Foundation Focuses Grant on Community-wide Problem

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Program has been awarded a $40,000 TLC (Target Lasting Change) grant from the Knox County Community Foundation. The program lifts participants out of poverty and away from dependency on public assistance.

According to Chris Hertel, President of the local Board, the TLC grant initiative is a fitting celebration for the Foundation’s 20th year.

(left to right) Susy Battles and Chris Hertel, members of the Knox County Community Foundation Advisory Board; Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam; Salvation Army Advisory Board chairman, Joel Smith; Pathway of Hope Case Manager, Kelly Britt; and Rob LaRoy and Steve Gray, members of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

“The first TLC grant was awarded in 2008 to Life After Meth and the second awarded in 2012 to Hope’s Voice,” said Hertel. “What makes this grant so meaningful is we are able to award it during our 20th anniversary year and target those dollars to dramatically change the lives of those living in poverty.”

TLC projects must strategically address a pressing community need and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community. Just like the Foundation’s Community Good grants, donors to unrestricted endowments make the program possible.

According to Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam, Pathway of Hope was established to break the cycle of poverty.  “Too often poverty can be something a family has always lived in or because of unforeseen circumstances, the family can be thrust into poverty without warning. Many are living paycheck to paycheck with no source of emergency funding so we want to help families establish self-sufficiency so they can be better prepared if troubles come.”

One qualifying characteristic of Pathway of Hope participants is that they have a child in their home under the age of 18 so that the shift to self-reliance is actively modeled for the children. “Knox County has a large population of people that rely on government assistance and help from area agencies and churches,” Lunnam added. “We see many generations of the same family come in for food together.”

Eligibility for participation includes having at least one child under the age of 18 and being motivated to take action toward self-sufficiency. Program participants normally come from community referrals and families who have routinely requested assistance from The Salvation Army. “The well-established Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance Program that The Salvation Army has conducted for years provide great opportunities to engage persons in need and to make them aware of the program and its potential impact on their families,” said Lunnam.

“We believe long term community outcomes from this program would result in a reduction in homelessness, a reduction in bad debt/charity care among providers of goods and services, an increase in word of mouth among successful participants to encourage others, increased school attendance among participants’ children, and increased pro-social community participation among program participants, and an increase in employment and education levels among participants and their children,” Lunnam said.

Free Dale Carnegie Workshop Offered in Tell City

Want to know how to have your best year yet? Attend a free Dale Carnegie workshop being offered in Tell City!

This course is a joint collaboration between the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and the Perry County Community Foundation.  The following are objectives of the course: Take action and be intentional about your results, identify the challenges to overcome, engage and motivate those who are with you on this journey, identify areas in and out of your control and learn about the upcoming Dale Carnegie Course coming to Tell City.

Take your first step towards a successful 2017!

Employees at all levels in a corporation or not-for-profit setting who seek to maximize their performance, become stronger leaders and add more value to the organization should attend.

The free workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Tell City Depot.

Registration is required and can be accomplished by contacting the Perry County Community Foundation at renate@perrycommunityfoundation.org or 812.547.3176. Registration is required by Monday, Dec. 12.

Trivia Night Being Planned

Are you ready for some fun? The Perry County Community Foundation is now accepting reservations for its 7th Annual Trivia Night!

The PCCF Advisory Board is planning a night of light-hearted competition for the know-it-all trivia junkies and some fun for those who simply enjoy supporting a good cause.

The event will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Schergens Center in Tell City. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited.

The winning team will win a $500 grant that will go to the team’s favorite charitable organization (a 501 (c)(3) public charity). The grant will be generated from the proceeds from this evening. Each participant will receive a participation gift and a delicious meal. A cash bar will be available.

A silent auction will also be available, so bring your cash or checkbook and bid on some fun items!

We invite you to be a part of this mind-battling, ego-bruising trivia fun. Groups of individuals including civic groups, businesses, churches, or just friends and family, etc., are invited to create teams and participate in the fun evening. Proceeds from the evening strengthen the Foundation’s ability to meet needs by keeping philanthropy an integral part of our community.

The seven categories will be: Science, Sports, Movies, Geography, Commercials, Foods & Spirits and Hoosier History/Perry County History.

As offered last year, teams will be able to purchase two mulligans for $10 during check-in on Trivia Night. Mulligans allow teams to provide two answers to a question instead of just one answer.

