Clintonville foundation doles out grants

Eight organizations receive $19K for good works

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Grace Kirchner Jerold Schoenike, right, presented a check for $1,000 to Steve Conradt, second from right, of the Clintonville Goodfellows as Tom Lederer and Mary Hintz look on.

The Clintonville Area Foundation presented $19,000 in grants to eight charitable organizations serving the Clintonville area at a celebration Friday at The Living Room coffee shop.

Connie Carpenter, advisory board chairperson for the foundation, said she was excited to have CESA 8 receive a grant for $1,250 to sponsor two Clintonville area teachers in the CESA 8 Career Academy Teacher Externship program. Last year, a teacher from Marion participated in the program. Lynn Aprill, of CESA 8, stated she already has several firms willing to work with the program for this summer.

The Clintonville Area Ambulance Service received $1,250 to provide supplies for a flu vaccine clinic allowing local residents access to free flu shots. Don Kimlicka, director of the Ambulance Service, said the flu clinic was a goal they had for several years.

The Clintonville Goodfellows Association was awarded $1,000 to purchase food and gifts for children for the annual Goodfellows holiday distribution. Steve Conradt, Goodfellows chairman, recalled that the late Frank Sinkiwicz, while working at FWD, started the Goodfellows more than 70 years ago when he saw needy children at Christmas. He often was out delivering food and toys late into the night.

The Clintonville Police Department received a grant of $3,000 to fund the purchase, training and care of a K-9 patrol in the city of Clintonville after the unexpected death of former K-9 officer Chero.

Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School received a grant of $3,000 to provide a set of heart rate monitors to be used by students in grades K-4 to help them get excited about and better understand their personal fitness.

Carpenter said she learned that one of three children born in the year 2000 and after will develop diabetes. She saw the heart monitors as being one way to educate children about their heart health.

The Navarino Nature Center was the recipient of a $2,000 grant to create a natural playscape area for young children to explore nature, their imagination and senses.

Safe Haven Domestic Abuse Support Center, of Shawano, was the recipient of $2,500 to support the costs of furnishing a bedroom and the installation of new security equipment as part of a building expansion.

“As you see, Safe Haven is in Shawano. The Center for Waupaca County is located in Plover, and that is farther away for those that need help,” Carpenter said.

The Clintonville Area Swim Team was given a grant of $5,000 which will enable them to purchase a new scoreboard. Ben Smejkel said the team was organized many years ago, and some of the original equipment is still functioning. However, there was a 30-minute delay in the last meet due to a mechanical problem.

Eligible nonprofit organizations submitted grant requests through the foundation’s annual competitive process. The foundation’s volunteer grants committee members recommend grant recipients to the advisory board for approval.

For information about the foundation, call 920-830-1290.