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We Have Moved!

The Community Foundation of Wabash County has relocated to 105 West Second Street, Suite 100, in North Manchester.

On November 19, a severe fire started at 216 East Main Street, which spread quickly to the adjacent building, 218 East Main Street, and completely burned away the roof. The building housed the offices of the Community Foundation and attorney Al Schlitt. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze.

The fire was extinguished by unimaginable gallons of water, the weight of which collapsed the ceiling of the Community Foundation offices in many places. The office was damaged from smoke and water beyond repair. Luckily, all Community Foundation data was backed up nightly and maintained off premises. As well, many fire and waterproof safes protected on-site documents.

Since then, the Community Foundation has continued to serve the Wabash Community from temporary offices. Beginning February 6th, the Foundation will be established at its new location: 105 West Second Street, Suite 100, in North Manchester. The office is adjacent to the First Financial Bank on Market Street. While the facility’s address is 105 West Second Street, the entrance to the suite is located on the west side of the building, near the generous parking lot. Once inside the building, the foundation office is the first door on the right. The office of Al Schlitt, attorney, is also located inside those doors.

The new location provides more space than the previous location. The 2,500 square feet, when complete, will include six private offices, four cubicles, a board room, a smaller conference room, and a large welcome area. There is also ample accessible off-street parking in the parking lot.

While the Foundation is pleased to move to its new location after two and half months in temporary space, the interior of the new office is still being finalized. New carpet, wallpaper, and new office furniture will be installed over the next few weeks. The staff is currently using temporary office furniture, some of which is rented, and some has been graciously loaned by Manchester Community Schools.

The new Community Foundation office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30, but we ask that you please be patient as the final touches are in process. It is anticipated that a Grand Opening will be held later in the spring.

The Foundation wishes to gratefully acknowledge those who have provided assistance over this time; firefighters and first responders who extinguished the fire, Inguard insurance consultants, Intrasect Technologies for our technology needs, PROTECHS for restoring our paper files, and to the many individuals who have offered assistance. We also express our sincere gratitude to the community for your support and patience as we restore operations.

Throughout this transition period, the Community Foundation has not been deterred and has continued to serve the Wabash Community. End of year is a particularly busy time for the Foundation. The Foundation finished strong in 2016, receiving over $4 Million in contributions and granting more than $2 million.  

Additionally, initiatives to advance education in Wabash County has remained a priority. Most currently, the Community Foundation received funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch a one of a kind early distribution scholarship program. “The Promise Scholarship Program is vital to helping Wabash County students develop a college going identity and save for their future post-secondary education at a much younger age,” noted Nancy Alspaugh, Promise Scholarship Program Director for Grades 7 & 8.

The first half of the 2016-2017 school year has been spent signing up families for Wabash County Promise Scholarship Program to help fourth through eighth graders in the county earn scholarships for college and career training. The program has seen great success thus far, with 450 students collectively earning over $23,000. Many families and students are currently enrolled in the program, but there is still a portion of students who are not yet earning scholarships. Luckily, there is still time to sign up! Families interested in helping their students earn money for post-secondary education should visitwww.cfwabash.org to enroll in the Promise Scholarship Program. Please call the Foundation at 260-982-4824 with any questions.