Three quarters of a million dollars distributed by St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation

Submitted Photos Recipients

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation distributed $791,207.56 to 53 area agencies through the Twice Blessed Program Thursday.

Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, contributors could visit twiceblessednd.com to learn about the mission and goals of each of the area organizations participating in the program. No gift was too small and gifts were matched at predetermined levels, up to a grand match total of $333,500 provided by St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation.

The 1,221 gifts given totaled $500,526.56. Gifts and the matching grant funds from the foundation are used for projects that address the mental, physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs of residents in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward and Wells.

“We are happy with the results of St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation Twice Blessed Giving Program. One of our goals as a foundation is to help increase charitable giving and investments in the community, whether donors decide to give for today or tomorrow. The Twice Blessed program provides a matching gift, a central site and collaborative venue for giving, and supports the outreach efforts of participating agencies. A win-win for all,” said Shelly Weppler, president.

“Our clients are broader than just being donors to the foundation and we hope we can help them through their own journey to locate worthy causes and become better philanthropists,” she added.

Submitted Photo Shelly Weppler, executive director for St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation, shakes hands with one of three brothers who raised money, with their mother’s assistance, by packaging and selling hot chocolate and chai tea kits over the holidays. They gave half their proceeds to Companions for Children and stopped in to have their gift doubled through the Twice Blessed program.

Distribution totals that included a $2,500 matching grant from the foundation went to: Camp Bentley, Drake, $10,248; Camp of the Cross, Garrison, $11,085; Camp Metigoshe, $5,846; Child Evangelism Fellowship of ND, Minot, $6,215; Garrison-Max Ambulance District, $6,155; Minot Public School Foundation, $6,810; St. Ann’s Youth Ministry, Belcourt, $5,500; and Velva City Park Board for safety features at the sand volleyball, $9,860.

Distributions that included $5,000 foundation matchng grants went to: City of Tolley for playground equipment, $10,000; City of Washburn for Memorial Building elevator, $13,435; Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Minot, $15,535; Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Minot, $14,466; John Hoeven Elementary PTA, Minot, for inclusive playground equipment, $10,020; Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions, $11,517; Minot Social Club, Second Story, $20,460; Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, Minot, $13,865; Riverdale-Pick City Ambulance, $20,805; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Minot area, $16,060; Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Minot, $10,770; Souris Valley United Way Backpack Buddies, Minot, $13,035; St. Andrew’s Health Center, Bottineau, $18,340; and Ward County Historical Society for wheelchair ramps, Burlington, $23,530.

Distributions that included foundation matching grants of $10,000 were: Companions for Children, Minot, $20,220; Kenmare Fire Department, $38,040; Magic City Discovery Center, $22,230; Metigoshe Ministries, Bottineau, $23,725; and Minot Area Men’s Winter Refuge, $21,621.

Distributions that included foundation grants of $15,000 were: Dakota Hope Clinic, Minot, $48,694; and Rugby Ambulance Service, $38,805.

The foundation’s Higher Education Scholarship Initiative received $16,500, including a $16,000 foundation grant for scholarships in nursing, communication disorders and social work.

Other groups receiving funding and their grant matches were: Rolette Rural Fire District $8,252 with a $4,121 match; International Music Camp, $3,420 with $1,710 as match; $1,300 American Red Cross-NW North Central ND, $1,300, no match; Bottineau Area Christian Ministerial Association, $5,310 with $2,655 match; Evangelical Lutheran-Good Samaritan Society, Mohall, $100, no match; Garrison Memorial Hospital, $4,400 with $2,200 match; Parkinson’s Symposium, Minot, $4,040 with 2,,020 match; Berthold Park District to improve ball diamonds, $12,490 with $6,245 match; Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center, Minot, $12,400 with $6,200 match; Sanctuary Sober Living for Women, Minot, $16,210 with $8,105 match; Minot Commission on Aging, $12,850 with $6,425 match.

The foundation committed $20,000 and received $8,751 in donations for its initiative to support food pantries in an 11-county area. It also distributed $55,025 to the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, which included a $20,000 foundation matching grant. YWCA Minot received $47,278, which included a $25,000 matching grant.


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