Foundation awards $53,500 in G. William Hartzell Community Grants

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee of The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday delivered $53,500 in grant awards to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents. Captured here is the grant award delivery at the Piqua Fire Department in support of the burn training tower project. Pictured, from left to right, are Jim Gray, committee member; Randi Pearson, committee chairman; Chief Brent Pohlschneider; Assistant Chief Timothy Risner; Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Wood; Karen Wendeln, committee member; and Barbara Hartzell, committee member.

The Piqua Community Foundation on Friday awarded G. William Hartzell Community Grants totaling $53,500 to 15 organizations that serve Piqua residents.

The grants were made from the charitable fund established by the late G. William “Bill” Hartzell with a bequest from his estate. This fund also awards college scholarships every spring. The grant awards are unique in the simplicity of the application process and the unrestricted nature of the funds to be spent however best serves the organization’s needs.

The Piqua Fire Department is one of the organizations benefiting from a G. William Hartzell Community Grant this year. This award will increase its ability to safely serve the Piqua community.

“The generous donation from the G. William Hartzell Community Grant will be directed towards the building of a burn training tower,” Assistant Chief Timothy Risner said. “This will prepare our firefighters to better serve our community and help ensure they make it home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”

The organizations receiving 2021 G. William Hartzell Community Grants are:

  • CASA/GAL of Miami County, Inc.
  • Forest Hill Cemetery & Arboretum
  • Friends of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
  • Friends of the Piqua Public Library
  • Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley
  • Isaiah’s Place Inc.
  • Miami County Dental Clinic — Traveling Smiles
  • Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County
  • Piqua Arts Council
  • The Piqua Community Foundation — Pitch Piqua
  • Piqua Compassion Network
  • Piqua Fire Department
  • Piqua Parents as Teachers
  • The Salvation Army of Piqua

Barbara Hartzell, fund committee member, participated in the grant deliveries and reflected on her late husband’s commitment to the Piqua community.

“Bill loved contributing to organizations who were creating opportunities for Piqua to thrive,” she said. “These organizations are making incredible contributions, and we are glad these awards allow him to continue to be part of Piqua’s future.”

Kathryn Booher, program director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, middle, hugs Barbara Hartzell, G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund committee member, as the fund committee presented checks to 2021 grant recipients Friday. Kimberly Lawson, financial director for Piqua Parents as Teachers, right, read the grant award letter while visiting with other committee members at Piqua Junior High School.

To learn more about the G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund, visit the fund’s page.