Representatives of the Siemer Milling Company Endowment presented the $3,000 grant to the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors during the 2016 Effingham County Fair. (Children pictured, L-R): Eli Stice, Caroline Stice, Johanna Stice, and Jackson Stice. (Back row, L-R) Henry Siemer (Siemer Milling Company), Lacey Thompson (Youth Ambassador representative), Martha Stice, and Rick Siemer (Siemer Milling Company).
Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors received a $3,000 grant from the Siemer Milling Endowment for its Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2). The Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors is a leadership club for teenage 4-H members conducted by University Illinois Extension at Urbana-Champaign. Youth Ambassadors “strive to promote 4-H programs and encourage youth to become actively involved in their communities.” P2D2 is an ongoing project serving Effingham County to help recycle unused and unwanted prescription medications. The Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors will use the grant to increase community awareness through promotional materials and expand the P2D2 to assisted living homes in Effingham County.
The Siemer Milling Company Endowment was established in 2006 for the purpose of providing a permanent source of funding to programs in Effingham County that support the development of young leaders. In 2016, the Siemer Milling Company Endowment awarded $30,000 and to date has awarded $93,800 to nonprofit organizations in Effingham.