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Impact-Cando Connection Fund Goal: $1,000,000 WILL YOU BE 1 OF 500?
Cando area nonprofit organizations, governmental and educational entities that have been the recipients of Impact-Cando Connection grants totaling over $129,000 since the inception of the fund include:
Cando Area Food Pantry
Cando Arts Council
Cando Audi Theatre
Cando Baseball Association
Cando Community Library
Cando Fire Department
Cando Golf Club
Cando Hockey Arena
Cando Park Board
Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc.
Heartview Foundation - Cando
Northstar Public School Foundation
Towner County - 4-H Council
Towner County Ambulance Service, Inc.
Towner County Community Foundation
Towner County Living Center
Towner County Medical Center
UFFDA Fund for Animals
What has been the "impact" of these Cando Connection Fund grants in the Cando area to date?
The Cando Area Food Pantry serves over 100 people through nearly 50 families annually, and is able to provide a wider variety of food because of the purchase of a freezer for the facility. A new sign was purchased with a grant in 2010 which more easily identifies the location of their facility in the community. A highly successful match grant campaign was held over the Christmas holidays in 2011 which assisted in provision of supplies for the facility. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, grants were awarded which provided partial support for the BackPack Program.
Over 4,000 people have been served by the Cando Arts Council, and 650 artists and performers have participated in 20-25 programs each year because the facility has remained open the entire year. The 2012 grant provided partial funding for the annual Children's Musical. The 2013 grant provided funding for the relocation and repair of the Chickering Grand Piano, used to accompany the children and adult musicals, high school productions, various musical concerts, and recitals. The Chickering Grand Piano is back home at the Audi for the 100th year of the Audi Building, and will provide a wonderful, full, rich sound to enhance concerts and musicals, bringing more enjoyment to the pianist and the audience. In 2014, a grant provided partial funding for the Adult Musical.
Cando Baseball Association has been awarded grants for operational expenses, maintenance costs, a youth baseball program, and a match grant to the MN Twins grant, affording nearly 100 area youth an opportunity to enjoy the sport of baseball.
Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc. was awarded a match grant to be used for partial funding of the Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc.'s new mini-bus project for the Cando Public Transit. The new 14-passenger ADA accessible mini-bus replaced the existing 2002 mini-bus due to age and mileage. The new vehicle will enable safe, reliable transit for residents in the Towner County area.
A matching grant was awarded to the Audi Theatre for their digital equipment upgrade, which encouraged donations during their campaign. The new equipment allows the facility to continue to provide entertainment to residents in the area for years to come. The most recent grant provided partial funding to complete the purchase and installation of air conditioning for the projector room at the Cando Audi Theatre, which needs to have a maintained room temperature for the new digital equipment to run consistently and efficiently.
The Cando Community Library serves 5,500 people annually, and through our grant funding has additional access to the internet, enhanced shelving options for library materials, rooms for children and teens, a Librarian Workstation, completion of a handicap-accessible area within the library, and replacement of patron computer stations.
The Cando Fire Department, serving Cando and the Towner County area, is a recent recipient of a grant to purchase and install a Federal Signal FCH Controller, a digital system that will speed up the time calling the fire hall to set off the city-wide fire alarm, facilitating text messaging to alert each fire department member of an incoming emergency call, and providing cell phone contact to fire department volunteers living and working in town or rural areas.
1,500 people utilize the Cando Golf Club each year, and 200 area families are members of this facility. Recent grants have enhanced the entrance sign, grounds of the golf course, provided partial funding for replacement of the concrete patio area, assisted with the update of the clubhouse, and an upgrade of the exterior sign-in stand.
The Cando Hockey Arena through the Cando Area Hockey Boosters provides positive programming to 40 area youth annually who may not otherwise be able to participate. Additionally, partial grant funding was provided for the purchase of a Zamboni for the facility.
The Cando Park Board received partial grant funding for the repair and maintenance of the Cando Swimming Pool, which provides swimming lessons and enjoyment for children and adults, and the purchase of new picnic tables for the Cando Park.
Heartview Foundation - Cando received a match grant that provided partial funding to assemble a resource library of books and DVDs in an appropriate room at the Heartview-Cando facility to share with patients, families, and the Cando/Towner County and surrounding area. Patient education is a vital component of therapy, with videos and books used nearly every day at the substance abuse treatment center.
