Kosciusko Senior Services driver Roger Gast helps Mildred McNeal to her appointment at the Grossnickle Eye Center. Photo provided.

The Grossnickle Foundation, a component fund of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, continued its support of Kosciusko Community Senior Services, providing a $4,000 grant for its transportation program.

Kosciusko Community Senior Services provides support services to senior members of the Kosciusko County community, with programs such as Mobile Meals, Disabled Van Transportation, and a Seniors Activity Center. Last year, the organization’s transportation program provided more than 14,000 rides for its members, prioritizing rides for medical and nutritional needs, according to a Foundation press release.

The Grossnickle Foundation grant will fund at least 400 rides this year, according to Kosciusko Community Senior Services executive director David Neff. “We are very grateful for the support,” Neff said.

“This grant will help us continue to provide accessible routes for people with disabilities for medical appointments and nutritional needs for our senior population in Kosciusko County. The service allows seniors to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Our drivers go to homes to help seniors get on buses and vans and will even bring groceries to them. This grant will help maintain this vital service for an often overlooked segment of our senior population. »

The Grossnickle Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, was established by Drs. Paul, Steve and Bruce Grossnickle as a way to give back to the community and engage their employees. Grossnickle Eye Center employees are encouraged to submit funding requests from local nonprofit organizations, and these requests provide guidance on how grants from the fund are awarded. The fund has awarded a total of $21,000 so far in 2022.

The Kosciusko County Community Foundation has been helping donors achieve their charitable dreams since 1968. The Community Foundation is a public charitable organization that grants approximately $3 million annually in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, recreation, civic projects, environment and social services. Donations made to the Community Foundation are tax deductible. For more information, call 574-267-1901 or meet at 102 E. Market St., Warsaw.