The Reach Out Lodi (ROL) Community Store Support Fund has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant this fall from the Greater Sauk Community Foundation. ROL’s request for funding was one of 19 successful proposals received by the Foundation’s Sept. 1 deadline. Altogether more than $16,000 in competitive grants was awarded this fall cycle – a new Foundation record. Other grants went to nonprofits in Juneau and Sauk counties to support education, conservation, art, health and social services projects.

Reach Out Lodi assists community members in crisis to meet their basic living needs. Services include a community center, food pantry, community closet and more. The ROL Community Store provides food and personal essentials to families in need in the Lodi School District. According to James Schmiedlin, ROL president, the grant will allow the organization to buy high-demand items when they are on sale and to supplement donated items with cash purchases as needed.

The Greater Sauk Community Foundation is celebrating its 20th year and has distributed more than $3 million in charitable grants to local nonprofits since its founding in 1998.

The Foundation is a public charity established to promote charitable giving and encourage local gifts to serve local needs. Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, the Foundation is based in Baraboo and serves Adams, Columbia, Iowa, Juneau, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties.

Donations to support the community grants program may be sent to the Grants Fund, Greater Sauk Community Foundation, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913.

For more information, call 608-355-0884 or visit

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