Fall Grants deliver impact across all          of the Jackson County community

 

November 23, 2020

By DAN DAVIS // The Community Foundation of Jackson County

The COVID-19 pandemic played a role in many of the applications for the 2020 Fall Grant Cycle at the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

One of those will help fight suicide, promote self-esteem and offer mental health materials at area middle and high schools across Jackson County.

Another Fall Grant will help victims of domestic violence.

Yet another will help feed children enrolled in Jackson County schools.

They are among 18 grants recently awarded through the Foundation’s Fall Grant program. The grants totaled $84,676. Last year, the Foundation approved 18 such grants totaling $54,924.

The Foundation approved a grant of $7,563 for Mental Health America of Jackson County. The grant will help fund several mental health programs in the community, including:

  • Suicide prevention awareness.
  • A pre-school self-esteem program.
  • Mental health materials to middle and high schools.
  • Mental health provider referrals and online screenings.
  • And social events for people with a mental health diagnosis.

“We believe our work has and will continue to have a positive impact on our community,” Executive Director Melanie O’Neal said of the grant. “Individuals with mental health diagnosis need and deserve to obtain appropriate mental health treatment. We believe, with our continued efforts, that the stigma associated with mental health diagnosis will be reduced and appropriate treatment options will be obtainable by community members.

 “Our goal is improved mental health while reducing suicide rates in Jackson County,” O’Neal added.

 She and others in the community have been concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating the problem of mental health issues. They are not alone.

 “The pandemic combined with social distancing does appear to create a very stressful situation, and a fairly high number of people are exhibiting mental health symptoms such as depression or anxiety,” said Zoe Peterson, a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University. Her comments and findings were reported in a June 29, 2020, report from the university.

Increased stresses from the pandemic were also cited in a grant request from Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. The agency received a $1,500 grant to help provide for client financial assistance.

“COVID-19 has severely impacted many clients with elimination of jobs, reduction of hours and furloughs, Julie Orben of Turning Point said. “Many clients and their families have been struggling to meet household budgets especially for items such as food and gas.”

Increasing access to client financial assistance is an important part of the long-term stability of Turning Point’s direct service to clients, Orben added. Client financial assistance is defined as support provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to help with whatever hurdles need to be cleared between the survivors and safe, stable housing.

The Foundation approved a $7,500 grant to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to help fund its School-Based Pantry program to help students and their families struggling with the issue of food insecurity. This is a switch from Gleaners’ BackSacks Weekend Food for Kids program at schools, a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Haley Nagila of Gleaners.

Feeding America’s 2020 Map of the Meal Gap shows that 17.4 percent of Jackson County children face food insecurity, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from or when, according to the Gleaners grant application.

“Due to layoffs and school closures as a result of the statewide COVID-19 pandemic response, we expect this number to increase over the next several months,” Naglia added.

Gleaners has established school-based pantries at Brownstown Central High School, Seymour High School and Medora Junior-Senior High School. The Brownstown and Seymour pantries are open to the public.

The agency expects that during the 2020-2021 school year the program will:

  • Serve at least 130 duplicated households each month of operation.
  • Distribute 18,000 meals to the food insecure in Jackson County.
  • And provide 3,000 pounds of produce to the food insecure.

These three grants along with the 15 others provide a wide swath of impact across Jackson County. The Foundation’s Grant Committee, Board of Directors and staff work hard to ensure that our unrestricted and field of interest earnings provide as large an impact as possible throughout Jackson County.

The Grant Committee strives to ensure grant dollars see a wide distribution and impact, said Priscilla Wischmeier, chair of the Foundation’s Grant Committee.

“This year we’ve approved grants that will assist projects and programs in Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora and Seymour and places in between,” Wischmeier said.

Earnings from community and field of interest funds generated through prudent investment of the endowed gifts from individuals and businesses fund the Fall Grant cycle.

A portion of the earnings from those investments remain in the endowed funds to protect against inflation while other earnings become grant dollars that are awarded through Impact Grants, President’s Grants and Classroom Education Grants.

Unrestricted funds

The Community Foundation of Jackson County administers the following unrestricted endowed funds that help finance the Fall Grant cycle: Aisin U.S.A. Mfg., Inc. Endowment; The Donn Bishop Memorial Endowment; The Don Bollinger Memorial Fund; Jackson County Community Endowment; Jackson County Unrestricted Endowment; Bob and Kate Hall Endowment; Thomas J. Lantz/Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck Community Endowment; Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Alpha Beta Chapter Endowment; Potts Family Endowment; SIHO Insurance Services Community Endowment; Virginia G. Otto Endowment Fund; Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co. Fund; the Larry and Joanne Sunbury Community Endowment; the Michael and Ardith Fleetwood Unrestricted Endowment; the Nehrt Family Community Endowment; the Mary Evelyn Mellencamp Memorial Fund; the Mark & Sue Smith Community Endowment; the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655 Community Fund; the John and Kay Beatty Community Endowment; the Seymour Oktoberfest Community Endowment; the Sarah M. Waldkoetter Community Fund; and the Schneider Nursery Community Endowment.                                                                                                  

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Dan Davis is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

 

Volunteers, from left, Kathy Morris, Bonnie Hunsucker, Ruth Beesley and Shannon Hunsucker distribute items during a recent Medora Community Schools food pantry event. A Fall Grant will help fund Gleaners school-base food pantries in Brownstown, Medora and Seymour next year. Tribune photo by Zach Spicer.

