Impact Stories

  • Esbon Rural Fire District #3

    Esbon acquired a fire truck through the Kansas Forest Department for use by the Esbon Fire Department. Thanks to a grant from the community foundation, Fire District #3 was able to equip the old fire truck with a new tank, cradle, TFI remote monitors, pump, and wireless communication headsets to complete it for full use as a fire truck.

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  • City of Mankato

    A grant from the community foundation allowed citizens from the City of Mankato to purchase a 21' pop-up Christmas tree for City Park during the holiday season.

    The first annual event of lighting the tree in the park sparked a positive influence for all citizens of Mankato and Jewell County. This event reminded everyone that Christmas is all about family and community.

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  • City of Burr Oak

    "Hundreds of people annually drive by and can't help but have a more positive attitude about the state of our small town," said grantee Jessica Barnes about the Burr Oak mural. The mural welcomes people driving on Hwy 128.

    Artist Callum McNichols painted the main body of the mural and invited the rest of the community to paint the accompanying barn quilts.

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  • City of Jewell

    The City of Jewell installed new welcome signs in their downtown after participating in a "First Impressions," program with Miltonvale.

    "The signs will help create a more vibrant, and welcoming downtown area," said grantee Shelby Bohnert.

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  • The Burn Association

    The Burn Association was awarded a grant to upgrade their trucks and tanks with new equipment to have safer and more efficient burns.

    "What a blessing to receive this grant! We operate on a very small budget and these grants make a difference" said Charles Smies.

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