Founded in 2015 as a Donor Advised Fund with the PACF, the Williamstown Fund for Excellence has supported many projects in the Williamstown area. The Fund seeks to stimulate projects and causes which help the people of the Williamstown area rise above the average and achieve excellence.
"Our goal is to grow the Fund to $500,000 so that we can make meaningful grant awards and can have resources available for future opportunities," said Lynn Erb, member of the Fund's advisory committee. "Gifts to support the Williamstown Fund for Excellence will make a lasting, meaningful impact for the Williamstown area now and forever."
The Williamstown Fund for Excellence is a permanent endowment in which the principal remains intact and invested, generating earnings to help support area needs. Annually, an advisory committee of Williamstown residents recommends awards from a portion of the Fund's earnings as grants to local organizations and causes working to strengthen the community.
The Williamstown Fund for Excellence has granted more than $95,000 to charitable endeavors in the geographic area served by the Williamstown Public School District since 2015. Such grants include support for the Williamstown Community Pool Days whereby children ages 4-18 received a free entry to the Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Pool during summer 2020.
"The intention behind this grant was to provide the children in the community with additional opportunities to enjoy our pool and to help area families with a small financial break. This past summer was challenging for everyone. Providing a pool pass relieved the strain on already stressed family budgets," said Erb.
The Williamstown Fund for Excellence has the following advisory committee members:
- Randy Dick: Retired business owner
- Dr. Steve Eddy: Eddy Chiropractic Clinic
- Lynn Erb: Fenton Foundation Inc.
- David Fenton: Industrial Director, Solvay
- Marty Seufer: Wood County Administrator
- Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C): $1000 to support program expansion into Williamstown.
- City of Williamstown: $14,000 for a Drug Investigation Vehicle and Equipment.
- City of Williamstown/Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Pool: $2,000 to fund Williamstown Community Pool Days where children ages 4-18 received a free entry during summer 2020.
- Community Spirit of Williamstown: $5,000 to support mentoring program for at-risk youth.
- Drug-Free Jackets Inc.: $4,000 to support drug screening program for WHS students.
- Waverly School: $2000 for iPad technology to improve instruction.
- Williamstown Community Association: $5,000 for ball field renovations.
- Williamstown High School: $5,000 to help purchase supplies for new robotics program.
- Wood County Christian School: $2,000 to purchase a new double convection oven.
- Wood County Schools: $10,000 towards Williamstown/Waverly Elementary playground fund.
- Wood County Schools: $2,000 to support suicide prevention training in area schools.
Page updated: 4/21/21