2021 Grant Recipients


The Parfreyville United Methodist Church (PUMC) Children and Youth Grant Program was made possible by a memorial donation received years ago to be used to help children and youth. The fund has grown sufficiently to now extend the blessings of this gift to help children and youth in the larger community, consistent with the intent of the donors. The PUMC grant committee began awarding grants in 2018 and is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 grants:

Project Backpack: Awarded $1000 to help provide nutritious meals and snacks for students from low-income families. An average of 200 bags of food per week are distributed through the program covering grades Pre-K through 12 in five school districts in the greater Waupaca area. Since 2010, Project Backpack has worked with donations and volunteers to stamp out hunger in area schools one student at a time.

Trinity Tiny Treasures Preschool, Inc.: Awarded $500 to provide a scholastic book program serving preschool students. Supplying books encourages the practice of families reading together in their home and better prepares children for school through early opportunities for learning.

Waupaca Community Arts Hub: Awarded $750 to support a scholarship fund to offset tuition and help make art and music lessons / classes more accessible to children. The Arts Hub vision is to nurture the creative potential in everyone, providing a place where creativity comes to grow. The First United Methodist Church of Waupaca will provide a space in their building for the Arts Hub to begin programming this summer. Individual piano, guitar, and drum lessons as well as a variety of group art classes are being planned.

Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services / Children and Family Unit: Awarded $850 to fund supplies and interactive projects / tools for at-risk families with basic needs. The goal is to support family learning, togetherness, positive connections and accomplishment.

Waupaca Area Chamber Foundation: Awarded $1000 to help bring “The Pitch” to the Waupaca School District in the spring of 2022. “The Pitch” is an engaging educational initiative that will introduce the principles of entrepreneurship and business management to over one hundred children in the greater Waupaca area. “The Pitch” is a fast-paced and fun one day business contest that challenge students to form winning companies, create new products, write a business plan, and perfect a sales pitch.

Waupaca County Suicide Prevention Coalition (WCSPC): Awarded $900 to support the “Creating Hope Teen Leadership Summit.” The goal of the program is to reduce mental health stigma, educate youth / teens on mental health awareness / suicide prevention, and provide resources to help teens address issues with their peers. Waupaca County schools will be invited to send students in grades 6-12.

Waupaca County Conservation Field Day: Awarded $700 to support a full day of outdoor workshops run by volunteers for 300 – 500 5th grade students at Hartman Creek State Park with the goal of instilling a conservation ethic through hands-on learning. The event is organized by Golden Sands Research Conservation and Development Council, a non-profit organization who has been hosting this event at no charge since 1990.

For more information about the Children and Youth Grant Program, contact the church office at (715) 258-8615 or email office@warmumc.com. Parfreyville United Methodist Church, part of the Waupaca Area Regional Ministry (WARM), is located at N1979 County Road K in Waupaca.