December typically brings a flurry of donations for worthy causes, as year-end tax planning considerations drive decisions. Some worthwhile local endeavors to consider would include community foundations. The Washington County Community Foundation annually supports a variety of community projects for the benefit of the county. A matching program toward eight different causes was recently announced. These include the Washington County Hospital, and Friends of the Hollenberg Station. Randy Wyatt with United Bank in Washington has details.
The Nemaha County Step Foundation offers a similar goal and mission. You may contact any of their board members.
Bulldog alumni may consider contributing to the Homer Hanson Stadium Restoration Fund. Established to further efforts in renovating the historic football stadium at Marysville High School, the group has raised approximately 80% of a $250,000 goal, with work to begin this summer. Bert Lord is coordinating the project.
Twin Valley Developmental Services has for many years provided services to the mentally and physically challenged. Twin Valley operates several group homes in community settings, and offers clients work opportunities in a variety of fields. In addition to cash donations, and donations to their thrift shops, Twin Valley will also accept, and acknowledge larger donations of cars, trucks, boats, and etc. These are sold, with funds used toward operations. Contact Ed Henry for more information. Nemaha County Training Center serves a similar role. Dick Strathman of Seneca is board president.
Kansas Specialty Dog Service encourages financial, in kind, or volunteer time contributions at their Washington facility. The group provides trained assistance dogs at no cost to those with disabilities. This past year, K.S.D.S finished an accessible housing project completing three duplexes for students and staff. Details are online at www.ksds.org.
Independence Farms School of Therapeutic Riding offers therapy for youth and disabled persons through riding programs. They also seek volunteers, and in kind donations, as well as cash. The organization has a website at www.independencefarms.org.
As well, in times of increasing costs, and tight budgets, public as well as local parochial schools always welcome contributions toward a variety of programs, and extracurricular activities. Local school principals or superintendents can provide additional details.
Local food pantries are always in need of funds used to purchase perishable items for distribution. As well, the Lincoln Center in Marysville is a resource for families through a variety of programs. Contact Charlie Friedrichs for information.
All efforts to further these and other causes are worth considering, if it be a small donation in memory of friends or family, a larger donation or consideration in your estate planning, or in most cases through your direct involvement as a board member, community support or volunteer role. These efforts further a growing awareness of the importance of supporting our local communities as well as the perhaps better known national charities.