Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education) was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Winona Foundation for We Are Winona: Understanding our Past, Present and Future. Through this initiative, community members will have an opportunity to learn about the various ethnic groups who have come to call Winona home. The goal of this project is to provide education and training on the cultural history of our community and the diversity of cultures that have become neighbors over the past 30 years.
The purpose of the Winona Foundation is to contribute to the cultural, historical and educational heritage of Winona. The Winona Foundation was created by the family and heirs of the Laird Norton Co., which began operations in Winona in 1855. Though its center of operations long ago moved to Seattle, Wash., the family created the Winona Foundation in 1982 for the purpose of keeping the family history alive in the minds of new generations and as a way of giving back to the community where all can trace their ancestors and the roots of the Laird Norton Co.
Project FINE appreciates the support of the Winona Foundation, as working together the organization is able to further its organizational mission: to strengthen and enrich the community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.