Foundation makes largest grant in its history to YMCA Capital Project
The Alliance Family YMCA is closed in on its goal for the $3.2 million YMCA Capital Campaign thanks to a $450,000 grant by the Greater Alliance Foundation. The grant is the largest gift received for the project and the largest grant ever made by the Foundation. According to the Foundation Executive Director Doug Schwarz, the $450,000 grant will be paid over three years. "We do not know of any other opportunity in our city that will have more of a positive impact on our children and their families than the building collaboration between the YMCA and the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center. This is why the trustees made such a large financial commitment to the YMCA Capital Campaign."
The Alliance Family YMCA and the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center project is a great collaboration. The new child-care facility will serve the diverse population of Alliance in a state of the art facility that is centrally located and trusted by all. This exposure to diversity is a key component to a successful life. Research indicates that children who are exposed to a diverse population are more accepting and build positive trusting relationships.
Building Family Legacies through the Foundation
The five Baker children are honoring the memory of their parents, Dr. William D. and Mary Lou Baker, by establishing a $25,000 Charitable Fund with the Greater Alliance Foundation. The fund benefits the Alliance Family YMCA Learn to Swim program that was initiated by the Greater Alliance Foundation with a start-up grant in 2003. Their parents were both in the medical profession, William Baker was an Alliance physician and Mary Lou Baker was a registered nurse.
Robert R. Hunter, Jr. said, "My sister, Sue Commerson and I created the fund in honor of our parents in recognition of their support for the mission of the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center promoting early childhood education and development. Our father incorporated the center and our mother was a longtime kindergarten teacher." The net income from the Eileen K. and Robert R. Hunter Sr. Charitable Fund will be distributed annually to purchase books and educational material for the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center.
The Keller Family has established the Keller Family Charitable Fund. It is a donor advised fund to fulfill their charitable interests. Lynn Keller, mother of three grown children Kate Keller Clark, Jay Keller, and Damon Keller are interested in educational projects, the arts, and in serving youth. Lynn said, "the idea of establishing the fund with the Greater Alliance Foundation is to benefit the Foundation and the needs of the Alliance area community."
Adult Career Training receives $30,000 grant
The Adult Career Training Assistance program (ACTAP) is a sub-committee of the Foundation which makes financial assistance available to adults of the greater Alliance community enabling them to advance through job training (vocational, technical or apprenticeship) as a means of self improvement.
Each year, the Foundation sets aside $30,000 for the program. This past year 32 scholarships were awarded to recipients trained in State Test Nurse's Aide, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Cosmetology, Welding, Automotive, Vet Tech, and Trucking.
400 students given copies of One Book One Community selection
The ninth annual One Book One Community program was a success according to Chairman Pat Stone in part due to the grant provided by the Greater Alliance Foundation. Over 400 students and teachers read One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Divakaruni due to a $3,778 grant from the Foundation.
Chairman Stone said, "Without the Foundation's willingness to continue the educational outreach, the program would not reach so many youth in our community," The Greater Alliance Foundation's Executive Director Doug Schwarz concurs, "We believe by providing books to classroom teachers and their students there is a greater benefit to our community by engaging young people in the dialogue. We appreciate teachers taking advantage of this unique One Book program to use as a learning opportunity for their students." Schools participating were Alliance High School, Alliance Middle School, West Branch High School, Sebring High School, and Marlington Middle School.
R. T. White School of Nursing hires new director
Lori Williams has been named the new director of the Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing. Williams knows first hand the value of a good education and has the Alliance Career Center to thank for her start in nursing. In 1985 Williams dropped out of West Branch High School but soon attained her GED from the Alliance Career Center. With her GED in hand she enrolled and graduated from the Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing. She then attended Trinity School of Nursing in Steubenville to become a registered nurse followed by a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan. Williams is excited to be the director and is enthusiastic to share her story with her nursing students as well as the men and women who are using the Alliance Career Center to complete their GED.