“I pledge because it is important for our future.”
These words were recently spoken by Quentin Hart when referencing the importance of economic inclusion in the Cedar Valley. Economic inclusion means opportunity for all by accessing education, reducing barriers, and changing mindsets.
You ask: “how” can that be accomplished? Hart has put words into action by establishing the “BELIEVE WATERLOO” fund. The fund will support programs which enhance and/or improve access, quality of life, and community betterment for the citizens of Waterloo, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or age. By inspiring, educating and improving our local community, we change the world. Invest today for tomorrow’s future.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY CONSERVATION FUND
BOB AND KATHY BRAUN FUND
Distributions from this fund benefit organizations serving the community that provide for the enjoyment of the arts and organizations which benefit the general health and welfare of our citizens.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF CEDAR VALLEY INC
CEDAR VALLEY SPORTSPLEX
Supports equipment and replacement of capital assets of the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, including equipment enhancements and replacements, room remodels to support new and existing programs. Normal operational expenses remain the responsibility of the City of Waterloo. Endow Iowa Eligible
CULTURE AND ARTS EDUCATION FUND
Provides funding to non-profits that support community cultural and arts education projects or programs that serve all youth and assure them of an opportunity to encounter the arts in many forms and ways.
DAVE AUMER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Waterloo Warriors Hockey Senior Team members are eligible to receive a $500 4-year renewable David Aumer Memorial Scholarship for post-secondary education. The Aumer family established this named scholarship as a way to carry on Dave’s legacy, a man that believed in these young players and their success. One scholarship is awarded annually.
DR. WILFRED M. JOHNSON UPWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship, named for the long-serving director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Upward Program in Waterloo, is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for students in the Waterloo Community Schools and currently are Upward Bound students.
ERIC AND LORI JOHNSON FUND
The purpose of the Eric and Lori Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its citizens.
FRIENDS OF THE ARTS CENTER
Friends of the Art Center works in partnership with the Waterloo Center for the Arts/Phelps Youth Pavilion to provide free and low‐cost arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages. Active since 1966, this dynamic volunteer‐led organization supports art acquisitions, exhibitions and conservation of works in collections, as well as educational and outreach programming. By supporting The Friends, you foster the continued success of the arts in Waterloo.
Waterloo Community Foundation – A gift to the Waterloo Community Foundation now is a powerful way for you to be a part of our work…..and no matter the size of your contribution, all are important and will be received, with gratitude. Because we are locally based and governed, your dollars help us to positively impact our community.
GERALDINE "JERI" M. THORNSBERRY FUND
Offers unrestricted financial support to the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District. Geraldine “Jeri” Thornsberry’s passion for preserving the quality of Iowa’s water and protecting our soil was reignited when she returned to her childhood home. She states, after all, “It’s our Water. It’s our Soil. It’s our Future!”A
HARRY AND POLLY SLIFE FUND
HUBERT AND GEORGIA ROSSIN SCHOLARSHIP
Students graduating from an accredited public or parochial high school in Waterloo who are either residing in a foster care home or previously resided in a foster care home are eligible to apply. This scholarship is inspired by the belief the Rossins exemplified every day: that every child deserves a loving and supportive home. This scholarship is dedicated to those wonderful individuals who sacrificed to positively make the difference in and to the life of a child by providing a loving home to those in need.
Iowa’s Bravest is a Cedar Valley all-volunteer effort that collects and sends boxes to Iowa servicemen and women while they are deployed overseas and supports veterans and their families here at home.
Your donation supports a needy population of Waterloo youth that might not otherwise feel the warmth of a new coat. In schools served by the Koats4Kids program, 41.8% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch (guidelines established by US Department of Agriculture and adjusted annually). Your gift supports nearly 20% of these children.
LANCE AND ELLEN VANDERLOO FUND
Supports nonprofit causes that support children (prevent child abuse, daycare, youth programs); education; under represented and/or minority populations; addresses the needs of those in poverty; promotes health and wellness and services for neglected and/or abused animals.
LEIGHTY FAMILY FUND
Supports interest areas such as: earth protection; food security and nutrition; local food production and sales; minimizing private vehicle transportation; inner urban renovation; efficient and economical human shelter and housing; science education; strategic volunteer engagement and organizational capacity building; general promotion of philanthropy; capital projects only at the stage where we might influence the design for better compliance with the spirit of earth protection; and general good of the community of Waterloo.
LORAL TRUST FUND
LUCY PRICE MEMORIAL FUND
Mark’s Park is located next to the Amphitheatre along the Cedar Riverfront in downtown Waterloo and offers a splash pad and play structures for kids ages 12 and under. This “Spray-ground” offers interactive water features daily, to be enjoyed free of charge. Your gift supports its repair and maintenance. Endow Iowa Eligible
MARGARET ANN ELDERLEIN EDUCATION TRUST SCHOLARSHIP
Provides scholarships for students graduating from a high school in Waterloo and pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university located in Iowa. Scholarships may be renewed for up to a total of four (4) years of undergraduate study provided that said student maintains a 3.0 average or higher on a 4.0 scale.
