The North Ballfield Playground volunteers along with Cairo Community Foundation and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation representatives gathered to dedicate the North Ballfield Playground.

A simple conversation on a set of bleachers created a project that provides a safe place space, enriches the look and feel of the ballfield and shows what true collaboration can create.

A team of volunteers led by Tara Janda and supported by the Cairo Community Foundation created a play space that includes rubber mulch, full playscape, nets that prevent fly ball injury and a sun shade to protect children and equipment.  The playground is located just north of the bleachers, a safe distance from the railroad tracks and the parking lot.  The playground is within the sightlines of parents dividing focus to keep children entertained off the field and players supported on the field.

Adam Becker led the construction team which included Tara and Jim Janda, Kody Knopik, Nate Fries, Michael  Anderson, Adam Bierhaus, Judson Bonsack, Mekhi Melgoza, and volunteers from Farm Credit.  This team went above and beyond to put the playground together.  When you visit the playground you will recognize that this is a substantial set up that required significant talent and effort to construct.  Be sure to thank these volunteers for their time and dedication to the children who will enjoy this play space for many years to come.

BR: Adam Becker, Jen Barker, Kevin Dvorak, Jim Janda, Sara Bierhaus, Adam Becker, Mike Gloor FR: Brooke Fries, Kayla Becker, Shannon Dvorak, Tara Janda, Charity Adams, Denise Myers, Lisa Thayer

Cairo Community Foundation served the Cairo Community by supporting a volunteer team with a vision.  The Foundation provides the charitable corporate structure needed to acquire donations and grants.  This project was funded through a grant written by the Foundation to the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation .  The Arthur Klinkacek Fund administered by the board of the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation fulfilled the grant, providing $25,000 towards this project.

The Cairo Community Foundation looks forward to supporting the New Bathroom Project for the North Ballfield.  Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are leading this project.  The project seeks $60,000 to fund the construction of a new building that will initially house new bathrooms but eventually be the starting point for additional amenities for the North Ballfield area.  Donations can be directed to the Cairo Community Foundation – New Bathroom Fund.

The committee is currently selling calendars to raise funds for this project, hosting a co-ed softball tournament on August 23rd and hosting a North Ballfield vision meeting on September 13th. The public is invited to participate in the meeting as well as gather a team for the tournament. If you are not a softball player and want to support the project stop at the ballfield and buy a taco from the Mexcellent Food Truck on August 23rd.  Proceeds from food purchases benefit the project.

The New Bathroom Committee is hosting a dreaming and planning meeting on September 13, 2020 at 7 pm.  Location to be determined.  Follow the event details on Facebook.

Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are committee chairs for this project.

There is a basic idea for the bathrooms but having input from the community will help with the design, planning and identify future needs in the North Ball Field location.

This meeting will be held following Covid – 19 protocols.

Dedicating the North Ball Field Playground.

Event takes place August 4th, at 6 pm and the North Ball Field Playground.

This is a volunteer committee driven project supported by the Cairo Community Foundation with funds provided by the Arthur Klinkacek Fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation. Please stop out to see the playground. Visit with the playground committee, Cairo Community Foundation Board and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation Guests.  Most importantly visit with the volunteers that organized and completed the build and thank them for their effort.

We would love to see friends and family stop over for the dedication picture.

 Do you have a Cairo Community project or service that needs financial support? If so apply for a Cairo Community Foundation grant.  Grants are dues August 1st.

Click here to download a grant application or contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 or

Grant applications can be dropped off at the Village of Cairo office or emailed to

Applications must be submitted by August 1st.

We asked former Go Big Give donors why they give.

Donating to the Cairo Community Foundation was an easy decision for me to make as I reflected on what this community has meant to our family. Norm and I moved to Cairo 25 years ago and I can’t imagine raising our daughters anywhere else.  Our family has been blessed by this small town in so many ways.  The Foundation is just one example of how Cairo strives to provide for others. 
Sandra Krolikowski

Join Sandra and become a Go Big Give Donor.  Make a BIG difference in your community with you gift to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give on July 7th.