Approved 2020 Fall Grants

The following Fall Grants were approved by the Community Foundation of Jackson County:

— Actors Community Theater of Seymour, $1,575 for video equipment.

— Anchor House, $2,600 for a technology upgrade.

— ARC of Jackson County, $5,000 for handicap accessible playground equipment and flooring at Gaiser Park in Seymour.

— Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, $5,196 for junior staff and building workforce readiness.

— Brownstown Christian Church, $6,425 for a fixed structure in the child-care playground area.

— Developmental Services, $7,800 for technology equipment for group homes and day services.

— Girls Inc. of Jackson County. $1,000, for the Friendly PEERsuasion program.

— Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc., $7,500, for the School-Based Pantry program for Jackson County schools.

— Jackson County History Center, $6,725 to help repair a concrete floor in the Livery Barn.

— Jackson County United Way, $5,000 for the Covering Kids & Families program.

— Medora Brick Plant and Historical Sites, $7,800, to replace roofing on the brick plant barn and shower house.

— Mental Health America of Jackson Co., $7,563 for mental health initiatives in Jackson County.

— Riverview Cemetery, $4,000 for removal of ash and other old trees.

— St. Peter’s Child Care Ministry, $3,992 for furniture and educational materials.

— Seymour Christian Church, $3,000 for a handicap accessible electronic door opener.

— Seymour Fire Department, $3,000 for paint and a railing at a new fire training facility under construction at Freeman Field.

— Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, $5,000  for classroom-gallery space and art supplies.

— Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, $1,500, for Client Services Financial Assistance program.

Field of interest funds

The Community Foundation of Jackson County administers the following field of interest funds that also help finance Fall Grants: The Cartwright Endowment for the Arts (performing arts); Granger H. and Ruth M. Smith Drug Abuse Prevention Fund; Carl Hemmer Memorial Fund (performing arts); Tri Kappa Endowment (charity, culture and education); The Shelter Fund (homelessness); Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable  Endowment for Education; and the Jackson County Youth Foundation.

Donor-advised fund

One other fund administered by the Foundation contributed earnings for the 2020 Fall Grant cycle — the Orville and Mary Schnitker Memorial Endowment.

Kayla White, left, and Melanie O’Neal, executive director of The Arc of Jackson County, play on the new Sway Fun inclusive playground equipment recently at Gaiser Park in Seymour. A 2019 Fall Grant from the Foundation helped finance this equipment, and a 2020 Fall Grant will help expand the playground. Tribune photo by January Rutherford.

Celebrating the work and support of community foundations in America

 

November 12, 2020

By DAN DAVIS // The Community Foundation of Jackson County

Three years ago, Brooke, a Jackson County mother of three struggling to make ends meet, turned to the Coaching for Success initiative at Human Services Inc., a program supported with Impact Grant dollars from the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

Since then, the program helped Brooke find a stable job in manufacturing, learn new skills and gain confidence.  

“Now, I have permanent housing, I’m financially stable and I have resources in the community if I should need it,” Brooke said. “Without the financial support from the Coaching for Success program, I don’t think I would have been as successful taking that bridge from poverty to financial stability.”

Stories like Brooke’s are among the many reasons why the Community Foundation of Jackson County joins more than 900 other community foundations across America to mark Community Foundation Week, set this year for Nov. 12-18.

Our goal in participating is to raise awareness about the role of philanthropy and to foster local collaborations and innovations to address persistent civic and economic challenges – including poverty — in our community. The Foundation, for instance, is not alone in helping fund the Coaching for Success program. Jackson County United Way is a supporting organization as well.

The Foundation serves all of Jackson County, from Reddington to Crothersville to Medora to Freetown to Seymour and all points in between. A check of our grant and scholarship recipients easily illustrates that point.

Launched Nov. 12, 1989, through a proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout the nation and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community challenges. The first community foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Community foundations in Indiana alone made more than $192.9 million in grants in 2019 and hold more than $3.96 billion in assets.  Your Community Foundation of Jackson County manages more than $14 million in assets. Last year, it awarded $542,925 in grants and scholarships.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson once described the role of community foundations this way: “Community foundations in Indiana play a key role in identifying and solving problems across our state.  Each foundation has an in-depth knowledge of local concerns which enables them to effectively address the root of many issues.  They are the drivers of community enhancements and push our state forward.”