Each team is invited to decorate their table and come dressed in a fun fashion as all teams compete for the “Spirit Award.” A prize will be given to the team who is voted the crowd favorite.

Please note the following are NOT allowed per Schergens Center policy: helium balloons of any type, silly string, fog machines, glitter, confetti.

The cost is $280 per table (up to 8 participants). If you don’t have a team, you can come and watch the fun by paying $15 which includes dinner and a night of fun! Space is limited. Tables are on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline to register is January 18, 2017, but don’t wait! Make sure you purchase your table before they are gone!

Registration is required for teams and spectators and is accomplished by clicking here.

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

Titanium

ATTC Manufacturing, Inc.

C&S Incorporated

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MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.

Perry County Memorial Hospital

Bronze

German American Bank

Hoosier Hills Credit Union

Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.

WAMCO LLC

Webb Wheel Products, Inc.

Foundation Focuses Grant on Community-Wide Problem

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Program has been awarded a $40,000 TLC (Target Lasting Change) grant from the Knox County Community Foundation. Recipient TLC projects must strategically address a pressing community need and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community. The Pathway of Hope Program lifts participants out of poverty and away from dependency on public assistance.

According to Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam, Pathway of Hope was established to break the cycle of generational poverty.  “Too often poverty can be something a family has always lived in, or because of unforeseen circumstances, the family can be thrust into poverty without warning. We see many generations of the same family come in for food together. Many are living paycheck to paycheck with no source of emergency funding, so we want to help families establish self-sufficiency, so they can be better prepared if troubles come.”

The Pathway of Hope program is a national program provided by the Salvation Army. Participants join the program and receive help to navigate challenges toward a better future. To get there, a Salvation Army caseworker works with participants to design a plan around individual goals, needs, and strengths. Participants receive help to create a plan and then access needed services to attain personal and family goals leading to their independence and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility for participation includes having at least one child under the age of 18 and being motivated to take action toward self-sufficiency, so that the shift to self-reliance is actively modeled for the children. Program participants normally come from community referrals and families who have routinely requested assistance from The Salvation Army. “The well-established Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance Program that The Salvation Army has conducted for years provide great opportunities to engage persons in need and to make them aware of the program and its potential impact on their families,” said Lunnam.

“We believe long term community outcomes from this program would result in a reduction in homelessness, a reduction in bad debt/charity care among providers of goods and services, an increase in word of mouth among successful participants to encourage others, increased school attendance among participants’ children, and increased pro-social community participation among program participants, and an increase in employment and education levels among participants and their children,” Lunnam said.

According to Chris Hertel, President of the local Knox County Community Foundation Board, the TLC grant initiative is a fitting celebration for the Foundation’s 20th year. “What makes this grant so meaningful is we are able to award it during our 20th anniversary year and target those dollars to dramatically change the lives of those living in poverty.”

Donors to unrestricted endowments established with the Community Foundation make the TLC grant program possible. The first TLC grant was awarded in 2008 to Life After Meth, a program that helps  incarcerated addicts recover and re-enter the community, and the second in 2012 to Hope’s Voice, a program that works with those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Taste of Posey County 7th Annual Auction and Dinner

Saturday, October 29, 2016
6-9 PM

Enjoy live music, food from 7 local restaurants, silent and live auctions, and support Posey County all in one fun evening.

Tickets just $30.

Posey County 4-H Community Center
111 Harmony Township Rd, New Harmony, IN

Dinner, appetizers, drinks and desserts provided by:

Hawg ‘N’ Sauce

Yellow Tavern

The Moveable Feast

Touch of Home Catering

Bliss Artisan’s

3 Chicks Fudgery

St. Phillips Inn

Visit goo.gl/vWqBQa to get your ticket!

 

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

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Foundation Moving to Open Grant Cycle

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation has recently completed an evaluation of our grantmaking programs and timelines and have made the decision to transition our Community Good Grants Program to an “open” grant cycle. Starting in the summer of 2017, we will begin to accept funding proposals throughout the year rather than once a year, and our grants committee will review requests on a quarterly basis. We are continuing to work through the details of this realignment and will provide complete details as soon as they are available. We believe that this realignment will not only create greater efficiency for our board members, staff and volunteers, but it will also allow organizations serving our community to request funding at the most appropriate time for their own programming.

New Men’s Fund To Award First Impact Grant

Guys who get it done! That’s the maxim of the new Men’s Fund recently established at the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to build grant resources for charitable endeavors that improve the community today while at the same time building an endowment that will strengthen the fund’s grantmaking capacity forever into the future.

