The Ripley County Community Foundation hosted its fifth annual Day of Giving Nov. 8, with $100,000 raised during the event. All donations were matched by the foundation and have been placed into the endowment funds that will provide for the future sustainability of Ripley County’s towns, schools and amenities.
“The purpose of our annual Day of Giving event is to give people the opportunity to show their appreciation for the place we call home,” stated Amy Streator, RCCF executive director. “Ripley County has wonderful people, beautiful landscapes, a rich history and a bright future. These are assets that deserve to be recognized and celebrated. The Day of Giving is the one day each year that we, as a community, can honor all things in Ripley County.”
It “is also a time for board of directors members to show their appreciation for our donors and the many nonprofit organizations that work every day to enhance our communities,” Streator added.
The community foundation presented $35,000 in large grants to local nonprofits during the event. The recipients were:
- Batesville Youth Baseball Inc., $5,000 for construction of playground equipment;
- St. John’s United Church of Christ, Penntown, $5,000 for the construction of a walkway to the New Horizons clinic;
- Milan Community School Corp., $5,000 for CPR equipment;
- Fresh Local Food Collaborative, $2,800 to offer Farm2Farm Programing in Ripley County Schools;
- Batesville Memorial Library, $2,500 to create an outdoor reading garden;
- Project T3, $2,500 to provide supplies to children in need of services;
- Ripley County Health Department, $2,500 for a county wide car seat program;
- Delaware Volunteer Fire Department, $2,500 to equip a fire truck;
- Southeastern Indiana YMCA, $1,950 to upgrade its fire alarm system;
- Batesville High School, $1,500 to support Choices 2.0 programming;
- Milan Police Department, $1,500 for a new radar gun;
- Gibson Theatre, $1,250 for façade improvements; and
- Southeastern Career Center, $1,000 for the Fearless Females Program.
The Day of Giving also provided the foundation with an opportunity to support the Ripley County Humane Society by hosting a supply drive. Oldenburg Academy’s Ripley Youth Outreach group assisted in those efforts by hosting a drive at their school and delivering the items collected during the event. Southeast Indiana Youth Move also helped in transporting all of the collected items to the humane society.
Each individual who donated an item to the humane society that day was entered into a drawing for a $1,000 grant to be awarded to the Ripley County charity of his or her choice. Congratulations to Wanda Vogt, who was drawn as the winner. She chose Twice Blessed to receive the grant.