Grant Recipients - Huntington County Community Foundation
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Grant Recipients

Fall 2016

Make a Difference Grants

Huntington County 4-H Robotics

Our local, national-caliber 4H Robotics team was in need of additional technology to better serve the 45 students and 20 mentors involved in the program. Now with the addition of two laptop computers, seven tablet computers and a 3D printer, the team can create electrical diagrams, marketing artwork, input analytical scouting data and print student-designed robotic parts. The Bippus State Bank and Jim & Nancy Breiner Community Funds co-sponsored a portion of this grant.

Indiana Dream Center

The Thrift Store provides over 50% of the operational income for the Dream Center and with the need for a new furnace and air conditioning unit, HCCF and the Harrell & Kline Insurance & Investments Community Fund stepped up to fully fund a replacement.

Pathfinder Services                                             

As part of Pathfinder’s relocation of their Creative Abilities Art Center to the Odd Fellow/UB block in downtown Huntington, these funds will supplement the resources needed to create an overall Community Arts Plan for Huntington County. Both the Fred & Becky Scheiber and Culp & Co. Community Funds provided partial funding towards this project slated to be completed in spring 2017.

Life’s Little Treasures Daycare

By expanding to a downtown Markle building, Little Treasures expects to be able to double their enrollment capacity and serve an additional 65 children. Help to purchase the building came from the EJ Richards Community Fund.

Oak Hill Farm

Serving around 30 physically/mentally disabled clients, Oak Hill Farm will use these funds to purchase modifications to saddles and develop sensory boards for use within the horse arena. Partial funding provided by the Jim & Gina Ditzler and Hiner Family Community Funds.

Huntington House Homeless Shelter

In the need of bed replacements, the Shelter was able to purchase three twin bunks, two twin over full bunks, and bed bug resistant mattresses and pillows. Additionally, a surveillance system was installed as an added security measure for staff and shelter residents. Full project funding was provided by the Boies & Eloise Hart Community Fund.

Warren Health & Fitness, Inc.

Extra spinning bikes will help more people in the Warren community improve their cardiovascular circulation and  weight management/loss. The Jim & Linda Howell and David Daugherty Community Funds teamed up to sponsor the bikes.

Andrews Lions Club

The Lions plan to purchase a projector and laptop for community movie nights, education on Lion-ism and summer baseball signups. Partial project sponsorship by the Robert & Vera Deal Community Fund.

Huntington County Free Health Clinic

Funds were used to replace a broken office chair and create professional signage to better guide patients throughout the clinic. HCCF partnered with the John & Midge Decker Community Fund to complete the grant.

Community & Family Services 
Energy Assistance Program (EAP)                 

EAP’s local Community Support Specialist now has the ability to provide on-site service to our local shut-in population with  a new laptop and printer. The Mildred Fuller Community Fund provided partial funding for this enhanced service.

Place of Grace                                                   

Teaming up with local Roanoke website developers, Clear Elevation, Place of Grace will have a new website in 2017. Partial project support came from the Bill & Barbara Hancher and Harold & Pauline Bailey Community Funds.

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA

Partnering with the City of Huntington and HCCSC, this grant will assist in the construction of sidewalks and a crosswalk connecting the YMCA and Crestview Middle School. The Steve & Alyce Zahn Community Fund helped HCCF fund the cost of this grant.

LaFontaine Center

Chairs in the busy Community Room have been worn down and broken over years of service. The Paul & Lois Cook Community Fund helped HCCF furnish the LaFontaine Center with new chairs for daily use by the residents for activities, meals, entertainment, etc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of
Huntington County            

The ninth payment towards a $100,000 pledge towards the new Club facility that has boosted daily enrollment over 100%. Partial funding for this payment came from the Purviance Family Community Fund.

Police Athletic League            

With increasing program participation, the PAL will use this grant for the excavating/stone needed to add approximately 40 additional parking spots. Project sponsored by the Wallace P. Smith Memorial Fund.

Historic Forks of the Wabash

The 20-year-old pavilion originally built with a HCCF sponsored Lilly Endowment grant was in need of a new metal roof, underside ceiling, staining, and sealing. Partial funding provided by the Dr. Ron & Judy Frischman and Philip & Jackie Karst Community Funds.

Victory Noll Center                   

With a busy year of organizational change, the funds will be used to purchase a laptop computer for the new Business Manager position at the Center. The Herb & Corinne Scheiber and Don & Lou Rayne Scheiber Community Funds co-sponsored a part of the laptop cost.

Quayle VP Learning Center            

The VP Learning Center plans to create a  scholarship fund aimed at providing educational programming for Huntington County students with financial need. Full scholarship funding came from the Hiner Family Fund.

Community & Family Services 
Head Start                                  

By implementing one of the DIG: Develop, Inspire, Grow curriculums, Head Start expects to increase their children’s school readiness in math, science, literacy, and letter recognition by over 10%. Partial project funding from the Howell-Ehler-Wiley Community Fund.

Classroom Education Grants

Liesl Haupert
Crestview Middle School

Nearly 300 students will learn the basics of stained glass cutting, assembling, soldering and finishing with the addition of necessary safety glasses, soldering irons, pliers, and glass cutters made possible by the First Federal Savings Bank Community Fund.

Mary Beth Crider & Cheryl Simms
Crestview Middle School

With the purchase of building supplies, these sixth grade science classrooms will complete a series of collaborative, hands-on engineering challenges. Through these lessons, students will learn the processes that scientists and engineers go through when designing new structures.

Marta Waldfogel & Cari Whicker
Riverview Middle School

Inspired by Riverview’s 2016-2017 theme of GRIT, students will be taught a blend of perseverance and passion that is needed to achieve long term goals. Teachers hope the unit will encourage their students to tackle “hard things.” Funding made possible by First Federal Savings Bank Community Fund.

Teri Fuller-O’Brien & Joe Haft
Huntington North High School

With this grant, approximately 80 students will be exposed to the craft of book and paper making by creating five different types, styles, and sizes of books with a variety of paper inside each book. A multicultural art history aspect will be included with this project.

Julie Purdy
Lincoln Elementary School

The addition of guided math activities to the problem solving station of this fifth grade classroom fills the need for practical activities to boost students’ problem solving and strategy skills.

C. Hixson, J. Keller, 
K. Tilley & K. Waldman
Lincoln Elementary School

These first grade teachers plan to ignite their male students desire to read through the addition of books tailored to interest young boys. Books such as Football, Cars, and Vehicles will help build the male students self-confidence and aid in developing their independent reading skills.

Dennis Wiegmann, John Stoffel
& Diana Sowers
Flint Springs Elementary School

The creation of a coding station using Ozobots will give these fifth grade classrooms the chance to integrate science and other academic areas into their math instruction. Funding made possible by the First Federal Saving Bank Community Fund.