June 20th-30th - 4th Annual Jake Vinyard #JVStrong Memorial Baseball Tournament

November 11th & 12th, 2018  -  Veterans Eat Free at The Grove and Billy's in Spring Grove, IL

November 23rd, 2018 - ​Operation Feed 33 Food drive begins

​December 20th, 2018 -   Annual #JVStrong Christmas  Blood Drive - Spring Grove Village Hall, in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers.


"The Difference between Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones....Is How You Use Them"    - anonymous

Jake Vinyard Foundation


This foundation was established in memory of Jake Vinyard.   Jake was an avid baseball player and talented drummer.   Jake had a vision of going to Culinary school in the fall of 2014..  #JVStrong has been adopted as our motivational phrase and we simply want to turn our tragedy into a positive for others.   We are a Pay It Forward Organization, who want to help others in need.  The Jake Vinyard Foundation is a Non For Profit 501(c)(3) organization, formally established in 2016.

Our Mission

about us

The Jake Vinyard Foundation is a vocal advocate for those who suffer from depression, PTSD and anxiety.  We support the Isa Kranz Foundation and Run For Randy, locally here in Spring Grove, IL.  We support local and national organizations such as the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support Organization and recently A Soldiers Journey Home

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In William J. Hart's Memory

"We are #JVStrong"

November 5th, 1940 - April 24th, 2019

Remembering Jake's Papa Bill