The gifts of those who become members of the fund are pooled, allowing them the opportunity to award grants at a significantly greater level than individual giving might achieve. “The Men’s Fund is about the power of collective decision-making and collective philanthropy,” says Chad Sander, one of the founders of the Men’s Fund. “We want to encourage men to become agents of change by supporting charitable endeavors that will have a substantial impact on the community we all care about.”

On August 1, the Men’s Fund will begin accepting funding proposals from Vanderburgh County’s nonprofit community, and proposals are due on September 6. The fund’s grants committee will review proposals and narrow the applicant pool to three finalist organizations that will be invited to present their proposals to Men’s Fund members at their annual meeting in October. Members will cast their votes at the meeting, and the $8,000 impact grant recipient will be named the same night. The remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 grant in recognition of the exceptional quality of their proposals. Guidelines and complete application instructions are available at www.vcfoundation.org.

Inspiration for the Men’s Fund came from the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, which similarly empowers women to invest in a more sustainable nonprofit community through collective giving and responsible stewardship. “We have great admiration for the Women’s Fund as a grantmaking powerhouse in our community,” said Sander, “and we are excited by the challenge of creating the same kind of impact with the Men’s Fund.”

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Details for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2017. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at knoxcountyfoundation.org. Deadline to apply is September 9, 2016.

The 2017 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for  required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a  baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body), and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with a local 23-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 119 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Daviess County Community Foundation Announces Details for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2017. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. Deadline to apply is September 12, 2016.

The 2017 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for  required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a  baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body), and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic
well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 145 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

$4,200 Awarded from Community Foundation for Local Youth Projects

Members of the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council recently presented $4,200 in grant awards to five local organizations for projects serving youth in Daviess County.

“The efforts of our youth to select the organizations to receive these grant awards were outstanding,” says Alex Knepp, president of the Foundation’s Advisory Board who also serves as a mentor of Council members.  “Their work, in completing the required training, reviewing, deliberating, and ultimately making recommendations for grants to the local Board, is a very positive impact on youth all over our county.”

The Youth Council accepts funding requests once a year, according to a yearly cycle that this year, began in February. The Council reviewed all grant applications and made its recommendations on funding to the Daviess County Community Foundation Board in May. Youth council members visited local organizations to present the grant awards in this summer.

Grant recipients this year were

  • $1,000 to Illiana Christian Assembly, Inc. for the Six Grade Day at Camp Illiana from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $1,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement in Daviess County from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $200 to Odon Winklepleck Public Library for the Summer Reading Program from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $1,000 to Southwest Indiana Power House for the Power House Gardening Initiative from the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund, and
  • $1,000 to Washington Community Schools for the Washington H3 (Hatchets to the 3rd Power), also none as Hatchets Helping Hatchets Program, from the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Board of Trustees, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 140 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Camp Illiana. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Mary Barnard (right) presents the grant award to Camp Illiana representatives from left Ashlynn Stoll, Amanda Matthews, and Rebecca Guthrie. The grant supports the Camp’s Six Grade Day.
Camp Illiana. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Mary Barnard (right) presents the grant award to Camp Illiana representatives from left Ashlynn Stoll, Amanda Matthews, and Rebecca Guthrie. The grant supports the Camp’s Six Grade Day.
Southwest Indiana Powerhouse. Nathanial Rainey, Southwest Indiana PowerHouse Executive Director (left) accepts a grant check from Youth Council members Clayton Underhill (center) and Emma Schuler (right). The grant supports the Power House Gardening Initi
Southwest Indiana Powerhouse. Nathanial Rainey, Southwest Indiana PowerHouse Executive Director (left) accepts a grant check from Youth Council members Clayton Underhill (center) and Emma Schuler (right). The grant supports the Power House Gardening Initi
Youth Council member Jenna Johnson (second from right) makes a grant presentation to Dr. Dan Roach (left), Barb Knepp (center) and former WHS principal, Leanne Kelly. The grant supports Washington Community Schools’ Washington H3 Program.
Youth Council member Jenna Johnson (second from right) makes a grant presentation to Dr. Dan Roach (left), Barb Knepp (center) and former WHS principal, Leanne Kelly. The grant supports Washington Community Schools’ Washington H3 Program.
Junior Achievement. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Jeremiah Kirsch (right) presents the grant award to Stacy Carr, Junior Achievement Events and Grant Manager for Junior Achievement in Daviess County.
Junior Achievement. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Jeremiah Kirsch (right) presents the grant award to Stacy Carr, Junior Achievement Events and Grant Manager for Junior Achievement in Daviess County.
Odon Winklepleck Public Library. Youth Council members members present a grant check to Odon Library for the Summer Reading Program. Shown (l to r) are Sarah Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Stallman, Marsha Lynn with the Odon Library, and Lily Durnil.
Odon Winklepleck Public Library. Youth Council members members present a grant check to Odon Library for the Summer Reading Program. Shown (l to r) are Sarah Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Stallman, Marsha Lynn with the Odon Library, and Lily Durnil.

