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Fund Name   Description
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Homer Area Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to improve the quality life for residents of the Homer area.
Scholarship Funds
Homer Area Community Foundation Scholarship Fund Donate The Board of Trustees of the Homer Area Community Foundation established the Homer Area Community Foundation Scholarship Fund in 2015. The scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships for Homer Community Schools graduates, graduating seniors, and adult residents of Homer seeking educational opportunities beyond high school.
Organizational and Named Endowment Funds
Homer Area Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to improve the quality of life for residence of the Homer area.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Barton Farm Co. Endowment Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Scholarship Funds
Barton Farm Co. Scholarship Fund Donate The Barton Farm Company Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Barton family. This scholarship was established in appreciation for the support of the Homer community. The Barton family feels very fortunate that they have been able to employ talented students from the Homer area. The Barton's believe strongly in the importance of education and the continued excellence of our local schools.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Bessie Edwards Education Fund Donate Bessie Edwards was a life long resident of Homer who wished her bequest to be used for “the enrichment of educational programs.” All grants awarded from the fund go exclusively to Homer Community Schools.
Scholarship Funds
Bessie L. Smith Scholarship Fund Donate Bessie L. Smith Scholarship Fund was established in 2000. Bessie L. Smith was born in 1904 and lived her entire life of 95 years in the Homer area. She graduated from Homer High School in 1922. Bessie attended Teachers College, now know as Western Michigan University, and received a teacher certificate. She taught and substituted for many years in the Homer area. Bessie married William Smith and raised five children, all of whom graduated from Homer High School. She continued to substitute teach while raising her family and was involved with young people in the community. Her dedication and commitment to the Homer community was an important part of her life.
Calhoun County Swine Club Scholarship Fund Donate The MSU Extension - Calhoun County Swine Club Scholarship was originally established with the Community Foundation Alliance of Calhoun County and the MSU 4-H Extension office by Homer residents Steve and Julie Swafford. The Swine Club Scholarship was established to support and promote a college education for Swine Club Members. Annual fundraisers have been established to support this scholarship. In 2015, the scholarship fund was moved to the Homer Area Community Foundation and is managed in cooperation with the MSU 4-H Extension Office.
Crandall Family Scholarship Fund Donate The Crandall Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Larry Crandall in memory of his wife, Mary Dibble-Crandall, and his parents Mason and Marjorie Crandall. Larry was fortunate that the G.I. Bill made a provision for his college education. This scholarship fund is established so that others might be able to continue their education beyond high school.
Curry Family Scholarship Fund Donate The Curry Family Scholarship is established to honor Dr. R. K. Curry, MD (1905-1987) and Dr. R. Bruce Curry, DDS (1944-2006). Dr. R. K. Curry served the Homer community as a family physician and surgeon from 1933 to 1973 and served in WWII, 1942-1945. He and his wife, Winnifred, also served terms on the Homer school board for years when each of their four children; Charles, Carolyn, Bruce and David were in Homer schools. Dr. Curry also provided free physical exams for any athlete desiring to participate in Homer Community Schools athletics. Dr. R. Bruce Curry graduated from Homer High School in 1962, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1966, and then graduated from the U of M School of Dentistry in 1970. He married Janice Camburn (Homer Class of 1963) in 1967 and opened a dental practice in Eaton Rapids after serving as an Army dentist, including a tour in Vietnam. Together they raised two sons, Scott and William. Bruce also served on the Eaton County Hospital Board during critical hospital financial times. He passed away in 2006 after a short illness. The Curry family established this scholarship to honor their family's commitment to the Homer area and to the medical and dental fields.
Elizabeth Booth Scholarship Fund Donate The Elizabeth Booth Scholarship was originally established with Homer community Schools by her husband Dave in her memory. Elizabeth Booth was a dedicated and beloved kindergarten teacher in Homer. She passed away from cancer during her first year of retirement, but her memory lives on in the hearts of many of her past students and colleagues. In 2012, the scholarship fund was moved to the Homer Area Community Foundation.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Folk Family Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Community Project Funds
Friends of the Homer Downtown Development Authority Donate The purpose of this fund is to support the activities of the Homer Downtown Development Authority.
