Hendricks County Community Foundation
Awards Grant to th e HC Humane Society
In celebration of 20 years of service to Hendricks County, the Hendricks County Community Foundation is presenting $1,000 grants to local nonprofits. These 20th Anniversary Board Engagement Grants allow each member of the HCCF Board of Directors to designate a Hendricks County nonprofit that is important to them and to the community.
The fifteenth HCCF 20th Anniversary Grant was presented to the Hendricks County Humane Society (HCHS) on behalf of Board Member Jerry Orem. HCHS is devoted to facilitating animal welfare by finding homes for adoptable pets, ending pet overpopulation, furthering the people-animal bond and educating the community on the humane care of animals. Founded in Danville in 1970, HCHS partners with other community organizations in contributing positively to the welfare of animals. One way they do this is by hosting animal rescue groups at the Humane Society facility every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. ’Helping Pawz,’ ‘Critter’s Chance’ and ‘Creekside Animal Rescue’ are regular participants, and HCHS is pleased to share their facility with these and other pet rescue groups to help showcase animals who need homes.
Jerry Orem said, “ I am passionate about HCHS because I believe that the way a community treats its domesticated animals is a reflection of its core moral values. The Humane Society exemplifies the compassionate treatment of animals through their outreach and education, adoption, spay-neuter and pet food pantry programs.”
Carol Battistini, HCHS Board President, began volunteering with her husband at the Humane Society nearly 20 years ago. “We are animal lovers and the HCHS mission of ending pet overpopulation compelled us to support the organization,” said Carol. ”I have found my involvement with HCHS very rewarding and am proud to be part of an organization that has faithfully cared for pets in our community for over 46 years.”
The Hendricks County Community Foundation believes that partnering with local nonprofits is vital to realizing our vision of a vibrant, giving Hendricks County. HCHS is one of many nonprofits that HCCF has actively supported through operating and capacity building grants, as well as through our nonprofit capacity building educational series. Carol first became involved with the Community Foundation three years ago by attending a HCCF hosted workshop for nonprofit board members. Carol said, “As a newcomer to nonprofit boards and fundraising, I found the HCCF team to be an awesome resource. I quickly learned that the HCCF team is dedicated to helping nonprofits pursue their missions. The positive energy of the HCCF team is contagious. Bringing together nonprofits via workshops and events creates a natural networking and sharing of ideas that ultimately helps the organizations better serve our residents. HCCF truly demonstrates the adage of a rising tide lifts all boats. As a Board Member of the Humane Society, I can attest to the benefits HCCF has brought to our organization and I am proud to personally support the HCCF annual campaign.”
The Hendricks County Community Foundation partners with generous people to realize their charitable goals while addressing community needs in meaningful and lasting ways. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $11 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2015, the Community Foundation gave over $825,000 in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org.