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By Carissa Sitki
Calhoun Community Foundation (CCF) recently issued a $1,000 grant to Olivia Brodbeck through the Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois, in support of her Gold Award project that will enhance safe outdoor recreation in Calhoun County.
Olivia Brodbeck is a Batchtown resident, Girl Scout Ambassador, and future Gold Award Girl Scout. Through this project, she aims to address the issue of the Batchtown Village Park’s basketball court located in Calhoun County.
“Many Calhoun community members enjoy playing basketball but feel as though there is not a safe place for children of all ages to play. The basketball court is small, dilapidated, rusty, outdated, and unsafe for use” said Brodbeck.
Batchtown has planned on updating and upgrading the court for several years, but the project has remained on the back burner and is yet to be completed. Brodbeck said this is why she is stepping up to complete this task— to further recreation, safety and sport within Calhoun County.
Brodbeck will complete this project over the summer with the plan to donate the court to the Community of Batchtown during their Fall Festival in September.
“We are happy and honored to support Olivia’s Gold Award project which is the highest achievement within Girl Scouting and will provide great value to the community”, stated Cindy Jenkins, CCF board member. CCF is providing a grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Batchtown Park project.
For more information about Oliva’s project, visit her website: https://sites.google.com/view/batchtownbasketballcourt/home?authuser=0.
Calhoun Community Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organization (501 (c) 3) registered with the state of Illinois. CCF is focused on preserving the county’s heritage while ensuring the community makes effective progress for the future. CCF hosts events and conducts fundraising to generate income that is redistributed as grants within the County to support the well-being and long-term sustainability of the community. For information about making charitable donations to CCF, please contact Judy Burch at 314-630-7218. For more information about CCF, including Calhoun events and community information, visit their Facebook page: @calhounil.