Retirement opened new possibilities for Monte and Tina Gruell. Lifetime residents of Hancock County and graduates of Greenfield-Central High School, both had a deep sense of community commitment. Monte retried from 35 years of service at Kroger, and Tina, from 24 years of administration at Morristown Manor. Tina’s service on nonprofit boards including that of Mental Health Partners and the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce, provided exposure to area needs. Monte’s work in retail and Tina’s experience in senior health care provided an appreciation for the change that comes with population growth and new demographics.
In 2016, the couple established the Monte and Tina Gruell Community Development Fund. The unrestricted endowment allows HCCF the flexibility to address Hancock County needs as those needs change over time. “We both have always felt that we had an obligation to give back to our community whenever we can,” shares Tina. “By establishing this fund, we hope to play a small part in ensuring that Hancock County remains a great place for our family to grow and thrive.”