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Impact-Cando Connection Fund Goal: $1,000,000 WILL YOU BE 1 OF 500?
Cando area nonprofit organizations, governmental and educational entities that have been the recipients of Impact-Cando Connection grants totaling over $283,000 since the inception of the fund include:
Cando Area Food Pantry
Cando Arts Council
Cando Audi Theatre
Cando Baseball Association
Cando Community Library
Cando Fire Department
Cando Golf Club
Cando Hockey Arena
Cando Park Board
Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc.
Heartview Foundation - Cando
Northstar Public School Foundation
Towner County - 4-H Council
Towner County Ambulance Service, Inc.
Towner County Community Foundation
Towner County Historical Society
Towner County Living Center
Towner County Medical Center
UFFDA Fund for Animals
What has been the "impact" of these Cando Connection Fund grants in the Cando area to date?
The Cando Area Food Pantry serves over 100 people through nearly 50 families annually, and is able to provide a wider variety of food because of the purchase of a freezer for the facility. A new sign was purchased with a grant in 2010 which more easily identifies the location of their facility in the community. A highly successful match grant campaign was held over the Christmas holidays in 2011 which assisted in provision of supplies for the facility. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2022, grants were awarded which provided partial support for the BackPack Program. In 2018 and 2019, grants were awarded which enabled food purchases to help stock the shelves at the food pantry.
Over 4,000 people have been served by the Cando Arts Council, and 650 artists and performers have participated in 20-25 programs each year because the facility has remained open the entire year. The 2012 grant provided partial funding for the annual Children's Musical. The 2013 grant provided funding for the relocation and repair of the Chickering Grand Piano, used to accompany the children and adult musicals, high school productions, various musical concerts, and recitals. The Chickering Grand Piano was back home at the Audi for the 100th year of the Audi Building, and provided a wonderful, full, rich sound to enhance concerts and musicals, bringing more enjoyment to the pianist and the audience. In 2014, a grant provided partial funding for the Adult Musical, and in 2017, a grant provided partial funding for a Tigirlily Concert and Lyceum to inspire the musical dreams that youth and adults may have about their future. Tigirlily is a popular sister duo who hail from North Dakota, and are making their presence known in the Nashville, TN area. In 2018, a grant was awarded for kitchen appliances to help upgrade the kitchen located in the lower level of the Audi Theatre, and renovation continued in 2019 with a grant award for replacement of the theatrical scrim for the Audi Theatre stage. In 2020, a grant was awarded to upgrade the Audi Theatre Art Gallery lighting, in 2021, grant dollars were used to upgrade the Costume/Prop Room, and in 2022, joint grants were issued to the Cando Arts Council and Cando Audi Theatre to work together in installing suitable new flooring in the Cando Audi Theatre entryway.
Cando Baseball Association has been awarded grants for operational expenses, maintenance costs, a youth baseball program, a match grant to the MN Twins grant, and a 2017 grant to provide partial funding for the completion of the north side ball diamond fencing, affording nearly 100 area youth an opportunity to enjoy the sport of baseball in a safe environment. The 2018 grant award helped with the purchase of baseball equipment and protective gear, and in 2019, a grant award continued renovation on the outfield of the Cando Baseball Field. In 2021, a grant award provided partial funding for a batting cage addition, and in 2022, grant funding helped with updated equipment and protective gear.
Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc. was awarded a match grant to be used for partial funding of the Can-Do Senior Citizens, Inc.'s new mini-bus project for the Cando Public Transit. The new 14-passenger ADA accessible mini-bus replaced the existing 2002 mini-bus due to age and mileage. The new vehicle enables safe, reliable transit for residents in the Towner County area. In 2022, a grant provided partial funding to purchase an 8-passenger expansion van - mid-sized vehicle for transport of Towner County area residents to destinations in North Dakota.
