The Hancock County Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Greenfield recently awarded $20,000 in core operational grants to benefit 14 Hancock County nonprofit organizations, which together provide services to thousands of Hancock County residents. HCCF matched dollar for dollar the money raised by the Rotary Club of Greenfield at their Steak‘n Bake’n Raffle last fall.
The collaboration between the two organizations resulted in leveraging grant dollars and impacting more organizations. HCCF lent its administrative and legal expertise to the process through the creation of an on-line grant application, initial receipt and review of all grant applications, and coordination of the Grant Committee materials for their review and selection process. Representatives of the Rotary Club, together with the HCCF Grant Committee, conducted a thorough review of application materials and site visit interviews with the 33 nonprofit organizations that applied.
This grant cycle provides core operational support to Hancock County 501c3 organizations, which is funding which enables the organization to carry out its basic mission with minimal restrictions on its use. (Mission organizations are listed below.) Funding can be used to underwrite administrative infrastructure and/or maintain core programs and essential staff. Organizations were able to apply in one or more of the following areas: physical location, staffing, office supplies, technology and programs. The recipients of this grant cycle include:
– Campus Life New Palestine
– Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
– Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center
– Families First
– First Steps
– FUSE, Inc.
– Hancock County Food Pantry
– Hancock County Senior Services
– Hancock Henry Community Youth Center
– Hancock Hope House
– Love INC
– Mental Health Partners of Hancock County
– Purdue Extension of Hancock County
– Royal Family Kids Camp
The Rotary Club of Greenfield, a club of Rotary International, consists of a network of business, professional, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their local community, as well as communities around the world, while forming lasting friendships in the process. Their motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit. The Rotary Club of Greenfield meets at Ponderosa each Thursday at noon and welcomes new members. Mark your calendar for the 2013 Steak‘n Bake’n Raffle on Saturday, October 19, 2013. If interested in sponsoring the event, contact Dave Anders at 317-462-6506 or Mike Low at 317-467-2228. Once again, proceeds are earmarked for Hancock County nonprofit organizations.
HCCF works with caring individuals, families, and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8.7 million since its inception in 1992.
Hancock County Food Pantry secures and distributes food to the needy in an effort to alleviate hunger in Hancock County.
Hancock Hope House provides hope and shelter to the homeless while supporting their journey to “self-sufficiency”.
Hancock County Senior Services provides comprehensive support services to older and disabled county residents to help provide the greatest possible independence and to prevent premature institutionalization.
Love INC mobilizes volunteers to act as a clearinghouse and referral service to screen requests for help from the disadvantaged, relative to their nature, extent and legitimacy. Requests are then referred to local churches and community service organizations. Volunteers also help those in need work toward “self-sufficiency”.
Campus Life New Palestine (CIYFC) is focused on helping young men and women navigate through their difficult teenage years. CIYFC helps middle and high school students address the spiritual, social, physical and emotional aspects of young adulthood.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is to equip and supervise volunteers who provide hundreds of neglected, abused and exploited children with a voice and friend in the court process. CASA works to break the cycle of abuse and neglect at an early age.
Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center provides equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with special needs to support their physical, cognitive and behavioral disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment.
Families First seeks to support and strengthen families facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, family and marital problems, parenting challenges, financial struggles, mental disorders and problems associated with aging.
First Steps helps provide access to early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers up to age 3, who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities.
Fuse is committed to improving the lives of children with special needs and supporting their families through education, training, public awareness, advocacy, referrals, networking and community activities.
Mental Health Partners acts to promote and preserve mental health and wellness within Hancock County and to increase access to resources in the treatment of persons who are affected by emotional or mental illness.
Hancock Henry Community Youth Center is a youth developmental center providing a safe and positive environment where community youth can avoid the influences of drugs, alcohol and other behavior detrimental to their well-being.
Royal Family Kids Camp provides a unique summer camp and school mentoring opportunity for abused and neglected children.