Visiting Nurse received $5,000 in grant money from the Community Foundation of Whitley County for personal protective equipment.

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

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