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COVID-19 Relief Initiative Coming to United Way of South Central Indiana

Tri-County Covid Relief and Recovery Partnership Formed for Covid- 19 Relief in South Central Indiana

Bedford, IN – United Way of South Central Indiana is pleased to announce that it has been approved to receive a $450,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of South Central Indiana is a member. UWSCI, the Community Foundation Partnership  Inc., and the Orange County Community Foundation have formed the Tri-County Covid Relief and Recovery Partnership for Covid Relief and Recovery, which will serve Lawrence, Martin, and Orange Counties. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts of selected area human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the tri-county area.

“United Way of South Central Indiana is delighted to be a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for this Covid crisis. Without a robust local nonprofit safety net, those needs are bound to become even more dire. Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community’s nonprofits deal with the immediate impacts of Covid-19,” said Kim Burgess, Executive Director, United Way of South Central Indiana.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, which could include safe, emergency childcare, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge, and to ensure COVID-19 grants reach our most vulnerable populations quickly

Tri-County Covid Relief and Recovery Partnership  will begin accepting funding requests beginning May 29, 2020, from area human and social service nonprofits in good standing. The page on our website titled, “Tri-County Covid Relief and Recovery Partnership”, will go live on that date with links for applications for funding.  Interested organizations should consult United Way of South Central Indiana’s website for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.

United Way of South Central Indiana works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. Visit our website at www.UnitedWaySCI.org. For more information, contact Audrey Dalton, UWSCI Marketing at marketing@unitedwaysci.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at communications@lei.org .


United Way of South Central Indiana Partners with North Lawrence County Schools

Early Education STEAM Initiative

New NLCS Early Learning Center Receives $50,000 from United Way of South Central Indiana 

May 22, 2020– Bedford, IN – United Way of South Central Indiana is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the North Lawrence Community Schools to implement STEAM learning in the preschool setting. A $50,000 contribution has been made for the 2020-2021 school year, with $25,000 in subsequent years to support the implementation of this groundbreaking program for preschool children.

With this generous support, North Lawrence Community Schools will be able to provide high-quality STEAM learning for preschool learners. STEAM education focuses on hands-on activities that teach science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in an interdisciplinary approach. Children use their natural curiosity to explore problems and find ways to solve them. Early STEAM learning establishes a strong foundation of skills in science, math, creativity, problem-solving and critical-thinking.

North Lawrence Community Schools hopes to blaze the trail as the first preschool to be STEAM certified by the Department of Education.

“We are excited to provide support and work with NLCS to introduce this innovative educational program paving the way with STEAM education for preschool aged children” said Kim Burgess, Executive Director, United Way of South Central Indiana.

United Way fights for health, education, and financial stability in every community.

United Way of South Central Indiana works to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. We believe in the strength of our community working together. Visit our website at www.UnitedWaySCI.org.

For more information, contact Audrey Dalton, UWSCI Marketing at marketing@unitedwaysci.org.


Hospital Week 2020: Celebrating the Commitment and Courage of Indiana Caregivers

It’s difficult to put into words what healthcare professionals have experienced the last few months both professionally and as an integrated health ministry. Ascension St. Vincent’s Mission of commitment to those who are poor and vulnerable has never been more alive and apparent, and through sharing our stories, we can help recognize the enormity of what we’ve done and what hospital systems are challenged to continue doing.

National Hospital Week 2020 highlights the vital role of every hospital, health system and site of care and the countless individuals and teams that work to keep our communities safe and
healthy. This important week allows us to reflect on the important work of associates across Ascension who are leading innovation that empowers our team to deliver care excellence to
support population health.

Certainly there is grief and anxiety when we consider all this virus has taken and the unknown of what more it will take before it’s all over. But, despite all that we’ve gone through, we have
persevered, with remarkable strength and selflessness, drawing on a personal calling and one another — as we continue to give to those who need our help.