NOEL "THORNY" E. THORNSBERRY FUND
Supports LORAL Trust, Waterloo Youth City Council, and Waterloo Public Library Endowment Fund (all funds of the Waterloo Community Foundation)
PROFESSIONAL OFFICES SERVICES, INC.
Professional Office Services, Inc. (POS) offers $1,000 post-secondary scholarships to dependents of full-time POS employees at each plant location (Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, Utah, and Pittsburgh). To be eligible for a one-year scholarships, students must be the dependents of full-time employees at POS and must be (or will be) pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary educational institution.
SAM AND JANET HOLDEN FUND
The purpose of the Sam and Janet Holden Family Fund is to carry out the charitable mission of the Waterloo Community Foundation by contributing resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa, community and its citizens.
STEVE AND MARGO GRIMM FUND
Benefits the City of Waterloo Fire and Rescue to fund the purchase of fire equipment that enhances the safety of Waterloo residents, as determined by the Waterloo Fire Chief and the American Red Cross to fund disaster relief in Waterloo.
THOMAS AND LEAH FELCHER FUND
This fund is designed to benefit various charitable entities, with a primary (but not exclusive) emphasis on charities located and operating in Waterloo, Iowa.
TODD BREKKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for students attending either West or Expo High Schools in the Waterloo Community Schools, particularly those students “who are not going to be winning thousands of dollars in scholarships.” Applicants must be pursuing a career in the arts (computer graphics, painting, design, etc.) or skilled trade area such as auto repair/mechanics, welding or carpentry.
WATERLOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS—MARGARET ANN ENDERLEIN CHARITABLE TRUST FUND
Provides support for the Waterloo Center for the Arts to procure works of art for display, improve existing exhibits, and enhance the inventory of the Waterloo Center for the Arts. See attachments to signed agreement for further detail.
WATERLOO FIRE RESCUE
Waterloo Fire Rescue, established in 1904, provides its citizens an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance service, performs fire suppression and rescue operations, conducts emergency management, and offers other special services including hazardous materials mitigation and technical rescue. Your gift supports: 1.Greg Freshwater Memorial Scholarship Fund; 2. Special Equipment Fund, or 3. Community Outreach.
WATERLOO POLICE FOUNDATION
The Waterloo Police Protective Association (WPPA) and the Waterloo Chief of Police are working together to enhance and build relationships with Waterloo citizens and our youth. You designate your donation to support: 1. “Cops and Kids” program; 2. Police Department Employee of the Month program (officer designates their $250 award to a charity of their choice) or 3. Community policing efforts.
WATERLOO POLICE RACIAL EQUALITY FUND
In partnership with the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Police Department, this fund will improve race relationships between the Police Department and the Black community by supporting training in these critical areas: Procedural Justice/Implicit Bias/Reconciliation Training, Critical Incident Team Training, De-escalation Instructor Training and First Line Supervisor Training. $250,000 has been set as a training goal. More information here: https://www.wloocommunityfoundation.org/foundation-establishes-racial-equity-fund-to-support-waterloo-police-training/
WATERLOO PUBLIC LIBRARY ENDOWMENT
The fund’s purpose provides general operational support for the betterment of the Waterloo Public Library and fulfills its mission to “provide free access to education, information and recreation in a welcoming environment.” The public library is at the heart of our community, offering programming for all citizens. The library is served by a 5-member Board of Trustees, all community volunteers appointed by the Waterloo City Council and serve as the policy-making body governing the Waterloo Public Library. Endow Iowa Eligible
WATERLOO SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
The Waterloo Softball Association (WSA) has a 40-year history of providing an attractive softball/baseball environment for youth and adult leagues at the Hoing-Rice complex in Waterloo. An aging facility with historic significance and the approaching 35thanniversary of the death of Police Officers Hoing & Rice’s have sparked interest in facility upgrades, including the construction of a Peace Officer Pavilion and other repairs totalling $400,000.
WATERLOO YOUTH CITY COUNCIL
This scholarship is established for purpose of helping with the cost of advanced education for dependents of full time VGM employees who have been with the company for 1 year or longer.
YOUTH IN ACTION VOLUNTEERISM SCHOLARSHIP
Students at East, West or Expointerested in pursuing a career in the field of education, science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarship.Michael and Barbara Henning, Waterloo residents and community volunteers, initiated this scholarship to reflect their commitment to education and youth. “We believe education is the key to success of our community’s youth. This is one way we can make a difference.” Endow Iowa Eligible