Twenty-four area non-profit organizations received a total of $97,000 from the Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) in a special awards ceremony last week.

Agencies receiving funds include: Decorah Volunteer Fire Department; Luther College; City of Spillville Civic Improvement Association; City of Jackson Junction; Calmar Public Library (City of Calmar); Frankville Emergency Volunteer Association; City of Fort Atkinson Historic Preservation Committee, Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation, Winneshiek County Agricultural Association, St. Benedict School, South Winneshiek Community School District, Turkey Valley Community School District, De Sales Child Care Center; Calmar, Festina, Spillville Catholic School; Winneshiek County Recycling, Aase Haugen Homes, Inc.; American Red Cross of the Tri-States; Northeast Iowa Food Bank; Fort Atkinson Public Library (City of Fort Atkinson); South Winn Area Community Group; Calmar Municipal Pool; Winneshiek County Conservation Board; Turkey Valley Community School District; Luther College Women, Faith and Finance.

The following is a list of each organization that received grant funding along with a brief description of their projects, and the amount that was awarded to each:

• Decorah Volunteer Fire Department - Seeing through the smoke - Purchase 3 thermal imager cameras and 6 helmet cameras for entry for search & rescue -$6,000

• Luther College - Luther College Aquatic Center (Miller Challenge) - Build a new indoor aquatic center with a competition pool for swimming & diving, and a shallow pool for swimming lessons & water aerobics - $5,000

• City of Spillville: Civic Improvement Association - Campground enhancements - Provide power hookups to camping sites in Riverside Park - $6,000

• City of Jackson Junction - Outdoor warning siren - Warning siren to benefit city of Jackson Junction, Jackson Heights Golf Course, and Turkey Valley School - $6,000

• City of Calmar: Calmar Public Library - Library materials storage units - Install a new double-sided shelving unit for books & purchase/set-up a new 3-Tier Rack for DVD's - $1,800

• Frankville Emergency Volunteer Association - Wildland/ rescue and bunker gear purchase -

Obtain structural gear for a female fire fighter and wildlife/rescue gear for fighting wildland/brush fires - $4,367

• City of Fort Atkinson: Historic Preservation Commission - 'Fort Atkinson walking tour brochure - Print walking tour brochures to provide historical information to visitors at the fort - $1,200

• Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation - Winneshiek County adult literacy support fund - Establish needs-based funding assistance to support county residents who seek GED and ESOL services - $3,000

• Winneshiek County Agricultural Association - Blacktopped pathway improvement project

Blacktop area to west entrance of the show barn to make it more accessible for elderly and handicapped - $3,500

• St. Benedict School - Teaching with technology - Increase technological resources available to teachers and students, replace outdated machines, and increase staff development in the area of technology - $6,000

• South Winneshiek Community School District - Technology in the classroom - Purchase two smart boards and six document cameras for use in high school classrooms - $5,728

• Turkey Valley Community School District - Turkey Valley preschool playground - Update pre-school playground structure and play space, and install Sof'Tile under the play structure to ensure a safe and appropriate fall surface - $6,000

• De Sales School: De Sales Child Care Center (ODCCC) - Child care center expansion - For supplies for a new addition to existing building consisting of two rooms, a bathroom and an entrance space for coats/backpacks, etc. - $5,000

• Calmar, Festina, Spillville Catholic School - Technology for the future - Purchase 20 iPads - $4,663

• Winneshiek County Recycling - Recycling collection bins for Ridgeway, Castalia, Spillville and Festina - Place new recycling bins in these communities - $6,151

• Aase Haugen Homes, Inc. - Made in the shade at AHH - Construct a steel pergola directly in front of the wall of windows in the main dining room to create a scenic view while diffusing the direct sunlight - $4,125

• American Red Cross of the Tri-States - Save the Day - As a "Save the Day" Partner, will provide immediate direct assistance to at least one local family affected by a home fire or other disaster - $1,010

• Northeast Iowa Food Bank - Backpack program - Provide weekly weekend food for hungry students in Winneshiek County - $5,000

• City of Fort Atkinson: Fort Atkinson Public Library - 'E-Reader and audio devices plus accessories - Provide patrons opportunity to use a Nook Sony Reader or one of three Sandisk MP3 players with training - $864

• City of Spillville: South Winn Area Community Group - 2012 pyrotechnic firing and safety equipment improvement project - Obtain connecting cables to provide safe distances for fireworks firing crews - $2,560

• City of Calmar: Municipal Swimming Pool - 'ADA Access Compliancy for the City Swimming Pool' - Pool-side apparatus for disabled persons - $3,530

• Winneshiek County Conservation Board - 2012 Driftless Safari - Winneshiek County - Purchase safari maps, guidebooks, bags, and crayons for Driftless Safari participants to use in exploring natural, cultural, and historical treasures in Winn. County - $4,000

• Turkey Valley Community School District - Turkey Valley Fitness Facility - Purchase equipment for TV's new permanent fitness facility - $5,000

• Luther College: Women, Faith and Finance Initiative - Women, Faith, & Finance Educational Seminar Materials - Purchase of resource materials for participants in an educational seminar' - $500.

"We are so proud of these wonderful organizations and all the beneficiaries of these projects," said Jerry Freund, Winneshiek County Community Foundation president. "Every single one of their efforts and accomplishments contribute to a better Winneshiek County."

Special guests included Brad Patterson (president/CEO), Tom Wickersham (program director) and Jamar Thompson (affiliate outreach), all from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa located in Waterloo, the "umbrella organization" for Winneshiek County Community Foundation.

WCCF, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, assists in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs throughout Winneshiek County. Grants are awarded in the areas of: arts and culture, community affairs and development, education, environmental education and protection, health, historic preservation and human services.

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation's goals are to act as a county-wide endowment, to be a resource for a broad range of community needs and to assist donors in creating a lasting legacy through a variety of giving options in Winneshiek County. Gifts to the Winneshiek County Community Foundation are accepted online at:

The 2012 Winneshiek County grant distribution committee includes WCCF members Jerry Freund, Lorraine Borowski, Julie Wurtzel and Dick Guilgot. Community area representatives include: Dave Riha, Southern Winneshiek County; Ferneva Brimacomb, Northern Winneshiek County; John Logsdon, Board of Supervisors; Don Arendt, Decorah; Connie McCasland, Calmar; Michael T. Klimesh, Spillville; Chris Bodensteiner, Castalia; Jude Zweibohmer, Ossian; Helen Pinter, Jackson Junction and Al Becker, Fort Atkinson.

Dave Riha serves as committee chairperson, Michael T. Klimesh as vice president and Al Becker as secretary. Brenda Balk serves as the WCCF administrative assistant.