President C.W. “Bud” Walter (right) presented a ceremonial check to police and fire departments last week. Left to right are Indiana State Police Trooper Joseph Livers, Hamilton Township fire fighter Cody Hercamp and Crothersville-Vernon Township fire fighter Ben Spencer.
The Community Foundation of Jackson County awarded grants totaling $14,384 to four emergency responder organizations in Jackson County last week including the Crothersville-Vernon Township volunteer Fire Department.
“The Foundation has been concerned that the economic down turn has touched even those services that help keep us safe and aid all of us in the event of an emergency,” said foundation president and CEO C.W. “Bud” Walther. “Our fire fighters and police officers are critical elements of our community and equipping them with the proper equipment for do their jobs is important for all of us.”
These four agencies will be receiving grants through the Foundation’s annual grant making process:
•Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department to purchase 15 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Air Masks.
•Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department to purchase Emergency Alert Pagers.
•Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team- South Zone to purchase a set of night vision goggles.
•Pershing Township Volunteer Fire Department: Matching funds for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant which will provide funding to build a new fire station pending State approval.
These grants from the Community Foundation of Jackson County are being made from the Jackson County Unrestricted Endowment. Endowment funds such as this are used to fund important community improvement projects and other significant endeavors in Jackson County.
Establishing endowment funds are within the reach of most folks in Jackson County with the help of the Community Foundation. All of the endowments at the Community Foundation have been created through the generosity of businesses and individuals who care passionately about Jackson County and the folks who live here, said Walther.