The Community Foundation of Jackson County tries to live up to that description through our prudent stewardship of gifts, our annual grant-making cycles, our Impact Grants, our scholarship program and our involvement in the community, including our support in the creation and construction of the Jackson County Learning Center and the Jackson County Education Coalition.

Since its founding in 1992, the Community Foundation of Jackson County has awarded more than $7 million in grants to local organizations and scholarships to hundreds of students to help them pursue their educational dreams. As of Sept. 30, we had awarded more than $479,000 in grants and scholarships so far this year.

The Foundation is an advocate for local philanthropy, providing opportunities for donors to make a difference in their own unique ways through charitable giving. Gifts that can keep on giving, perpetually. The Foundation celebrates the rich past of Jackson County and looks to a bright future. And as our motto says:  “Together, we grow tomorrows.”

Our staff and Board of Directors, made up of 20 individuals from throughout Jackson County, invite you to explore our website. You’ll access a wealth of information about our organization, our current funds, our grant cycles and how you, too, can become a donor and help make a difference. If you would like, please call to make an appointment to visit with us at our offices.

Our work – funded through the gifts of people like you – help make a difference in the lives of countless people across Jackson County, people like Brooke and her three children.

As we enter the giving season, millions of people from every background will be looking to give back to the communities that have supported them. They’ll also look to ensure that their heartfelt giving — however they choose to give — will have the most impact. And a lasting impact. That’s why so many of them will choose to give to a community foundation.

A gift to your local community foundation is an investment in the future of your community. We like to say that community foundations are “here for good.” At the Community Foundation of Jackson County, we don’t think about the next election or business cycle, we think about the next generation and the next after that.

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Dan Davis is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

 

Brooke, a Jackson County resident who has participated in the Human Services Inc. Coaching for Success program

Harvest benefits our community through annual Giving the Gift of Grain program

 

September 21, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

Jackson County farmers are invited to participate in the annual Giving a Gift of Grain program.

Their donations support the Community Foundation of Jackson County and the overall community.

Farmers can contribute their gifts of grain to benefit the area’s agricultural community through the Premier Companies/Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship, the C.B. Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship and the Jackson County Veterinary Scholarship.

Or they can donate to the Foundation’s community endowments, which benefit the Fall Grant cycle and the Impact Grant program, Foundation President and CEO Dan Davis said.

Tractor enthusiasts who don’t have grain to donate to the program can also cast a ballot in the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red competition. A $25 donation to the Jackson County Community Endowment, for instance, entitles the donor to cast one vote for their favorite equipment line. A $100 donation entitles the donor to five votes.

Another option available to donors is to create a new unrestricted endowment in the name of themselves, their family or their farm that would also provide income for future grants.

Hamilton Township farmer Donald Schnitker gave a gift of grain last year and intends to participate again this fall.

“I think it’s a unique way for a farmer to give to the Foundation,” Schnitker said. “Instead of just giving money, I’m giving part of what I do.” Schnitker’s vote will back the Green Team.

The Gift of Grain process is simple. Farmers can tell their grain elevator that a particular load of grain is being donated to the Foundation. The elevator in turn sells the grain for the Foundation. Donors to the Giving a Gift of Grain program can benefit by avoiding the sale of the donated grain in their farm income, which can provide a savings in their federal and state income tax bills.

Participating grain elevators include Bundy Brothers in Medora, Premier Companies in Brownstown and Cortland, Tampico Grain near Crothersville and Rose Acre Farms west of Cortland.

For information about the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red program, the Giving a Gift of Grain program, or its companion program, Giving a Gift of Livestock, contact Davis at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 812-523-4483, or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

 

In this photo, Hamilton Township farmer Brian Thompson shells corn in a field southwest of Cortland on Monday, September 21, 2020. Farmers can donate grain through the Giving the Gift of Grain program and benefit the community.
Farmers can donate grain — corn, soybeans, wheat or whatever — through the Giving the Gift of Grain program and benefit the community. Call the Foundation at 812-523-4483 for more information.

Call Foundation office to make appointment; Conference Center still closed for meetings

UPDATED November 3, 2020

Because of a recent uptick in positivity of COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, our office and conference center remain closed to the public as a result of the pandemic and in support of practicing social distancing.

Staff can arrange for appointments to discuss your philanthropic needs. You may call us at 812-523-4483, or you may send an email to President & CEO Dan Davis at president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

No meetings in the conference center will be scheduled through January 2, 2021, and we will re-evaluate the situation to determine if further closings will be required. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

These steps have been taken with the safety of our donors, our staff and their families and the general community in mind.

Meanwhile, our work continues. The office may be reached by phone at 812-523-4483. Please leave a message if we’re unable to answer.