From applying clinical expertise as we developed guidance on testing and treating for COVID-19, to our COVID-19 Command Center approach since the beginning of our response,
the spirit of our providers and individuals that support our health systems has been on full display.

With input and guidance from cross-functional teams, and a sense of deep gratitude for our 165,000 associates, Ascension St. Vincent rolled out several programs specifically designed to
ease the burden on associates in the midst of COVID-19. We want to recognize that, while our caregivers have been focused on caring for individuals across Indiana communities, we have
been working hard to support them and care for their physical, emotional, spiritual and financial needs during this pandemic, with practices and benefits like pay protection for all associates
throughout the crisis, extended dependent care, paying for necessary hotel stays, and assistance funds to help pay for essentials such as rent and groceries for those facing particular

While continuing to care for people with COVID-19, we have begun to plan for how Ascension St. Vincent and our sites of care will look and operate as we come out of this crisis and enter a
changed world. We need to adopt a new approach to delivering care because we know society will not go back to the “way things used to be.” There will be a “new normal” in healthcare, new
expectations from our consumers, and a new outlook in all aspects of society. It is an opportunity for us to serve better, together.

As we begin to transition into recovery and work our way back to “normalcy”, it’s important we take careful and measured steps to ensure a safe and gradual return to providing full access to
health care services while also continuing to serve and support individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19.

Going forward, our patients can expect expanded access to healthcare services with enhanced safeguards to ensure our sites of care continue to serve as healing environments—where
quality care is delivered with the highest levels of safety and compassion.

Together, we’re coming through this stronger, more courageous, more resolute in faithfulness to our calling, more capable, and more unified than ever before. We hope you will use this week to
thank care providers in our communities and nationwide.

Jonathan Nalli
Senior Vice President, Ascension
CEO, Ascension St. Vincent – Indiana

Press Release

Lawrence County Community Foundation is partnering with Duke Energy to bring relief to the people of Lawrence County who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Duke Energy is donating $10,000 to LCCF’s Emergency Relief Fund, a pass-through fund activated to issue Emergency Relief Grants to trusted non-profit partners through an on-going, rapid response grant process.

Duke Energy is issuing a corporate challenge to local businesses to join them in donating to the LCCF Emergency Relief Fund. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation will go to work in our community helping those hit hardest.

“A crisis like this can hit those with low incomes the hardest, and there are community groups like Lawrence County Community Foundation on the frontlines of the COVID-19 emergency, helping with critical needs such as food and medical equipment and/or supplies for disadvantaged elderly and cancer patients,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy government and community relations manager “We are grateful for their efforts and want to do what we can to support them.”

“The Lawrence County Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide relief through our well-established relationships with non-profit service providers throughout Lawrence County. We are excited to partner with Duke Energy and other businesses and individuals during this unprecedented Coronavirus crisis to meet our community’s most pressing needs,” explains Hope Flores, CEO of the Community Foundation Partnership, Inc. that serves the Lawrence and Martin County Community Foundations.

To maximize the impact of the funds donated, the Community Foundation will not be assessing administrative fees to donations going into the Emergency Relief Funds.

Join us in bringing relief to our community by sending your donation, large or small, to the Lawrence County Community Foundation, PO Box 1235, Bedford, IN 47421.

Together we will do something great for our community.

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.


IU Health expands COVID-19 testing to Indiana health care workers, first responders and critically ill patients

 BLOOMINGTON (APRIL 3, 2020) – Beginning April 3, 2020, Indiana University Health is expanding testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to any health care worker or first responder in Indiana who may have been exposed to the virus. This includes health care workers serving at non-IU Health facilities.

“We are grateful for the compassionate care our team members have displayed during this crisis,” stated Brian Shockney, president of IU Health South Central Region. “They are our heroes and front-line defenders in this fight against COVID-19 and are, therefore, our first priority when it comes to our expanded testing.”

Many Indiana hospitals and health care facilities—particularly in rural areas of the state—have limited or no testing capabilities and are experiencing long turnaround times from national labs. IU Health is working directly with Indiana hospitals to facilitate testing for health care workers and critically ill patients at non-IU Health facilities.

