Chair, Rock County Community Fund
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Rock County Community Fund grants $20,000 for community-betterment
Rock County Community Fund (RCCF) rolled out over $20,000 in quality-of-life grants during the month of June. All grants were made from RCCF’s unrestricted endowment account, which members of a volunteer fund advisory committee have long been focused on building to address community needs and create opportunities for prosperity in Rock County.
Grants went to the Rock County Hospital, the Rock County Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store and provided matching funds for a Bassett Pool and Rock County Library fundraiser.
Rock County has been in critical need of a ventilator for many years and with the help of the grant, the hospital and Emergency Medical Service of Rock County were able to purchase a one. Katie Ogier, Rock County Hospital’s Acute Care Director of Nursing, said “The ability to utilize this piece of equipment will ensure a higher level of care and a safer and more affordable option for our patients at Rock County Hospital.”
The second grant to the Rock County Hospital was used to update the door security system. Stacey Knox, Rock County Hospital Administrator, explained that the purchased hardware will tie into the current system and allow employee badge access to two designated doors.
Money granted to the Rock County Hospital Auxiliary is being used to help with remodeling costs at the thrift store. The auxiliary has used the closure of the thrift store due to the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to complete some long overdue infrastructure work in the store.
The Bassett Pool and Rock County Library also made the best of Covid-19 with Porch Portraits. Local photographers captured family portraits on community member’s porches and were able to raise $1,500 to be used for their projects. The granting committee chose to match the aforementioned funds to help with the cause.
Contributing to RCCF’s unrestricted endowment account is one of the easiest ways individuals, families and businesses can invest in the future of Rock County. An unrestricted endowment acts like a savings account for the future. All contributions placed in the account are invested and only a portion of the investment earnings are granted every year, providing a steady stream of revenue to fund projects and programs today, 50 years from now and forever. Contributions may be made with checks payable to Nebraska Community Foundation with “Rock County Community Fund” in the memo line and mailed to: Rock County Community Fund, PO Box 506, Bassett, NE 68714. Donations may also be made online at https://www.nebcommfound.org/give/rock-county-community-fund.
Members of the Rock County Community Fund Advisory Committee said they are excited to see the community benefiting from the funds that the granting committee distributes each cycle. The next granting cycle is in November and applications are available at www.rockcountycommunityfund.com.
About Rock County Community Fund
The Rock County Community Fund is a charitable organization working to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for prosperity in Rock County and the surrounding area. RCCF has created an endowment, which is like a community savings account, to support community projects, programs and people. Learn more at www.rockcountycommunityfund.com.
About Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.
Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving 265 communities.
In the last five years, 45,313 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $393.1 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.