Perry County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Cycle Opens August 1

The Perry County Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) on August 1. This scholarship provides full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at an accredited public or private nonprofit Indiana college or university. One applicant in Perry County will receive the scholarship.

Lilly Endowment established the LECS program in 1998 to help raise Indiana’s level of educational attainment and to increase the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. The Lilly Endowment remains steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered locally by community foundations throughout Indiana. Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program. Lilly Endowment has determined general conditions for the scholarship but allows each county’s community foundation’s LECS committee to define eligibility criteria.

The deadline to apply is September 8, 2016. Students may learn more and apply for the LECS by going to the Foundation’s scholarships page at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/perry/scholarships/ . For additional information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, contact the Perry County Community Foundation Director Renate Warner at (812) 547-3176 or email renate@perrycommunityfoundation.org .

Perry County Community Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals

The Perry County Community Foundation has announced that its Community Good granting cycle is now accepting grant applications from community organizations.

Proposals are sought for charitable projects and activities that address needs and opportunities in the county in arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health, human services, recreation, youth development, women and/or girls, families, animal betterment and other areas that would improve the quality of life in Perry County.

The Foundation welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations that are deemed tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving the county. Proposals from nonprofit organizations not classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity may be considered provided the project is charitable and supports a community need. Grant applications must be electronically submitted to the Perry County Community Foundation no later than Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Organizations wishing to submit a grant proposal are invited to visit the Foundation’s web site at www.communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/perry-discretionary-grant/  for requirements, instructions and the online application.

Again this year, the online system will allow applicants to save their application before submitting it.

Prospective grant applicants are invited to schedule a meeting with the Foundation’s director, Renate Warner, to receive an overview of the funding opportunity and to ask specific questions. Contact Renate at 812.547.3176 or email her at renate@perrycommunityfoundation.org with questions or to set up a meeting.

Grants will be announced by December 1 and will be awarded at a January grant ceremony.

The Community Good granting cycle is one charitable resource available to our community thanks to generous donors who provided meaningful gifts by creating charitable funds created through the Community Foundation. These grants are made possible by the Friends of Perry County Unrestricted Fund, the TCB/Fifth Third Bank Perry County Fund, the Crippled Children’s Fund, the Goble-Kleeman Fund for Young Children, the Elbert and Dawn Star and Marilyn Ewing Environmental Fund, the Perry County Arts Council Promoting the Arts Fund, the Joseph L. Dauby Endowment Fund, the Perry County Power of Youth Fund and the Perry County Women for Women Fund. Also granting this year are new community good funds N & N Mulzer Unrestricted Fund, Arnold Mulzer Fund for the Community Good and the Cardinal-Smith-Etienne Fund.

New Foundation Fund to Help First Responders, Families in Crisis

Malone2After raising three girls she adopted out of foster care, Mary Jane Malone wanted a way to honor them while helping Perry County. She also wanted to memorialize one daughter, whose life was taken by a tragic event. Mary Jane Malone created the Mary Jane Malone Endowment Fund through the Perry County Community Foundation that will give back forever while remembering her and her family. Read Mary Jane’s story, written herself, about her life, her family’s life, and why she recently created this fund.

“I was born and raised in Perry County graduating from St. Mark’s Elementary and Tell City High School.  After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana State University, I moved to Richmond Indiana, where I taught for 37 years.

“In the late 1980s I checked into adopting an older child and met Kathy when she was 13 years old. She had been in and out of the foster care system since birth and then available for adoption since the age of seven. She was a bright, inquisitive, energetic, and surprisingly positive young lady considering everything she had been through. She did have low self-esteem, though. But after involving her in activities where she had interests, it was like watching a bud blossom into a beautiful flower.