“Our mission calls us to improve the health of every Hoosier, not just those who come to an IU Health facility for care,” said Dennis Murphy, president and chief executive officer. “We will get through this crisis by working together, and I’m proud of our laboratory teams who are making testing available for those who need it most.”

As of April 3, the IU Health Pathology Laboratory has conducted over 5,000 COVID-19 tests with the goal of increasing capacity each week.


Emergency Relief Grants for Lawrence County Non-profits

Due to the unprecedented global Coronavirus crisis, the Lawrence County Community Foundation has activated an Emergency Relief Fund.  Grants from this fund will provide financial support to trusted nonprofit partners throughout Lawrence County who may become overwhelmed by requests for assistance.

The Fund will allow the Community Foundation to address the community’s most pressing needs by granting to local organizations who provide basic needs and services to residents of the county.  The Fund will also give residents and businesses an opportunity to donate to the pass-through fund with 100% of their donations going to support non-profits helping our most vulnerable populations.

With a frontline understanding of the ramifications of the healthcare crisis and the impact upon people in our community, previously vetted nonprofit partners may submit requests for funding consideration. Rather than the usual grantmaking procedure, a new “Rapid Response” process for distributions from the Emergency Relief Fund will be utilized.

Staff are working remotely as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order; however, non-profit partners may reach out to CEO Hope Flores at hope@cfpartner.org or Finance/Grants Officer Lisa Starr at lisa@cfpartner.org. Staff will return messages as quickly as possible.

Anyone wishing to make tax-deductible gifts to the Fund should mail checks payable to LCCF Emergency Fund to Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235, Bedford, IN 47421.


IU Health Announces Region Donation Procedures

Bloomington, IN – IU Health is grateful for the generosity of individuals and companies as we work together to meet the needs of our communities during this unprecedented time.

Those interested in donating supplies should contact IU Health Supply Chain Operations at COVID-19.Supplies@IUHealth.org.

Suggested items for donation:

  • Respiratory mask, including industrial N95 and N99 masks
  • Facial and eye protection
  • Hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content
  • General personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and observation gowns
  • Disinfectants

The IU Health Supply Chain Operations team will work directly with individuals and companies to assess each donation.

Please do not drop off supply donations at IU Health facilities.

For those businesses and individuals wanting to donate food items for IU Health team members, please contact the following:

Bloomington: Lisa Johnson ljohnson26@IUHealth.org

Bedford: Karen DuBois kdubois1@IUHealth.org

Martinsville (Morgan): Jason King jking@IUHealth.org

Paoli: Kim Martin kmartin25@IUHealth.org


Update: Statewide Visitor Restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ascension St. Vincent has updated temporary visitor restrictions at all hospitals across the state to limit the spread of viral respiratory infections.

Given the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, the following visitor restrictions are effective Saturday, March 21, and apply to all Emergency Departments in all Ascension St. Vincent hospitals.

No visitors will be allowed in any Ascension St. Vincent Emergency Department. One parent or guardian may accompany any pediatric patient, and other compassionate exceptions may be made.

This temporary restriction will assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ensuring that we are best equipped to provide exceptional care to our patients. We will continue to monitor state and national recommendations and lift this restriction in the Emergency Departments as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to quickly adjust to the recommendations related to COVID-19.


Ascension St. Vincent Updates Visitor Restrictions Across the State

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ascension St. Vincent has updated temporary visitor restrictions at all hospitals across the state to limit the spread of viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
No visitors will be allowed (exceptions outlined below). Given the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19, the following visitor restrictions are now in effect. They apply to all Ascension St. Vincent hospitals in Indiana to limit the risk of exposure for visitors, patients, caregivers and employees. This is being done in alignment with the latest recommendations from public health authorities and city and state officials. No visitors will be allowed. Exceptions may be made for one visitor for the areas listed below. All visitors must be at least 18 years of age, unless they are an emancipated minor, the parent of a patient or other case-by-case exceptions.

● Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent
● Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
● Labor and Delivery
● Emergency Departments
● Surgery
● End-of-life and other compassionate situations

This temporary restriction will assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ensuring that we are best equipped to provide exceptional care to our patients. We will continue to monitor
state and national recommendations and lift these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to quickly adjust to the recommendations related to COVID-19.


Lawrence County Community Foundation Is Now Accepting Online Applications

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2020 Open Grant Cycle. Over $75,000 will be available for charitable programs and projects that serve the residents of Lawrence County. Additional funding is available for specific causes such as parks, disadvantaged children, and senior citizens.

The 2019 Open Grant Cycle awarded almost $76,000 to thirty-five Lawrence County groups and agencies including Springville Community Association, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Hope Resource Center, Mitchell Parks & Recreation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County. The 2020 cycle is funded by the Brett Terry Community Fund, Jo Ellen (Alhorn) Lee Community Fund, Ferguson Community Fund, Hoosier Hills Credit Union Community Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Dollens Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, Bedford Federal Savings Bank Community Fund, Paul & Patty Ford Community Fund, and the Sargent Family Fund.

Grantseekers may submit an online grant application at the Community Foundation’s website, https://www.cfpartner.org/, or at https://cfpartner.spectrumportal.net/ Grantseekers must register and be approved to apply; the application deadline is April 20, 2020 to be considered for funding.

Non-profit organizations recognized by the IRS as having 501(c)(3) status, educational institutions, and governmental entities are eligible to apply.


May’s legislation requiring extended background checks on all child care employees moves forward

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Chris May’s (R-Bedford) legislation that would require national criminal history background checks of all employees and volunteers at child care facilities.

Under current law, only those in direct contact with children at child care facilities are vetted. His legislation would ensure all employees and volunteers of child care centers and homes undergo a criminal history background check.

“Our children are our most vulnerable,” May said. “This legislation would eliminate a loophole that allows some who work in proximity of adolescents to bypass an important check if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. It’s imperative we do everything we can to ensure the safety of children.”

The latest data available from the United States Children’s Bureau notes an estimated 678,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment in 2018. Child care facilities that do not screen everyone make it easier for abusers to find potential victims. This legislation would help ensure those tasked with the care of some of Indiana’s most vulnerable do not have criminal backgrounds.

For more information on House Bill 1264, visit iga.in.gov.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of

Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.



UDWI REMC Community Fund Awards $1,500 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

Funds applied to “Meat” the Need program to pay meat processing fees on donated large game/livestock

 UDWI REMC Community Fund recently awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant to be used to serve residents in their service area, including the counties of Clay, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Vigo, Putnam, and Sullivan. These funds will help Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry pay processing fees for large game and livestock donations within these counties.

Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry asks area hunters and farmers to take their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor where the donation is processed, packaged and frozen (at no cost to the donor). Local hunger-relief agencies are contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. Many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck, regularly having to choose between paying bills or buying food. The latest Feeding America Map the Meal Gap Report states that 31% of residents who are food insecure can’t qualify for assistance. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford.

“Protein, an important component of every cell in the body and one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Food insecurity can lead loss of muscle mass and bone frailty, decreased immune system, babies with lower birth weights and with delayed development or in the early stages of life, and lower academic performance among children – as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.” said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.

More than 300,000 Indiana children have no idea where their next meal is coming from…

 “The grant provided by the Community Fund will pay to process about 1,200 pounds of donated large game and livestock – providing almost 5,000 meals through area hunger-relief agencies to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. In the last eight years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute approximately 1.3 million pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing over 5.3 million meals to Hoosiers in need. “To date, we have 87 participating meat processors working throughout Indiana to aid us in our mission and to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Over the last year, this program has given 16,700 pounds of meat within the REMC 11-county service area – providing almost 67,000 meals!”

On average, the cost of this donated meat is about $1.30 per pound, which is less than $.30 per meal!

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.