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We Give Thanks grant awarded to area food pantries

Scott Emergency Food Pantry coordinator Eunice Gagnon, left, and Scott United Methodist Church pastor Christopher White, received a $2,000 grant from the LaGrange County Community Foundation in February to support local food distribution for families in need.

Clothes and Food Basket, Scott Emergency Food Pantry receive assistance

Thanks to the generosity of many local donors, the LaGrange County Community Foundation  awarded two organizations a total of $10,936 in February as part of the foundation’s We Give Thanks matching program to support local food distribution.

Over the holidays in 2017, the LCCF Board of Directors offered to match local donations to the We Give Thanks campaign “dollar-for-dollar” up to a maximum match of $5,000. As in past campaigns, local donors, still deeply concerned about the welfare of families stepped up to the challenge.

Organizations who received grants this year include the Clothes and Food Basket in LaGrange for $8,936 and the Scott Emergency Food Pantry at the Scott United Methodist Church in Shipshewana for $2,000.

Open two days a week, the Clothes and Food Basket provides food, clothes and hygiene products to needy individuals in LaGrange County. They also operate the Christmas Bureau which provides assistance during the holidays. During the Clothes and Food Basket’s 2017 Christmas Bureau they served 369 clients and their families, assisting a total of 1,497 individuals. During that time they provided fresh fruit, towels, sheets, hats, gloves, undergarment, children’s toys for Christmas, and a ham or turkey.

The Scott Emergency Food Pantry provides additional assistance for county residents. The congregation operates the emergency food pantry to help the needs of those who have lost a job, been laid off, on sick leave, death of a spouse, etc. They offer non-perishable items and a voucher for milk, bread, eggs and a pound of hamburger. The pantry is open on Wednesday afternoons.

LaGrange County Community Foundation awards $60,500 in grants

The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant on Jan. 4 to support Night to Shine, a prom experience for individuals with special needs hosted by the LaGrange First Church of God. The event will be held Feb. 9 at the Farmstead Expo Barn in Shipshewana. From left are Night to Shine committee members from LaGrange First Church of God Ben Stuckey, Ingrid Lochamire, Kyle Coalson, Allisa Brown, LCCF executive director Jennifer Tuttle, Tara Watts and Lauren Harris.

Night to Shine, Youth for Christ among grant recipients

By Octavia Yoder | Program Officer

In December 2017, the LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded a round of funding totaling $60,500 for 12 projects benefiting LaGrange County.

The community foundation grants help local charities and nonprofit organizations provide services to LaGrange County families and individuals in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, environment, recreation and education.

Ahead of Night to Shine in February, guests are invited to visit the Prom Closet and pick out a special dress or suit to wear for the evening.

In February, LaGrange First Church of God will host the second annual Night to Shine event in Shipshewana – a prom night experience for individuals age 14 and older with special needs.

Night to Shine is one of the 12 programs supported by a community foundation grant. The guests attend free of charge and are paired with “buddies” to experience an evening of music, dancing, games and activities. The church received $5,000 to help with the event.

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana received $5,000 to support the LaGrange County Farm Wagon. The mobile food pantry makes weekly stops in LaGrange and Wolcottville with fresh produce.

Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana also received $7,500 to support the Campus Life programs in LaGrange County schools.

LCCF executive director Jennifer Tuttle, left, awards a $7,500 grant to Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana for the Campus Life programs at Westview and Lakeland schools. Joining Tuttle are Campus Life student Riley Rosendaul, Campus Life director Gerald Yoder, Campus Life student Xavier Tennant and Campus Life director Heidi Yoder.

Other grant recipients include:

  • Veterans Headstone Project, Replacement of damaged headstones, $2,120.
  • McMillen Health, K-12 preventative health education, $5,000.
  • WNIT, Education Counts Michiana, $10,000.
  • Lakeland High School, LaGrange County College Visit Program, $2,500.
  • Early Childhood Alliance, Parents as Teachers program, $5,000.
  • Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, Housing for LaGrange County families, $5,000.
  • Agape Childcare Ministry, Education materials and supplies, $3,380.
  • Science Central, Science 4U Outreach program, $5,000.
  • Otis R. Bowen Center, Opioid Treatment Center, $5,000.

