2017 Wrap Up

In 2017, as in 2016, VHACF continued to receive four times as many grant requests than we are able to fulfill. However, we are pleased to list those recipients we were able to support this past year:

Century College Foundation – Emergency Assistance and Food Pantry for students

Midwest Ski Otters – new stage for their water performances


White Bear Center for the Arts – High School Visual Arts Contest

Northeast Residence – Extended Day program for children and adults with developmental disabilities

City of Vadnais Heights – 2017 Heritage Days

Willow Lane Elementary – Camp Icaghowan scholarships


AFSA – Environmental camp scholarships for 5-8 graders

Newtrax – White Bear Lake Area Senior Shuttle Pilot

Shoreview YMCA – transportation for summer swimming lessons for area 6-8 graders

White Bear Lake High School Senior – Scholarship to Carrie Hunner, to attend Duke University to study Electrical Engineering

Vadnais Heights Lions Club – Emergency Food Shelf

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf – Onsite Food Pantries at AFSA and Central Middle School

And we are especially pleased for this year’s recipients, Lindsay Lamwers and Matthew Skogen, White Bear Lake science teachers at Sunrise Middle School, who received a $10,000 fellowship from us, in partnership with Fund For Teachers®. They traveled to Iceland in August to study the many tectonic and landform features unique to that country, including volcanoes, glaciers, rift valleys, hot springs and geysers. They used a special 360 degree camera there, while their students back home will be using virtual reality viewers to see amazing up-close videos of walking inside a volcano, actual tectonic plate boundaries, snorkeling the Silfra fissure and more.

#FFTFellow We recently visited the Goðafoss waterfall in Iceland where sunny weather made for some stunning shots of the bright blue churning waters.

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Please join with VHACF in helping us to continue to meet the growing needs of our community by donating today!

You may give here or send your tax deductible donation to:

VHACF, PO Box 270502, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

VHACF Donates to Local Boy Scout Troop

Troop 494 of White Bear Lake, MN is presented a $3000 Grant from the Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation (VHACF). The check was presented during a ceremony held at Vadnais Heights City Hall. Funds will be used by the Boy Scouts to acquire new camping gear and aid in the purchase of a new trailer required for their day-to-day use. VHACF commends the troop for their thoughtfulness and appreciation as they turned out in great numbers to enjoy rolls and refreshments with VHACF Board members.