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Youth Foundation Designates December as "Match Month"

The Muskingum County Community Youth Foundation (CYF) is planning a Youth Grant Competition in early 2013 to benefit local organizations that serve youth.

In preparation for the competition, CYF has designated the month of December 2012 as “Match Month.” CYF will match donations from the community totaling up to $500 in hopes of reaching a goal to have $1,000 to award in youth grants early next year.

The Youth Grant Competition will give CYF members an opportunity to learn about the grantmaking process. CYF members will be responsible for fundraising, and then reviewing and selecting a grant winner or winners.

Donations may be sent to: MCCF, 534 Putnam Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701. Please note “CYF” on check memo line. Donations also may be made online:

http://www.mccf.org/donors/ways_to_give/donate_established_fund/funds/community_pass_through.html.

CYF is a component of the Muskingum County Community Foundation. It exists to empower youth to make a difference in the community by providing financial and human resources to projects that benefit the youth of Muskingum County. CYF was established with surplus funds from the Muskingum County Community Foundation’s 2000 Groundhog Day Auction. The first meeting was held in January 2001 with 30 area high school freshmen who were designated to serve on the board. Currently, CYF has 53 student members.

All high school students who live in Muskingum County are eligible to apply for CYF each fall, with preference given to freshmen and sophomores. Once selected, students remain on the board until they graduate by meeting participation requirements. Members typically meet once per month to complete service projects, distribute grants, choose local scholarship winners, and have fun with teambuilding and leadership activities.

If you have any questions about CYF or the Youth Grant Competition, please contact CYF Adviser Juliet Lacy at (740) 453-5192 or jlacy@mccf.org.

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