Gifts to the Foundation may be made by sending a check to Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. Or you may donate online here at our website by clicking here: DONATE NOW.

The Foundation represents all people

 

June 5, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

The Community Foundation of Jackson County remains committed to helping all people across our community. That’s one reason why it pains us to see such strident division and anger in our country.

It makes no sense.

Racism is simply wrong. It cannot be tolerated. Political sides should be able to work together for the common good of all Americans and of all America, not picking winners and losers, not labeling everyone else the evil “other.”

The Foundation strives to stay above the political fray, preferring to instead focus on the work of making our community a more equitable, better place to live, making a difference, helping lift up the community, our entire community – black, brown, white.

Sometimes, though, circumstances call for standing up. Some situations demand that we take a stand – both verbally and in our actions.

So we stand with those in this great nation who believe that – despite earlier struggles and efforts – a racial divide remains for many among us. That current voices must be heard and acted upon. So we also stand with those who are against rioting and looting. So we also stand with those who are against violence of all sorts – violence in our homes, the workplace and on our streets.

We call for calmer heads. We seek more understanding. We seek a better climate for open and honest discussion and for earnest action to improve our lot.

This stand supports our mission of building visionary partnerships with donors and local service providers, of providing funds to enhance the quality of life across Jackson County and of being a catalyst and leader of change in our community.

We hope that you share our mission and that you share our stand against racism, against violence and against such strident, hateful division. Contending this current situation – only the latest in what seems a never-ending stream of racial assaults — is a Minneapolis problem or a Washington, D.C., problem or simply a problem for others seems a failure to recognize we are all in this world together.

To dismiss the “black lives matter” mantra with the assertion that “all lives matter” seems to miss the point. Until all lives really do matter, no lives matter. Surely we can all do better. Surely we can make life safer, better and more equitable for everyone in our community and across this country.

Scholarships assist adult learners — applications available now

 

June 4, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

Two scholarships offered through funds at the Community Foundation of Jackson County target non-traditional college students, including adults whose college educations were disrupted at some time in the past.

The Foundation often has trouble finding applicants for the scholarships, said Foundation Vice President Sue Smith, who oversees much of the organization’s scholarship work.

“We don’t know if adult learners planning to attend college or vocational and technical training think there are no scholarships to assist them, but there are some funds available to help them finance their educational costs,” she added. “We need students to apply.”

They are the Marvin and Mary Klaes Memorial Adult Scholarship Fund and the Charles and Aileen Roeger Scholarship Fund, which is a new fund offering its first scholarship grant this year.

The purpose of the Roeger scholarship is to provide support to Jackson County adult students for tuition, fees and for the cost of learning materials necessary to resume their interrupted education or vocational training. This scholarship will be automatically renewable for up to one additional year, providing a two-year scholarship opportunity.

The Klaes scholarship also provides educational scholarships for Jackson County residents who have been in the work force for at least one year and who are furthering their education by pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. It also is renewable for a second year.

Information about both adult learner scholarships as well as application forms are available online: cfjacksoncounty.org/scholarships/.

For information, call the Foundation at 812-523-4483 and ask for Sue Smith or send an email to vicepresident@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Foundation awards scholarships to Brownstown Central Class of 2020

 

May 26, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

Brownstown Central High School officials presented 10 scholarships administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County on May 22 during the annual honor day program for the Class of 2020.

Trey Hackman received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides for full tuition, fees and books.

Alexandra Williams received the Jay C Food Stores Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 1997 to provide an award to employees and children of employees of the John C. Groub Co., is for $2,000.                                                         

Jordan Cobb was awarded the Omer and Jean Terkhorn Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2011 to benefit students graduating from Brownstown Central High School, is for $4,000.

Laney Warren was awarded the Stuckwisch Educational Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2006 to benefit students graduating from Brownstown Central High School, is for $2,000.

Conner McCormick received the Orville and Laura Lubker/Purdue University Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2014 to benefit Brownstown Central High Schools graduates attending Purdue University, is for is $3,700.

Lauren Wood received the Gina Shepard Ballard Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2003 to benefit graduates of Brownstown Central High School, is for $400.

Halle Hehman and Emma Winks were awarded the Seymour American Legion Post 89 Achievement Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2002 to benefit graduating seniors of Jackson County high schools, is for $500.

Kelian East received the William B. Sharp Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2018 for graduating seniors from Brownstown Central High School, is for $900.

Zoe Fountain received the Madge and Jack Fountain Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2018 to aid Brownstown Central High School graduates with preference given to students who are members of Brownstown United Methodist Church, is for $1,500.

Brandon Wilson received the George Schneider Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 1999 to assist Jackson County high school graduates planning to study horticulture, landscape design and/or soil and water conservation, is for $2,500 and is renewable for a total of four years.

The Foundation offers our congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2020 at Brownstown Central High School.

