Community members gathered at Amack’s Well Jan. 21 for its grand re-opening and Give Back presentation.

The expansion of the Community Church of Batesville has led to more space for Amack’s Well, the nonprofit, nondenominational coffeehouse that shares the building. “The second floor is beautiful and showstopping,” said Tricia Hutchison, who shares coffeehouse manager duties with Roberta Cook and Joan Kuhlman. “On the other side of our doors is the church. They own the building and lease to us. We are separate, but together. We work together to keep the building looking beautiful.”

Church members “invited us to use the upstairs space, and they fixed it up with us in mind .... Their congregation paid for the renovation. We truly appreciate what they do for us .... Their goal was to give the community a gathering space, and we want to thank them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”

Cook revealed, “The mission of Amack’s Well is to provide a community gathering place in the city of Batesville that is a safe environment for all age groups and will cultivate relationships and foster a sense of community .... We treat each person as we would want to be treated.”

“This is our third year for the Give Back campaign .... We’ve always wanted to give back to the community, so we invited our guests to nominate worthy charities or individuals in need.”

“This year, our Give Back has grown to over $20,000. We gave $4,000 in barista scholarships for those seeking higher education. We gave out monthly donations in excess of $1,200. We also gave $8,000 to families who have a great financial need.”

Board President Jeff Gratz added, “We have also reserved $5,000 to be donated to other charitable events and causes that are important to our baristas.”

“We got a very heartwarming letter the other day from a family who we helped with monthly health insurance and utility bills for the entire year.”

Eight nonprofits received funding totalling $7,000 at the gathering:

• So Loved Clothing Closet, $1,500 – Its mission is to meet the needs of children in foster care by providing clothes and other child care items at no cost to families. Kayla Suits, one of the founders, said, “We’ve not turned anyone away .... We’ve served 151 kids as of today. This filled a huge need in our community, providing shoes, toiletries, socks, underwear, clothes, baby items .... We wanted to let the kids know their community loves them. We truly have a wonderful village here in Batesville taking care of our children.”

• Summer Food for Kids, $1,500 – This group reaches out to students who get free and reduced breakfasts and lunches during the school year. “It started with a concern for what these kids were doing (for food over) the summer months,” reported Susie Rowland. “It was started at the Batesville United Methodist Church, but now every church in our community has helped in some way .... Each child gets a box of cereal, fruits, vegetables, pasta, meat, milk, bread .... whatever we have, each week. They can also receive books. We have a lot of groups that donate socks and underwear and hairdressers who come and do free haircuts right before school starts. Ivy Tech Community College representatives also encourage the kids to take college courses during high school.” Hoagy Wright added, “This community is so full of generous people who help us bless others.”

• Kintribüt, $1,000 – This is “an initiative to support the community in matching people who have with those in need,” announced founder Rachel James Wheat. “Charities and community service providers, in particular, are often overloaded and underfunded – there are always more needs to fill and often generous community members have more to give, but aren’t sure exactly where to go to know what to give, when. Kintribüt will be a virtual warehouse and community hub that facilitates the connection and acquisition of essential goods and service donations to reach vulnerable people in southeast Indiana by partnering with charities, community groups, businesses and schools. The initiative is set to pilot in spring/summer.”

• One Community One Family Suicide Prevention Program, $1,000 – “OCOF is a nonprofit located into the Batesville Area Resource Center,” noted Jodi Alexander. “We offer a variety of parent and youth empowerment programs in the community. We also offer trainings. One is on suicide .... The state mandated that all schools provide suicide prevention programs for those who teach fifth grade and up. That has been completed in the area schools, so this money will help us provide trainings in the community. We all interact with people who have gone through trauma ... (and) we can learn how to listen and provide support for them.”

• Southeast Indiana Health Clinic, $1,000 – SEIHC manager Paul Tyrer revealed, “We’re a clinic that provides health care and now dental health care to those who have no insurance or have other barriers to care. Specialties, from dermatology to gynecology, are also offered. We do this for free (for clients) with a volunteer crew .... Sadly, what happens sometimes is when someone finds out about us, they should have seen us three to four months ago. We want people to be aware of us before they need us .... With our network of volunteers, we can always get people the help they need.”

• Ripley County Community Foundation Genesis Pathways to Success project, $500 – GPS director Cheryll Obendorf said, “This will help with our upcoming Robotics Camp and will impact students.” Batesville Community School Corp. instructional technology curriculum director Jackie Huber added, “The camp is for fifth- to eighth-grade students and will offer them an opportunity to get them excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).”

• Young Life, $250 – Director Sean Boyce said, “We believe that when you have adults who are Christ followers, good things happen. You share the Gospel with kids .... We’re about heart transformation and believe that God will transform their lives.” Kylie Hammond, a Batesville High School junior, reported, “I started my journey with Christ and found my friends through Young Life and my place in school and with my friends.” BHS sophomore Zach Gutzwiller said, “I wouldn’t have gone (to Young Life) if not for my brother, and I thank him. This has been one of the most influential things I’ve done.”

• New Horizons, $250 – Executive director Marie Dausch announced, “One of my goals is to get our clients out to the community. We want to use this (money) to get them out more.”

Gratz revealed, “We had around 50-60 nominations and had to determine where the money would go.”

Also, “for the first time ever, Amack’s Well received a call from the Woodmen Fraternity that they had money to donate and wanted to match a $1,000 donation of ours. The money went to a family in need.”

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank all of you. It’s because of you (community members) and your generosity; the good work of Roberta, Tricia and Joan; and the church that we are able to thrive and prosper at Amack’s Well.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, ext. 220114.