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FIST Reflects on a Successful Year

By JoAnna Ness, May 30 2018 01:00PM

Steuben County’s youth pod—FIST—celebrated another successful year of philanthropy, grant making, and community service. The 19 youth pod members are students at Fremont Community Schools, Hamilton Community Schools, and MSD of Steuben County, and they range in age from 8th grade to seniors. This year they organized a number of community service events, including a canned food drive that generated 4 truckloads of canned goods, a county-wide bone marrow drive, a day of connecting with seniors at Cameron Woods while making Christmas cards, and presentations to middle school students to define and share the meaning of philanthropy. FIST also awarded 11 grants for a total of $7,485, which supported arts projects in Steuben County schools and other community needs. Over the course of the school year, FIST was able to engage 175 other youth in philanthropic activities. Congratulations to our hard-working youth pod members on a great year!