 

Grants help LaGrange County projects

The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded Agape Missions of LaGrange a $5,360 grant to assist with the second-tier roof renovation at Brian’s House in LaGrange. Agape Missions operates an emergency shelter for individuals and families in LaGrange County. From left are Agape Missions board members Deven Hostetler, Brittany Cowley, Steve Sherck and LCCF Executive Director Jennifer Tuttle.

Community Impact Grants help LaGrange County projects

The LaGrange County Community Foundation recently awarded Agape Missions of LaGrange a $5,360 Community Impact grant to complete the roof renovation at Brian’s House in LaGrange. The nonprofit organization started in 2014 to help individuals in LaGrange County in need of emergency shelter.

From left are Agape Missions of LaGrange County board members Deven Hostetler, Brittany Cowley and Steve Sherck. In 2016, Agape Missions purchased a duplex at 511 N. Detroit Street in LaGrange. With the assistance of grants, donations and volunteer labor, the organization renovated the structure and converted it into three apartments.

Agape Missions purchased a duplex at 511 N. Detroit Street in 2016. With the assistance of grants, donations and volunteer labor, the organization renovated the structure and converted it into three apartments. While Agape Missions was able to renovate the home with volunteer labor, the roof had to be replaced in two stages by professionals because of its steep pitch. The second portion of the roof was the final major renovation that needed to be complete before winter, said Steve Sherck, the organization’s vice president.

Presently, individuals and families are able to stay at Brian’s House for up to three months for free and reduced costs. In addition to housing, Agape Missions also provides assistance with financial mentoring, job search assistance and transportation needs.

Other recent LCCF Community Impact Grant awards include:

  • Elijah Haven, Safe Dates Curriculum at the LaGrange County high schools, $1,750.
  • Reason 4 Hope, Your Life Speaks School Assembly program, $2,000.
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Providing meat donations to local food pantries, $2,500.
  • ACRES, Land maintenance of LaGrange County preserves, $1,500.

The foundation’s Community Impact Grant program provides opportunities for local nonprofits seeking funds. The foundation awards grants for innovative and creative projects and programs that are responsive to changing community needs.

Blessings in a Backpack receives $5,000

The LaGrange County Community Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Blessings in a Backpack program at Lakeland schools. The program provides meals to children on the weekend at Wolcott-Mills Elementary School and will expand to Lima Brighton and Parkside Elementary Schools. In front, from left are volunteers Gabby Dodd, Hannah Barrick, Campbell Dodd and Will Barrick. In back are LCCF Board Member Sue Keenan and volunteers Trudy Christner, Peggie Strawser, Brian McCoy, Lorrie Bond, Jane Kauffman, Ron Kauffman, Leon Detweiler, Tom Maskow, Michelle Campbell, John Christner and Tom Barrick.

The LaGrange County Community Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Blessings in a Backpack program at Lakeland schools.

Led by volunteers from LaGrange First United Methodist Church, the program provides weekend meals to children in LaGrange County who might otherwise go hungry. More than 50 percent of elementary students in the Lakeland district qualify for the federal free and reduced meal program.

Since 2012, volunteers from the church have met regularly to pack meals through a partnership with the national Blessings in a Backpack program. The nonprofit provides the framework for local communities to set up their own programs to help curb food insecurity.

In 2012, Michelle Campbell encouraged her Sunday school class at LaGrange First United Methodist Church to provide weekend meals to students through the Blessings in a Backpack program. With funds from individuals and local community groups, the volunteers have been able to provide 60 students at Wolcott-Mills Elementary School with weekend meals.

Presently, the volunteers provide 60 children at Wolcott-Mills Elementary School with 38 weekend meals during the school year. The volunteers fill plastic grocery bags with the food such as granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, crackers, cereal, juice boxes, and etc., and the teachers put the bags in the students’ personal backpacks.

The grant will allow the group to expand the program to serve Lima Brighton and Parkside Elementary Schools, adding 50 children who will receive regular weekend meals.