Annually the Greene County Foundation provides over $250,000 in grants to area students and not for profit organizations.
Donations to the unrestricted funds have provided support for the following:
2017 Grant Awards:
Greene County General Hospital Foundation – $7,500 for the establishment of a permanent endowment fund to support the long-term operations of the Greene County General Hospital Foundation
Generations – $1,000 in support of their A Matter Of Balance fall-prevention programming for senior citizens
Pace Community Action Agency – $900 to provide books for their SuperMENtors Accelerated reading program
Bloomfield First Baptist Church / Bright Beginnings Daycare – $4,665 in support of updates to the daycare playground
Linton and Bloomfield Farmers’ Markets – $1,000 in support of the Greene County Market Bucks assistance program
Linton Civitan – $6,000 in support of the renovation of the WPA building in Linton for community events
Old Clifty Memorial Association – $7,000 in support of renovations to the Old Clifty Church
Son Ministries, Inc. – $6,800 in support of a new storage building needed for their Summer Food Service Program
White River Valley Schools – $20,100 in support of the Manufacturing Skills For Success vocational education & training program
2016 Grant Awards:
Greene County Soccer Association – $8,500 for replacement and upgrades to their storage and concession building.
Linton Swimming Pool – $5,000 for a water feature in the toddler pool. This grant will help make the toddler pool more attractive to families with young children.
Open Arms Christian Ministries – $10,000 as a match to begin building an endowment fund for their long-term future.
PACE Community Action Agency – $2,500 for their SuperMENtor program that gives young children a head start on learning by providing books and male role models during their preschool program.
Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce – $12,500 for startup of the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program, which will build small businesses and professional business skills in interested high school students throughout Greene County.
DirectEmployers Institute – $15,200 for continuation and expansion of a program that has local students partnering with Crane employees to complete actual Crane-based engineering projects.
Eastern Greene Youth Leadership Academy – $750 to support the student group’s project of establishing a Resource Room at Eastern Greene Middle School for the benefit of disadvantaged students.
Shawnee Theatre – $10,000 to sponsor the Theatre’s 2016 summer season.
Greene ’16 Bicentennial Committee – $20,000 to support the Bringing Elementary Students Together (BEST) Bicentennial Mural Project, on display at the Greene County Community Event Center.
Greene County General Hospital – $1,500 to subsidize the cost of the hospital’s new 3D Mammogram program, expanding its availability to Greene County women.
Grant Awards From Previous Years:
HEALTH, WELLNESS, SAFETY, AND FITNESS
American Red Cross – support for their Emergency Assistance Program
Linton Swimming Pool – funding support for a Lift Chair to keep the pool ADA compliant and open to the public, allowing access to the pool for all; funding for the installation of new liners, lights, and other necessary features
Long Fish Dash – funding three different years in support of the continually growing Shakamak area 5K run
Stingray Swim Club – support for new starting blocks and lane lines to replace the current 20-year-old ones
Crock Pot Cooking – support for the Jasonville Food pantry to provide crock pots, cook books and classes on how to prepare more nutritious meals with commodities available from the food pantry
Linton Youth League – support for the excavation and building of baseball fields in Linton
Greene County Drug Task Force– improvements for the development and safety of the FOP gun range to help local law enforcement practice and provide gun safety classes to hunters and youth
Son Ministries Food Pantry – providing a freezer to help the food pantry receive and save larger quantities of commodities that can be distributed over a longer period of time; this food pantry is a collaboration of 7 churches in the Linton area
Worthington Park – funding for the replacement, purchase and installation of a new slide in the playground area of the park
Eastern FFA club – support for a greenhouse to help the club grow and sell local produce and flowers in support of club activities and science projects
Open Arms Christian Homes – support for new roofs on the residential homes for children in foster care as a haven from abuse or neglect
Greene Academy – support for the building of ramps for Habitat houses, using students from the academy; a service learning project
ARTS and EDUCATION
Alternative School (Open Arms) – support for building renovations and new equipment
Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center – help with funding to building a handicapped accessible ramp and push-button door to allow elderly and disabled access to art classes in the building; ADA compliant
Linton Music Festival – support for the August music Festival that brings large crowds to the Linton Area.
Sculpture Trails – three yearly grants to support workshops and events at the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Solsberry
Shawnee Theatre – grants in four different years to support the operations and children’s programming at the theater
Bloomfield Library – support for a community-created mural housed on the front lawn of the library
Worthington City Park – funding for summer concerts in the park
Greene County Literacy Coalition – two grants for funding of updated GED materials and equipment to help those who are unable to read; funding for 16 free little libraries, one for each township of the county
Friends of Goose Pond – support for the Marsh Madness Festival
PACE/Head Start – purchase of children’s books for Head Start programs in Eastern and Linton; male volunteers will read to the children and children will receive their own copy of the book
Greene County 4-H – funding for the construction of a new building
Jasonville Public Library – building of a new home for the library
Jasonville Parks Department – funding for a splash pad in the Jasonville Park
Town of Lyons – support for the construction of the Lyons Community Center
Worthington Public Library – funding for the renovation and expansion of the library
Greene County Soil and Water – building of an observation deck at the Tulip Trestle to encourage tourism
Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce – support for a study from Ball State to “reimagine and redesign the Bloomfield downtown area”
Worthington Garden Club – support for turning a vacant lot into a downtown park
Worthington Senior Center – support for upgrades to the center, new doors
Lyons Senior Center – support for upgrades to the center, new cabinets
Greene County Learning Center – funding for the expansion of operations and purchase of new equipment
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry – two grants to help with processing of donated deer meat from hunters that is then given to local food pantries
Middle Way House – funding over three years to help support activities of the organization that serves and provides safety and counseling to individuals and children facing situations of domestic violence.