The Leaper/Jumper placed at the Northstar Public School through a grant to their Foundation has provided access to 35 student athletes and 120 students in junior and senior high school to build their overall strength, fitness, and endurance, thereby improving their health. Additionally, Northstar Public School has been the recipient of a matching grant for the Bearcats Give Back campaign in 2012 which benefitted the Towner County Medical Center for the Radiology Suite Campaign, American Cancer Society, Cando Community Library, Audi Theatre, and the Dollars for Scholars Program. A grant for musical equipment has been awarded, as well as scholarship grants, and in 2015, a match grant which provided funding through the North Star Public School Foundation Cancer Awareness Community Fundraiser for Towner County Medical Center to purchase chemotherapy chairs and a blanket warmer for the chemotherapy unit, and new mammography gowns was awarded.
The Towner County - 4-H Council received grants for partial funding for Towner County 4-H events, fair premiums, and scholarships as needed for members to attend 4-H sponsored camps and events, and funding for educating youth about the importance of safe shooting and hunting practices, providing an appreciation and understanding of natural resources and enhancing their self-confidence, personal development, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
The Towner County Ambulance Service was the recipient of grants for purchase of a laptop for ambulance service management, hosting a defensive driving class for ambulance/emergency vehicle drivers, and partial funding for the purchase of an Evac-U-Splint System, to improve the patient's comfort while minimizing complications in patients of all ages with any type of fracture.
The residents of Cando and people traveling through the area can take pride in the Cando sign greeting them at the corner of Highways 281 and 17 awarded through the Towner County Community Foundation.
The Towner County Living Center received a grant for partial funding to purchase a newer van for safe transportation of residents and remodeling the nursing home so that the building and infrastructure match the quality of care that takes place at the facility.
Over 2,200 people utilize the Towner County Medical Center annually for medical services, and the upgraded Emergency System and easier access to the Trauma/Emergency Room and other parts of the extensive facility have been enhanced with grants. Recent grants include partial funding to purchase new cardiac equipment, a matching grant for the purchase of a new radiology suite, funding as an incentive for wellness evaluations for people using the Towner County Medical Center Wellness Center at the facility, and funding for the purchase of a bariatric therapy table to be used by the Physical Therapy Department in providing better services and decreasing overall facility costs. In 2015, a match grant provided partial funding for the purchase of new digital mammography equipment allowing the facility to provide quality digital mammography services to the community and surrounding area in a more regular and convenient manner, and the most recent grant will provide partial funding for the purchase of new equipment for the Towner County Medical Center Wellness Center.
The UFFDA Fund for Animals has received numerous grants to help with the spay/neuter, vaccinations and re-homing services which affect nearly 200 dogs and cats annually in the Towner County area.
Is our goal of $1,000,000 achievable? Yes, it is! Here are some simple calculations:
If 500 people pledged $1,000 over a 5-year period to the Impact-Cando Connection Fund, we would be half the way to our $1,000,000 goal! Let's do the math: If you divide $1,000 by 5 years, your yearly pledge would be $200. If you divide $200 by 12 months, that amounts to $16.67 per month over 5 years. $16.67 is the cost of one nice meal a month.
A number of people have become 1 of 500 participants since announcing our campaign in the Fall of 2008. To those of you who have already signed on to GiveBack to the Cando area - THANK YOU! For those who have not made a commitment to be part of this exciting endeavor, consider the following information when making your decision.
Our 1 of 500 Campaign continues to provide a charitable giving option for former or current Candoites, or those who have a soft spot for Cando, to GiveBack to our hometown area. Our goal is to have 500 individuals, families, businesses, or organizations pledge $1,000 over a 5-year period to the Impact-Cando Connection Fund. By doing so, we will be half the way to our $1,000,000 goal! The remaining $500,000 can be raised through special events like our annual golf tournament, outside grants to benefit our area, major gifts, leaving a legacy through planned giving, such as a will, or making a choice to give a gift of more than $1,000 if you can. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Cando area and all donations are tax deductible.
We are certain that there are many Candoites that hold their hometown and the people who helped shape them into thriving, productive citizens near and dear to their hearts. They can be one of the 500 who will help build the sustainability of programming and projects undertaken by local nonprofit organizations, and governmental and educational entities that are in place in Cando.
Will you be 1 of the 500 to help us meet our goal through an individual, family, business, or organizational donation?
Please open the .pdf below, complete the bottom section and mail it back to the address indicated which confirms your 5-year pledge of $1,000 or more and the manner in which you would like to pay for the pledge, or another manner in which you plan to participate. If you would like to give your gift online, go to the Fund Info/How to Donate page on this website and scroll to the bottom to make your gift by clicking on the Donate with Impact logo. We would sincerely appreciate your participation.