October 29, 2009

Wireless Internet along lakefront one of Racine Community Foundation's third quarter grants

The Board of Directors of the Racine Community Foundation recently announced the third quarter grants to area organizations totaling $36,750. They include:

Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges received a grant for the College Readiness 21 (CR21) program. The program prepares low-income, first generation, and minority students for college. Students begin the summer before the eighth grade and spend five years participating in this transformative program. Currently, CR21 serves 86 students, of whom 41 are from Racine County.

A grant was made to Cops ‘N Kids Reading Center, Inc. for after-school reading program and story hour for children. The center provides innovative after school reading programs and story hours with special activities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The center also takes the children on numerous field trips to expand their horizons and further spark their imaginations. The services help children succeed with learning to read for pleasure as well as providing them with safe, non-threatening schoolwork assistance. The primary objective is to improve the reading skills of at-risk children, by introducing them to the adventure and creativity that happens when reading for pleasure. The center is intended to assist children in their exploration while guiding them toward reading skills development and applying these acquired skills to other academic and personal pursuits.

A grant was made to the Care Net Family Resource Center to update the organizations technical capabilities. The project is designed to upgrade the systems to network all three centers by establishing their own server.

Education Racine, Inc. received a grant for a project involving installation of wireless (WIFI) equipment along Racine's lakefront, from North Beach to Samuel Meyers Park. Upon completion anyone can connect and spend up to three hours accessing the Internet for free.

The grant was made to The Arc of Racine to support four training workshops for parents of children with disabilities. The organization will provide three two hour programs on various disability issues, held on either a Saturday or a weeknight. They will also provide one full day workshop on autism, held at the Racine Marriott, including lunch and refreshments.

Choral Arts Society received a grant for its 2009 -2010 season, of four concerts to be performed in the City of Racine, Wisconsin.

In other business, Marge Kozina, Executive Director, reported that as of August 31, 2009 the assets of the Racine Community Foundation were $28 million. The Board of Directors approved contributions, memorials new funds established and additions to existing funds and other additions totaling $369,069.59. In addition they approved advised, designated, field of interest, scholarship, organization endowment and unrestricted grants totaling $86,768.00.

The Racine Community Foundation, Inc. is a publicly supported, tax-exempt charitable organization formed in 1975. “The mission of the Racine Community Foundation is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute the funds in a responsible manner and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Racine County.”

Information about the Foundation and the grant application procedure are available by contacting the Foundation at 262-632-8474 or it’s Website at www.racinecf.org.


  1. Huh?

    We need internet on the beach? Or on the boats? Seriously, not getting it.

  2. Maybe money for the children's museum would qualify for this grant.

  3. iPhones and cell phones would work better on a wireless network. Depending on reach, it may benefit boat owners. It's a good idea at no cost to taxpayers

  4. As an iPhone user, I know I would use it. Excellent idea. Combine family fun, emails, and anything else you can do on the Internet.