Grantee Spotlight: Whatsoever You Do

24 March, 2021

Mary Margaret Butler’s life changed when she found a woman and five children freezing in their car in a parking lot in the middle of winter. “At that point, I decided to make every effort to help those who were lost and do everything in my power to get them off the streets.” Mary Margaret, […] more

Legacy Foundation Donates Books to Local Youth

23 March, 2021

The Legacy Foundation believes reading is important because children who read for pleasure score higher on standardized tests, have greater reading comprehension skills, and display higher general knowledge levels. To help ensure children in our community have books available at home, Legacy Foundation donated books to local youth at four locations in March. First, Legacy […] more

Legacy Youth Alliance Partners with Cardinal Preschool

25 February, 2021

Reading is the foundation for academic success. According to the Iowa Department of Education Early Literacy Initiative, nearly 1 in 4 Iowa 3rd grade students is not proficient in reading. For that reason, early childhood education is a priority area for the Legacy Youth Alliance (LYA). The Legacy Youth Alliance used their service project fund […] more

Scholar Spotlight: Shania Wilz

10 February, 2021

While she was a student at Oskaloosa High School, Shania Wilz started working in the Mahaska Drug gift department. After high school, Shania knew she wanted to pursue a pharmacy career. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology at William Penn University and continued working at Mahaska Drug. Simultaneously she earned her certification as a […] more

Eldon Uptown/Downtown Leverages Bright Ideas Grant

3 February, 2021

Eldon Uptown/Downtown is a non-profit focused on bringing vibrancy back to the community’s commercial district. In 2017 the non-profit, led by Eldon resident Donna Jeffrey, received the buildings at 217 and 219 West Elm in Eldon as a donation. Prior, the buildings had sat empty for seven years. Eldon Uptown/Downtown was awarded a $30,000 Bright […] more

Legacy Foundation Thanks Conning, Franke, Hunsicker, and Miller for Service

20 January, 2021

The December 2020 Legacy Foundation Board Meeting marked the end of service for four Legacy Foundation Board members. Eldon Hunsiker joined the Legacy Foundation board as a founding member in 2010. Mark Franke  and Dr. Deb Miller, Pediatric Associates, joined shortly after, in 2011. Franke will continue to serve on the Finance and Investment Committee. […] more

Second Saturday Project Impacts 52 Households

10 January, 2021

The Southeast Iowa Dream Center brings together skilled volunteers to complete projects with the community. The Second Saturday Project, a name coined after the group began completing volunteer work on the second Saturday of each month, completes various projects, including yard work, building handicap accessible ramps, painting, and replacing windows and siding for those in […] more

Tometich Earns Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

5 January, 2021

Hollie Tometich, Executive Director of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy (a program of the Legacy Foundation), enrolled in Cornell University's Diversity and Inclusion certificate program to increase her knowledge in these areas and apply it to her more