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Otto Schoitz Foundation seeks Coordinator

The Foundation is recruiting a qualified individual to serve as its full-time Coordinator.  Paid staff for the Foundation consists of the Executive Director/CEO and the Coordinator.  As a result, responsibilities of the Coordinator are varied, consisting of basic office duties along with professional grant-related functions.  See the Foundation Coordinator Position Description here.

Qualified applicants, please forward cover letter and resume to info@ottoschoitzfoundation.org by October 25, 2018.  No phone calls please.


Otto Schoitz Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grant Awards

Spring 2018 Grant Recipients

We are honored to announce the award of $750,000 to organizations aligned with our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of the Cedar Valley.  The projects funded by these grant awards impact over 16,500 citizens, with a particular focus on community betterment, education and development, and health and human services.

Topping the awards was the Waterloo Schools Foundation who received $300,000 for Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration. This grant will be used to create a new, comprehensively-aligned exploratory program which expands CTE offerings to middle school students, directly aligned to enhance the 17 programs offered at the high school level.

All Spring 2018 Grant recipients and their projects include:

Covenant Foundation - $123,500

Covenant Foundation was granted $123,500 for its project “Taking Care of Your Family from the Beginning.” The Otto Schoitz Foundation grant will help fund nine additional monitors and carts to equip all 19 labor rooms in the Family Birth Center with fetal monitor technology.

Diamonds and Fields - $50,000

Diamonds and Fields was awarded $50,000 for the All Play Ballpark located in Parkersburg - where all kids, no matter of ability or disability, play ball at the same complex.

Exceptional Persons, Inc. - $10,000

Exceptional Persons, Inc. received $10,000 for its employment service continuum to find persons with disabilities employment in the general workforce by providing job training, resume building, job interview preparation, and support to onboard and maintain a community job.

Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County - $30,000

Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County was granted $30,000 for its programming designed to increase nurturing parenting techniques, provide formal social support, and create awareness of community resources and supports that can strengthen the family and aid in the prevention of child abuse.

House of Hope - $100,000

House of Hope will expand its mission of providing homeless, single moms with transitional housing and individualized support to assist them achieve self-sufficiency with an award of $100,000 from the Foundation.

Inclusion Connection - $18,000

Inclusion Connection received $18,000 for its Inclusive Communication Services, the goal of which is to create a communication services department to provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services especially supported typing that are not currently available in the Cedar Valley. AAC services will be available to individuals who have a communication disorder, including those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa - $15,000

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa was awarded $15,000 for its financial literacy programming, whereby students learn from adult role models about the foundational personal finance and work readiness skills needed to succeed. Students also learn how education, career choice and finances are connected.

Love INC of the Cedar Valley - $3,500

Love INC of the Cedar Valley was awarded $3,500 for its project “Bridging the Medical Gap”, which provides medical equipment/supplies and medically-related transportation to vulnerable people, helping prevent worse health crises and improving the health and wellbeing of the client, their family, and the community.

Lutheran Services in Iowa - $10,000

Lutheran Services in Iowa was granted $10,000 for Healthy Families America-HOPES in Black Hawk County. LSI’s HOPES program provides evidence-based prevention services to at-risk parents of children ages 0-5 in Black Hawk County. The program works to reduce abuse and promote healthy, safe and self-sufficient families.

North End Cultural Center - $10,000

North End Cultural Center, Inc. received $10,000 for the Hip Hop Summer Literacy Program, an eight-week summer literacy program utilizing the medium of hip hop poetry and music to teach literacy skills and build self-confidence and educational engagement.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank - $35,000

Northeast Iowa Food Bank was awarded $35,000 for the Black Hawk County Elderly Nutrition Program. The Elderly Nutrition Program offers elderly and homebound seniors supplemental food assistance through senior congregate meal sites and a partnership with the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging.

The Job Foundation - $25,000

The Job Foundation was awarded $25,000 for its Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program, which teaches Cedar Valley K-12 students essential financial and leadership knowledge, skills, and tools to help them attain financial stability in adulthood. The Job Foundation works together in community to elevate the financial position of all children.

Waterloo Housing Trust Fund - $20,000

Waterloo Housing Trust Fund was given $20,000 for its work in supporting affordable housing in Waterloo that serves low to low-moderate income population by focusing on three activities: funding shelters, owner-occupied home repairs, and housing rehabilitation for accessibility.

Waterloo Schools Foundation - $300,000

Waterloo Schools Foundation received $300,000 for Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Exploration. This grant will be used to create a new, comprehensively-aligned exploratory program which expands CTE offerings to middle school students, directly aligned to enhance the 17 programs offered at the high school level.

 

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