A matching grant was awarded to the Audi Theatre for their digital equipment upgrade, which encouraged donations during their campaign. The new equipment allows the facility to continue to provide entertainment to residents in the area for years to come. Another grant provided partial funding to complete the purchase and installation of air conditioning for the projector room at the Cando Audi Theatre, which needs to have a maintained room temperature for the new digital equipment to run consistently and efficiently. A grant in 2017 provided funding for Concession Room cupboards and additional countertop to improve the appearance of the room and better serve patrons using the historic facility. In 2018, a grant was awarded to assist with the kitchen upgrade, located in the lower level of the Audi Theatre, and in 2019, a grant was awarded to fund replacement of the Concession Room floor and menu board. In 2022, joint grants were issued to the Cando Arts Council and Cando Audi Theatre to work together in installing suitable new flooring in the Cando Audi Theatre entryway.
The Cando Community Library serves over 5,000 people annually, and through our grant funding has additional access to the internet, enhanced shelving options for library materials, rooms for children and teens, a Librarian Workstation, completion of a handicap-accessible area within the library, and replacement of patron computer stations. The 2017 grant continued the placement of permanent shelving for the Non-Fiction Room of the library. In 2018, a grant was awarded for the replacement of patron workstations, and in 2019, the grant award provided funding for participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program at the library. In 2020, a grant award helped fund the Summer Reading Program, and in 2021, a grant was awarded to provide partial funding to launch the Overdrive Consortium system allowing patrons to access more literature resources by checking out books online. In 2022, a grant provided partial funding for the library reorganization project, including the purchase of an additional shelving unit, a laptop to accommodate the new scanning system, and associated supplies to complete the reorganization project.
The Cando Fire Department, serving Cando and the Towner County area, is a recent recipient of a grant to purchase and install a Federal Signal FCH Controller, a digital system that will speed up the time calling the fire hall to set off the city-wide fire alarm, facilitating text messaging to alert each fire department member of an incoming emergency call, and providing cell phone contact to fire department volunteers living and working in town or rural areas. The 2017 grant provided partial funding to replace the unreliable existing vehicle used for fighting grass and range fires, which makes up nearly 80% of fire calls. The updated Grass/Range Fire Attack Vehicle will be able to handle rough terrain so firefighters can handle these types of fire more effectively and efficiently. The 2018 grant award funded the purchase of grassland fire protection boots, and the 2019 grant award funded the purchase of a bunker gear set. In 2020, grant funding continued to fund the purchase of another bunker gear set, and in 2021, the grant award provided partial funding for a high pressure water pump, which provided valuable assistance when fighting grass and other fires. In 2022, a grant provided partial funding for the upgrade of radios for the Cando Fire Department and 14 surrounding township vehicles as part of the North Dakota statewide SIRN2020 Plan. All agencies statewide will be upgrading to the new 800 MHz system which will greatly improve communications within the fire departments and across the state of North Dakota.
1,500 people utilize the Cando Golf Club each year, and 200 area families are members of this facility. Grants have enhanced the entrance sign, grounds of the golf course, provided partial funding for replacement of the concrete patio area, assisted with the update of the clubhouse, provided funding for an upgrade of the exterior sign-in stand, and partial funding for an upgraded automated watering system for the golf course. The 2018 grant award funded the locker area conversion grant, and the grant awarded in 2019 provided partial funding for window replacement for the north side of the clubhouse. In 2020, partial funding for the Gazebo Project was awarded, and in 2021, a grant award provided partial funding for continuing clubhouse renovation. In 2022, a grant was awarded to provide partial funding for the addition of drain tile on Hole 1 to accommodate the drainage of excess water that stands on the fairway, allowing the entire hole to be playable into the future.
The Cando Hockey Arena through the Cando Area Hockey Boosters have received grants annually to provide positive programming to 40+ area youth who may not otherwise be able to participate. Additionally, partial grant funding was provided for the purchase of a Zamboni for the facility.
The Cando Park Board received partial grant funding for the repair and maintenance of the Cando Swimming Pool, which provides swimming lessons and enjoyment for children and adults, and the purchase of new picnic tables for the Cando Park. In 2017, the new grant provided partial funding for the remodeling of the Cando Hockey Arena Bathrooms, providing a better overall experience for people utilizing the facility. The 2018 match grant award provided funding for the Band Stand restoration project, and in 2019, two grant awards provided funds for new bathrooms and a new roof for the Cando City Park shelter. In 2021, partial grant funding was provided for the Cando Swimming Pool Renovation, and in 2022, partial grant funding continued to complete repairs of the pool deck for the Cando Swimming Pool.
