Posey County Women’s Fund Awards More Than $11,500 in Grants

Posey County, Indiana–The Posey County Women’s Fund (PCWF) Committee hosted a grant reception and luncheon for 2018 grant recipients on May 9, 2018, at the Mount Vernon Library, awarding a total of $11,533 to 6 local non-profit organizations this year. The Women’s Fund grants are funded annually with proceeds from fundraisers and earnings from the PCWF Endowment Fund.

One of the committee’s main fundraisers is the 2018 Vintage Home Tour scheduled for June 2, 2018, from noon until 5 p.m.  For more information about attending the Home Tour, please contact Ruth Redman at 812-453-5556. Another fundraiser is The Chef’s Night Out held annually in March.

The following charitable organizations received Women’s Fund grants for 2018:

United Methodist Church was awarded $3,108 for the Thrive After-School Program. Thrive was organized and is directed by Joy Millay at the United Methodist Church, which provides a facility for the program at no cost. The Thrive program has a goal of strengthening children’s academic performance and improving behavior, and approximately 40 children are enrolled in this free after-school program for grades K through 5th grade.

Deaconess Foundation was awarded $2,000 for its Mobile Mammography unit to be brought in to Posey County to assist Posey County women in getting their yearly mammograms. This unit provided 169 mammograms in 2017 for local women, accepts insurance plans, and provides financial assistance for the uninsured.

Family Matters of Posey County was awarded $450 to purchase supplies for dental hygiene (toothbrushes and toothpaste). The supplies will be placed in backpacks handed out at the beginning of the school year.

Holly’s House Inc. was awarded $3,000 for the “Think First & Stay Safe” program. This program teaches elementary students how to recognize and react to unsafe situations. Holly’s House presents this program  in Posey County elementary schools for children ages 7-12.

Youth First was awarded $2,000 for programs given by the Youth First social workers in Posey County schools. Currently the schools participating in this program are North Elementary, South Terrace Elementary, West Elementary and Saint Phillip School. The programs help youth and families deal with depression, anxiety, anger, bullying, substance abuse, divorce and grief adjustments and peer pressure.

Optimal Rhythms, Inc. Access Academy received $975 to help introduce camp opportunities to Posey County autistic children. Access Academy hosts CAN-DO Summer Day Camp in Newburgh, Indiana, providing children with autism disabilities a chance to experience day camps like other children.

The Posey County Women’s Fund committee would like to thank the community for attending their fundraising events and also for donations to their endowment fund, both of which make these local grant awards possible.