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Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2021

Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded for 2021

The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation, along with Midwest Bank, has announced the grants given this past year to very deserving organizations in local communities.  The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation began as a way for the Cooper family to give back to the communities in which Midwest Banks are located.  The family felt it was important to show appreciation for and foster new relationships within those communities and has been doing so for many years.  The Foundation’s purpose is to support health, education and recreation in the communities that Midwest Bank serves. 

Over the years, the Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation has been honored to give over $1 million to local organizations.  The Cooper Foundation appreciates the opportunity to make these contributions and looks forward to continuing the long standing tradition. 

The following grants were awarded in 2021:

In Creighton:  $1,000 to Creighton Community Schools towards their Robotics program; $950 to Creighton Ambulance Service towards a Patient Lift Assist; $900 to Creighton High School Drama for a spotlight; $650 to Creighton Public Preschool for activity supplies; $450 to St. Ludger Elementary School SFA Organization for their Little Food Pantry; and $310 to Creighton Public Library for a wireless projector.

In Deshler: $1,200 to Deshler Volunteer Fire and Rescue towards a new ambulance; $1,000 to Deshler Public Schools for stage lighting; $1,000 to Youth flag football towards supplies; and $800 to Deshler Lutheran School towards a STEM program guest teacher.

In Lincoln: $1,500 to Educare of Lincoln towards new classroom furniture; $1,500 to Loaves and Fishes towards community meals; and $1,000 to Lincoln Children's Zoo for memberships. 

In Norfolk: $1,500 to Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center towards office furniture; $1,500 to Bright Horizons towards fencing; and $750 to Teammates for background checks. 

In Pierce: $3,250 to Pierce Public Schools towards Anatomy in Clay; and $750 to Pierce Public Schools towards girls golf memberships. 

In Plainview: $1,500 to Plainview High School towards welding supplies; $1,000 to Plainview Rural Fire Department District towards a LifPak Defibrillator; $1,000 to Plainview Public Library towards their Lego Steam Program; and $500 to Plainview High School Speech towards presentation supplies. 

In Pilger/Wisner: $2,000 to Wisner/Pilger Public Schools towards their World Drumming Curriculum; $1,000 to Village of Pilger towards their playground project; and $1,000 to Pilger Senior Center for Silver Sneakers.

In York: $1,000 to Friends of Kilgore Library towards 1000 books before Kindergarten; $1,000 to Emmanual Faith Lutheran School towards gym class supplies; $1,000 to CASA towards volunteer training; and $1,000 to York Parks and Recreation towards a toddler playground.