial gift to the Foundation of $1000 or more.

 

Before the New Year, the SOS Foundation will once again reach out to the SOS membership with information as to how members can make a gift to the Foundation. Thanks in no small part to the very gracious and touching remarks from McKenna, Hannah and Madison at the Annual Dinner, the Foundation knows it is on the right track.

 

Society of Seniors

1570 West First Ave.

Columbus, OH 43212

614-487-1207

WWW.SOCIETYOFSENIORS.COM

Important 2017 Dates & Deadlines

Important Year – End Deadlines

  • Wednesday, December 27 – Gifts of Stock & Mutual Funds must be received in The Community Foundation brokerage account before the end of the year.  In order to ensure receipt, please plan to have your gifts of stock and mutual funds to us by 2:00PM on the 27th.   A guarantee for processing in 2017 will depend on the type of security and its deliverability. Please call for more information.
  • Friday, December 29– Gifts hand delivered to The Community Foundation must be received in our offices by 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday, December 30 – Gifts mailed to The Community Foundation must be postmarked no later than this date for the donor to receive a 2017 IRS tax receipt.

Friendship Industries Endowment Fund

 

Friendship Industries is a business with a social mission to develop and maintain employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in integrated work environments. Our employees work on commercial contracts with the Department of Defense, major retailers, and international companies; providing the packaging experience our customers expect. We also have job coaches supporting employees at other area businesses. In our efforts to positively impact employment for persons with disabilities, we look to community donors to assist with supporting our employment services. Currently we are focusing on two areas (1) employment scholarships (2) helping improve employee environments through our warehouse expansion.

 

In 2007, the Board of Friendship Industries, Inc. established the Friendship Industries Endowment Fund, a permanently endowed fund, with The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County. The purpose of this fund is to support the ongoing operational costs of the organization.  As you consider your year-end giving this holiday season, please consider making a gift to the Friendship Industries Endowment Fund and positively impact the individuals served by this local nonprofit organization.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Chamber invitation

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OFFICES TO BE CLOSED

The offices of The Community Foundation will be closed Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13, while we move to our new home in the Center for Community Philanthropy at 317 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.

A few things to note:

  • We are experiencing difficulties with our phones and are in the process of transitioning to a new system. Please do not try to leave a voicemail message for the staff. If you do not get an answer when you call our office, you may either call back at another time, or email us at info@tcfhr.org. If you cannot reach us and have a situation of an urgent nature and need to speak with our staff immediately, please call 540-820-1009. 

  • We will be moving not only our offices, but preparing the new location for five additional nonprofit organizations to join us. We appreciate your understanding as we seek to make this significant transition a smooth one. 

  • We have remaining office space available for 1 – 2 nonprofit organizations. Please share this opportunity with nonprofit organizations seeking office space in downtown Harrisonburg.

  • Individuals who hold funds with The Community Foundation will be invited to a special dedication event. We are grateful for your patience with the need to keep the office closed for the week of October 9 – 13.

 

We are extremely excited to make our new home in the Center for Community Philanthropy and hope you can join us for the ribbon cutting on Tuesday, November 28!

Early Ace Scholarships Awarded

The Early Ace Scholarship Fund was established to support students graduating from public high schools in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Rockingham, Augusta and Shenandoah. Candidates are students planning to continue their education at a four-year public college in Virginia. Preference is given to students planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree with a science, engineering or business major. Preference may also be given to first generation college students.

 

The selection committee interviewed students and considered the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Academic performance
  • Character and drive to succeed
  • Field of study/Chosen career path

 

Once of the unique components of this scholarship is the requirement to meet and work with a mentor throughout college. The Community Foundation staff works with the recipient’s college/university to assist in the selection of the mentor. Recipients of the Early Ace Scholarship are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA while being enrolled full-time. Recipients of the award may renew the scholarship for all four years of college, if meeting the criteria for renewal.

 

2017 Early Ace Scholarships were awarded to:

 

William Lam (Central High School) – attending Virginia Tech University

Iain Slater (Turner Ashby High School) – attending James Madison University

Nicole Young (Stuarts Draft High School) – attending James Madison University

 

Claude & Frances Warren Scholarship Awarded

Claude E. Warren was devoted to athletics in Harrisonburg. From 1932 through 1971 Claude Warren was the “face” of athletics at HHS. He served as football, basketball, baseball, and track coach from 1932 until the early 1960s, continuing as Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1971.

 

Coach Warren was known for his belief in fundamentals and high standards of personal conduct. He influenced thousands of students including a former athlete, quoted by the Daily News-Record in 1957 following an appreciation dinner to celebrate Warren’s 25 years of coaching, who said, “I know of no other persons, aside from my parents, along my school route who did more to prepare me for this ‘game of life’ than did Coach Warren. You can’t turn your back on his records at HHS, but what really counts now that I look back on my days as a Blue Streak was his coaching philosophy. Call it character-building or call it anything you like, I know what he gave to me along the route.”

 

In 1961, Harrisonburg High School’s new field house was named in his honor. He appreciated a very supportive wife, Frances, who supported him throughout his career. When the new Harrisonburg High School was built in 2005, the entire sports complex was named, the Claude E. Warren Sports Complex.

 

The purpose of the Claude & Frances Warren Scholarship Fund is to support scholarships for Harrisonburg High School students. Eligible candidates are students planning to compete in an intercollegiate sport, or in a post-graduate year preparing to compete in an intercollegiate sport. Special consideration was given to students also planning to pursue a degree in an athletic related field of study (athletic training, athletic coaching, health administration, health education, physical education, or kinesiology), or to students planning to coach and teach. In addition, the Selection Committee considered:

  • Financial Need
  • GPA
  • Character, determination and leadership qualities

 

The recipient of the 2017 Claude & Frances Warren Scholarship is Casey Wilson. Casey will compete as a swimmer when she attends Roanoke College in the fall.