A longtime Livingston County nonprofit organization that assists victims and survivors of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence has a new partner to help further their efforts.

The Kellogg Family Foundation has signed on as LACASA’s first ever Philanthropy Partner, with a $20,000 grant to support critical programs and services at the agency that are not funded by other local, state or federal grants. This contribution is in addition to funding the foundation provides for LACASA’s Fathers Only and Nurturing Parenting classes, and the agency’s annual Pinwheels for Prevention campaign during national child abuse prevention month in April. The Kellogg Family Foundation has supported parent education programs in Livingston County since the foundation was formed in 2004 by Thomas M. Kellogg, DDS, to honor his parents’ legacy of philanthropy.

“When my children were younger, I enrolled in the Father’s Only class, general parenting class and a class for parents of teenagers,” said Dr. Kellogg. “Every class was an amazing help to me. The teacher was phenomenal and the interactions with other participants was essential to my growth, learning and becoming the parent I am today. It was a gift that will last several generations. I have shared the skills I learned with my daughter who now has two children of her own – my grandchildren.”

Kellogg credits his association with LACASA and its parenting classes for helping him instill in his now grown children the knowledge that they, too, can have a positive impact on those around them through the choices they make. “Over the years, my family and the foundation have continued to see the amazing growth and impact LACASA has on our community,” said Kellogg. “We love to partner with organizations whose results surpass their vision and goals.”

In recent years, the foundation has expanded its grants to LACASA to help with awareness activities aimed at preventing child abuse, and now to help defray costs for services that benefit local victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Bobette Schrandt, LACASA president and CEO said, “the partnership means the foundation’s support will branch out to other areas of LACASA’s mission, like supporting and advocating for survivors and providing prevention, education and awareness that make our community safer.” (JK)

Pictured in the photo are, left to right: Dr. Thomas Kellogg; Bobette Schrandt, LACASA President & CEO; Sarah Tottingham and Lisa Adams, both from the Kellogg Family Foundation.