The Jennings County Youth Foundation board of directors includes: row 1, from left, Kelly Hatton, Charity Barrett, Barb Galliher; row 2: Colleen Malone, Justin Barrett, Sue Miller, Cindy Summerfield, Angi Grider, Tina Kuzdal; not pictured: Sunshine Galliher, Annalee McClintock, Chelsey Thompson, Sonya Kopitzke.—Submitted Photo
After a most impactful year in 2017, the Jennings County Youth Foundation is already making its mark in 2018.
JCYF distributed nearly $5,000 to youth-serving organizations earlier this year via grants. The eight-year-old nonproft is not done yet as it gears up for its annual Summer Kids Camp in July and other events later in the year - including the Affordable Christmas Store in December.
"The Youth Foundation had an amazing 2017," said Kelly Hatton, one of the founding board members of JCYF, which was formed in 2010. "Thanks to over 100 volunteers, JCYF served over 500 youth and raised over $76,000 last year. To show its continued support of youth in the community, the Youth Foundation gave away $4,695 to youth-serving organizations in the past 12 months."
Last June, JCYF gave $1,694.50 to the Jennings County Parks and Recreation Department for the toddler playground fund at the Muscatatuck Park.
We've read about how over the last 15 years, the Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department has been working toward the goal of building a new fire department. Then, in October 2017 the department received the amazing news that they were awarded a $500,000 state grant for a new firehouse. That money, with $100,000 the department has managed to save, contributions from the county, and $20,000 from the Campbell Township trustee would be used to build a new 7776-square foot facility off U.S. 50 across from Brush Creek Elementary School.
Nearly 300 volunteers participated in the 16th annual spring edition of the Jennings County United Way's Day of Caring.
A proposal to create a police force within Jennings County Schools might just be what is needed to keep local students safe from the escalating trend of violence in our public educational facilities.
It wouldn't be Memorial Day without a commemoration ceremony at the Vernon Cemetery.
Knightstown's historic Hoosier Gym, movie home of the "Hoosiers" Hickory Huskers, is again the site of the Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic. The 13th annual girls' / boys' doubleheader classic will take place on Friday, June 1.
Volunteer firefighters, first responders and others receive training in vehicle extraction outside the Jennings County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Center in North Vernon on Saturday, May 19. The extensive training, which involves special tools and tactics, is part of a emergency medical technician class now underway that is being conducted by the Jennings County Emergency Medical Service/Rescue 20 and EMA staffs. The class has 14 individuals enrolled in it.-Submitted Photo