Monthly Snapshots

There’s so much going on at the Community Foundation of Grundy County that we’ve decided to update one of our marketing tools and add another in order to add variety to the ways we try to reach all of you in Grundy County and share our great stories!!


Last year we mailed “10 for 10” monthly postcards to our donors and partners each month to highlight the 10 projects we were working on for during our 10th anniversary year.


This year “The Tradition Continues” with quick “snapshot” postcards that will be mailed to our donors, partners, and friends during the odd-numbered months.  The March card is being mailed this week.


We also have a new marketing tool: an e-newsletter called “Community Matters.”  The stories in the e-newsletter will be a bit longer than on the postcard, but shorter and more timely than a full newsletter that gets mailed twice a year.  The first “Community Matters” e-newsletter went out in mid-February and will continue in the even-numbered months.


Most of the stories will be quick updates of existing programs.  For example:


  • Grundy Transit Stakeholders – A group of Grundy leaders will be traveling to Springfield next week for the annual conference of the Rural Transit Assistance Center. Grundy representatives include Dick Joyce of the county board; Dan Duffy, Grundy County administrator; Sherey Zerbian, program director for the Community Foundation of Grundy County; and Tina Carter, transportation coordinator for Morris Hospital.
  • “Who Wants to be a Grantmaker?” – We drew Ron Mueller’s business card at the March Chamber “Business After Hours” at the American Red Cross. Ron is a board member of the Red Cross so he chose them to be the recipient of his $100 grant prize – congratulations!!
  • Grundy Partnership for Children – One goal of this network is to increase the number of developmental screenings for young children throughout Grundy County. These screenings are vital to identifying developmental delays in young children so that can receive services early and prevent the delays from becoming permanent.  The screenings are free and painless (more like play!), so we encourage all parents with young children to come!  The next screenings will be conducted by Easter Seals on Wednesday, April 14th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Morris Public Library.  Please call Brenda at 941-3133 for an appointment.
  • Mental Health – We have made it to Step 2 of the grant application review process for the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, who will be visiting us on April 15th before making their final decision. If funded, our Behavioral Health Team will receive grant monies to develop a “System of Care” comprehensive case management system for children ages birth to 19 in Grundy County with mental health issues.  The Behavioral Health Team has been actively meeting to discuss all aspects of mental health for all ages, including gaps and opportunities, across Grundy County.  Regardless of the grant funding, our team will continue to collaborate in order to increase mental health services for all in our county.


If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the postcards and/or the e-newsletter, please contact us at 941-0852 or via e-mail at [email protected]


You can also hear our stories in the newspaper and on the radio.  We have columns that run on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of the month in the Morris Daily Herald.  We are also on WCSJ with Kevin Schramm on the 3rd Friday and the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Both companies have been our marketing partners for years and we truly appreciate all of their support!!


No matter how you like to receive your news, we hope we have a method for talking with you.  Great things are happening in Grundy County and we want to share that good news with you!