The Hancock County Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Greenfield recently awarded FUSE of Central Indiana Camp a $1,000 grant. HCCF matched dollar for dollar the money raised by the Rotary Club of Greenfield at their Steak‘n Bake’n Raffle last fall. FUSE is committed to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families through: education and training, public awareness, advocacy, support, resources and referrals, networking, and community activities. FUSE addresses challenges like identifying services and supports for which their children are eligible, understanding special education processes, programs, rights, and responsibilities, and planning and preparing for adult life.
The grant dollars awarded to FUSE will help fund an advocacy program that touches many lives. Statistics show that the cost of raising a child with a disability is on average 33% higher than raising a typically developing child. FUSE by its very nature is a “people” business and strives to help families improve the lives of their children with disabilities by connecting families to the resources and organizations that can meet the unique and varied needs of their family across all domains of need. Organizations like FUSE are a true example of what it means to “give” back to our community and county.
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.