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25th Anniversary Celebration

Our Foundation is proud to have served the city of Piqua and its residents for 25 years. People from all areas of the community came to celebrate the occasion at the Miami Valley Centre Mall on Tuesday, October 23rd to enjoy great food, fellowship and entertainment.

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November 2018 Piqua Community Foundation Month

The Life Trustees of The Piqua Community Foundation met on November 13, celebrating their twenty-fifth annual meeting. To mark the occasion, Piqua mayor, Kazy B. Hinds, proclaimed November 2018 at “Piqua Community Foundation Month” in the city, in recognition of the positive impact the Foundation has had on Piqua residents.

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The Scott and Margaret Hinsch Community Service Awards

Two outstanding local volunteers were honored by The Piqua Community Foundation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service awards were conferred at the YWCA Piqua as part of the Community Foundation’s spring grant presentation.

These awards differ from other recognition programs because the honorees are selected based on activities done on behalf of one organization during one specific calendar year, in this case 2018. In addition the non-profit groups whose nominees were selected were each awarded a $1000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer.

The Margaret W. Hinsch Award was presented to Jenny Stewart from the Y.W.C.A. Piqua.  Jenny was the original “Safe Sitter” trained instructor in the fall of 2017. She devoted countless hours for the training and additional time spent preparing to teach the three-week class to youth 11 to 13 years old. Jenny’s work on the class helped many young people learn to be safe babysitters for younger children. Because of her enthusiasm for this program, a new “Safe@Home” class was introduced in 2019 to prepare students in grades 4 through 6 to feel safe when they are home alone. Jenny encouraged several others to be part of these two programs – she has now been a mentor to the participants AND to others who will be teaching future classes.

The Scott J. Hinsch Award was presented to Jim Stammen for his work with the Piqua Catholic School IT department. Jim began volunteering part-time in the fall of 2017, but since early 2018 this has become almost a full-time commitment on Jim’s part. He spends countless hours at both campuses of Piqua Catholic, working with staff members and students, checking on their needs and troubleshooting. Jim’s countless hours of volunteer work have saved Piqua Catholic thousands of dollars that were once spent on a paid contractual basis. The school may now spend those dollars to update equipment and software that will keep their students abreast of ever-changing technology.

(L-R: Jenny Stewart, John Hinsch and Jim Stammen)

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Donnelly Fund Makes Grants

Several Donor Advised Funds contribute to The Piqua Community Foundation’s overall grant-making impact every year. The Donnelly Donor Advised Fund is one such fund, making donations to local organizations and projects in November of each year.

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Grants Helping Our Community

Teachers from Washington Elementary School received several grants in the Fall 2016 grant cycle of The Piqua Community Foundation. Pictured is Tina Watts, literacy coach for second and third grades, with over 500 new books that were provided through a grant to support second grade Common Core reading standards at Washington.

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New Honorary Trustee Named

The Piqua Community Foundation is blessed to have support from many local businesses, not-for-profits and individuals. Generosity from our friends and neighbors is what makes a community like Piqua grow and flourish.

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