Scholarship Funds
George & Betty Petredean Scholarship Fund Donate George and Betty Petredean feel very fortunate they had caring adults who encouraged and assisted them in pursuing a college education. "We're very appreciative of what we have had and enjoy sharing our good fortune. I hope later in life the scholarship recipients will be able to do the same" -George Petredean. This scholarship was established in 1994 for graduates of Homer High School. Extra consideration is given to family members of descendants of past or present employees of Calhoun Foundry and Trojan Heat Treat.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Grace Falconer Kleis Endowment Fund Donate This fund has been established to be used in Homer - for Homer community purposes, as a token of appreciation and thanks to loyal Falconer's customers.
Harry and Linda Lucyshyn Memorial Endowment Fund Donate Harry Lucyshyn and Linda (Hyde) Lucyshyn were graduates of Homer High School. They both attended Michigan State University. Linda majored in speech and audiology and Harry majored in Veterinary Medicine. Harry and Linda married and returned to Homer where they worked and were active in the community. They had one son, Greg Lucyshyn, who graduated from Homer High School. Harry passed away in 1981 and Linda passed later in 1983. This scholarship was established in 1997 in their memory. Scholarship recipients will be pursuing a degree in audiology or veterinary medicine.
Scholarship Funds
Homer Academic Booster Club Scholarship Fund Donate The Homer Community Schools Academic Booster Club (ABC) was organized in the fall of 1983 by parents, teachers, and administrators to promote increased parent and family involvement in the Homer Community School academic program. Over the years the ABC members raised award and scholarship funds by hosting Christmas tree sales, Dime-a-Dip dinners, and more recently an annual Pasty Sale. The ABC's have sponsored over 20 years of spring honors desserts to recognize student achievement in academics and attendance. The ABC?s continue to sponsor the Student of the Month program and Alumnus of the Year program, as well as maintain the Academic Hall of Fame. A scholarship is given to a deserving senior for post-graduation study. The Homer Community Schools Academic Booster Club scholarship was established in 2006.
Homer Alumni Association Scholarship Fund Donate The Homer Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 to support Homer Community Schools graduates in their pursuit of post-secondary educational attainment. Annually, scholarships are awarded from the fund in honor of DeWayne Ballentine and the Homer High School Class of 1959. Dewayne Ballentine was a Homer graduate and founding father of the Homer Alumni Association. He served as a board member and started the annual banquet. This scholarship was set up in his memory in 1985. The Class of 1959 Scholarship began in 2019 by class members and friends, in honor of their 60th anniversary to recognize Homer Community Schools for providing them a quality education.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Homer Area Community Foundation Youth Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to promote programs and activities that positively enhance youth development and leadership in the Homer Area Community Foundation's geographic service area.
Community Project Funds
Homer Arts Community Project Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to support visual arts, performing arts, and/or history-related programming in the Homer area.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Homer Arts Endowment Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to support the charitable, artistic, and cultural activities/events within the Homer area.
Homer Early Childhood Fund Donate The Homer Early Childhood Fund was established to give three and four year old children an opportunity to begin their school experience feeling comfortable and confident, allowing children to gain social skills and develop a greater awareness and understanding of the world around them; thus developing the whole child.
Homer Environmental Fund Donate In 1983 the Save the Homer Lake Association was established to voice and seed funds to take corrective action in removing storm drains in the village from the public accessed lake and restoring the lakes recreational value. At the time, there was little help from the County Drain Commissioner's office. In the early 1990s a Statutory Lake Board with taxing authority was created and the Water Resource Commissioner replaced the old drain. The Lake Board operated for 20 years with financial support from the Save the Homer Lake Association and removed the storm drains from the Homer Lake. Over the years the association has furnished funds to begin the Lake Board, engineering work, feasibility studies, sediment sampling/analysis, weed harvesting, etc. The Save the Homer Lake Association dissolved in 2013. The Homer Environmental Fund was established to continue supporting efforts to restore Homer Lake's recreational value, as well as other projects that impact the protection, conservation, and restoration of natural resources in the Homer area.
Scholarship Funds
Homer FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund Donate Established in 1983 the Homer FFA Alumni is a support group for the Homer FFA chapter. The Homer FFA chapter was established in 1948. The Homer FFA Alumni Chapter focuses on premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Homer FFA Alumnus have received national recognition as an Outstanding Alumni Affiliate. The Homer FFA Alumni Scholarship was established in 2002. The Homer FFA Alumni highly encourage current FFA members to reach their fullest potential through furthering their education, beyond high school. Scholarship recipients are Homer High School graduates and Homer FFA participants for one or more of their high school years. Students planning to pursue an education in agricultural science are given preference.
