Seven local nonprofits that provide valuable services for youth recently received grants from the Walter and Irmgard Schichtel Fund at Placer Community Foundation. The Community Foundation made grants totaling $33,568 to Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, Maidu Independent Theater, My Mother’s Voice, PRIDE Industries, Roseville Police Activities League, and The Taylor House.

One of the grantees, My Mother’s Voice, works in some of Placer County’s highest poverty elementary schools, bringing literacy enrichment and the gift of books to local students. Their wraparound programs work with teachers and counselors to identify and help the children who also need the essentials of food, clothing, and medical and dental care.

Executive Director Donjä-Marie Garvey shares, “We have many more students in need than we had estimated for the current school year. Right here in Placer County we have 30 new students this past month who are virtually homeless, living with friends and relatives, after displacement by the fires and other disasters. Recently, a mother called for clothing for her three young children. She is working a 12 hour/day job and had her food stamps reduced because of an increase in hours. We are so grateful for this grant which will allow us to extend help to our families and enhance our children’s educational experiences.”

Roseville Police Activities League is developing a new mentoring program for their participants with their funding and the Taylor House will provide resident assistance to young women who have aged out of the foster system and are currently working or attending school. Altogether, these grants create positive futures for our local youth and serve as a beautiful legacy for Else Schichtel.

Irmgard (“Else”) Schichtel’s troubled childhood in Nazi Germany set in motion a circuitous path towards a permanent fund at Placer Community Foundation that is today helping struggling kids discover a pathway to a bright future. Else moved to the United States as a young woman. It was later she met and married Walter Schichtel, a World War II Veteran. She and Walter lived in Northern California; settling down in Rocklin and later Lincoln where she spent the last years of her life.

Else established a Trust and as she fell ill, worked with her attorney Guy Gibson of Gibson & Tuttle Law to leave a gift to charity. Else left the bulk of her estate, including her home, to Placer Community Foundation to establish the endowed Walter and Irmgard Schichtel Fund. This fund is managed by the Foundation in perpetuity with grants made annually to organizations providing high-impact programs that are flexible to the changing needs of disadvantaged youth.


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