Heartview Foundation - Cando received a match grant that provided partial funding to assemble a resource library of books and DVDs in an appropriate room at the Heartview-Cando facility to share with patients, families, and the Cando/Towner County and surrounding area. Patient education is a vital component of therapy, with videos and books used nearly every day at the substance abuse treatment center. In 2019, a grant award provided funding for scholarships for licensures and certifications. In 2022, a grant award provided partial funding for the Heartview-Cando facility to purchase equipment to facilitate the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Horse Therapy Program, an evidenced-based therapy using horses for patients to work through personal trauma and past relationships. The Heartview-Cando facility is the only substance use treatment center in North Dakota using the EAGALA treatment.
The Leaper/Jumper placed at the Northstar Public School through a grant to their Foundation has provided access to 35 student athletes and 120 students in junior and senior high school to build their overall strength, fitness, and endurance, thereby improving their health. Additionally, Northstar Public School has been the recipient of a matching grant for the Bearcats Give Back campaign in 2012 which benefitted the Towner County Medical Center for the Radiology Suite Campaign, American Cancer Society, Cando Community Library, Audi Theatre, and the Dollars for Scholars Program. A grant for musical equipment was awarded, as well as ongoing funding each year for scholarship grants. In 2015, a match grant which provided funding through the North Star Public School Foundation Cancer Awareness Community Fundraiser for Towner County Medical Center to purchase chemotherapy chairs and a blanket warmer for the chemotherapy unit, and new mammography gowns was awarded. In 2018, grant funding was awarded for the purchase of Orff Instruments for the elementary music program, and in 2019, a grant award partially funded the NorthStar Volleyball Program. In 2020, a grant award provided partial funding for the Tower Garden Project. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, grant awards continued providing partial funding for the Scholarship Program.
The Towner County - 4-H Council received grants for partial funding for Towner County 4-H events, fair premiums, and scholarships as needed for members to attend 4-H sponsored camps and events, and funding for educating youth about the importance of safe shooting and hunting practices, providing an appreciation and understanding of natural resources and enhancing their self-confidence, personal development, responsibility, and sportsmanship. In 2017, grant funding was awarded for the Towner County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, and in 2018, a grant award provided funding for general Towner County 4-H Council programs.
The Towner County Ambulance Service was the recipient of grants for purchase of a laptop for ambulance service management, hosting a defensive driving class for ambulance/emergency vehicle drivers, and partial funding for the purchase of an Evac-U-Splint System, to improve the patient's comfort while minimizing complications in patients of all ages with any type of fracture. A 2018 match grant provided funding for new CPR meters to improve the monitoring of depth and rate of chest compressions during training, ultimately improving the quality of CPR performed. In 2022, a grant award provided partial funding for the purchase of a Video Laryngoscope, which has a camera used for choking victims to remove the foreign body, and which can also be used to intubate (insert a breathing tube) a patient that is unconscious or having trouble breathing.
The residents of Cando and people traveling through the area can take pride in the Cando sign greeting them at the corner of Highways 281 and 17 awarded through the Towner County Community Foundation.
The Towner County Historical Society was the recipient of a grant in 2020 that provided funding for carpet to be placed in the kitchen, sports area, and bathrooms in the school building at the Towner County Historical Society Museum, which provided a refreshed and comfortable space for visitors and volunteers from the region while visiting the museum. A 2022 grant provided partial funding for building permimeter reinforcement of the Soo Line Museum, which is one of the buildings on the Towner County Historical Society's museum grounds.
The Towner County Living Center received a grant for partial funding to purchase a newer van for safe transportation of residents and remodeling the nursing home so that the building and infrastructure match the quality of care that takes place at the facility. In 2018, a grant award provided funding for advanced technology to improve the quality of care at the facility.
