The Salvation Army

Many of us know The Salvation Army as the “bell-ringers” of Christmas.  They are standing outside of stores and businesses in all types of weather, ringing their bells, and asking for donations.  Little do we know of the many projects and missions that the Salvation Army tackles throughout the year with the only income being from these red kettles and grants and gifts from individuals and organizations such as the Gibson County Community Foundation.

Lt. Jonathon Cooper and his wife, Lt. Chrissy Cooper lead the army of volunteers in Gibson County.  Lt. Cooper says, “We only have 1 part time paid employee besides myself and my wife”.  All donation money goes to their good works and all of it stays in Gibson and Pike Counties which are included in their territory.  The Gibson County Community Foundation made a sizeable grant to their building fund 13 years ago which helped to build their current building on Gibson St. in Princeton and continues to grant them money each year for their “Tools for Schools” program.

“Tools for Schools” begins each year with Lt. Cooper contacting the schools in Gibson and Pike Counties and asking for lists of school supplies needed by each class from kindergarten to 12th grade.  Next, backpacks are ordered wholesale to keep the cost low.  Now the volunteers take the lists to a local store and purchase the supplies which are then separated into school, class, and age as needed by the army of volunteers.  Lt. Cooper states, “We always buy locally so that the money we spend stays in our economy rather than go outside of the county.”  The next step is to stuff the backpacks and prepare them for distribution.  On average, 400 backpacks, each with about $25 of school supplies are prepared with an additional 100 to 150 prepared for Pike County schools.  Lt. Cooper says, “If money is available, we have had as many as 600 backpacks to hand out, but we are limited by the amount of the donations during the year.  There is no income requirement for a child to receive a backpack, only proof that the child belongs to the adult that accompanies him or her to the Salvation Army to pick it up.”

In addition to the “Tools for Schools” program, the Salvation Army gave out 30,000 lbs of food this past year along with formula, diapers, and other necessities.  All of these items are donated or purchased with money granted, donated or collected during their red kettle drive which starts this year at midnight on Nov 23rd and runs through mid day on Christmas Eve.  During this time, the goal is to collect $105,000 dollars which is about 1/3 of their operating costs.  Their total yearly budget is $288,000.  The majority of their budget is from donations and grants such as the “Tools for Schools” grant made available from the Gibson County Community Foundation.  “Watching these children open up their backpack to a new box of crayons, glue, and pencils is worth all the work that goes into this project by the volunteers.” When asked if there is a noticeable difference between the people of Gibson County and the people in Chicago where he was stationed prior to Princeton, Lt. Cooper thoughtfully said, “The people in this area were more philanthropic and more people give in some amount.”

“We are doing for the Lord,” as the Salvation Army gets ready to ring those bells with a joyful heart and pass your donations on to those who most need them.

Anyone wanting about the Salvation Army and their services can call at 812-286-6577 or check their web site at

Invest in the Future of the Community You Love

For David Koehler, Sr., education was a passionate subject. Raised in Evansville, David graduated from the old downtown Central High School and attended the University of Evansville. After college, David landed back at Central, where he taught government and social studies for 31 years, devoting his life’s work to education, government, and public service.

His wife, Peggy, spoke of his passion for education, noting that “teaching wasn’t just an occupation to David, but an opportunity to grow young minds and help educate leaders for the future.” After David’s death, his family established the David A. Koehler Sr. Memorial Scholarship to honor his commitment to Central High School and his dedication to service-oriented high school seniors – those leaders of the future he worked so hard to educate.

The generosity of Peggy and their children in honoring David is shared by many of the donors who have established scholarship funds with the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. Helping young people pursue their goals is at the core of these efforts, allowing families to impact causes they care about for generations.

Invest in the Future of the Community You Love

Gene and Christina Schwindel both came from hard-working families who learned how to make a dollar stretch to provide for their families and still have enough to share. Even as a youngster, Christina recalls her mother would grow lots of tomato plants so she could share with neighbors. Someone once suggested that her mother could make more money if she would sell the extra plants. Her mother, Christina remembers, said that it felt better to share.

So in 1996, when Gene won the lottery, it didn’t come as a surprise that the Schwindels chose do something they’d only dreamed of doing: create a scholarship to benefit local students. After talking with their accountant, they decided the Spencer County Community Foundation would provide the perfect vehicle to carry out their vision. They were attracted to the idea of endowment, knowing that with the Foundation’s prudent stewardship of their gift, its proceeds would provide scholarships forever. They could leave a legacy that would last well beyond their own lifetimes.

Gene, Christina and their children take great satisfaction in knowing they are helping students achieve their educational goals. Chris beamed, “I just love reading the thank-you notes. The kids seem so appreciative. Sometimes they even write letters telling us about their dreams for the future.” The Schwindel family has truly found a meaningful way to share its good fortune: by investing in the future of the community they love.

Invest in the Future of the Community You Love

Like many who reside in Posey County, Edgar and Marguerite Bostick were transplants to Mount Vernon via General Electric. They came to love the community and raised a family here. Dr. Bostick had served on the scholarship committee at the Posey County Community Foundation and saw the value of endowments, embracing the community foundation’s motto, “For Good. Forever.” So in 1998, he and Marguerite established the Dr. Edgar E. & Marguerite C. Bostick Family Fund, a donor-advised fund that allowed them to recommended charitable recipients each year.

Since its creation, over $10,000 in gifts has been distributed into the community from the fund, including donations to Family Matters, an agency that connects low income families to resources at the Moutn Vernon Homeless Shelter. Dr. Bostick has passed on, but Marguerite and her family remain active in making gifts to those organizations they know need it the most. Philanthropy was taught to the Bostick children through their parents, and they continue the education through their own families, ensuring the generosity of the Bostick Family Fund will continue forever.

