York Community Resource Center students and staff constructed raised beds for vegetable plants during Garden Build Day in May, an activity made possible because of a grant from the Snodgrass Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation.

The DuPage Foundation recently awarded Outreach Community Ministries a milestone grant for York Community Resource Center (YCRC). Outreach is honored to be the recipient of the DuPage Foundation’s 6,000th grant, which allowed the Foundation to surpass $35 million in total cumulative grants awarded over its 32-year history!

This grant, from the Snodgrass Family Fund, will support YCRC’s after school and summer programs for at-risk students to improve their academic success and future opportunities. “This grant illustrates how the Foundation works on behalf of both our donors and not-for-profits in the community,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. She explained, “Outreach originally applied through our Community Needs grant program. As part of that process, we share information with our donor-advised fund representatives. We encourage them to consider supporting programs that are of interest to them. Jim and Ruth Ann Snodgrass were so impressed with Outreach’s project that they not only funded the program that year, but recommended a grant to support the project for the next two years, as well!”

“We’re grateful for the community support we have received over the years through the DuPage Foundation and its donor-advised funds including the Snodgrass Family Fund,” said Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, vice president of resource development for Outreach Community Ministries. “The Snodgrass’ grant for YCRC, Outreach’s newest neighborhood resource center, allows us to reach and transform the lives of more vulnerable children and youth in an underserved area of DuPage County.”

York Community Resource Center is a multi-purpose neighborhood resource center serving residents of Villa Park, providing them the opportunity to become all that God intends them to be. Staff are professionally trained to serve each person’s physical, social and spiritual needs. Services include youth programs, case management and counseling.