Works of Heart 2019: Your sneak peek

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FSGC helps struggling teens connect to 24/7 resource

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FSGC to offer “Ask a Child Therapist” call-in event

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As a parent, there’s nothing harder than watching your child or teen struggle with behavior issues, making friends, anxiety or depression. That’s why Family Service & Guidance Center is partnering with KSNT News to present “Ask a Child Therapist” on Thursday, June 6, from 5-6:30 p.m.

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FSGC, Topeka businesses celebrate Mental Health Month

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Parenting presentations offer practical advice that works

Parent Workshops Logo resized for social mediaFamily Service & Guidance Center invites parents and caregivers to attend “Real-World Parenting,” a series of free monthly presentations offering practical information and real-world help for raising healthier, happier children and teens.

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FSGC offers free program for parents of pre-teens and teens

SullivantIf you have a pre-teen or teen child at home, this presentation is for you.

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FSGC “Making a Difference” Award Winners announced

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Family Service & Guidance Center is pleased to announce the six recipients of the organization’s annual “Making a Difference” Award, given for providing direct therapeutic services or administrative support that helps northeast Kansas children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues and their families.

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Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor brings powerful message to Topeka

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Seventeen Shawnee County youth have taken their own lives in the past four years. Kevin Hines is coming to Topeka to slow that trend.

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FSGC Foundation awards over $163,000


money box pig credit bank savings with borderThousands of northeast Kansas kids and families will benefit from $163,065 in grants awarded to Family Service & Guidance Center programs and services.

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Works of Heart event raises $110,000


Thousands of northeast Kansas children were given hope for a happier, healthier life at the 12th annual Family Service & Guidance Center Works of Heart Event.

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Kids' food sale goes to the dogs... and cats!

For one fun day in July, Family Service & Guidance Center became known for fine dining. The savory smell of delicious breakfast burritos and tostadas floated down the organization’s halls, thanks to one Youth Development Program group.

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Help kids even more at Topeka Gives

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Dr. Mike Reynolds is a retired dentist, but he hasn’t slowed down. He’s involved with several area nonprofit organizations and a vocal advocate for mental health in our community. Every year he makes a generous gift to Family Service & Guidance Center at the annual Topeka Gives event for one big reason. Why that day?

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Thanking FSGC Children’s Champions

IMG 3835Family Service & Guidance Center wants to thank our 2018 Children’s Champions, seven outstanding sponsors of this year’s Works of Heart and Meals for Mental Health Events.

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Celebrate Mental Health Month with our local partners

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Family Service & Guidance Center welcomes three local business partners to help us celebrate May as National Mental Health Month!

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"Making a DIfference" honors outstanding FSGC staff members


Graphic for Insider resizedFamily Service & Guidance Center is pleased to honor six staff members with the “Making a Difference” Award for providing top-quality mental health care to northeast Kansas children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues.

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FSGC staff members raise over $8,300


Thousands of children will benefit from the generosity of Family Service & Guidance Center employees, thanks to the 2018 FSGC Internal Fund Drive.

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Crago receives partnership award from USD 501


old photo of crago social mediaFamily Service & Guidance Center is proud to announce that Nancy Crago, LSCSW, has received a 2017 Possibilities in Action Partner Award from USD 501, Topeka Public Schools.

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Meals for Mental Health raises nearly $23,000


MFMH 2017 for social media boostable graphicAbout 400 hungry Topekans attended the 3rd annual Meals for Mental Health on October 20 and helped raise $22,871 to benefit FSGC kids and families.

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FSGC Foundation awards over $287,000


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Family Service & Guidance Center children and families will benefit from $287,797.96 in grants awarded to agency programs and services.

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FSGC names new medical director

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Works of Heart raises nearly $109,000 for FSGC kids

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Thousands of northeast Kansas children will be happier and more successful thanks to $108,925 raised at the 11th annual Family Service & Guidance Center Works of Heart Event.

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Anxiety Treatment Program gets a new leader



Crystal Scott Low resCrystal Scott, LSCSW, is FSGC's new Anxiety Treatment Program coordinator, the organization has announced.

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FSGC raises nearly $16,000 at Topeka Gives

TCFTopekaGiveslogofinalThe 5th annual Topeka Gives event was truly a celebration of giving.

