Community Stories

Creating family legacy

Stan and Joyce Beckman remember Joyce’s parents, Reo and Bessie McMillen, as generous people who lived with integrity and faith. Now Stan and Joyce are passing down those values through the generations of their family.

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Celebrating a vibrant life

Chad Hickman’s family created a fund in his memory as a way to give back to the community and to continue Chad’s legacy of inspiration and determination.

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Investing in people and community

To Don and Marsha Van Singel, giving back and investing in people is a natural response to the gift of living in a community they love.

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Enhancing community

Not long ago the home of the new Grant Farmers Market was just an empty lot. But with plenty of vision and hard work, a dedicated community gave the lot a new purpose and a role to play in the city’s future.

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Growing family values

Al and Marlene Karnemaat love what they do and see their family business as a calling. They established the Karnemaat Family Scholarship to help local young people train for their own rewarding careers.

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Ensuring a bright future

Croton Township Library set up an agency endowment fund at the Community Foundation to ensure a promising future.

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Faithfully serving

The dedication and warmth of the staff and volunteers at Alpha Family Center can be a lifeline for clients who arrive scared and overwhelmed.

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A lasting tribute

Charles Davidson’s wife Iris and family established a scholarship fund in his memory as a meaningful, lasting way to honor his life and legacy.

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A legacy of giving

For Roger and Becky Tuuk, a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation is a way to support the community they love and to honor the lessons they learned from their parents.

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Growing hope

Mistie Wolfenbarger was ready to make positive changes in her life. The Growing Hope program at Love INC, funded in part by a Community Foundation grant, helped her take the next step.

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