Spreading

Sammy's Smiles

Grants awarded from

The Sammy Fund

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When the Sammy Fund first began in the fall of 2000, we had no idea how generously our mission would be supported!   Because of the tremendous outpouring of generous support, we have been able to grant the wishes and dreams to thousands of area children every year, through either grants from The Sammy Fund or the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund.
It is only because of the sustained loyal support of so many that have made this healing comfort takes place. We are deeply and eternally grateful for all the incredible opportunities that area under-served children have been able to experience in Sammy’s memory.
The Sammy Fund, as a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization, directly supports the involvement of disadvantaged kids in a variety of worthwhile pursuits.  These are examples of some of the many Sammy Fund grants awarded to brighten the lives of under-served children.
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    Connect Child & Family Services

    to purchase a box truck for use in serving foster, intact and DCFS families in transition

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    Unmet Needs Committee of Quincy IL

    for children in crisis

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    Quincy Neighborhood Federation

    annual bike & helmet giveaways

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    Good News of Christmas

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    Hannibal Middle School

    field trip transportation for special needs class

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    BlackStar Tutoring Program

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    Quincy Arts Classroom Fund

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    Jackson-Lincoln Pool

    family water aerobics classes

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    National Youth Sports Program

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    People to People Leadership Training

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    Byram Healthcare

    for after-insurance cost of insulin pump for a child

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    LeadAmerica Conference

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    YoungLife

    camp fees

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    The Outfitting Project at Quincy TeenReach

    to purchase school clothes for three children in need

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    Township Assistance

    For emergency transportation funds for medical treatment of 9-year-old battling a brain tumor

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    Back to School shopping for Junior High student with no other funding sources

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    United Way of Adams County

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    Run for the Cross

    school supplies for indigent children

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    Quincy University's "Water Works"

    therapeutic swim program for handicapped kids

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    "Seven Habits for Teen Leadership"

    Anti-bullying program at QJHS

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    "Girls on the Move"

    program at Veterans Elementary School, Hannibal

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    YMCA Swim Team

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    Veterans Elementary School

    Christmas class trip

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    Heartland Roadrunners and Walkers

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    Fostering Hope

    to provide duffel bags of comforting supplies for foster children in transition

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    Christ Lutheran Church

    to help fund safe handicap-accessible playground equipment for church members and neighborhood children

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    Quincy Neighborhood Federation

    to purchase computers and other technology for their after school and remote learning programs

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Grants awarded from the

Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund of The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri

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    Cheerful Home

    art kits for children to create canvas art works displayed at the childcare center, musical instruments and music from around the world, for school-age theater production in collaboration with Quincy Community Theater

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    Advocacy Network for Children

    for personal safety program support

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    Bluff City Theater

    for the Youth Education in Theater Initiative

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    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    to provide two Adams County children living with muscular diseases a week-long summer camp experience at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, Illinois

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    Blessings in a Backpack, Inc.

    to support food availability program for Madison and Monroe Schools

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    Canton Community Center

    to purchase classroom supplies and educational software for students

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    Hannibal School District #60

    to purchase a “team swing” for use by special needs students

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    Madonna House

    for the After School Everyday Life Skills Program to be run at Redmon and Lee Center

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    Quincy Public School District #172

    swimming for K-3 special needs students at the YMCA

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    Teen Reach

    general support to allow 50 children to attend the Teen Reach program

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    GPS Ministries

    to assist with children’s snack and food pantry program

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    Junior Achievement

    to support expansion of the Junior Achievement program in Quincy schools

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    Payson Elementary School

    to purchase art supplies for a volunteer-based art education program for kindergarten through sixth graders

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    Quincy Christian School

    to provide a learning and enrichment field trip for Teen Reach students, and to provide take-home art kits for students attending Quincy Christian School

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    Quincy Public Library

    to support early literacy by purchasing resources to be used for Story Times at the Quincy Public Library, including Literacy Learning with Legos

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    Quincy University Waterworks

    to purchase equipment for special needs children to use in water therapy

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    Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

    to fund troops at Washington School, Harrison Hills and Walter Hammond Daycare and provide camping fees for low-income scouts, and for the “Staying Safe” program at Baldwin School

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    Quincy Community Student Theater

    for children's theater classes, productions, class tuition and outreach programming in Adams County Schools, including the On the Road Bus Tour

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    Quincy Art Center

    to underwrite funding for art education at low-income schools and to provide educational programs for under-served youth who show promise in the visual arts, and to fund an art mentoring program at Washington School, and to fund Art on a Cart Outreach Program and smART Kids

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    Camp Callahan

    to provide camping fees so handicapped children can experience a week's camping at Camp Callahan

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    Jackson-Lincoln Pool

    for pool operations and swimming fees for children who would not otherwise have the ability to pay admissions fees and to host Family Swim Nights

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    The Salvation Army

    to purchase string instruments, music and supplies for children's music program and for the Kroc Academy after-school program

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    Douglass Community Service for Kids In Motion & Teens in Motion

    scholarship support for children to attend summer youth program.

