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360 Youth Services receives grant from the DuPage Community Foundation

From left to right: Grant Committee member Eileen Trost; 360 Youth Services Board member Rebecca Boyd-Obarski; 360 Youth Services Executive Director Ron Hume; Grant Committee member Ruth Carlson

The non-profit 360 Youth Services was one of 22 organizations to receive a grant from the 2014 Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle of The DuPage Community Foundation. Read the full release below:

360 Youth Services was one of 22 not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County to receive a grant from the 2014 Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle of The DuPage Community Foundation.  The grant, awarded during a special distribution breakfast on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Glen Oak Country Club, will help underwrite the 360 Youth Services Transitional Programs.  The 360 Youth Services, Transitional Housing program, provides shelter for homeless youth that includes educational support, counseling, and guidance for life-skill development, which leads them towards a path of healthy self-sufficiency.  

360 Youth Services is located in Naperville, IL and provides life-changing services to youth and their families through prevention education, counseling and shelter. For further information regarding 360 Youth Services please contact Nancy Wiersum, Development Director at nwiersum@360youthservices.org

An additional eight grants totaling $59,938 were awarded from restricted funds to organizations which had also sought funding through the Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle.  The total of all grants awarded during this cycle, whose amounts ranged in value from $2,400 – $20,000, was $337,356.  Community leaders, Foundation trustees, benefactors and other stakeholders attended the event.

Foundation Director of Programs Barb Szczepaniak shared her pleasure with the Foundation’s support of local organizations:  “Today is all about celebrating the great work each of you is doing in DuPage County and a celebration of our partnership together.  I truly enjoy the grant breakfast every year because it’s such an uplifting occasion–a day to remind us that we are collectively making a difference in our community.”

The Foundation also makes grants to DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of arts and culture, education and environment as part of its Fall Community Grant Needs Cycle.   That most recent cycle awarded $204,000 to 30 organizations this past December.  (The list of these grant awards may also be found at www.dcfdn.org.)

In addition, the Foundation makes grants throughout the year from its various donor-advised and other restricted funds.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, the Foundation granted more than $2.3 million, representing a 25% increase over the previous fiscal year.

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