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Mineral County Community Foundation

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Mission

Promoting sustainable development of human and natural resources for the benefit of Mineral County communities.

History

The Mineral County Community Foundation was established in 1994 in response to the closing of a major employer, the Crown Pacific sawmill in Superior. A citizen group met weekly to assist the County in coming up with solutions to the economic and social crisis of lost jobs. The group incorporated as the Mineral County Community Foundation and through their outreach a Japanese businessman, Akira Yamaguchi, gifted $95,000 to the non-profit for charitable and research purposes. The gift was placed in a permanent endowment fund with the Montana Community Foundation and was named the Mandala Fund in honor of Mr. Yamaguchi. The name has since been changed to the Mineral County Community Foundation Endowment Fund to eliminate confusion.  With numerous fundraising efforts, art contests and silent auctions, along with earnings from the endowment, MCCF hosted a youth center (1997-2004) and a community garden involving area youth.  MCCF also hosts an annual Car Show, first weekend in June as a fundraiser for student scholarships (2005-present). Other projects that benefit the communities of Mineral County include a grant program (2006 – present) to support the good works of Mineral County Food Banks, Historical Society, Friends of the Library, and many more. In 2015, MCCF changed course from providing small grants to leading efforts to construct a new playground, build an addition to the St. Regis Community Center, and replace or repair the swimming pool in Eva Horning Park, Superior. (More details below.)

Good Works

2006 to present – Scholarships and Grants: Since 2006, MCCF has awarded over $80,000 in grants and scholarships to Mineral County non-profits and students. Annually, MCCF also awards three $500 scholarships to high school seniors from each School District. From the County-wide list of applicants, a $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates overall excellence, with a greater emphasis on volunteerism and community service. In 2018, the Board elected to add a $500 scholarship to an aspiring high school junior as an incentive to seek a college degree. Link to application: https://ssd3.wufoo.com/forms/p1qg0pd9083knu6/. MCCF also supports a $500 scholarship annually to a student who applies to the MedStart program, where he or she spends a week shadowing various health professionals.

2018 – Addition to St. Regis Community Center: Board member Glenn Koepke spearheaded this project and will see it to completion, which he expects will be in time for the commodity program delivery December 19, 2018. The Addition will allow volunteers to store, sort, and package commodities for distribution to Mineral County residents. MCCF will contribute up to $2,000 for materials and labor, in addition to a $500 donation to the county Food Bank.

2000 to present – Old Schoolhouse Rock Car Show: Another significant endeavor for MCCF is the planning, organizing, fundraising, and successful completion of an all-volunteer Car Show in Superior. The annual Old Schoolhouse Rock Car Show is held the first weekend in June, and brings in up to 115 beautiful classic and street rod cars for the enjoyment of locals and travelers alike. The net proceeds support the scholarship program of MCCF -- we look forward to seeing you this coming June 8th, 2019 -- our twentieth year! (See the Mineral County Hospital Calendar of Community events website for more details https://mineralcommunityhospital.com/event/old-school-house-rock-car-show-superior-2/. A hearty thanks to Mike Curtin for chairing the Car Show Committee for the last five years! Liz Gupton will serve as interim Chair until a new volunteer steps up. She can be reached at 406-240-2003.

2015 to 2017 – Time for Play! In early 2015, MCCF began exploring the many facets of tackling an upgrade of playground equipment in Superior’s popular Eva Horning Park. After meeting with parents, grandparents, kids, teachers and town leaders, MCCF voted to take the lead in coordinating the effort, including seeking donations from individuals, businesses, building contractors (for in-kind services during construction), and writing grant applications to raise money to purchase the equipment. In 2015-2016, MCCF granted $10,000 towards the fundraising goal of $100,000 to purchase playground equipment. With hundreds of volunteer hours from Board members and community members, and many cubic yards of engineered wood chips from Tricon Timber, the playground was completed in November, 2016. Article and photos at: https://www.vp-mi.com/article/20161123/ARTICLE/161129987.