Over 2,200 people utilize the Towner County Medical Center annually for medical services, and the upgraded Emergency System and easier access to the Trauma/Emergency Room and other parts of the extensive facility have been enhanced with grants. Recent grants include partial funding to purchase new cardiac equipment, a matching grant for the purchase of a new radiology suite, funding as an incentive for wellness evaluations for people using the Towner County Medical Center Wellness Center at the facility, and funding for the purchase of a bariatric therapy table to be used by the Physical Therapy Department in providing better services and decreasing overall facility costs. In 2015, a match grant provided partial funding for the purchase of new digital mammography equipment allowing the facility to provide quality digital mammography services to the community and surrounding area in a more regular and convenient manner. In Spring of 2017, a grant provided partial funding for the purchase of new equipment for the Towner County Medical Center Wellness Center. The 2017 grants awarded in the Fall to the Towner County Medical Center (TCMC) and the TCMC Nurse's Fund provided partial funding for the purchase of a new trauma stretcher for the Emergency Room, which has x-ray capabilities, allowing imaging to be performed without moving the patient, a vitally important point for those with potential spinal injuries. In the Spring of 2018, a match grant provided funding to purchase two cardiac teaching mannequins for ACLS and CPRtraining, which improved performance during training by monitoring depth of adequate chest compression and release. This enhanced training impacted all of Towner County and those who visit the area needing this vital medical assistance. In the Fall of 2018, a grant award provided funding for an upgraded Telemetry System, and in 2019, the grant award provided funding for the purchase of a Bariatric/Geriatric exam table. The Spring, 2020 grants included funding for the purchase of a new Hoyer Lift with a sling to assist patients who have trouble standing, as a self-contained sling for patients that are non-ambulatory, and to ensure that the nursing staff is not injured when assisting patients with these needs. The second grant included partial funding to purchase new playground equipment for the Cando Community Child Care Center, located at the Towner County Medical Center, replacing the old, unsafe equipment with large play structures for ages 6 months to 5 years. In 2021, a grant award funded the purchase of Temporal Thermometers and Stethoscopes in an effort to reduce the risk of transmitting infections from one patient to another when healthcare workers utilize the patient-dedicated equipment at TCMC. In 2022, a grant award provided partial funding to facilitate Community CPR and Babysitting Courses and the associated supplies and equipment needed to continue offering the classes at no cost.
The UFFDA Fund for Animals has received annual grants beginning in 2010 to help with the spay/neuter, vaccinations and re-homing services which affect on average, 200 dogs and cats annually in the Towner County area.
Is our goal of $1,000,000 achievable? Yes, it is! Here are some simple calculations:
If 500 people pledged $1,000 over a 5-year period to the Impact-Cando Connection Fund, we would be half the way to our $1,000,000 goal! Let's do the math: If you divide $1,000 by 5 years, your yearly pledge would be $200. If you divide $200 by 12 months, that amounts to $16.67 per month over 5 years. $16.67 is the cost of one nice meal a month.
A number of people have become 1 of 500 participants since announcing our campaign in the Fall of 2008. To those of you who have already signed on to GiveBack to the Cando area - THANK YOU! For those who have not made a commitment to be part of this exciting endeavor, consider the following information when making your decision.
Our 1 of 500 Campaign continues to provide a charitable giving option for former or current Candoites, or those who have a soft spot for Cando, to GiveBack to our hometown area. Our goal is to have 500 individuals, families, businesses, or organizations pledge $1,000 over a 5-year period to the Impact-Cando Connection Fund. By doing so, we will be half the way to our $1,000,000 goal! The remaining $500,000 can be raised through special events like our annual golf tournament, outside grants to benefit our area, major gifts, leaving a legacy through planned giving, such as a will, or making a choice to give a gift of more than $1,000 if you can. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Cando area and all donations are tax deductible.
We are certain that there are many Candoites that hold their hometown and the people who helped shape them into thriving, productive citizens near and dear to their hearts. They can be one of the 500 who will help build the sustainability of programming and projects undertaken by local nonprofit organizations, and governmental and educational entities that are in place in Cando.
Will you be 1 of the 500 to help us meet our goal through an individual, family, business, or organizational donation?
Please open the .pdf below, complete the bottom section and mail it back to the address indicated which confirms your 5-year pledge of $1,000 or more and the manner in which you would like to pay for the pledge, or another manner in which you plan to participate. If you would like to give your gift online, go to the Fund Info/How to Donate page on this website and scroll to the bottom to make your gift by clicking on the Donate with Impact logo. We would sincerely appreciate your participation.