The Foundation administers 57 scholarship funds. During this current school year, 78 recipients of those scholarships were attending classes on college campuses across Indiana and around the nation.

Current high school juniors can now apply for 2021 scholarships offered by the Foundation. The common scholarship application is online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org. The deadline to apply is Aug. 20.

Foundation presents scholarships to Seymour High School Class of 2020

 

May 14, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

 The Community Foundation of Jackson County participated in the May 14 Seymour High School Honor Day program, presenting a number of scholarships to members of the Class of 2020.

 During this current school year, there were 78 Community Foundation of Jackson County scholarship recipients on college and university campuses across the state and around the nation.

 The Foundation administers more than 200 funds, including 57 scholarship funds.

There are two recipients of the Walter & Cora Schlehuser / Clark & Ruth Thompson Scholarship: George Vehslage and Madalyn Bowman. The scholarship award is for $3,000 and renewable for a total of two years of assistance. It provides renewable scholarships to those pursuing a degree in vocational or technical programs.  Preference is given to Hamilton Township residents.

The recipient of the Charles Frederick Wolter Memorial Scholarship is Rhea Patel. This is a $500 scholarship. The fund was established in July 2000 by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wolter in memory of their son.  It provides scholarships to SHS graduates.

The recipient of the Marcella Trumbo Seymour Alumni Scholarship is Erin Otte. The scholarship is for $1,400. The fund was established through the Marcella Trumbo Trust and by the Seymour High School Class of 1956 to provide scholarships to Seymour High School graduates.

The recipient of the E. Morton and Julia R. Lester Memorial Scholarship is Jozie Nicholson. It is an award of $1,000. The fund was established in March 2016 through the Julia R. Lester Revocable Trust.  It provides scholarships to Seymour High School graduates.

The recipient of the St. Andrew United Methodist Church Scholarship is Owen Chandler. The scholarship is for $1,000. The fund was established in February 2003 by the former members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.  It provides scholarships to Seymour High School graduates.

Receiving the Dr. & Mrs. R. Todd Bergman Scholarship is Aiden Goen. The scholarship is for $1,000. The fund was established in September 2000 by Dr. and Mrs. R. Todd Bergman. It provides scholarships to Jackson County graduating seniors who participated in organized school athletics.

The recipient of the Duane Martin Vocational Scholarship is Takodah Giles. The scholarship is for $1,000. The fund was established by Joellen Martin in 2016 and presents scholarships to Seymour High School students planning to pursue a degree in a vocational related field.

The recipient of the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts is Justin Jones. It is a $1,000 scholarship. The fund was established by the family of Marilyn Mellencamp in 2012 and presents scholarships to Seymour High School graduates who are pursuing a college degree in arts, theatre, and/or music.

There are two recipients of the Marc Owen Chandler Memorial Scholarship. They are Bryce Hatton and Mia Schrader. The scholarship is for $1,000. The fund was established by Chandler and Brugos families in 1996 and presents scholarships to Seymour High School students with preference to students planning to major in the field of special education.

The recipient of the Ann Windley Leadership Jackson County Scholarship is Braden Handloser. The scholarship is for $900. The fund was established in 2007 by Leadership Jackson County and provides a scholarship to graduating Jackson County high school students who participated in the YoJack youth leadership program.

The recipient of the Laura Culp Memorial Scholarship was Chloe Criswell. The scholarship is for $500. The fund was established in 2002 by Jeff and Martha Culp in memory of their daughter. It provides a scholarship to a female Seymour High School graduate who has participated in high school sports with preference given to someone who has participated in varsity volleyball.

Receiving this year’s Gary E. Plumer Memorial Agricultural Scholarship was Sydney Wiesehan.

It is for $1,000. The fund was established by Matt Plumer, Erin Plumer Reinhart and Chase Plumer in 2014 and presents scholarships to Seymour High School graduates who plan to pursue a degree in an agricultural related field.

The recipient of the Tri Kappa Scholarship is Makenna Sunbury. It is a $2,000 scholarship renewable for two years of assistance. The fund was established in 2013 and provides scholarships to Jackson County residents graduating from Seymour High School and Trinity Lutheran High School.

The recipient of the Dr. Charles Trumbo Scholarship is Chandler Skinner. The scholarship is for $1,800. The fund was established in 2007 and presents scholarships to Seymour High School graduates.

The recipient of this year’s J. David Vandivier/Dicksons Scholarship for $500 is Will Rinehart. The fund was established in 1997 and offers scholarships to employees of Dicksons and to the children of Dicksons employees.

There are four recipients this year of the Seymour Firefighters Local 577 Scholarship. They are Jayden Brown, Cameron Connell, Daniel Kirby and Evan Vehslage. The scholarship is for $1,000. The fund provides scholarships with primary preference given to family members of current or past firefighters or employees of the Seymour Fire Department; secondary preference is given to Jackson County fire or Jackson County EMS personnel.