Make your donation online on July 7th or visit the Cairo Community Foundation board at the Vault on July 7th to make your donation in person. 

“I give to the Cairo Community Foundation because I know that the money and time that has been invested will come back around and really help the people that live in the Cairo Area. There have been a lot of projects completed in Cairo with the help of the Foundation, many of them would not have gotten off the ground if not for them. Cairo and the surrounding area can be very proud to have such an organization.” ~ Gordy Sorensen

Join Gordy in supporting your community.  Schedule a Go Big Give donation starting June 22nd or give online July 7th.

Cairo Community Foundation board members are stationed at the Medina Street Vault on July 7th to assist you with your Go Big Give gift!

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There isn’t much exciting about a public restroom until you are in need of one.   The North Ball Field bathrooms are currently something very far from exciting.  They require constant repair and no longer fit the needs of the facility.  In a typical year the ball fields see 1 to 2 ball games per night.  The ball fields now host Centura softball which continues through the fall.  The ball field area is also used for events like Junk Jaunt and future events in production.  As the area becomes more of an event space for the Village of Cairo the bathrooms need to be improved to meet the future needs of the area.

Two Cairo volunteers, Barb Knopik and Tara Janda, are championing this project.  They realize it is not a quick fix.  They are prepared to work on this project for the long haul along with a contingent of rock star volunteers.  They are partnering with the Cairo Community Foundation to be their fiscal agent to raise the funds to create a new building to house bathrooms first.  Building plans include options for future growth as funds allow.  Ideas for future additions include showers, batting cages, concessions, and possible grand stand space.  

Building with a plan for the future is a brilliant way to make sure that Cairo is the “Oasis of the Prairie” for its residents and its visitors.

To support this project donate to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give on July 7th. 

Donate online July 7th.

Donate in person at the Vault on July 7th or during Cairo Cruise Night starting at 7pm on July 7th.  Representative are located at the Watering Hole during Cruise Night.

There are great groups of people in Cairo that volunteer to take on projects.  They need funding and some financial organization.  That’s where the Cairo Community Foundation comes in.  The Foundation partners with these groups offering administrative and financial support to get Cairo projects done.

The Foundation is a 501 c3 nonprofit.  The Cairo Community Foundation complies with all the nonprofit legalities so that it is eligible to write grants for projects in Cairo that are completed by some terrific volunteers.  Without the Foundation many organizations would not have the necessary documentation to even apply for grants.  

That is the true purpose of the Foundation.  To be the foundational support for all the smaller volunteer organizations that are getting the work done.

The welcome sign is a Cairo Steering Committee project.  You can financially support the Cairo Steering Committee and their projects like new pickleball and sand volleyball courts with a donation to the Cairo Community Foundation.  The Foundation is the fiscal agent for the Cairo Steering Committee.  

For more information about the Cairo Steering Committee contact Anna Rathke.

Donate during Go Big Give.  Go Big Give donations earn bonus dollars during Go Big Give on July 7th.

Donate online at

Mike and Denise Lowry are challenging you to give to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give.  Mike and Denise are matching each donation, dollar for dollar, until the Foundation reaches $2500 on Go Big Give day.  

You can give in person at the Vault on July 7th.

Give online at

During Go Big Give Cruise Night in Cairo starting at 7pm.  Cairo Community Foundation Board members will be at the Watering Hole to assist you with your gift.

Don’t forget the Vault and the Watering Hole are both sponsoring the Cruise Night and have specials when you show your Go Big Give Cairo Community Foundation receipt.

During Go Big Give the Cairo Community Foundation is asking for gifts to the General Fund.  The general fund supports community grants like the one made to Centura Youth Football.  

Football is an awesome sport and the fellas in this picture love to play.  They needed to update their football helmets so they could continue to safely play the sport they love.  A grant from the Cairo Community Foundation general fund insured that these kids would get to play today and in the future.  If you are donor to the Cairo Community Foundation general fund you play a part in keeping 100 heads safe from injury.  Please consider a gift to the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund during Go Big Give on July 7th.  Give in person at the Vault or go online at