Pike County Grassroots Initiative

Grassroots Initiative

The Pike County Community Foundation has embarked on an ambitious initiative to engage the community in building a permanent resource devoted to Pike County. It’s called the Pike County Grassroots Initiative, and its goal is to build a one-million-dollar endowment by 2017 — one hundred dollars at a time.

To meet their goal, the board will ask one thousand donors to commit to giving a $100 gift every year for ten years. The donations will be added to the Pike County Grassroots Unrestricted Fund, a permanent fund that will be used to support all sorts of endeavors to improve the quality of life in the county and that will have the flexibility to adapt to needs and opportunities as they change over time. Because the fund will be endowed, donors’ gifts will never be spent-only the proceeds of the fund will be awarded as grants.

Even during the ten years the Pike County Grassroots Unrestricted Fund grows to its targeted one million dollars, it will allow for annual grantmaking. Nonprofit organizations will be invited to submit proposals for charitable projects that serve Pike County and its people. The Foundation’s grants committee will review and rank each proposal and award grants to those determined to serve the greatest needs or to offer the greatest improvements in the community.

Potential grants would serve a wide range of needs, such as access to child care and health care for the underserved, services that provide for the hungry and homeless, programs to improve the county environment and landscape, and so much more.

Contact us to be a part of the Pike County Grassroots Initiative!

Perry County Foundation Trivia Night

Are you ready for some fun? Perry County Community Foundation’s is now accepting reservations for its Annual Trivia Night!

The Perry County Community Foundation’s Advisory Board will host their 5th Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Schergens Center in Tell City. We invite you to be a part of this mind-battling, ego-bruising trivia fun! Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. (Special dietary requirements can be accommodated; please note these on the registration form or call the Foundation office in advance.)

Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Everyone is invited to this fun, light-hearted competition, from know-it-all trivia junkies to those who enjoy simply having a good time while supporting a good cause. All proceeds of this year’s Trivia Night will go towards providing grants for the ever changing needs of our community.

Groups of individuals, including civic groups, businesses, churches, or just friends and family, are invited to create teams and come compete! Each team is invited to decorate their table and come dressed in creative team spirit wear to compete for the “spirit” award. Please note the following aren’t allowed at the Schergens Center: No balloons of any type, no silly string, and no fog machines.

The seven trivia categories will be: Perry County History; Mistakes and Mishaps that Made Headlines; Technology and Gadgets; Movies and Television; Food and Fashion; News; and Sports, Games and Leisure Time.

The winning team will receive a $500 grant to be awarded to a 501(c)(3) or 509(a) organization of their choice. Second and third place teams will receive surprises. Each participant will receive participation gifts and a delicious meal served by Lawson’s Bar and Grill, and cash bar will be available. There will also be a silent auction, so bring your cash or checkbook and bid on unique and exciting items!

The cost is $250 per table (up to 8 participants). If you don’t have a team, $15 will buy you dinner and a front-row seat to watch the competition. Registration is required for both teams and spectators and is accomplished by completing a form and providing payment. Registration forms are available through the Foundation office by emailing Foundation Director Renate Warner at or you may call 812.547.3176 to request one. Checks should be made payable to the Perry County Community Foundation. Registrations and payments are due to the Foundation by 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015, but space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

The proceeds of the Trivia Night strengthen the Foundation’s ability to meet needs in our community and assist our efforts in keeping philanthropy an integral part of our community.  We invite you to be a part of this mind-battling, ego-bruising trivia fun by gathering a team of your friends!

Team Registration Form

Spectator Registration Form

Alumni Basketball Sectional Tourney


6th Annual Alumni Basketball Sectional

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Location: Adams Coliseum

All day passes:  $10 for Adults / $6 for Students


Game #1 Men’s Semi-Final Game 9:00am

Game #2 Women’s Semi-Final Game 10:30am

Game#3 Men’s Semi-Final Game 12:00pm

Game #4 Women’s Semi-Final Game  1:30pm

Game #5 Men’s Consolation Game  3:30pm

Game #6 Women’s Consolation Game 5:00pm

Game #7 Women’s Championship Game 6:30pm

Game #8 Men’s Championship Game 8:30pm

Sponsorship opportunities available.  Contact Jamie Neal at 812-886-0093 for more information.

Supporting our Sisters Fund

The Spencer County Supporting Our Sisters Fund is about strong, caring, and focused women determined to make a difference in the lives of our community’s women and girls.

Throughout history, women have shaped the world as national leaders, advocates for social justice, scientists, authors, teachers, and healers. Every day, women make positive contributions to the world, and when visionary women work together around a common cause, they have an even greater impact – like the Supporting Our Sisters Fund.

In 2006, a group of visionary women started the Supporting Our Sisters Fund as a permanent resource to support local programs that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to our community’s women and girls.

As the endowment grows, it will be used to make yearly grants supporting a variety of resources serving women of all ages, such as programs that prevent domestic violence, secure family-supporting jobs, promote health and education and, perhaps most importantly, develop confidence.

The Spencer County Supporting Our Sisters Fund is our voice for the present and our gift to the future. We invite you to join us in creating change for our community’s women and girls – sign up now!


Supporting our Sisters Founders

In December 2006, a group of visionary women started the Supporting Our Sisters Fund as a permanent resource to support our local programs that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to our community’s women of all ages.

Steering Committee of SOS Women’s Fund

Ann Jochim, Helen Kennedy,  Laurie Wilhite and Annie Oxley, Marlene Parsley, Barbara Hinton, Cheri Robinson, and Becki Hochgesang, Vicki Brauns, and

Debi Stevenson.