And the June 6 event gave FSGC plenty to celebrate.

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Performance Tire & Wheel and FSGC partner to help kids

justin brendaDuring the month of May – which was Mental Health Awareness Month – Performance Tire & Wheel of Topeka generously pledged to make a $10 donation to Family Service & Guidance Center for every set of tires they sold.

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Make your gift go further at Topeka Gives

TCFTopekaGiveslogofinalHeather Teufel is a human resources professional with a locally owned company and active in our community. She makes her charitable contribution to Family Service & Guidance Center on the same day each year.

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Bank of America makes parenting group possible

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FSGC Internal Fund Drive raises over $9,500

USE THIS LOGO ALL THE TIMEThanks to the generosity of staff members from across the organization, a recent Family Service & Guidance Center Internal Fund Drive raised $9,531.65.

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FSGC, Junior Achievement partner on mental health career day

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That was one of several activities 20 Topeka West High School students participated in a “Making a Career, Making a Difference,” an interactive day hosted by Family Service & Guidance Center and Junior Achievement of Kansas.

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ARTSConnect grant will keep FSGC kids’ creativity flowing

top arts grant logoThree times each spring, you’ll find the Family Service & Guidance Center cafeteria jumping. Paint flies. Construction paper is meticulously cut and glued. Charcoal meets paper. Kids are buzzing with creativity. It’s an FSGC Art Day activity.

Now, thanks to a generous grant from ARTSConnect, the cafeteria won’t stop hopping anytime soon.

ARTSConnect, which promotes the arts across the Topeka community, has named FSGC one of 13 TopArts Grant recipients. Their gift will allow FSGC to purchase art supplies to be used at Art Day and Art Night activities.

Sarah Fizell, executive director of ARTSConnect, said, “We’re proud to support programs like FSGC’s art activities for kids living with mental health issues. As schools cut back their arts programs and we see very little funding at the state level, it could not be more important to ensure that programs like this have the funding that they need to support our fellow Topekans.”

Jancy Pettit, FSGC Marketing Coordinator and facilitator of art activities, said ARTSConnect’s gift meets a crucial need for FSGC clients.

“Art is often an outlet for emotions that they just don’t know how to express,” she explained, “but for a lot of our kids’ families, art supplies are just too expensive. So we’re proud to make those opportunities available. It’s an important part of helping these kids heal.”

Art Day and Art Night activities are offered in the spring and open to all current FSGC clients at no charge. Artwork created at those activities – about 150 pieces – goes on display at the annual FSGC Kids’ Art Show and Pizza Party in May, and from those, 12-15 are selected to go up for bid at the annual Works of Heart Event live auction in August. Last year’s Works of Heart Event raised nearly $109,000 to benefit the thousands of children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health issues and their families that FSGC serves each year.

For more information on how FSGC uses art to help kids heal or to learn more about the 11th annual Works of Heart Event on August 18, contact Pam Evans, Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Surveys: FSGC staff, services are "downright amazing"

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2017 Distinguished Staff honored

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Family Service & Guidance Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Staff Awards.

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Donor event celebrates FSGC Therapeutic Play Park

pic for web site article resized for social mediaGenerous FSGC supporters from across northeast Kansas attended a party to mark the completion of FSGC’s new Therapeutic Play Park on Thursday, December 8.

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Local business makes a van-tastic gift

Van photo resizedKids participating in FSGC therapeutic groups will be transported to and from group in style, thanks to Hoyt’s Truck Center in Topeka.

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Help FSGC kids while you shop for the holidays



The holidays are fast approaching, and FSGC wants to remind friends and supporters that when they shop AmazonSmile (, Amazon will donate .5% of the total to FSGC.

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Local organizations help FSGC kids and families

CuteGirl TWITTERAT&T of Kansas, the Capitol Federal Foundation and the Topeka Community Foundation have made gifts to benefit thousands of northeast Kansas children and families through participation in three Family Service & Guidance Center programs.

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Dr. Millhuff receives statewide award

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Congratulations to Dr. Charles "Chip" Millhuff on receiving the V.J. Reddy Memorial Award from the Kansas Community Mental Health Centers Organization of Medical Directors and Psychiatric Staff (KCOMPS).

