The Wells County Foundation Announces Grants from Third 2020 Cycle
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors recently approved grants totaling $93,819 for the third and final grant cycle in 2020. A total of 11 grants were awarded as follows:
Adams/Wells Crisis Center- $1,077 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of 1000 shopper tote bags. The Adams Wells Crisis Center is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual violence in Adams County and Wells County through education outreach, and direct client services. The Center strives to empower communities by basing services on the Five Domains of Wellbeing; social connectedness, stability, safety, mastery, and meaningful access to relevant resources. Because Wells County is a rural community, promotion and awareness is more difficult than in urban areas. These tote bags will display contact information for the Adams/Wells Crisis Center and be distributed within Wells County through the area food banks. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana - $2,500 – This grant will provide partial funding for the purchase of biomedical scales which will be used in Wells County. The American Red Cross is on a mission to modernize the entire donor experience while also creating dramatic cost savings. These biomedical scales will offer a myriad of benefits including: reducing the number of lost units due to equipment deficiencies and clotting; collecting variable blood volume based on a donor’s gender, height and weight; and improving engagement between donors and phlebotomists, who now must manually agitate the collection bag to mix blood with anticoagulants. Once in use, these scales will have a life-saving impact, bolster blood supply for patients and reduce waste. These scales are expected to be deployed in Wells County in May, 2021. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Loving Shepherd Ministries - $10,000 – This grant will provide funding for the start-up of a structured foster care program for hard to place adolescent males. Without this stable home environment provided by Loving Shepherd Ministries, these young men would likely be placed in a residential institution. This program will provide opportunities for these adolescents to thrive through counseling, developing career skills and positive relationships in the community. By participating in this program, these young men will be provided the opportunity to grow into healthy and productive adults. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA - $4,440 - This grant will provide financial support for the Early Learning Center. Due to CDC COVID guidelines, parents are no longer allowed in the Early Learning Center to drop-off or pick up their children. This guideline required that the Center hire an additional employee to retrieve the children from a carpool line, take their temperature and walk them to their room. This grant will provide funding for the additional employee for 16 weeks. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Community Care of Wells County - $16,000 - This grant will provide funding for facility updates at Grace & Mercy Transitional Housing. Grace & Mercy currently houses up to seven women and their children in a residential setting. Through these facility updates, an additional six women and their children will be served through this program. Upon entry into the program, each resident develops an individualized exit strategy, consisting of identified milestones to reach their road to independence. They learn job skills, improve their self-confidence, dignity and stamina while participating in this program. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Family Centered Services, Inc. - $26,802 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of playground equipment. In 2016, Family Centered Services purchased their current facility. They plan to transform one of their unused parking areas into a playground area. Supervised family visitations are held at Family Centered Services through the Family Preservation program. The playground area will provide an outdoor area for these families in addition to families participating in the Mentor Mom and Parent Café programs. Grant made from the Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Helping Hands - $1,000 – This grant will provide funding for the purchase of a Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator. Shaken Baby Syndrome is a preventable, severe form of physical child abuse resulting from violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms or legs, resulting in brain injury. Many of the clients at Helping Hands report growing up in homes where abuse and neglect were the modeled parenting style. Through use of this simulator during educational sessions, clients will gain a unique understanding of how quickly brain injury can occur to a child through being shaken. Through this awareness, Helping Hands anticipates reduced instances of brain injuries occurring due to this type of abuse. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana - $7,000 – This grant will provide funding for JA programming at the following schools: Bluffton-Harrison Elementary, Lancaster Elementary, Ossian Elementary, Southern Wells Elementary, Bluffton Middle School, Norwell Middle School, Norwell High School, Southern Wells Jr./Sr. High and Kingdom Academy. Junior Achievement prepares young people to succeed in the global economy through practical economic education, workforce readiness skills and financial literacy programs and experiences. During this academic year, 105 classes or approximately 2,200 students will be reached through a variety of JA programming. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
Visiting Nurse - $5,000 – This grant will provide partial funding for the purchase of a new phone system. This upgrade will ensure a streamlined communication system between Visiting Nurse’s three offices and improve communication capabilities with patients, families and grief clients. Grant made from the Edwina Patton Unrestricted Endowment Fund.
Wells County Food & Clothing Bureau - $5,000 – This grant was made to assist the Food and Clothing Bureau in maximizing their annual dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity. Grant made from the Margaret Powers Unrestricted Endowment Fund
Zanesville Lions Club - $15,000 – This grant will provide funding for repaving of the parking lot at the Zanesville Lion’s Community Park. Grant made from the Community Enhancement Endowment Fund.
The Foundation considers grant proposals three times annually for those agencies seeking funding through the competitive grant process. Funding for these grants comes from the unrestricted funds which are administered by the Foundation. Donors with broad philanthropic interests find that an unrestricted fund in the community foundation is a simple and flexible way to accomplish their charitable objectives. Contributing to an established unrestricted fund, or creating a new unrestricted fund is an excellent way to provide resources for grantmaking and help make a positive difference for the ever-changing needs in Wells County.
The Wells County Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established in 1957 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Wells County forever. Grants proposals to be considered for the next cycle are due to the Foundation office by February 15, 2021.