WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County residents continue to embrace the long held tradition of giving back to their community. Thanks to this long-held spirit of generosity, the Community Foundation of Whitley County was able to award more than $200,000 in grants this December.
The following list of deserving charities and projects were recommended for funding by the Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors:
· South Whitley Police Department, $4,500 toward the cost of starting a K-9 Program at Whitko Schools
· Town of Churubusco, $5,000 for an aluminum mural board on Churubusco Library
· Whitley County Farmer’s Market, $4,000 for its double bucks program
· Whitley County EDC, $7,500 toward the cost of website redesign
· Friends of the Concord Cemetery, $4,840 for restoration efforts
· Visiting Nurse, $5,000 for personal protective equipment
· Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, $5,000 for services in Whitley County
· Difference Maker/Impact Center, $5,000 for shelving units, boiler room door, mats and food
· Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force, $7,500 for immediate needs of abuse victims, made possible in part with funding from the Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health
· Tri-Lakes Lions Club, $10,000 for a new roof
· Salvation Army of Whitley County, $5,000 for energy assistance and internal development work
· Whitley County Energy Assistance, $10,000 to help with local needs
· The Center for Whitley County Youth, $40,000 for matching funds and property procurement
· Boomerang Backpacks, $5,000 to provide weekend food for Whitley County children
· Giving Gardens, $5,295 for cold storage and youth programming costs
· Respect Team, $2,000 for Whitley County programming
· Humane Society of Whitley County, $6,340 for dishwasher and kitchen renovation
· Smith Green Schools, $4,500 for touchless water bottle fillers
· Churubusco Child Care Center, $4,500 for kitchen learning centers
· BABE, $5,000 for operating assistance
· Whitley County Consolidated Schools, $3,194 for special switch devices for the special needs EAGLE program
· Mad Anthony Children’s Hope House, $5,000 to offset costs of Whitley County resident’s stays
In addition to these grants, the Community Foundation invited 20 local non-profits to participate in Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1 by offering a dollar-for-dollar challenge match up to $2,500 per organization.
The $50,000 offered by the Foundation helped local causes bring in an additional $95,000 from private gifts on that day.
Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Whitley County exists to foster philanthropy for the lasting good of Whitley County. As a public charity, all gifts to the organization are tax deductible.
For more information on the Foundation, visit its website at www.cfwhitley.org.