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FSGC Works of Heart Event raises record amount

ecip paintingFamily Service & Guidance Center is proud to announce that the 10th annual Works of Heart Event raised nearly $109,000 – a record total – to benefit northeast Kansas children with mental health issues and their families.

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FSGC hosts First Friday Artwalk stop

Works of Heart Logo 10 YRColorful, amazing artwork created by 18 children and teens with mental health issues will be on display at one of Topeka’s most popular First Friday Artwalk stops. The FSGC Works of Heart artwalk stop will be held August 5 at Warehouse 414, 414 S.E. 2nd, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This art preview is part of the exciting buildup to the 10th anniversary Works of Heart Art Event.

The Featured Artists range in age from four to 17, and all of them live with anxiety, depression, ADHD or other mental health issues. Their work ranges from silly and whimsical to stunning and powerful. They will be in attendance at the Artwalk to greet the community and be recognized for their talents. Last year, approximately 750 people attended the two-hour event.

“For a lot of the kids we serve, art has become an integral part of how they express themselves,” said Brenda Mills, FSGC Chief Executive Officer. “We provide art supplies and a place to be creative, and the young people do the rest. The results are absolutely wonderful.”

Over 100 donated pieces from prominent professional artists from across the Midwest – including many from Topeka – will also be on display.

The Artwalk is a special preview of FSGC’s 10th anniversary Works of Heart Art Event which will be held Friday, August 19. Pieces displayed at the Artwalk will be auctioned off to raise money to benefit more than 14,000 children and families FSGC serves each year. Over 350 supporters attended last year’s Works of Heart Event, raising nearly $90,000. This year’s goal is $100,000.

Nearly 150 pieces of artwork were created at a series of Art Nights held for FSGC clients. Fifteen children’s pieces were chosen by the Works of Heart Planning Committee and FSGC staff, and the children and teens that created them were named Works of Heart Featured Artists.

To learn more about the First Friday Artwalk, the Works of Heart Art Event or to purchase event tickets, visit or call Pam Evans, FSGC Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902.

Generous FSGC donors raise $16K at Topeka Gives

TCFTopekaGiveslogofinalFamily Service & Guidance Center donors raised over $16,000 at the 4th annual Topeka Gives Event, hosted by the Topeka Community Foundation, on June 7.

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FSGC donor dollars go farther at Topeka Gives

TCFTopekaGiveslogofinal 1Friends of Family Service & Guidance Center can make a difference in children’s lives by stretching their charitable dollar at the 4th annual Topeka Gives Event. The event will be held Tuesday, June 7, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center.

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Bank of America makes $5,000 gift

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Tantillo Family Foundation gift supports two important programs.

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Free parenting course offered in April

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That’s why FSGC will once again offer our very popular course, “Parenting: Because Kids Don’t Come with Instructions.” It’s a free course, open to the public, for parents of children ages 5-9, starting April 5.

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FSGC group to help children of divorce, separation

Me in the Middle Photo with borderDivorce and separation are traumatic for the whole family – especially children.

That’s why Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) is once again offering our popular "Me in the Middle," a group for children whose parents are divorced, separated or are in the process of getting a divorce.

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FSGC recognizes distinguished staff

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Year-end push makes FSGC Therapeutic Play Park a reality

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Gifts collected in the final days of 2015 have brought Family Service & Guidance Center Therapeutic Play Park Campaign to a close, having reached the $354,006 goal.

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Help thousands of FSGC kids; re-enroll in Dillons Community Rewards

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Friends and supporters who signed up for Dillons Community Rewards last year to benefit FSGC are encouraged to go to to re-enroll once again for 2016.

“FSGC received over $1,500 in 2015, thanks to this terrific partnership,” Pam Evans, Director of Marketing & Development said. “It’s a great program that makes it incredibly easy to give to FSGC every time you shop – but people have to re-enroll to keep this momentum going!”

Dillons has committed $2 million to the Community Rewards program for 2016. For every qualified purchase an FSGC supporter makes using their Dillons Plus Card, FSGC receives credit. Each quarter, Dillons sends FSGC a check. The more shoppers spend, the bigger FSGC’s check.

