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The Community Foundation values its role as a catalyst, convener and collaborator, bringing other funders and nonprofits together around vital issues and adding key support to make positive change possible. We center our work around what we know about community needs.
Listed below are Special Projects/Initiatives we have introduced in Harrison County, Indiana.
In September 2007 the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $30,000 to fund this program in Harrison County, Indiana. This Program encourages parents to read to their children by providing each preschool child enrolled in the program an age appropriate book in the mail each month until their fifth birthday. Over 1,680 preschool children are currently enrolled in the program. Children can be enrolled through the Foundation or at one of the participating partners; Harrison County Public Library, YMCA of Harrison County, Harrison County Community Services, Harrison County Health Department and Harrison County Hospital. Parents may also register their children on the web at www.imaginationlibrary.com.
Encouraged by the success of the program, the Board of Directors has agreed to continue funding the cost through the year 2018. The Early Readers Fund which supports the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project will benefit from a 2:1 match in 2019.
In October 2008 the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors voted to provide $700 to fund this program to provide a dictionary to every third grader in Harrison County. In partnership with the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana these students attending the nine Harrison County Elementary Schools received their very own dictionary. This Project assists students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. For more information regarding The Dictionary Project visit their webpage, www.dictionaryproject.org.
The Youth Philanthropy Council of Harrison County is designed to teach skills, to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities and to make philanthropy a “habit of the heart” for future generations. The program goals are to promote youth development through experiences in philanthropy, to encourage and support community initiatives which youth care about and to engage youth and adults in partnership through giving and serving for the common good. The Youth Philanthropy Fund which provides youth-led grantmaking dollars, will benefit from a 2:1 match in 2019.
A network of organizations focused on increasing the percentage of students who 1) enter college following high school and 2) earn a college degree within the first four years of college.
HCCF uses unrestricted funds to meet various community needs. From grants to nonprofits for basic human services to large-scale programs such as preschool - these are made possible by using unrestricted funds. HCCF is participating in the Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Challenge in order to bring more unrestricted dollars into our community.
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