2017 to present – From the Playground to the Pool… Onward!  While the playground was being built, another local committee was hard at work, fundraising to repair or replace the aging swimming pool in the same park. Angie Hopwood, a local elementary teacher and Chair of “Pool in the Park” Committee, suggested partnering with MCCF as the non-profit fiscal sponsor of the project. The project is a good fit for MCCF, and Angie was elected to the Board at the July, 2017, meeting. This project requires a much higher financial goal, and the timeframe will be several years longer than the playground upgrade. MCCF has committed $5,000 so far to the project as seed money, and will continue to support the fundraising goals of Pool in the Park. https://www.facebook.com/Pool-in-the-Park-1977620255871128/.

2013 – Non-profit Expo: In May, 2013, MCCF hosted a Non-profit Expo -- a first for Mineral County. This day and a half event brought representatives from 32 non-profits together in St. Regis to learn from experts how to recruit volunteers, write grants, fundraise, and build capacity to further their goals. The networking among attendees was a valuable benefit that will continue to see results well into the future. MCCF was awarded a grant from the Montana Community Foundation to help host the Expo, and MCCF successfully matched the grant by 2:1 to build the endowment by more than $5,000.

Board of Directors

  • Byron Quinlan, President
  • Angie Hopwood, Vice President
  • Sheelia Miller, Treasurer
  • Liz Gupton, Secretary
  • Glenn Koepke
  • Bruce Berry
  • Christine West
  • Elaine Sedeora

Recipients of the Mineral County Community Foundation's Endowment Fund grants:

  • After School Kids Craft program – 2010
  • Alberton After School program – 2006
  • Alberton Before School program – 2013
  • Alberton Community Food Pantry – 2013
  • Alberton Community Foundation – 2013
  • Alberton Community Garden – 2006-2008, 2014
  • Alberton Farmers’ Market – 2011 
  • Alberton Institute for Sustainable Transportation – 2010
  • Alberton School Garden – 2013
  • Cabin Fever Quilters – 2010
  • CASA of Missoula/ Mineral Co. – 2012-2015
  • Community Food Bank of Min. Co. – 2006-2013
  • DeBorgia Historic Schoolhouse Foundation – 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Mineral Co. Cemetery Dist. #3 (DeBorgia) – 2012-2014
  • Mineral Co. Chamber of Commerce – 2007, 2009-2014
  • Mineral Co. Friends of the Library – 2007, 2012, 2018
  • Mineral Co. Help Line – 2007, 2008, 2010-2015
  • Mineral Co. Historical Society – 2006-2012, 2014
  • Mineral Co. Performing Arts Council – 2007, 2009-2014
  • Mineral Co. Pioneer Council – 2013, 2018
  • Mineral Co. Search and Rescue – 2006
  • Mineral Co. We Care Foundation – 2013, 2015
  • PEAK (Promoting Education of Alberton Kids) – 2013-2014
  • St. Regis Community Council – 2010-2011
  • St. Regis Senior Center – 2009, 2011, 2013-2014
  • Superior After –school program – 2008, 2010
  • Superior Area Ambulance Service – 2006, 2014
  • Superior School Dist. #3 – 2012, 2017
  • Superior Senior Center – 2006-2014
  • Superior Volunteer Fire Dept. – 2008-2012, 2015
  • W. MT Area Health Education Center – 2012
  • W. MT RSVP (Senior Volunteers) for Mineral Co. – 2008, 2015
  • W. MT Mental Health Center for Mineral Co. – 2008-2011
  • Women in Timber (Mineral Co. Chapter) – 2009, 2015

How To Give

Please send your contributions to:

Mineral County Community Foundation
Attn: Liz Gupton
PO Box 93
Superior, MT 59872

Or send directly to Montana Community Foundation:

Montana Community Foundation
FBO Mineral County Community Foundation
PO Box 1145
Helena, MT 59624

Or make an online gift.

How To Receive

The MCCF Application for Scholarship is available at https://ssd3.wufoo.com/forms/p1qg0pd9083knu6/ For more information, contact Byron Quinlan bquinlan@ssd3.us.

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