Supporters can re-enroll at rewards. To make FSGC their charity of choice, supporters should be sure to enter FSGC’s non-profit organization number: DR112.

And if you didn’t sign up in 2015? There’s no better time than the present, Evans said.

“Anyone can get a Dillons Plus Card and start helping FSGC,” Evans said. “We also invite everyone who re-enrolls to bring along a couple of friends who are new to Community Rewards.”

For more information – including enrollment and re-enrollment – you can also visit

FSGC tree wins prize at Festival of Trees

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The young children and staff of FSGC’s Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) got a wonderful holiday surprise last week: Their “Candyland” themed entry into the 35th annual Sheltered Living Festival of Trees was named “Clients’ Favorite” for 2015.

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Wall of Success will recognize kids

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2016 FSGC Foundation grants presented

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Sunderland Foundation makes generous $25,000 gift

kids on playground 2The FSGC Therapeutic Play Park is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a very generous $25,000 gift from the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park.

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BCBS Foundation makes $5,000 Play Park gift

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Family Service & Guidance Center is pleased to announce a $5,000 gift from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. The gift is earmarked to help build the FSGC Therapeutic Play Park.

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Parents can play a key role in preventing suicide

suicide girl picture photoNational Suicide Prevention Week is September 7-13, and Family Service & Guidance Center wants to remind parents about the role they can play in preventing a tragedy.

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Young FSGC artists help raise $99,000


Family Service & Guidance Center’s 9th annual Works of Heart Art Event & Auction was successful in two important ways.

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Popular parenting course is back!

Family Service & Guidance Center will once again offer, “Parenting: Because Kids Don’t Come with Instructions,” a free course for parents of children ages 5-12, starting Monday, August 17.

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FSGC debuts new TV spot

FSGC has a new – and very different – TV commercial hitting the airwaves.crying girl commercial imagemakers

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Families Supporting Recovery gets $5,000 grant

IDDT Pic resizeA Family Service & Guidance Center program that treats adolescents with both mental health issues and substance use disorders has received a generous $5,000 gift from the Bank of America.

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Due to high demand, additional free parenting course offered

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A second free eight-session parenting course is open to the public and will begin Thursday, June 4.

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Westar Energy Foundation makes $5,000 gift to FSGC

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Thanks to Dillons, making a gift to FSGC has never been easier.

By spending five minutes online, you can make a gift to Family Service & Guidance Center every time you shop at Dillons!

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FSGC preschoolers benefit from Aleshire Grant

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FSGC's Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) received a $1,885 check from the Joe & Janet Aleshire Venture Grant Friday afternoon, February 27.

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FSGC recognizes distinguished staff

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FSGC is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 FSGC Distinguished Staff Awards.

“Selecting six out of our 280 caring, dedicated staff for recognition is extremely difficult,” Brenda Mills, CEO, said. “Each year, a few staff distinguish themselves through outstanding service to the children and families we serve. These awards are our way of saying thank you.”

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FSGC chosen for trauma training

FSGC trauma training - sad young girl with teddy bear.Topeka agency will take a leading role in trauma treatment for children.

Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) is one of just 27 mental health centers in the country to be selected to participate in a nationwide training partnership being convened by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. At the end of the year-long project, FSGC will be a regional leader in treating child and adolescent trauma.

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FSGC Outback Days - Oct. 17 & 18

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The 18th annual Family Service & Guidance Center Outback Days will be held Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the first time, this fun, family event will be a two-day affair.

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Art event raises record amount

Young artist with her painting at Works of Heart event.Works of Heart art event celebrates creative kids, raises record amount.

More than 100 amazing pieces of art--including several created by Family Service & Guidance Center clients--helped raise over $101,000 at the 8th annual Works of Heart Art Event and Auction on Friday, August 22. Nearly 400 art lovers, community leaders and FSGC supporters were in attendance.

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IDDT receives Bank of America grant

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FSGC is pleased to announce that the new Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) program has received a generous $4,000 general operating grant from Bank of America.

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The FSGC Foundation was formed in 2009 to ensure the agency’s long term viability, regardless of funding cuts or other economic uncertainties. Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in needed funds to improve and enhance various FSGC services and programs.