The Foundation offers our congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2020 at Seymour High School.

For current high school juniors who will be seniors this fall, the deadline to apply for next spring’s scholarships is Aug. 20 – this summer. Those applications are online now at our website: https://www.cfjacksoncounty.org/scholarships/ .

Crothersville High School students earn Foundation scholarships

May 20, 2020

The Community Foundation of Jackson County has awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors from Crothersville High School Class of 2020.

The Elmer and Ida Lacey Scholarship was awarded to Carson Farmer, Makinzee Isley and Camdyn Keasler. The $500 scholarship can be renewed for two years of assistance.

The Crothersville Community Scholarship was presented to Rebekah Cook The scholarship is for $1,600.

The Jackson County Community Scholarship was presented to Aaron Williams. It is for $800.

And the Connie Bowling Hehman Teacher Scholarship was awarded to Isabell Lewis. The scholarship is for $1,200.

The Foundation administers 57 scholarship funds. During this current school year, 78 recipients of those scholarships were attending classes on college campuses across Indiana and around the nation.

Current high school juniors can now apply for 2021 scholarships offered by the Foundation. The common scholarship application is online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org. The deadline to apply is Aug. 20.

 

Medora student earns scholarship

May 20, 2020

The Community Foundation of Jackson County has awarded the Medora High School/Gossman Scholarship to Kelsey Turner of the Medora High School Class of 2020. The $1,000 scholarship may renewed for two years of financial assistance.

The scholarship fund was established in 2004. It provides scholarships for advanced vocational or technical training to graduating seniors of Medora High School.

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3 COVID-19 response grants

 

April 1, 2020 / From The Community Foundation of Jackson County

The Community Foundation of Jackson County paid out three grants today from a donor-advised fund to help area nonprofit agencies stepping up their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
Fred and Tracie Moritz of Seymour recommended the grants from the Everett V. and Maria Moritz Fund on Tuesday. They include a $1,200 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, $400 to Anchor House Family Assistance Center & Food Pantry and $400 to the Community Provisions food pantry.
 In this Tribune photo, Emalie Mitchell prepares food for delivery to Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Food Pantry clients.
“With COVID-19 disrupting so many lives, we have to do something to help any way that we can,” Fred Moritz said of the decision to recommend grants from the fund, which was established in August 1997. It is among more than 200 funds administered by the Foundation.

“We hope this helps the agencies do their work in these challenging times,” he said of the grants. “This is a situation that these agencies could not have budgeted for and the need is great. I hope others see the need and contribute, too. The nonprofits in our community are going to need help.”

 
Advisors to the Foundation’s 16 donor-advised funds received annual reports in March, outlining the amount of money available for granting this year, President & CEO Dan Davis said.
 
“Donor-advised funds allow the fund advisor the flexibility to make grants as see he or she sees the need arise,” Davis said. “Fred’s decision to recommend grants this week is a great example of how these funds can provide important support during a time of need.”
 
The need for assistance through grants provided by the generous gifts to the Foundation can only expect to grow this year, Davis said.
 
“That seems certain, just as the degree of increased needs remains quite uncertain,” he added. “Like others, including the Jackson County United Way, the Foundation is monitoring the ever-changing situation. After all, we’re all in this together, and together we’ll all get through it.”
 
To help local charitable agencies deal with the financial challenges of the pandemic, the Foundation Board of Directors created a new fund – the Jackson County COVID-19 Response Fund – and approved a $15,000 Impact Grant to kick start it.
 
To contribute to the fund, you can mail a check to the Foundation at Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. Or you may go click on the Donate Now button on our website and follow the directions.
 
Local agencies have been faced with increased demands and even new roles with the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, for instance, has expanded club hours to provide services since schools closed down to help fight spread of the virus. The number of children being served is limited, to allow staff and volunteers to provide proper distancing between children.
 
The grant is greatly appreciated as the club deals with increased costs, Executive Director Ryon Wheeler said upon learning of the Moritz Fund grant.
 
“We have parents who are scared and don’t know what they will do with their kids,” Wheeler said. “They are worried about just working and paying their bills and don’t know how they will do that if they don’t have a safe place for their kids.
 
“The Moritz family has been supporting this community for years and it is no surprise they would step up again during these difficult times,” Wheeler added. “On behalf of the kids and families we serve, thank you.”
 
One of the greatest increases faced by the club is the cost of wages for extra hours resulting from the COVID-19 response.
 
“We normally plan for four hours a day with kids during the school year,” Wheeler said. “Our extended 11-hour days are reserved for summer and school breaks. These extra seven hours a day and lower ratios, due to CDC guidelines, has increased all of our staff hours.
 
