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Emergency Relief Grants for Lawrence County Non-profits

Due to the unprecedented global Coronavirus crisis, the Lawrence County Community Foundation has activated an Emergency Relief Fund.  Grants from this fund will provide financial support to trusted nonprofit partners throughout Lawrence County who may become overwhelmed by requests for assistance.

The Fund will allow the Community Foundation to address the community’s most pressing needs by granting to local organizations who provide basic needs and services to residents of the county.  The Fund will also give residents and businesses an opportunity to donate to the pass-through fund with 100% of their donations going to support non-profits helping our most vulnerable populations.

With a frontline understanding of the ramifications of the healthcare crisis and the impact upon people in our community, previously vetted nonprofit partners may submit requests for funding consideration. Rather than the usual grantmaking procedure, a new “Rapid Response” process for distributions from the Emergency Relief Fund will be utilized.

Staff are working remotely as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order; however, non-profit partners may reach out to CEO Hope Flores at hope@cfpartner.org or Finance/Grants Officer Lisa Starr at lisa@cfpartner.org. Staff will return messages as quickly as possible.

Anyone wishing to make tax-deductible gifts to the Fund should mail checks payable to LCCF Emergency Fund to Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235, Bedford, IN 47421.

 

IU Health Announces Region Donation Procedures

Bloomington, IN – IU Health is grateful for the generosity of individuals and companies as we work together to meet the needs of our communities during this unprecedented time.

Those interested in donating supplies should contact IU Health Supply Chain Operations at COVID-19.Supplies@IUHealth.org.

Suggested items for donation:

  • Respiratory mask, including industrial N95 and N99 masks
  • Facial and eye protection
  • Hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content
  • General personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and observation gowns
  • Disinfectants

The IU Health Supply Chain Operations team will work directly with individuals and companies to assess each donation.

Please do not drop off supply donations at IU Health facilities.

For those businesses and individuals wanting to donate food items for IU Health team members, please contact the following:

Bloomington: Lisa Johnson ljohnson26@IUHealth.org

Bedford: Karen DuBois kdubois1@IUHealth.org

Martinsville (Morgan): Jason King jking@IUHealth.org

Paoli: Kim Martin kmartin25@IUHealth.org

 

Update: Statewide Visitor Restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ascension St. Vincent has updated temporary visitor restrictions at all hospitals across the state to limit the spread of viral respiratory infections.

Given the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, the following visitor restrictions are effective Saturday, March 21, and apply to all Emergency Departments in all Ascension St. Vincent hospitals.

No visitors will be allowed in any Ascension St. Vincent Emergency Department. One parent or guardian may accompany any pediatric patient, and other compassionate exceptions may be made.

This temporary restriction will assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ensuring that we are best equipped to provide exceptional care to our patients. We will continue to monitor state and national recommendations and lift this restriction in the Emergency Departments as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to quickly adjust to the recommendations related to COVID-19.

 

Ascension St. Vincent Updates Visitor Restrictions Across the State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ascension St. Vincent has updated temporary visitor restrictions at all hospitals across the state to limit the spread of viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
No visitors will be allowed (exceptions outlined below). Given the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, the following visitor restrictions are now in effect. They apply to all Ascension St. Vincent hospitals in Indiana to limit the risk of exposure for visitors, patients, caregivers and employees. This is being done in alignment with the latest recommendations from public health authorities and city and state officials. No visitors will be allowed. Exceptions may be made for one visitor for the areas listed below. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age, unless they are an emancipated minor, the parent of a patient or other case-by-case exceptions.

● Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent
● Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
● Labor and Delivery
● Emergency Departments
● Surgery
● End-of-life and other compassionate situations

This temporary restriction will assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ensuring that we are best equipped to provide exceptional care to our patients. We will continue to monitor
state and national recommendations and lift these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to quickly adjust to the recommendations related to COVID-19.

 

Lawrence County Community Foundation Is Now Accepting Online Applications

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2020 Open Grant Cycle. Over $75,000 will be available for charitable programs and projects that serve the residents of Lawrence County. Additional funding is available for specific causes such as parks, disadvantaged children, and senior citizens.

The 2019 Open Grant Cycle awarded almost $76,000 to thirty-five Lawrence County groups and agencies including Springville Community Association, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Hope Resource Center, Mitchell Parks & Recreation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County. The 2020 cycle is funded by the Brett Terry Community Fund, Jo Ellen (Alhorn) Lee Community Fund, Ferguson Community Fund, Hoosier Hills Credit Union Community Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Dollens Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, Bedford Federal Savings Bank Community Fund, Paul & Patty Ford Community Fund, and the Sargent Family Fund.

Grantseekers may submit an online grant application at the Community Foundation’s website, https://www.cfpartner.org/, or at https://cfpartner.spectrumportal.net/ Grantseekers must register and be approved to apply; the application deadline is April 20, 2020 to be considered for funding.

Non-profit organizations recognized by the IRS as having 501(c)(3) status, educational institutions, and governmental entities are eligible to apply.

 

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.

   

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