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LCCF Grant-seeker Meeting

The Lawrence County Community Foundation will hold informational meetings for grant-seekers on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Lawrence County Museum, 929 15th Street, Bedford.   The meetings will be held at 12:00pm and 4:00pm in the Museum’s meeting room and will provide information about the 2020 LCCF Open Grant Cycle.  A light lunch will be provided at the noon meeting.

Changes to the grant application process will be reviewed and details of the 2020 grant cycle will be shared.  A question and answer session for new and experienced grant-seekers will follow; all groups interested in applying are strongly encouraged to send a representative to one of the sessions.

The Lawrence County Community Foundation 2020 Open Grant Cycle is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions serving the residents of Lawrence County.

To RSVP for either of the meetings, call (812) 279-2215 or email lisa@cfpartner.org by Friday, March 6th.  If emailing, indicate which session you wish to attend.


Navy installations to participate in security exercise

CRANE, Indiana (February 4, 2020) – Naval Support Activity Crane, along with Navy installations across the country, is participating in an annual force protection exercise, Feb. 3-14. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S. The exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners. “Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.” Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access. Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders. “Our partnerships with police, fire and emergency services in the communities that host our bases are vital to our success. We know that there will be increased activity on and around our installations across the region,” Rock said. “All of my installation commanders are engaging with local government partners to mitigate unnecessary disruptions to traffic and community services.”


May’s legislation requiring extended background checks on all child care employees moves forward

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation that would require national criminal history background checks of all employees and volunteers at child care facilities.

Under current law, only those in direct contact with children at child care facilities are vetted. His legislation would ensure all employees and volunteers of child care centers and homes undergo a criminal history background check.

“Our children are our most vulnerable,” May said. “This legislation would eliminate a loophole that allows some who work in proximity of adolescents to bypass an important check if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. It’s imperative we do everything we can to ensure the safety of children.”

The latest data available from the United States Children’s Bureau notes an estimated 678,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment in 2018. Child care facilities that do not screen everyone make it easier for abusers to find potential victims. This legislation would help ensure those tasked with the care of some of Indiana’s most vulnerable do not have criminal backgrounds.

For more information on House Bill 1264, visit iga.in.gov.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of

Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.



UDWI REMC Community Fund Awards $1,500 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

Funds applied to “Meat” the Need program to pay meat processing fees on donated large game/livestock

 UDWI REMC Community Fund recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant to be used to serve residents in their service area, including the counties of Clay, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Vigo, Putnam, and Sullivan. These funds will help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay processing fees for large game and livestock donations within these counties.

Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry asks area hunters and farmers to take their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor where the donation is processed, packaged and frozen (at no cost to the donor). Local hunger-relief agencies are contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. Many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck, regularly having to choose between paying bills or buying food. The latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap Report states that 31% of residents who are food insecure can’t qualify for assistance. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford.

“Protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Food insecurity can lead loss of muscle mass and bone frailty, decreased immune system, babies with lower birth weights and with delayed development or in the early stages of life, and lower academic performance among children – as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.

More than 300,000 Indiana children have no idea where their next meal is coming from…

 “The grant provided by the Community Fund will pay to process about 1,200 pounds of donated large game and livestock – providing almost 5,000 meals through area hunger-relief agencies to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. In the last eight years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute approximately 1.3 million pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 5.3 million meals to Hoosiers in need. “To date, we have 87 participating meat processors working throughout Indiana to aid us in our mission and to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Over the last year, this program has given 16,700 pounds of meat within the REMC 11-county service area – providing almost 67,000 meals!”

On average, the cost of this donated meat is about $1.30 per pound, which is less than $.30 per meal!

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.