Community Project Funds
Homer Firefighter's Association Community Project Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to provide support of the Homer Fire Department.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Homer Healthy Endowment Fund Donate Eligible charitable programs are those that focus on healthy youth and senior living. Funded from the State of Michigan Tobacco Settlement Partnership. Eligible charitable programs are those that would improve the health of youth and seniors, which may include, but are not limited to, programs that focus on health and nutrition, family counseling, early childhood development, smoking prevention and cessation, day care, preschool and after-school care. Funds may not be used for capital expenses and must supplement and not replace existing expenditures of the community foundation.
Organizational and Named Endowment Funds
Homer Historical Society Endowment Fund Donate This Fund was established for the purpose of preserving and protecting the history of Homer, its landmarks, stories and artifacts, to inform and educate, and to further the purposes of the museum.
Homer Public Library Endowment Fund Donate This fund was established to support Homer Public Library whose mission is to provide the services and material that will best provide entertainment and educational value to the community that we serve.
Community Project Funds
Homer Recycling Facilities Community Project Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to support the activities of the Homer Recycling Center Facilities.
Homer Village Council Community Project Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to provide support Village of Homer enhancements that would not normally be provided with public funds.
Scholarship Funds
James & Lucille Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate James L. Miller and Lucille Folk Miller were both very involved in the Homer community with a number of activities including, school, church and civic organizations. They nurtured these qualities in their children, who all graduated from Homer Community Schools. Lucille graduated from Homer High School in 1935, and James started a small manufacturing business behind their house on Adams St. Their sons continued that business in many locations in Homer for 69 years. Brembo Brakes, RSB Manufacturing and Amsted Rail continue to be successful at those locations. The three daughters had very successful careers in the education, medical and hospitality fields. James and Lucille Miller believed in the virtues of small town living; a close-knit and highly skilled workforce, a strong work ethic, pride in workmanship, and dependable service. This scholarship intends to encourage highly motivated students to access the training needed to be successful in the manufacturing trade occupations like those Miller family developed in Homer. These professions provide excellent opportunities for personal success and satisfaction.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Joe Miller Family Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Scholarship Funds
Kathy Hickerson-Mills Scholarship Fund Donate The Kathy Hickerson-Mills Scholarship Fund was established by her family after her death in 2010. Kathy was a long-time employee in the Homer Community School System. Kathy's attitude and presence added to the learning environment for the student body and staff at HHS, and for that she will always be remembered. This special scholarship was first given in 2011. The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association is honored to have been asked to govern this scholarship.
Kay Earline Vanderford Nursing Scholarship Fund Donate The Kay Earline Vanderford Nursing Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 in loving memory of Kay Earline Vanderford by her son Douglas Vanderford. A graduate of Kellogg Community College's nursing program, Kay Earline Vanderford worked as a LPN for several years at area nursing homes. She served the Homer and Litchfield communities most of her life and was very compassionate toward her patients. This scholarship assists those who are called to enter the field of nursing.
Larry Wirebaugh Scholarship Fund Donate The Larry Wirebaugh Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Larry Wirebaugh and his love of Homer. Larry was a proud graduate of Homer High School, where he played four sports. Larry would go on to serve in the US Navy, before marrying his high school sweetheart, Julie in 1962. He loved spending time with family and especially watching his sons growing up competing in sports at Western High School and, in later years, traveling to watch grandkids playing in Ohio and West Michigan. Though he eventually moved away from Homer, "he loved Homer and if he had had it his way he would have lived there forever." With this scholarship, his family hopes to leave a legacy that will help students with financial need achieve their educational aspirations.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Miller Family Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds
Paul & Maurine Sinclair Scholarship and Youth Endowment Fund Donate This fund was established in 2007 by the estate of Maurine Sinclair. Paul and Maurine Sinclair were both raised in Homer and graduated from Homer High School. Mr. Sinclair had a career in banking and Mrs. Sinclair was a kindergarten teacher. Youth were always important to the Sinclair's. They hosted several foreign exchange students in their home and Mrs. Sinclair was the first guardian of the Campfire Girls of Homer. Grants from this fund may be used for purposes including, but not limited to the following examples: Youth educational related projects; scholarships for youth activities; and Classroom educational activities.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Petredean Family Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Scholarship Funds
Phil Duff Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate The Phil Duff Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of Phil Duff, former Homer Elementary School principal and active community member. Mr. Duff received his master's degree from Eastern Michigan University. He taught for the Vandercook Lake Schools for nine years, then moved to Homer in 1966 and became principal of Homer Elementary School before retiring in 1997. For several years he was a Cub Scout Master, worked with abused children, was a member of the M.E.A., and played the organ for the Church of God in Marshall and Jackson. He found great joy in gardening and playing the organ.
