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December 31, 2012

Grants helps Red Cross provide safety, health training

LaGRANGE — The public was instructed in the life saving technique of Hands Only CPR during a training event at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds recently.

This type of community service programming and more was supported financially through a grant this year by the LaGrange County Community Foundation to the American Red Cross of LaGrange County.

Other organizations receiving competitive awards in 2012 included the LaGrange County Council on Aging to build access ramps at the homes of special needs residents; Lima-Scott Food Pantry for its weekly food distributions; KennyBurkett Clinic for its Medical Needs Program; Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center for its Community Domestic Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy Program; Arc Opportunities for “The Arc Needs You” campaign; Veterans Headstone Project to help identify, restore and upgrade veteran headstones and markers;  LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department for its educational Summer Parks Program; and LaGrange Communities Youth Centers for its Summer Camp Enrichment Program.

Also, Shipshewana Area Historical Society to help bring local history education to our county elementary schools and Junior Achievement to help fund Lakeland and Westview student participation at Finance Park. Through its most recent competitive grant cycle, LCCF has granted over $38,000 in awards to nearly a dozen organizations.

LIFE

The LIFE Youth Pod also made numerous grant recommendations to the LCCF Board of Directors for schools and public charities during its fall competitive grant cycle.  

All were approved and the awards totaled $7,650. Benefitting organizations included American Red Cross of LaGrange County for its fourth grade Safety Camp; Lima-Brighton Elementary School for its Student Ambassadors Program; Lakeland School Corporation for Body Safety Presentations at Lakeland and Prairie Heights; LaGrange Communities Youth Centers for the popular Kite Komotion Kite Flying Clinic; PC’s for Youth for its Computers for Education effort; and Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center in support of its “Outrage” Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Abuse Theatre.

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