The Hancock County Community Foundation and the Rotary Club o f Greenfield recently awarded Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Program a $1,250 grant. HCCF matched dollar for dollar the money raised by the Rotary Club of Greenfield at their Steak‘n Bake’n Raffle last fall. Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center’s mission is to provide equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with special needs to support their physical, cognitive and behavioral disabilities in a safe and stimulating environment. The benefits to riders are physical, cognitive or emotional. Special need does not limit a person from interacting with horses, in fact such interactions can prove highly rewarding. Experiencing the rhythmic motion of a horse can move the riders body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.
The grant dollars awarded to Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy will help fund the new property that HCCF provided for their program. This expansion allows Edelweiss to immediately have enough land to properly pasture their horse herd and in 2014 begin a 5-7 year capital campaign to eventually purchase the land and build necessary structures, including an indoor arena for year-round services. Hancock County and East Central Indiana has proven it has significant need for therapeutic horseback riding and as a result Edelweiss has grown considerably in a very short time.
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.