“After two years Kathy and I decided to look into finding her a sibling. That is when we met Melissa and Heather, age ten and nine. They were biological sisters who had been in foster care and potential adoptive homes for four years. They had been through some terrible abuse and felt rejection from their biological mother who did not believe them. They depended on each other to survive.

“And we became a family. Melissa and Heather were also involved in several different activities according to their interests to build up their self-esteem and confidence. As a family we have experienced some challenging times, some frustrating times, some devastating times, and some very good times. But through it all, I wanted them to have a family, a base in their life.

“After many different struggles in their teens and twenties, Melissa and Heather and their families have both settled in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area. Melissa and her husband have three children, and Heather and her husband have two children.

“Kathy and her husband moved to the Kansas City area. Kathy became a paramedic for Kansas City, was accredited in many different areas, and truly found her calling. After issues in her marriage, she filed for divorce, and her husband started stalking her. A year later, as she and her partner returned to their station after a call, her ex-husband ambushed and killed them.

“I am very proud of the American flag presented to me at her funeral service in Kansas City. It had flown over the U.S. Capitol building the day of her death—April 3, 2004.

“My three daughters have been an inspiration to me.  I watched them struggle to overcome the aftereffects of not having that foundation of a family in their early years. Therefore, I want to honor my daughters by establishing a fund through the Perry County Community Foundation to help children and families in crisis situations in this area. It will be used to hopefully provide a more normal, safe, and caring atmosphere for them.

“Also in honor of Kathy, who was a dedicated First Responder, this fund will be used to help with the needs of the First Responders in this area.“

The Foundation is honored that Mary Jane selected us to memorialize her daughter Kathy Malone and honor her other daughters Melissa Malone and Heather Malone. This fund will support public safety (including police departments, first responders, fire departments); help  families in crisis; improve educational and support services for children in foster care; and provide for projects that help at-risk children.

Foundation Seeking Proposals for Target Lasting Change Grant

The Knox County Community Foundation is seeking proposals for their Target Lasting Change Initiative (TLC) grant.

Proposals are being accepted through September 1, 2016 via the Foundation’s website, knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Different from the Foundation’s annual Community Good grants program, the TLC initiative focuses on grant funding for projects strategically addressing pressing community needs aimed to make significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the quality of life for the broader community.

The Foundation’s two previous TLC Initiative Grants together total $80,000.

To learn more, click here or call (812) 886-0093.

Paid Internship Position Available

The Perry County Community Foundation has a paid internship position available. This position is paid by the Lilly Endowment and is available in Tell City. Please see information below.

Position Title: Journalist/Administrative Intern

Employment Classification: Paid Internship

Employed by: Perry County Community Foundation

Reports to: Perry County Community Foundation Director

Intern Responsibilities

Primary responsibility will be to effectively record and produce information on impact of grants that have been provided by the Foundation (primarily through written media). Capturing photos while including documentation of any persons in the pictures will also be required.

Assist Director in executing strategic donor communications.

Help facilitate opportunities for donors to attend Foundation education events and/or programs.

Assist with donor stewardship mailings and contacts.

Record, manage and add information in donor database.

Perform administrative and office support activities for Foundation: field calls, filing, copying, and preparing for meetings.

Become familiar and comfortable with the Community Foundation and its concept, vision and mission.

Minimum requirements and abilities

Full or part-time undergraduate students enrolled in two-year or four-year Indiana colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools are eligible for the internships.

Student must have completed his/her freshman year of college.

Full or part-time graduate students enrolled in a graduate program of study at an Indiana college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and School are eligible for internships.

Must excel at verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work individually.

Enjoy meeting new people and carrying a conversation.

Prior experience working with volunteers a plus.

Is eager to meet and exceed objectives and take on more responsibility.

Technology savvy – ability to use computer programs. Proficient with Microsoft Office products.

Brings to the position outstanding organizational skills.

Comfortable conducting telephone and in-person interviews and meeting with individuals.

Some journalism skills preferred.

This intern will work part time at the Perry County Community Foundation in Tell City, Indiana. The position will be for 10 hours a week and will be available during the summer semester, with a possibility of the position extending into the fall semester.

To Apply:

Send your resume and samples of your work (pictures, writing samples, etc.) via email to renate@perrycommunityfoundation.org with “Intern Opportunity” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is June 5, 2015.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.