Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment announces 2018 grant recipients

The Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment fund advisory committee recently announced the recipients of its 2018 grant program: Crisis Nursery of Effingham County, Ballard Nature Center and Effingham Unit #40.

(Above) Crisis Nursery of Effingham County received $7,500 to support the addition of a wheelchair lift to the Crisis Nursery’s building and the renovation of the building’s upstairs space. Pictured, L-R: Jamie Chalfant (Program Director), Meghan Rewers (Executive Director), Craig Neilson (Board Member), Kaye Dent and Dr. Nanci Wood-Huels (Fund Advisors for the Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment)

(Above) Ballard Nature Center received $5,850 for multiple habitat and trail improvement projects. Pictured, L-R: Karan Greuel (Executive Director, Ballard Nature Center) and Dr. Nanci Wood-Huels (Fund Advisor, Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment)

(Above) Effingham Unit #40 received $1,800 for a GAIT chair. GAIT chairs replicate the movement of equine therapy and it can be utilized by occupational and physical therapists to improve a child’s core strength, attention span, cognition communication, and fine motor skills. Pictured, L-R: Amanda Lessley (President/CEO of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation), Dr. Nanci Wood-Huels (Fund Advisor for Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment), Adam Moore (Fund Advisory for the Effingham County CommunityWorkds Endowment), Jenny Seachrist (Special Programs Director, Effingham Unit #40 Schools), Lisa Norton (School Psychologist, Effingham Unit #40 Schools), Sarah Buhnerkempe (Occupational Therapist, Eastern Illinois Area Special Education)

The Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment is a fund of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and distributes annual grants to support workforce development, early childhood education and childcare, and land use and protection.

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