The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund awarded $286,000 in grants to 22 area nonprofit organizations.
The awards were announced during a grant reception April 22nd at the iWireless Center in Moline.
Amy’s father, Franz “Bud” Helpenstell, presented the grants to the groups. In addition, three nonprofit leaders shared the effect that will be made on their organizations and the people they serve through funding received from the foundation.
Speaking on behalf of their organizations were Patrick Carlson, clinical director at The Center for Youth & Family Solutions;Sally O’Donnell, executive director of School Health LINK; and Amanda Dybek, executive director of Henry County Youth Services Bureau
Among the causes and organizations it supports, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund promotes awareness, understanding, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the greater Quad Cities area. Amy Helpenstell passed away in 2003 from complications related to an eating disorder. Ms. Helpenstell created the foundation through her estate to support causes related to health, education, youth development, community development and cultural activities within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, where she lived and worked.
“Since 2005, Amy’s Foundation Fund has given more than $5 million back to causes that she cared deeply about,” said Bud Helpenstell, chair of The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund. “The spring grants will impact community efforts to protect children from abuse, provide enrichment activities for individuals with disabilities, help local students attend college, and so much more. The results of the grantees’ important work will be felt in the lives of real people every day.”
Spring grant recipients and the programs that received funding include:
For more information about The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, visit www.amyhelpenstell.org or call 563-326-2840. The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.