Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana awarded the Charles D. Smith Award to the K21 Health Foundation during the 5th Annual BIG Celebration on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Winona Heritage Room. Established in 2015 and named in honor of its inaugural recipient, this special accolade recognizes an individual or individuals who demonstrate passionate volunteerism, strong community leadership and a lifelong commitment to serving others.
Building a healthier community for Kosciusko County is at the heart of the mission of the K21 Health Foundation.
The foundation was established in 1999 and since then has invested more than $45 million dollars to improve the lives and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko county. With a dedicated board of directors and committed staff overseeing the endowment and grant processes, the K21 Health Foundation has helped to make a tremendous impact in the community by providing funding for specialty services to numerous local non-profits including Agaitas, Baker Youth Club, Beaman Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brightpoint, Erin’s House, Fellowship Missions and Joe’s Kids. They also have contributed to major renovations and special projects, bringing enhancements and opportunities to the community – touching the lives of each and every person who lives and works in and around the Kosciusko County area.
Wanting to help in the most effective way, K21 is true leader, forever growing and evolving. By garnering feedback from community leadership, hosting public forums and collaborating with other foundations and organizations, they create an even bigger impact for the betterment of others.
The K21 Foundation’s support of Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor and advocate has helped the Agency grow into the premier mentoring organization that it is today. Their contributions have helped bring innovative and enhanced programming into the area, providing unique mentoring services to our Littles so that they too will have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. Additionally, by providing grant resources for marketing to recruit and seek out more contributions and volunteers, the foundation has started BIG things for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The K21 Health Foundation is a dedicated and critical partner in strengthening the future and state of wellbeing in the Kosciusko County Community. It is with great honor that Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates the many achievements of the K21 Health Foundation with the 2018 Charles D. Smith Award.