Community Projects

Since its incorporation in 2007, the Burlington Community Fund (BCF) has been involved in many projects which benefit the Burlington area.

Our initial project was the renovation of the former Veterans Building, now Veterans Terrace at Echo Park.  This venue has become a mainstay to the well-being of Burlington.  It now provides a beautiful venue for weddings, corporate events, and special occasions.  At the same time, it provides a place for all veterans groups at no cost, and is available for special fundraisers and general service to the community.  Veterans Terrace at Echo Park has been wonderfully executed, and has been well received by the community.

Because of this unique arrangement, the BCF is able to use profits from Veterans Terrace in providing grants to other non-profit groups in the Burlington area.  The BCF also operates as a liaison between donors and their chosen local charities.

In the area of education, the BCF has provided funding to local schools, both in the public and private school systems. These grants include many sports, music and theater programs, learning tools, and necessary repairs and building upgrades. Funding has recently been granted for the BHS Powerlifting Team, BHS Band, BHS A Capella Choir, BHS Cross Country Ski Team, Catholic Central High School gym bleacher repair, Catholic Central High School school bus purchase, St. Mary’s Grade School security system, and St. Charles Grade School I-Pads purchase.  The BCF also presents yearly scholarships to qualified students.

In the area of local humanitarian activities, the BCF has partnered with Love, Inc. by providing repairs to the roof on their food pantry, and at a later date, a new roof on their Kid’s Store.  We also arranged for a van for Transitional Living Center, so they could transport their clients to appointments and job interviews.

We have enhanced Echo Park by renovating the historic Gazebo with necessary repairs, new paint, shrubbery, and uplighting.  More recently, we have repaired the Gazebo with new railing and floor repair. Because of the increased use of the Gazebo for concerts and weddings, we have improved the Gazebo with a beautiful upgrade, opening one portion of railing to the viewing area for the benefit of the visitors, using aesthetically-pleasing landscaping and terracing. The BCF has also coordinated with United Way in providing the Born Learning Trail which has been installed in Echo Park near the playground, which is a learning tool for young children and their parents or caretakers.

The BCF continues to be pro-active in making Burlington a wonderful place to call home, by sponsoring the Chocolate Fest parade, supporting the Burlington Pool, and bringing the Racine Symphony to local schools for their Learning Experience Program.

The list of grantees can be found in our ‘Organizations That Benefit’ section.