The R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation recently announced a grant of $5,000 to the Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. – Ministry Fund. The Ministry Fund, or Katie’s Fund, provides help for such needs as transportation, prescriptions, rental assistance, food, clothing, and medical and dental costs, helping residents of Door County through unstable life situations.
Although The Ministry Fund provides assistance to all people of all ages throughout Door County, this grant will be used primarily to support at-risk and low-income elderly in northern Door County, especially on Washington Island.
“We are very grateful to Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for their generous contribution,” says Katie Graf, social worker at Ministry Door County Medical Center and administrator of the fund. “This year has been an extremely busy year with all of the economic challenges we are faced with here in Door County. This is the fifth year we have exhausted the money that was allocated to the elderly and disabled population in Northern Door. This generous grant will go a long way toward addressing the many needs of our community.”
In 2011, the Ministry Fund celebrated its eleventh year and had the highest number of requests since the implementation of the program and served 549 residents of Door and Kewaunee Counties. The total amounted gifted to individuals in our community in 2011 was $45,568, bringing the total amount gifted since the fund’s beginning to $235,568.
Ministry Fund was able to assist with improving the quality of life for our Northern Door elderly residents through providing dental care, eye glasses, transportation, food and medications as well as assistance with car repair.
The Ministry Fund continues to work collaboratively with Door County Energy Assistance to provide heating assistance to the community and prevent residents from being disconnected. The fund also provides support for those in need of emergency shelter and transportation, and Durable Medical equipment which includes LifeDirect. Other agencies and churches that the Ministry Fun continues to work with are Feed My People, Housing Authorities, Salvation Army, Parish Nurses, Door County Social Services, FISC and area churches.
Established in 1991, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that manages more than 500 funds, and distributes grants to between 400 and 500 non-profits each year. Community Foundation grants provide funding for programs and services that improve the quality of life in Northeast Wisconsin, supporting human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, and more. Our mission is to inspire and encourage charitable giving in Northeast Wisconsin by connecting people who care with solutions that strengthen our community. For more information, please visit our website: www.ggbcf.org.