Twenty six applications for community improvement programs or projects were submitted for the 2015 Columbus Area Philanthropy Council Youth Philanthropy Contest—the most ever received in the contest’s three-year history.
The following projects receiving funding from the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council:
- Conner Frei Eagle Project – Boy Scout Troop 276: Constructing concrete slabs, benches, and a bike rack at the entrance to Boy Scout Island at Lake Babcock in honor of Conner Frei, a member of Troop 276 who passed away.
- Step Up! – Lindsay Ohnoutka: Purchasing new shoes and conducting a shoe drive for gently-used shoes for school-aged children in need in the Columbus area.
- Hunger Farm – Lydia Johnson: Planting her own garden and growing vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and zucchini to give away to the community.
- Tinkering is Learning – Lucas, Cailin, Sydnie, Erinn Briggs: Helping the YMCA youth program by building a Lego wall and Lego table. These items will go in the youth room as the start of a Makerspace: a space for students equipped with materials to work on various projects.
- Teen Parents Giving Back, Youth for Christ Teen Parents: Designing and sewing ‘taggie blankets’ (small fleece blankets with ribbon tags sewn around the perimeter) with attached labels about the free services available at the Teen Parent Program at Youth for Christ, then distributing them to teen moms in the area.
- Paws and Claws Storage Shed Shelving – Ryan Mustard: Designing and installing usable shelving inside of a storage shed at the Paws and Claws Adoption Center to help the organization better utilize supplies.
- Comfort Bags for Foster Kids – Columbus High School Key Club: Creating comfort bags for foster kids that provide necessary and comforting items to make the transition easier for both the family and the children when kids are taken from their homes.
- Entertainment for the Need – The Helping Hands: Creating a children’s play area at the Center for Survivors where parents can gather and watch their kids in a safe space while at the Center.
- Platte Center’s Little Free Library – Platte Center Student Council: Building a ‘Little Free Library’ box and purchasing a supply of ‘starter books’ to provide free book exchanges for residents in Platte Center.
The following projects received community funding.
- Turn the Other Cheek – Blue Shoe Evening: Would like to make cost-effective wet wipes and purchase diapers/other items for patrons at the Simon House so they can save dollars spent on these costly items and spend that money on other needed items. Sponsored by Simon House.
- Honors in Action-Borders and Boundaries – Phi Theta Kappa-Chi Sigma Chapter at CCC: Want to present a video presentation to community groups to educate others about the walls and boundaries built up about people with amputations. Sponsored by Dick and Paula Casey
- Fill the Teacher’s Closet – Madeline and Lillian Hudnall, and Mac and Ella Shevlin: Would like to provide needed school supplies and literature to elementary students who are not able to purchase these items themselves. Sponsored by Columbus Board of Realtors
- Cries for Supplies – Ben, Austin, Abby and Ellie Loeffelholz: Would like to provide school supplies for elementary children who cannot afford to buy everything necessary to begin the school year, and provide additional supplies to teachers to have on hand throughout the year as children need them. Sponsored by Pinnacle Bank
- Game Time! – Shae Drymon: Would like to help kids in foster care build relationships with their foster families by giving them bags full of activities and games they can do with their new foster family. Sponsored by Superior Industries
The following projects did not receive financial support this year, but many are still continuing on with their projects.
- Kits for Kids – Malynn Knoepfle Slizoski: Wants to make crafting kits for kids who are sick or hurt in the hospitals, or who may not have any toys or things to do with them when going into the homeless shelter or the shelter at Center for Survivors.
- The Sparkle Effect – Columbus High Cheerleaders: Would like to help pay for new uniforms for members of the Sparkle cheerleader squad who are fellow students with mental or physical handicaps. These students’ parents are currently paying this expense.
- Senior Senior Prom – Maddalynne Armstrong: Would like to provide intergenerational activities for residents in a local nursing home by putting on a ‘Senior (Citizen) Senior Prom’ where high school students will interact with the elderly.
- Columbus Ice – Elizabeth Blaser: Is working with the Columbus Public Schools, the City of Columbus and other key community stakeholders to assess the need for, design and build of an outdoor public ice skating recreational area and warming shelter that could be utilized to create a safe and entertaining destination for local youth and families to enjoy ice skating in our community.
- Braille/Visual Impairment Awareness – Jennifer Belsan: Would like to create hands-on activities for students to experience what it is like for people with visual impairments to complete everyday tasks.
- 4-H Showmenship Floor – Fantastic 4-Her’s: Would like to replace the floor in the Showmenship Room/4-H Project Room at Ag park to help 4-H kids have more room to do projects, and make the area more attractive for contestants and observers that attend competitions held during the Platte County Fair.
- Mission Community Service – Columbus HS Football: Would like to organize a city-wide community service day on April 2nd that involves multiple organizations and students from Columbus High School. The 2015 senior football players will each have a project that they are responsible for setting up, and overseeing the work.
- Our Heart for Better Living, Northern Lites 4-H Club – Would like to purchase a defibrillator for Platte County Ag Park since they do not have one on the premises and many grandparents and community members come to watch 4-H animal exhibits at the fair.
- Needs to Succeed – Maggie Shevlin and Avery Drymon: Would like to provide the Columbus Rescue Mission with hygiene and home care supplies for people who are moving out on their own.
- A Continuum of Learning – Emily Shevlin: Would like to purchase items for the Communities Together Can (CTC) after school program including supplies to help complete homework and art supplies to be used during free time.
- Multicultural Artwork for North Park – North Park 5th Graders: Would like to design and construct a multicultural art piece to reflect the diversity of North Park students and families. Plan to get help from the CHS art department to complete the project.
- Random Acts of Kindness – North Park 2nd Graders: Would like to do ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ for various community helpers who often go unrecognized such as policemen, firefighters, mailmen, library workers, pet shelter helpers, etc.