Salvation Army – support for their operations that help provide clothing and housing for victims of fire, foreclosure, and loss of homes
Family Life Center – support for repairs on their Backpack Bus to deliver school supplies around the county
Ride Solutions – support for the purchase of a new van that provides transportation for elderly, disabled, and low-income individuals in need of transport to doctors, groceries, etc.
211 Emergency call in – support for continuation of the 211 county-wide call system for referrals to resources for those in need
Civitan Clothe-a-Child – support for the annual Christmas Toy give-away for low-income children
Jasonville Fire Department – funding for new storm sirens
Saving the Monarchs – support for two 11-year-old students to start a club at their school and plant butterfly gardens to help save the diminishing population of Monarch butterflies
Fund Spotlight: Submarine Veterans of the U.S.S. Indianapolis
One of the Foundation’s many designated funds is established to provide financial support for a memorial honoring the United States submarine veterans who served on the USS Indianapolis (SSN 697). The memorial is currently under construction in Vincennes, IN. Dr. Bob Smiley, chairman of the SSN 697 Memorial Committee, has offered to tell us more about the Indianapolis and its history, as well as plans for the memorial:
There have been two major ships in our Navy which were named for the great city of Indianapolis: the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was important to the effort in WW II, and the submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) which was important to the Cold War effort during the period 1980 through 1998. With the signing of the START agreement with the Russian Federation, SSN 697 was decommissioned and moored alongside the pier in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. The nuclear reactor was removed and destroyed. Many of the instruments from this ship were removed and are currently on display in the Indianapolis War Memorial Building. Captain William Toti and Senator Richard Lugar were instrumental in getting these components removed and delivered to Indianapolis.
The USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) was one of our nation’s Cold War ships which were used to keep our nation free. It was an attack submarine, which could patrol the seas and hunt for, and if necessary, destroy enemy submarines which might be attempting to do our country harm. In our opinion, the submarine fleet was a major deterrent to attack from our enemies.
The part of SSN 697 returned to Vincennes for the construction of the memorial is the sail, with associated components. The sail is the main part of the monument. It is 27 feet long and 17 feet high. The diving planes on the sail are approximately 25 feet from tip to tip. The sail weighs 120,000 pounds. This sail, with the planes, will be mounted on a ‘hull’ made of concrete to simulate the hull of the submarine. The submarine is a total of 360 feet long, 32 feet wide, and displaced 6900 tons when submerged. We will not have this total length for the monument. We have shortened the hull to fit the size of the space we are provided.
For those who visit the monument, it will appear that they are seeing a submarine in the water, with the blue concrete surface being the water. Further, they will be able to approach the monument to feel the sail and the planes. It will be as though they are members of the crew on the boat as they do so.
In addition, we will provide, in the future, benches for the visitors to use as they view and consider the ship they are viewing. We will also provide story boards for the visitors to read and see which will tell the story of both the Cold War deterrence and the role the Indianapolis had in that effort. (This information may be limited due to security rules.) In the future, it is our hope to add electronic storyboards, which will provide updated information. (Perhaps an Indianapolis crew member who has passed or other major event.) Also, we plan to have recorded information about the Cold War and the ships which were protecting our country to be transmitted to headphone receivers so that the folks may have a walking guided tour of the monument and perhaps the CA 35 as well. In this effort, we hope to enlist actual crewmembers of the USS Indianapolis, such as Captain Toti, to do these recordings. We are in regular contact with the captain.
We are working very closely with them to ensure that the monument both fits in with the current monuments in the area and that it will be one they can maintain and secure in the future. It is being done right!
Our organization, the Hoosier Base, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. is currently in the process of raising the needed funds to construct the monument. There will be no funds required from the City of Vincennes or other government entity. We have currently raised, in cash and pledges, from our submarine veterans, approximately $60,000 from this group. Another $50,000 is needed to complete the project. When completed, this memorial to the Indianapolis will serve as a reminder of the effort and sacrifice of the many men who manned these ships. Also, it will provide a ‘living history’ event for the citizens of Vincennes, Indiana and the nation who visit this monument, of the effort required to keep our many freedoms.
Thank you very much for this opportunity to tell the Indianapolis story.
Bob E. Smiley, ET1 (SS), PhD
SSN 697 Memorial Committee Chairman
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