Clinton County United Way had much to celebrate Tuesday evening. Incoming Chairman Max Rodibaugh thanked outgoing Chairman Sandy Stevenson for her leadership and service in the last year and then led the annual United Way meeting at Arborwood with about 70 people in attendance.
The meeting was all good news after the bad news was announced. Newly hired United Way Director Jeremy Garrish resigned after only 2 weeks in the position. The United Way board will resume its search for the right person to lead the United Way in Clinton County.
Board Member Carol Price announced that Clinton County United Way received a $50,000 matching grant from Indiana Association of United Ways. The Grant through the Association was made possible from a contribution from Eli Lilly Foundation. Carol Price said that the $50,000 matching grant will ONLY be good for NEW contributions. This will mean an additional new $100,000 for the Clinton County United Way if this matching grant is maximized.
Wabash National was named Company of the Year for the 2016-2017 campaign and Mellisa Gottard was named volunteer of the year. Wabash National has been in the community 2 years and has already made a difference by mobilizing volunteers to serve in the Clinton County Community. Mellisa helped lead the Wabash National United Way initiative in Clinton County.
The Farmers Bank has continued to show its leadership in the United Way. Farmers Bank President Karen Gregerson was thanked for the Farmers Bank $37,000 pacesetter contribution.
A representative from most United Way agencies were in attendance at the meeting. Below is a brief summary of the contributions and efforts of several United Way Agencies serving the Clinton County Community.
- Open Door Clinic provides a safety net of health care for vulnerable families in Clinton County
- Coach Kids matches time-giving community mentors with kids in the community.
- Red Cross, among other things, comes through to supply help when emergencies strike families and neighborhoods unexpectedly.
- Camp Cullom, a 92 acre camp owned by the children in Clinton County provides camping, trails, astromical observatory, disc golf, science academy and more.
- Humane Society protects all animals in Clinton County with vaccines, microchips, Neuter and Spaying while trying to find a home for each and every animal in thier care.
- Boys and Girls Club provides a safe and fun envirnment for area children to stay physically, socially and mentally active.
- Paul Phillippe Resource Center has served 55+ citizens in Clinton County for 43 years. Daily meals, Monday Bingo, art and knitting activities augment the very popular transportation available for everyone in Clinton County. Strawberry Festival is June 2nd.
- The Arc of Clinton County is a grass roots support group for the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families in Clinton County.
- Girl Scouts seeks to cultivate Courage, Confidence and Charactor in girls under 18. Adventures, Travel, Life-long friendships play a part in this mission.
- Family Literacy at the Frankfort Library seeks to enhance reading and writing skills for all Clinton County Residents.
- Food Finders is a key source of food for the vulnerable in Clinton County. These foods include frozen meats and produce. Several non-profit organizations are served by the resources from Food Finders.
- YMCA helps Clinton County move by providing excercise programs, swimming, competitive youth soccer and basketball. YMCA also has programs such as diabetes prevention programs to enhance the health of Clinton County Residents. 30,000 meals annually are provided to area youth by the Clinton County YMCA.
- Boy Scouts builds character and skills through a mentoring process and youth leadership plan including rank advancement and service.
Clinton County United Way will hold its important fund drive to support these causes and more in the fall. New donors to the United Way Fund will have their pledges matched up to $50,000 by the valuable grant announced at Thursday’s meeting at Arborwood.
Many of these organizations will be attending the First Annual “Points of Light” Volunteer Fair at Ivy Tech Tuesday April 25th from 4pm to 7pm. The Volunteer Fair will provide an opportunity for area residents to learn more about these excellent causes that address important needs in Clinton County.