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  • Blue River Community Foundation: BRCF November 2021 Newsletter

    November 2021
     
     
    GRANT HIGHLIGHT
    Girls Inc.:  Snip Six Report
    During Blue River Community Foundation’s 2021 Community Grant cycle, Girls Inc. was awarded funding to support their Learning Loss Prevention program this past summer.  The program was addressing the learning loss for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically, the grant provided scholarships to girls from low-income households to participate in the program who would not have been able to afford the opportunity otherwise.
     
    Please click on the button below to review the Snip Six grant report from Girls Inc. describing the urgent need, their organization’s response, and the outcome of the program.
    SNIP SIX REPORT
     
    $20,000 DUKE ENERGY GRANT
    Support for Shelby Mills 
    Thank you to Duke Energy for a $20,000 grant to help support the construction of Shelby Mills; a linear park located behind the historic Porter Center.  The park will provide individuals utilizing Blue River Trail a rest area along the west section.  In addition, the transformed area will include a storybook trail that will offer a lesson in Shelby County history.  The area will also be filled with native vegetation to teach visitors about the types of plants and elements benefiting the local ecosystem.  
    *pictured l-r:  Jennifer Jones, BRCF Executive Director & Jean Renk, Duke Energy Govt. and Community Relations Manager
     
    WINTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CYCLE
    DEADLINE:  January 15, 2022
    High school graduating seniors planning to pursue vocational or undergraduate studies, current college students, graduate students, and adults pursuing or finishing a college degree are encouraged to apply.  One unique feature to BRCF’s application process is that applicants complete one application to qualify for all scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible.  Specific criteria, requirements, and 
    instructions for applying, as well as a list of scholarships available through the application process, are listed in the BRCF Scholarship Resource Guide for Students located on the Foundation’s website under the Scholarships tab.  To apply click the  APPLY NOW link above or visit the BRCF website.  
     
    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
    2022 Shelby County LECS Finalists 
     
    DID YOU KNOW?
    These Days Are Celebrated in November
    November 15th is National Philanthropy Day. A special day marked to recognize the impactful contributions of philanthropy and celebrate those people active in the philanthropic community.  The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all it makes possible. 
    In celebration of Giving Tuesday 2021, BRCF has elected to promote several of our local organizations that have funds established with us. BRCF believes in the power of giving together to ignite change.  Please check out this listing and make a gift on November 30th to a cause you care about. 
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    RACINO GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
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    GRANTMAKING WORKSHOP
    Free to Local Nonprofits
     
    NEW FUNDS ESTABLISHED
    In October
    The fund listed below was established in October.  Thanks to our generous donors for choosing the Foundation to help with their philanthropic goals.  
     

    Ben Ernstes Community Fund

    Type: Unrestricted for Community Grantmaking
    The Ben Ernstes Community Fund was established as a memorial tribute to the Shelby County
    community roots that helped shape and mold Ben's life and family values. During his 12-year Air
    Force career, Ben saw many places and grew a large military family but always knew he would
    return to Shelby County. This Community Fund will help continue Ben's interests for outreach
    and support of youth, education, aging and elderly, families, animals and natural resources.
     

    Virginia & Sherman Williams Memorial Fund

    Type: Unrestricted for Community Grantmaking

    Virginia and Sherman Williams were committed to each other, their family and the community.  With no children of their own, they embraced their nieces and nephews and the neighborhood   
    children. Virginia was from Fairland and Sherman from Morristown.  As a married couple, they lived their lives in Morristown.  Sherman was a dedicated member of the American Legion.  Both Sherman and Virginia were loyal Morristown fans, regularly attending sporting events.  They also enjoyed volunteering at the Pioneer Fair held at the Shelby County Fair Grounds and attending the various parades and festivals in the community and surrounding area. 
                                                     submitted by -Barb Persinger, Virginia & Sherman's niece
    LEARN MORE ABOUT ESTABLISHING A FUND
     
     
    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     

    November 1 - BRCF Winter Scholarship Application Cycle Opens
    November 7 - College Goal Sunday ; Free FAFSA Filing assistance
    November 11 - BRCF Office Closed; Veterans Day
    November 15 - National Philanthropy Day
    November 17 - Grantmaking Workshop
    November 25 & 26 - BRCF Office Closed; Thanksgiving Holiday     
    November 30 - Giving Tuesday               
     
     
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