Representatives of Siemer Milling Company recently presented a grant to Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center for its Speak Up! youth leadership program. Pictured: (front row, L-R) Marley Kater, Danny Hooper, Charlotte Hooper, Jackson Stice, Eli Stice, Johanna Stice, Preston Lake, Zoie Potter (back row, L-R) Henry Siemer (Siemer Milling Company), Patty Hooper (Family Matters), Caroline Stice and Martha Stice (Siemer Milling Company), Matthew Kreke, and Beau Schuette, Karrie Potter (Family Matters).
The Siemer Milling Endowment has awarded $5,000 to the Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center to support Speak Up!, a youth leadership program.
The Speak Up program is designed for youth between the ages of 12-22 who have a disability. This program provides training in communication and leadership skills with the additional and individualized support needed by its attendees.
The Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center provides support services for families to “build upon families’ strengths, empower parents and professionals to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for students with disabilities, and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.” The organization serves families of children ages birth to 22.
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.