Starke County


Starke County Legacy of Women
Fall event will be sweet artistry

Join the Starke County Legacy of Women on October 26th for an afternoon of great art, great treats and great friends.

This year's event is "Chocolate and Canvas". The afternoon will combine art instruction and the South Bend Chocolate Company together in a beautiful pairing.

Come and participate in this program that makes painting easy and exciting. Step-by-step instructions are giving by a talented artist and they will help bring out your artistic side. You will take your masterpiece home with you and have a cherished memory of the day you spent with friends.

And what could make this day even sweeter? Why, South Bend Chocolate Company treats! You will create your masterpiece while nibbling on samples from this popular regional chocolatier. They will also have products to purchase. How can you resist?

"Chocolate and Canvas" will be held Sunday, October 26th 1:00-4:30 pm at the Knox Middle School. Tickets are presale only, so please contact a member to purchase tickets. Gift baskets will be available for fund-raising efforts.

Legacy of Women members who will have presale tickets are: Jennifer Davis, Erica Davis, Marsha Hayes, Debbie Jernas, Sheri Bartoli and Emily Waters.

By participating, you will help support the Starke County Legacy of Women Fund. The Fund offers grants to innovative programs, projects and activities that seek to empower women and girls in Starke County. The Fund also provides grants to women who want to participate in personal leadership development events such as conferences and workshops and then use those skills for the betterment of local women and girls.

For more information, contact the members of the Legacy of Women committee mentioned above, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.

Preschool Scholarship Program
Seeks to Raise Public Awareness

Jay Albright
Download the applications!
>>Fulton County Application
>>Miami County Application
>>Starke County Application

The NICF is in the second year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton, Miami or Starke County children.

Welcome to the Starke County Community Foundation
Starke County is a wonderful rural county comprised of small towns where everyone knows each other; and can always depend on neighbors and friends in a pinch. It has a wonderful heritage and a diverse cultural background that adds to its charm.

Since 1996, Starke County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Starke County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Starke County donations can do more—right here in Starke County.

So far, Starke County Community Foundation has dispersed over 2.7 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds more than $6.4 million in assets and administers more than 100 funds.