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Meet YEP Mentor Debbie Smith

Meet Debbie Smith, recently retired from over 30 years at the Fox Valley Park District and also a former teacher. “Being involved in my community is a very important piece of my life. You look at everything so different when you embrace all that is happening around you. Being engaged in our community gives you a sense of belonging, which helps you in many positive ways. It teaches you about social, economic, and developmental issues within our community. When you are able to volunteer your time and service it puts so much meaning in your life. We sometimes take things for granted and it is such a great feeling when you can give it back and see the positive outcomes of volunteering and making a difference in the lives of others. By volunteering you discover the things you are passionate about and identify specific goals you have for your career. With volunteering you meet new people, expand your network and build self-confidence.”

Debbie’s advice for the YEP members, “Congratulations on committing to this great program. Continue to explore all the opportunities that are in your community and find your passion(s) of what touches your heart with your community service. Once you have it you will never lose it! It is a feeling that stays with you forever!”

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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