“Additionally, with eLearning we must have smaller ratios to help kids complete their tasks, and additional cleaning throughout the program day creates the need for extra supplies to keep our kids healthy,” Wheeler said.
 
The grant to Anchor House will help it meet a growing need for food at the pantry, Executive Director Megan Cherry said.
 
“We are very thankful and appreciative for this unexpected assistance,” she said. “We have been overwhelmed with the needs of the community in regards to food assistance, and this will greatly help us be able to continue to meet the high demand for feeding those in need in our community.”
 
The added demand for help from the pantry has outpaced expectations, Cherry said.
“We have seen a significant amount of new clients in need due to this time of crisis and so many being financially impacted by not being able to work,” she said.
 
The pantry is also seeing an increase in the number of seniors needing assistance as result of the COVID-19 response.
 
“We expect this trend to continue until we are able to see a decrease in the COVID-19 cases and everyone is able to return to work and resume unrestricted travel,” Cherry said.
 
Provisions Executive Directors Chuck and Phyllis Seybold are finding much the same increase in demand.
 
“We find larger families coming in and many first-time clients,” Chuck Seybold said. “Phyllis and I are anticipating higher than average numbers of requests as news indicates we are in for a surge within two weeks.
 
“Community response is tremendous,” he added. “We are not in this alone, as we wish all other services within the area strength and safety during these trying times.”
 
The grant from the Moritz Fund did not surprise Seybold, however.
 
“We’re totally humbled, but definitely not surprised,” he said. “Fred is a prime example of what every good Christian citizen should be.”

A letter to our community and donors

 

By DAN DAVIS / President & CEO

The Community Foundation of Jackson County remains committed to our community and our donors as we all work our way through these uncertain, trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The need for assistance through grants provided by the generous gifts to the Foundation can only expect to grow this year. That seems certain, just as the degree of increased needs remains quite uncertain.

Like others (after all, we’re all in this together), the Foundation is monitoring the ever-changing situation. But of course we’re in this work of investing in and building better tomorrows for the long haul. So our work goes on.

To our community partner agencies expecting their annual grant checks from funds established to help them do their charitable work, those grants checks are being processed like normal. They will be in the mail today. No, we are not rolling them back. Our Board approved a 5 percent grant rate in February, and that rate remains in force.

To our high school seniors who might be anticipating, hoping that they’ve earned a scholarship to help fund their first year of college this fall, yes, we will still award scholarships this spring. Notification may come in the mail rather than on honor days, but scholarships will be awarded.

We can confidently pay out our grants and scholarships despite the recent downturn in the markets because of our prudent management of our endowments and the generous gifts entrusted to us by our donors. Historically, our long-term investment strategy has enabled the Foundation to weather downturns. We’re confident this will remain true as the COVID-19 pandemic works its way around the world and into the history books.

Also, the Foundation is working with others in the community, such as the Jackson County United Way, to monitor emerging needs arising from the virus and efforts to contain and reduce its impact.

Our Board of Directors created a new fund on Friday, the Jackson County COVID-19 Response Fund, that will eventually be used to fund grants to help with recovery from the pandemic. The Board also approved a $15,000 Impact Grant through our community funds to kick start the effort. We will provide more information later on how local charitable organizations will be able to apply for grants to help fund their response work.

To contribute to the fund, you can mail a check to the Foundation at Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274. You may leave a check at our office as long as we maintain hours at 107 Community Drive. Or you may do so by clicking here and following the directions.

In closing, the Foundation wants to extend our best wishes to our community, that you stay healthy, follow the recommendations to combat COVID-19 and extend a helping – and well-washed – hand when you can to assist others.

Together, we’ll all get through this.

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Dan Davis is President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

SHS Class of 1970 targets school need

A new non-permanent fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County aims to tackle a need at Seymour High School.

Members of the Class of 1970 – quickly closing in on their 50th anniversary next summer – recently established the SHS Class of 1970 Fund to accept donations from fellow classmates and graduates.

“As we will always remember those who have gone before us, next year’s Golden Anniversary reunion will be a special time to rekindle old friendships and remembrances of coming of age in the official ‘Small Town, USA,’” said Class President Dan Deputy, who now calls Virginia home.

“Mothers, fathers, doctors, lawyers, tradesmen, military, entrepreneurs — and even a pretty good Rock ’n Roll singer — the SHS Class of 1970 has made a positive impact to our nation and community’s growth, safety and well-being,” he added.

Deputy and fellow classmates such as Chuck Brackemyre, Gary Myers, Jane Nowling, Jana Plump, Gerri Nicholson Smith and Nancy Terkhorn are encouraging members of the Class of 1970 to give back to the school that helped shape and prepare them for life as an adult.

They’re working with Principal Greg Prange (SHS Class of 1979) to determine a need that classmates’ donations might fund. Any donations beyond meeting that need would be distributed to the school’s existing endowments at the Foundation, Deputy said.