Community Project Funds
PS Food Mart Business Fund Donate Every community where PS Food Mart operates is our "Hometown", and we are committed to helping fight local hunger everywhere we operate. In 2010, we created the PS Food Mart Charities fund through the Homer Area Community Foundation. 2010 was the first year of our annual "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign, which is held in March each year. Through this campaign, PS Food Mart Charities has been able to provide financial support to the South Michigan Food Bank, SeaGate Food of Toledo and numerous local food pantries and school weekend backpack programs in communities wherever PS Food Mart operates. We are proud that the money we raise during our campaign goes directly to help fight local hunger. We believe that no one should have to worry about where their next meal will come from, which is why we are committed to the "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign.

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Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
PS Food Mart Charities Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Scholarship Funds
Raymond R. Amsler Scholarship Fund Donate Raymond Russell Amsler was born in Toledo, Ohio to Elmer and June (Leonard) Amsler. The family moved from their farm in Ohio to Homer, Michigan in 1935. Ray attended Homer School from 1935-1943. He played baseball, basketball, and football achieving an athletic letter for all sports. Ray entered the Navy in 1943 after graduating from Homer School. He served 2 1/2 years in the Pacific on the USS Lamson destroyer. Ray returned to Michigan after his Navy service where he met Margaret Allen and was married a year later. They had two daughters Yvonne and Nancy. Ray and Margaret lived in Battle Creek where he began his career at Consumers Power Company. Ray retired after 37 years as a supervisor and resided in Lake Placid, Florida. The Raymond R. Amsler Scholarship was established in 2007. Ray has many fond memories of his years in Homer and his school time. He established this scholarship to help Homer students attend college.
Robert & Doris Folk Scholarship Fund Donate Bob and Doris Folk were life long residents of Homer. Bob entered World War II as a flyer and was shot down while on a mission over Belgium. He was captured and spent 1-1/2 years as a prisoner of war. After his liberation, Bob came back to work for his father in the oil business and founded what is now the Folk Oil Company. Bob and Doris raised two children who both graduated from Homer High School. Bob passed away in 1999 and Doris in 2005. The Robert and Doris Folk Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 within the Homer Area Community Foundation in their memory. Both Bob and Doris gave back to the community in many ways over the years. Establishing this scholarship was a way to make sure their efforts continued. They both realized the importance of furthering ones education beyond high school.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Rockwell Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Scholarship Funds
Ronald L. Tuck Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate The Ronald L. Tuck Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Ronald L. Tuck. Dr. Tuck was the son of Robert E. Tuck and Velma E. Tuck. He graduated from Homer High School in 1960, enlisted in the United States Army and served three years with the Army in Germany. Following his Army discharge, he attended Southern Illinois University and obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 1972. He was a practicing dentist for 47 years at his office in Warren, Michigan, until his retirement in 2019. The Scholarship was established by his brothers in loving memory, for the purpose of providing scholarships for Homer Community Schools graduating seniors and graduates pursuing a post-secondary degree in the sciences.
Community Project Funds
Save the Homer Lake Community Project Fund Donate This fund was established to support the Homer Lake maintenance and improvements.
Scholarship Funds
SLF/Blair Scholarship Fund Donate The scholarship combines the funds from the Homer Student Loan Fund (SLF) and the Blair Scholarship Fund. Homer's superintendent, Everett Highland, started the Student Loan Fund in 1959, to provide loans to Homer High School graduates to help them further their education. The Blair scholarship was started in 1977 with funds from the estate of Bess Blair as donated by her sister Maude. Both sisters were born in Homer and were descendants of Homer's first doctor. Bess taught in the Homer school system. Maude was a life-long educator and both sisters were strong supporters of education.
Donor and Field of Interest Advised Funds
Swope Family Fund Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.
Warren & Myrt Dexter Fund for Children Donate This donor advised fund was established to support charitable purposes.