Since that time, more than $672,026 has been disbursed through the area for local needs and scholarships and the affiliate holds more than $1,091,866 in assets.
The EDSCF administers an annual grant round which has supported organizations including Special Olympics, food pantries and the local diaper bank. It also oversees funds which benefit the community in other ways. An example: The Cedar County Library District has a fund with EDSCF for the purposes of building a new facility in El Dorado Springs. It opened to the public in February 2023.
Additionally, the EDSCF has about 10 funds for education or scholarships under its umbrella. Particularly when it comes to scholarships, some individuals and families who establish funds to serve others, but also to keep the memories of their loved ones alive.
“I think for the families, those scholarship funds are very special to them,” Forest says. “They comfort them, and help them remember their loved ones. It’s really important to them to keep that name going.”
It’s also a decision that helps continue a life of support on a new level, says Forest, sharing the late Henry Bender as an example.