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The John E. Pollock Fund-Grant Applications Now Available

Please apply for Grants by March 6, 2024 via our website.

John Pollock’s legacy grants provide for the training and handling of boats under manual or sail power; public safety education as it affects boating and natural and applied science education, and/or to provide education for young people about boating safety and other marine education programs.

As a very young boy, John developed an interest in ships and the sea and this interest never left him.

John spent two years at sea in the U.S. Maritime Commission’s Cadet Training Program which has since become the Merchant Marine Academy on King’s Point, N.Y.

He started studying at the University of Michigan in naval architecture and engineering at the beginning of WWII. In 1942, failing the vision requirements for the armed forces, he did his part for the war effort by working at the Toledo Shipbuilding Company as a hull draftsman and stress analyst.

John became a longtime Tiffin resident. He was an engineer at Webster for seven years prior to starting his own engineer design consulting business on Riverside Drive. In the evenings he taught engineering math classes at Heidelberg College. He continued his interest in water safety and designed life saving devices and other water safety quipment.

Tiffin Women In Action Giving Birthdays donation

Tiffin Women in Action (TWIA) recently gave the first big donation from the TWIA Women and Children’s fund at the Tiffin Community Foundation to Giving Birthdays, Jenni Zaika accepted the $1,000 donation at the April 26th meeting. Zaika explained the money will be used for gifts for children in Seneca County in  foster or kinship care.

Forty Dollars for Forty Years

The Tiffin Community Foundation, originally known as The Tiffin Charitable Foundation, was founded in 1983 by Attorney Charles D. “Bud” Hering, Jr., Jane Frost Kalnow, Fred Corbin, Fred Spurck, and Gordon Wagner with the assistance of Warren Kahn of Commercial National Bank. In 2023, The Tiffin Community Foundation celebrates 40 years of funding futures in Tiffin and Seneca County and awarding over $15 million in grants since 1983. After the untimely death of Bud Hering in 1992, his son-in-law Brent Howard carried the box of files labeled Tiffin Charitable Foundation into his office and engaged the community to re-ignite the mission of the foundation. Since that time the Hering Family remains committed to the work of the Foundation. After serving on the Board of Trustees and the White Fund Grant Committee, Bud’s daughter Anne Gase and her family started the Gase Literacy Fund to support literacy in the community. They continue to work diligently to provide funding for books to children birth to 5 years of age in the 44883 zip code. Bud’s daughter Susan Hering Howard served on the White Grant Committee of the Foundation for many years. Anne and Susan each dropped off a special “Anniversary” contribution of $40 this week to commemorate the work of the Foundation over the last 40 years. Although not the largest gifts the Hering Family has ever made, the significance of the $40 gifts to honor 40 years of community service is truly what the foundation is all about. “Every gift to the Tiffin Community Foundation has a ripple effect, no matter how large or small,” says the Foundation Director, Jodie Reinbolt. “Consider making your $40 gift to the Tiffin Community Foundation today and join us in October to hear how we will use your contributions to support the future of our community for the next 40 years!”

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