Author Archives: Joan Vitt

2019 Grant Reception Awards $232,748 to 34 Projects Across the Parsons Area

Over 100 residents of the greater Parsons area packed an event room at Commercial Bank Thursday evening to celebrate many of the wonderful projects making our community stronger. The Parsons Area Community Foundation awarded annual grants to 34 nonprofit projects ranging from municipalities and law enforcement to youth and education.

Since its inception in 1996, the Parsons Area Community Foundation has invested over $2 million dollars into projects within a 25-mile radius of Parsons. This year, $232,748 was awarded from endowed unrestricted funds set up by donors, field of interest funds and funds designated by the donor for a specific charity.

“We deeply appreciate our donors, whose foresight and desire to improve the quality of life in our larger community made these awards possible,” said Mary Hines, Parsons Area Community Foundation Board President.

The Parsons Area Community Foundation received over 40 applications for grants this year. After careful review and deliberation by the 13-member board, funding was approved for 34 projects using funds to address a wide range of community needs.

“Thank you to all of our Board members and their families for spending so much time to consider all the grants and what they truly mean to our area,” said Joan Vitt, PACF Director. “The generosity of our donors coupled with the caring diligence of our board members makes the Parsons area unlike any other. I think we all agree there is no place like home, and that together we are stronger.”

The mission of the Parsons Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the greater Parsons area by increasing opportunities for charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs, and providing leadership on important community issues, now and for future generations.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Click here for a complete list of 2019 Grantees

Grant Writing Workshop in Parsons, June 4 at Wall Family Center

In partnership with the K-State Wildcat Extension District, the Parsons Area Community Foundation is planning a Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Wall Family Center in Parsons. Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist for K-State Research and Extension, has presented this workshop throughout Kansas and will share her knowledge of funding opportunities and grant writing elements. Another important benefit of this workshop will be to network with others interested in finding grants to share ideas for community projects. For more information and to register, please contact our Extension office by email to or by calling 620-724-8233. Your $10 registration includes lunch and must be received by May 28.

The Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir Designated Fund

In 2008 Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir established a  fund that would benefit both Labette Community College and the Parsons Area Community Foundation. Over time, the Zetmeirs made contributions to the fund designating the principal to be granted to the college once construction was begun for a new Labette Community College Health Science Building. In the meantime, the interest earned from the fund would be distributed to the Parsons Area Community Foundation. In 2013 the fund was closed with the principal granted to the college, and the community foundation receiving the balance. Pictured above at the groundbreaking ceremony are LCC College President Dr. George Knox, Montie Taylor, Sophia Zetmeir, Dr. Jerry Bouman, and Sonny Zetmeir.