“Our goal in the next 12 months – that’s two tax years for those still on Schedule A — is to fund a class gift to be donated to the school,” he added. “Ideally, all those available to attend would gather at halftime of the 2020 homecoming football game to present the check.”

Classmates interested in participating may do so in one of two ways.

They can write a check to the Community Foundation of Jackson County and include “Class of 1970 Fund” in the memo. Mail it to the Foundation at Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, or drop it by the Foundation office at 107 Community Drive, right across from SHS.

Or they can Donate Now.  Enter your donation amount and follow the credit card instructions or the PayPal instructions if you have a PayPal account and wish to use it.  Donors are asked to send a follow-up email to info@cfjacksoncounty.org stating your name and informing us that your contribution is to be credited to the SHS Class of 1970 Fund.

Deputy is urging classmates to participate, setting up levels of participation and recognition.

“The Donor Club allows a classmate to take pride in contributing a gift at any amount,” he said. “Cumulative giving of $197 – as in 1970 – makes you a member of the 1970 Club. Cumulative giving of $500 earns Owl Club recognition, and Go Big Purple is for those who can contribute $1,000 of more.”

The SHS Class of 1970 Fund is one of more than 200 funds administered by the Foundation. They include community funds that benefit our Fall Grant cycle and Impact Grants, designated funds that benefit an array of charitable organizations, scholarship funds and donor-advised funds. If you would like to discuss starting your own fund or making a gift to the SHS Class of 1970 Fund or any of the funds making a difference in Jackson County, give us a call or stop in for a visit.

The staff can help you determine how your gifts can best meet your giving goals and your desire to give back to the community.

Nippon Steel Pipe America supports community

 

Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc., a steel tubing manufacturer, celebrated its recent name change and 30th anniversary in Seymour with two gifts to the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

The company donated $10,000 to the Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable Endowment for Education and donated $1,000 to the JCB Administrative Endowment Fund. Both funds are administered by the Foundation.

“We greatly appreciate the work that the Community Foundation of Jackson County does in our community, and we’re pleased to be part of that,” said Brad Mullis, Nippon Steel Pipe America’s general manager of human resources, safety and training.

The Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Charitable Endowment was established in April 2014. The field of interest endowment helps fund the Foundation’s Fall Grant cycle. Recent grants from the fund were used to further educational programs at Child Care Network and Developmental Services Inc.

 

Brad Mullis of Nippon Steel Pipe America, right, presents two checks to Dan Davis of the Community Foundation of Jackson County. The company gifts totaling $11,000 to two funds administered by the Foundation. Mullis is the company’s general manager of human resources, safety and training.

“Our Board of Directors appreciates the community-oriented spirit with which these and earlier gifts from Nippon Steel Pipe America are given,” Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis said. “Their gifts will make a difference in the community, and here at the Foundation, for decades to come.”

The company is also tied to another fund at the Foundation, the Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. Scholarship Fund, which was created in October 1999.

Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc. opened as Seymour Tubing Inc. in 1989 at 1515 E. Fourth St. in the Eastside Industrial Park. It has since expanded 11 times and changed its name to Nippon Steel Pipe America earlier this year.

Mullis said the name change reflects the company’s global connections and global capabilities. The company has sister locations around the world. The gifts to the Foundation illustrate the company’s commitment to the Jackson County community, he added.

“We still operate by our message of small-town commitment, world-class quality,” Mullis said.

The company was formed as a joint venture between Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Pipe and Tube Ltd. and Mitsui Trading Co. Today, an 80 percent share is maintained by Nippon Steel Pipe Co. Ltd., and 20 percent is owned by Sumitomo Corp.

The company was incorporated on March 22, 1989, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held April 26 of that year. Production of steel tubing, primarily for the automotive industry, began in March 1990. The company now produces steel tubing for shock absorbers, struts, exhaust systems, side impact beams, wiring harnesses, steering and suspension systems and other components.

Over the years, employment has grown to 543, according to the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., making Nippon Steel Pipe America the county’s ninth-largest employer.

Fast facts about Nippon Steel Pipe America Inc.

Founded: March 22, 1989

Expansions: 11

Employees: 543

Production: Steel tubing primarily for the automotive industry

How you can help

You, too, can make a donation to the Community Foundation of Jackson County. For information about how you can make a gift, large or small, to any of the funds administered by the Foundation or how you might start a new fund, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to President & CEO Dan Davis at president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Trish Butt, left, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a grant check to Karen Haas and Matt Nieman, members of the Jackson County Community Theatre Board of Directors. The grant is the first paid to the theater from the Branaman Family Endowment for the Jackson County Community Theatre. The endowment was created in 2017 by Patricia Branaman Blackadder, a Brownstown native. The fund will award a grant to the theater each spring. To donate to the fund, contact the Community Foundation at 812-523-4483 or donate online.

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