HAWARDEN—The Hawarden Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling more than $77,000 to area nonprofit organizations and local government units in support of projects throughout the city.

“The Hawarden Community Foundation has demonstrated that Charles Horton had a great idea in planting the first seeds of giving to start a local foundation for the benefit of our community now and for generations to come,” said Ric Porter, chair of the community foundation advisory board.

Horton created a vehicle for current and former residents of Hawarden to give back to their community.

Since then, memorials and several other estate gifts have grown the endowment to more than $1.5 million.

All gifts to the Hawarden Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation based in Sioux City, are carefully invested and only the earnings from Hawarden’s endowment are used to make grants to public charities that best meet local community needs.

The mission of the Hawarden Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life, promote unity and develop community pride now and in the future by partnering with the Hawarden community to identify and prioritize community needs, attract and distribute funds, support volunteerism and challenge personal involvement and commitment.

Since the foundation’s inception in 1994, more than $871,000 in grants have been awarded by the Hawarden Community Foundation.

The following entities recently received grants:

  • Hawarden Senior Center, $15,618 for a kitchen upgrade project.
  • Hawarden Fire & Rescue, $10,000 for wild land/extraction gear.
  • Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society, $9,500 for repairing and replacing building windows.
  • Siouxland Youth for Christ, $8,000 for economic/family meal time programs.
  • City of Hawarden/Hawarden Fire & Rescue, $7,292 for emergency medical services protective gear.
  • West Sioux Educational Foundation, $6,000 for a “Drugs are Powerful” program.
  • Big Sioux River Valley Historical Society, $5,260 for repairing a leaky roof.
  • Hawarden Public Library, $4,500 for handicapped accessibility at the library.
  • Wee Care Inc., $3,500 for an Electronic Innovations intercom system.
  • Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs, $2,610 for foster grandparent volunteer service support.
  • Center for Financial Education based in Sioux Center, $2,000 for the Needs and Cares Fund.
  • West Sioux Elementary, $1,500 for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
  • Senior Companion Program of Greater Siouxland, $1,250 for senior companion volunteer service support.