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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA SHARES 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-05-48-pmThe Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) has made a meaningful difference in the community since 1991 and 2017 was no different.

The vision of CFSI is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in the community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations. By focusing on three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships and personal philanthropy – the organization is able to address needs and make lasting impacts.

Among the highlights over the past year: CFSI fundholders granted more than $4.4 million last year; that funding to area nonprofits helped those organizations serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties. In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000.

To learn more about Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – including how you can help – please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.


Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish their vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman

Vice Chair: Bill White

Treasurer: Adam Naville

Secretary: David Hussung

Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.948.4662 | CfSouthernIndiana.com


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Bette Bennett Hammond Memorial Scholarship Recipient and Fulbright Research Grant recipient studying in Geneva, Switzerland.lab-photo

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In the Habit

Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana seeks service and land

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-profit organization founded in 1976. Though its spotlighted projects include the construction of affordable housing in conjunction with potential homeowners and dozens of volunteers, it also provides educational programming designed to help those homeowners afford, care for and stay in their homes.

Jerry Leonard, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana, says the organization has been serving this area for more than 25 years. He joined as executive director about a year and a half ago. “I wanted to be a part of the organization just because of what the impact has been and the services we provide,” Leonard says. “It’s not just building homes. It’s more than that. It’s building the hope (and) building self-reliance. Building is just the activity that we do there.”

Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana has constructed nearly 50 homes for local homeowners.

Once a homeowner is accepted and completes orientation, Leonard says the goal is to have the person in a house ¬ – or starting a home – within 12 months. An existing home may be rehabbed or built from the ground up.

“We start figuring out how they’re going to put in their sweat equity,” Leonard says. “They’re going to have to put in 450 hours of sweat equity.”

Also, education classes are completed, including obtaining financing and budgeting.

“We’re teaching them financial stability along with housing stability,” Leonard explains.

ex2Habitat for Humanity applicants typically follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. “Most of homeowners are going to fall somewhere between the 30 percent and 60 percent of the average median income for our area,” Leonard says. “It fluctuates by family size of what that could be, but it usually falls somewhere between as low as $14,000 for one and the maximum is around $28,000 per year based on HUD.”

Critical to Habitat for Humanity are the hundreds of volunteers who have offered time, money and expertise throughout the years. Leonard says many of the volunteers come from local organizations, networking or simply individuals with extra time and skills to give. Leonard says a minimum of three to four people are needed in order to build.

“We’re available to build Tuesday through Saturday, but Saturdays are the most popular,” he says. “We have a lot of church groups as well. We have people who have volunteered as part of a group and have had wonderful experiences and come back with their families.”

If they can’t find, say, an electrician to volunteer his time and licensing, that cost has to be paid to the contractor. “So far we’ve been blessed,” Leonard says. “If we need help, our vendors help up out.”

Gail Bryant’s house was the fourth home completed. She started construction in the early 1990s and recently made her last payment of a 20-year loan. Bryant learned about Habitat for Humanity from a co-worker who was working toward her own Habitat home in Louisville.

“I got in there and got all gung-ho,” Bryant laughs. “You could have called me ‘Tool Man Taylor’ back then. … It was a great learning experience. It was kind of exciting because I sat there and I could see where my electrical was going in. I see this. I see that. Back then, the mind wasn’t a terrible thing to waste. I remembered a lot of things. But the time I got finished, I thought ‘Well, I could build my own house!’ I learned things I didn’t think I’d ever know.”

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Leonard says teaching self-sufficiency to homeowners like Bryant is a fundamental part of the Habitat building process. “You don’t necessary expect them to pay out money,” he says. “Sometimes you can fix things on your own. We’re trying to teach you how to be a good homeowner.”

Over the years, Bryant has contacted Habitat foremen and asked for tips on how to fix things on her own. “That’s another money saver,” she says. “Everybody was always great. If they didn’t know the answer, they’d find it for me.”

Adds Leonard: “As we say, once you’re in the Habitat family, you’re always family no matter what.” Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana is in need of volunteers, but also funding and property in Floyd and Clark counties.

“Donations are a huge piece of it,” Leonard says. We have no federal, local or state funding. Everything we get is through the community itself.”

To volunteer, call 812.948.1235 or visit newalbanyhfh.org. (The organization will soon move to a newly redesigned Web site at habitatcfi.org.)

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ANIMALS FIND REFUGE WITH ARROW FUND

By Grant Vance | Photos by Courtesy Photos

FRODO, PIXEL, RAINBOW AND ROSIE share a common, lifelong connection they can’t shake. Sure, they all have an affinity for treats. All bark as an alternative means of communication to traditional human language. These traits, of course, are akin to most dogs. What separates Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow and Rosie from some of their furry friends is a tragic past, and the new beginning granted to them by The Arrow Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing medical treatment to animals who have suffered torture and extreme forms of abuse and neglect.

 

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Katie, Cello, Otto & Walter (Feature Image) are available for adoption. To find out more, go to www.TheArrowFund.org.

The Arrow Fund has operated for nearly seven years and continues to be Kentuckiana’s only organization that specializes solely in animal cruelty cases. It began when Founder and President Rebecca Eaves found Aiden, a dog who was in critical condition and suffering after he had been shot with an arrow at close range. This degree of animal cruelty didn’t start here, unfortunately. Horrifying tales of abuse and neglect of animals is nothing new. It did, however, start The Arrow Fund’s initiative to end it.

Aiden, along with Frodo, Pixel, Rainbow, Rosie and many others, are all living happy lives now, nursed back to health and either living in a foster home or happily adopted. No matter how bad of a situation an animal has suffered, The Arrow Fund strives to “make damn sure they have a happy ending,” said Thom Ham, director of operations.

The animals’ placement after recovery is thanks to Foster and Adoption Coordinator Kelley Luckett.

Although the work can be tiresome and emotionally draining – animal rescue is a 24/7, 365 day mission that never ends – Ham and Luckett said the work doesn’t go unrewarded.

Luckett recalled Aspin, a puppy who suffered severe injuries that required a full body cast. “Trying to keep a puppy in a full body cast is no joke,” Luckett chuckled. It was no joke, but it was worth the trouble, especially since the pup has recovered.

Some of the dogs even let their high spirits feed their ego, joked Ham. Frodo – a dog who was found in downtown Louisville with horrible injuries that included duct tape wrapped tightly around his muzzle and clear evidence he had been used as a bait dog for dog fighting – can work a room with his “catfish smile.”

Stanley, a beautiful yellow Labrador who required partial amputation of a front leg has a sweet, smart attitude – and he wants you to notice. “He’ll let you know,” Luckett said.

In addition to battling animal cruelty and abuse throughout the Kentuckiana community, The Arrow Fund also strives to raise awareness regarding the need for stricter animal cruelty laws (Kentucky is currently ranked as the worst state in the country for the lack of anti-animal cruelty legislation). The organization also works to help children understand the importance of having empathy for animals. After all, the majority of individuals who hurt animals very often do that – or worse – to human beings.

If you’re interested in helping The Arrow Fund, there is no shortage of avenues  to do so. This can be as simple as a monetary donation or as involved as a foster home, and there are several different forms of volunteerism falling in between. For more information on how to get involved visit their website at www.thearrowfund.org or contact info@arrowfund.org.

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