The Helping Foundation


What: The Helping Foundation is a collaborative effort by CISD employees to assist students in Calhoun County with various needs.


Why: Nearly all of us know of a student who experiences a need that impedes their academic and emotional growth. The Helping Foundation provides an opportunity for CISD employees or others to sponsor a student who has a special need.


How: Voluntary contributions are collected from CISD staff at the CISD throughout the year to develop the foundation funds. The CISD organization itself does not contribute to this fund. Donations are deposited with the CISD Finance Department, and they disburse funds for approved requests. The Helping Foundation Committee will compile and process all requests received during the year and complete a year-end report.


CISD Helping Foundation Committee: The Helping Foundation Committee reviews the requests for assistance and determines eligibility for approval. Committee members include: Cameron Cudney, Shelly Tebo, Ginger Obermyer, and Heather Vaughn.


Foundation Criteria: Examples for assistance may include food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical, dental or vision expenses, school supplies, etc. Expenses related to field trips, sporting events, recreation fees, and camp scholarships are not eligible for assistance. A student may receive assistance only one time per year, with a recommended $125.00 limit. The recommended limits for families with multiple children are:

$125............First Child

$100............Second Child

$ 75.............Third Child

$ 50..............Fourth Child

$ 50............. Each Additional Child


Request Form: A simple Request Form may be completed by a sponsor and submitted to the CISD Helping Foundation Committee for approval. Helping Foundation Request Form  Parent/Guardian authorization required on Request Form.


To Submit a Request Form: Completed Request Form may be e-mailed to Shelly Tebo.or faxed to the attention of Shelly Tebo at 269-964-3410 . Please note: The form must be signed by a parent or guardian.