Community Foundation Grants $10,000 to Local Music Programs

Dubois County, December 22, 2016: Dubois County Community Foundation announces the Huntingburg and Holland Elementary music programs as the recipient of $10,000 grant.

The grant is the culmination of 12 Days of Giving, a granting blitz that kicked off on December 8.
“This grant will be used to enhance the musical education of all 800 plus elementary Southwest Dubois County School students every year, helping create mindful, intelligent, and creative people,” said music teacher, Kim Wirthwein.

“A solid music program can enhance the development of imagination, creativity, and compassion for others. Our community has proven that they are invested in the whole education of their child,” Wirthwein said. “Thank you so much to everyone that is involved with Foundation and to all that voted,” she said.

Leading up to the $10,000 grant, 21 organizations received a $1,000 grant. These organizations were then eligible for a public vote that took place on Facebook yesterday. Over 2,600 votes were received on the Community Foundation’s page. The organization with the most votes was Huntingburg and Holland Elementary music program, with 555 votes.

The 21 nonprofits who received $1,000 grants were:

• A Kid’s Place
• Backpack Buddies of Dubois Co.
• Boy Scout Troop 181
• Celebrate Recovery Group at Redemption
• Celestine Volunteer Fire Dept.
• Dubois County CASA
• Forest Park Band Boosters
• Freedom Reins
• Girls On The Run
• Huntingburg Event Center
• Huntingburg and Holland Elementary music programs
• Ireland Volunteer Fire Dept.
• JETT
• Memorial Hospital HOPE Garden
• Mentors For Youth
• ROJAC
• Shared Abundance
• Strings, Inc.
• The Parklands
• VFW Dubois Co. — Post 673
• Young Life

A total of $31,000 was granted to local charities through the 12 Days of Giving initiative. This year’s nonprofits were selected by volunteers of the Community Foundation.
“We were pleasantly surprised at the level of excitement we saw around the $10,000 grant opportunity,” said Clayton Boyles, Community Foundation Executive Director. “These nonprofits rallied their supporters and, as we see every day, people in our community step up when it comes to something they’re passionate about,” Boyles said.
The Community Foundation hopes to continue 12 Days of Giving next year and subsequent years as long as grant funds are available.