Family Creates Fund to Feed Perry County’s Hungry – Fund is 100th Fund Created at the Foundation

The Perry County Community Foundation is proud to announce the formation of their 100th Fund!

Jarboe picThe fund, created by Gregg, Ronica, and Virginia Jarboe, is named Hands of a Carpenter. The fund is created in memory of Paul James Jarboe, the father and father-in-law of Gregg and Ronica, and the husband of Virginia. “Dad always had room for one more at the table and made sure everyone left with their fill of both friendship and food,” said his son Gregg. “Therefore, we have created this fund that directs funding toward organizations that help feed Perry County citizens.”

Gregg, in his own words, describes his father in touching detail.

“Dad touched thousands of lives with the use of his hands. As a carpenter, his hands either helped build their house, garage, barn, or fence. Sometimes the smallest of things he made meant the most to people, such as shelves, picture frames, dog houses, or bird houses. He even built the Easter Baptismal Pool and Fountain for St. Paul’s Church.

His hands were there to support more than a hundred people into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Sometimes it was as simple as making them coffee and handing them a cookie for them to feel welcome, or as significant as being their sponsor and placing his hand on their shoulder as he presented them to the church for their baptism.

Dad’s hands were best used to build friendships. His hands were always there ready to support anyone in their hour of need. Sometimes it was the simplest of gestures like holding their hand to keep their spirits up or handing them something to eat as soon as they came into the house. Acts of friendship and love flowed from his hands. He didn’t even think about doing the right thing. The right thing to do was almost a reflex to him. His hands were helping someone out before he even realized it.

During his life, Dad’s hands never stopped helping others and now, through this fund, his desire to help others can live on.”

Additionally, this fund was eligible to receive match money from the Lilly Endowment GIFT Phase VI program. That means the value of the fund was increased due to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment! That’s more that will go back to improving quality of life in Perry County.

The Foundation is pleased that, through the Jarboe family and many others, this milestone of our 100th fund has been reached! That’s 100 different ways families and organizations have decided to give back to our community forever!

To find out more about this fund or our 99 other funds, contact the Foundation by calling 812.547.3176 or email the Foundation Director at