From left: Megan Shebik, DuPage Foundation Trustee; Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, Outreach Community Ministries; Ruth Ann Snodgrass and Jim Snodgrass, donor-advisors; Chris Ellerman, Outreach Community Ministries; Ruth Carlson, DuPage Foundation and Grant Committee member.

Thank you to the Snodgrass Family Fund of DuPage Foundation for awarding Outreach Community Ministries a $150,000 grant! These funds will support York Community Resource Center’s after-school and summer programs (serving Lombard, Villa Park and Oakbrook Terrace), equipping at-risk elementary, middle and high school students for future success.

Outreach was one of 37 not-for-profit organizations and six local collaboratives to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast held on Wednesday, June 14, at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn. The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $800,000 in grants to organizations working in the area of health and human services and local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County.        

“There are numerous not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County that are providing vital services,” said Joe Weidenbach, Foundation Grant Committee chair. “During these challenging times with many organizations feeling the effects of cut backs, the foundation is pleased to provide support and much needed resources to those addressing health and human services and early childhood needs.”

Chris Ellerman, Outreach Community Ministries CEO, says the funds will address community needs by supporting the expansion of the York Community Resource Center’s after-school and summer programs and underwriting the new site director position. “When Outreach Community Ministries assumed full responsibility for the York Center in June 2016, we were serving 22 elementary students,” he says. “This award will help launch a full range of services so that the York Center will be positioned to serve 67-70 students on a daily basis. These essential programs will equip at-risk middle and high school students for academic success, improving their life options and changing the trajectories of their future.”

Outreach thanks the Snodgrass Family Fund for investing in the children, youth and families served at the York Community Resource Center, and to the DuPage Foundation for facilitating this award that will transform many lives.