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    Walter Hammond Daycare

    for two listening center tables, science and library material for a literacy program and daycare field trips.

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    Quincy Society of Fine Arts

    to help fund Arts = Education Programs at Irving School, an art mentoring program at Washington School

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    Great River First Tee

    to provide operational support enabling First Tee classes to be offered to more children and provide program fees for income-eligible children and to provide Life skills training for kids at Walter Hammond Day Care and Cheerful Home Child Care & Learning Center, and to purchase SNAG golf equipment

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    Midsummer Arts Faire

    to assist in developing children's art area and collaborative programs with local childcare and day camp organizations, for an art outreach program and Washington and Berrian Schools

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    Hungry for Music

    to connect low-income music students with instruments, and to repair donated instruments and to buy additional instruments

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    Griggsville-Perry Community School District # 4 Foundation

    for playground swings at the middle school

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    Jensen Camp Foundation

    to purchase playground equipment for children camping at Jensen Woods

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    Community Foundation for the Quincy Area

    for the unrestricted endowment fund, which helps support the Community Foundation's programs and grants for eligible area non-profit groups.

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    Quincy Family YMCA

    for Head Start swim lessons children, to underwrite the expense of a 4th-grade free membership program, financial assistance for school age childcare, and the “Safety Around Water” program for all Adams County children

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    Paw Pals, Inc.

    to fund educational programs at Washington, Dewey and Berrian Schools on basic animal care and dog bite prevention

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    American Red Cross

    to fund babysitter training programs, first aid and safety courses for youth

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    Big Brother / Big Sister

    to support program services for one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children

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    TeenREACH/Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials

    to fund awards banquet and support program

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    Faith in Action

    to support youth volunteer training

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    Boy Scouts of America, Mississippi Council of Boy Scouts

    to support outreach programs for low-income scouts and to subsidize leader training of volunteers

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    John Wood Community College

    to enable low-income children to attend College for Kids, later known as JDUB Academy

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    Quincy Humane Society

    for pet care educational programs for low income scouts and a summer education program for at-risk children

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    Redmon and Lee Association

    for children's work stations, literacy and math skills materials

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    Transitions of Western Illinois

    to purchase a physical therapy mat platform table, electronic hardware and software for children with severe developmental disabilities, therapeutic games for use in counseling for children, a Rifton on the Toilet, and a bounce house for students with severe disabilities/autism spectrum

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    Cornerstone: Foundations for Families

    for therapeutic materials for counseling low-income families, to support the Comprehensive Youth Services program, and to purchase games, materials and videotape curriculum for counseling services for low-income families

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    University of Illinois Extension Foundation Adams/Brown Unit

    to support a Northwest Quincy youth community development project

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    Fall Creek 4-H Club- through U of I Extension Foundation

    to fund the creation of a general store inside the historic Lewis round barn at the Adams County fairgrounds

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    Friends of the Trails

    to assist in launching citywide bicycle lending program for children & families who do not have access to a bicycle

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    Two Rivers Council Foundation

    for support of the Teen Reach program and an awards banquet for Teen Reach participants

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    Muddy River Opera Company

    to support opera availability for elementary-aged students in Quincy schools, including production of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Hansel and Gretel”

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    United Way of Adams County

    Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs for urgent medical and related needs of families in crisis and purchase of children's books for families in the Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank program

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    Panther Pride Foundation for Central Schools

    to help implement the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" program in all Adams County schools

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    YWCA of Quincy

    for the “Catch Me if You Can” Running and Leadership Academy for girls in Teen Reach and Supportive Housing program, to support the Quincy High School PSAE/ACT Test Prep Project by buying calculators, food, and incentives for study skills preparation program, and to promote leadership and development training through the “A Girl Like Me” program and the Young Women’s Chef Academy, and for supportive services for homeless children with disabilities

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    Good News of Christmas

    to annually adopt one family with children and their family wish list

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    Sheridan Swim Team

    to fund swim lessons for income-eligible children

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    Quanada

    to support a prevention education program dealing with personal safety and dating violence in conjunction with Quincy Community Theatre

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    Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association

    tuition waivers for low-income young singers and instrumentalists to participate in the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and/or Quincy Youth Orchestra and to purchase sheet music

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    My Brotha's and My Sista's Keepers

    clothing assistance for disadvantaged children in Quincy

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