Three Finalists Vie for $10,000

, photo(s) South Madison Community Foundation

PENDLETON, IN - The Grant Committee of the “Open Hearts, Open Purses” women’s giving circle has completed its review of grant applications and has recommended three finalists.

A representative of each finalist organization will have ten minutes to explain their project to the full membership of the giving circle before a vote is cast to determine the recipient of the $10,000 grant. 

Since the formation of “Open Hearts, Open Purses” in 2010, nearly $65,000 has been invested in community organizations by individual women giving $100 at a time.  Each $100 membership entitles the member to a vote that determines the year’s $10,000 grant. Since 2010, Open Hearts, Open Purses has helped begin or enhance many projects, including “Project Suds”, “Saving Max”, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Open Hearts, Open Purses has also purchased lifesaving equipment for the Lapel/Stony Creek Fire Department and the Pendleton Fire Department.

The 2015 OHOP finalists are:

Pendleton Artists Society, for Creative Expression & Growing through Art. Grant support will allow PAS to offer educational opportunities in the arts to children age five through fifteen. Grant funds will be used toward the purchase of required security equipment and youth-appropriate fixtures and equipment.  Thirty six students will be accommodated each week through three classes, and a Summer Art Camp for 15 children will be offered.  PAS’ goal is to enrich the cultural climate, economic vitality and quality of life for residents of Pendleton and beyond.

Pendleton YMCA, for the YMCA Sports Floor.  The main sports court is the physical foundation of the Pendleton YMCA, supporting activities for thousands of participants in various ages and levels of physical ability.  Due to its poor condition, the current floor can not sustain the level and types of activities the YMCA would like to offer; a new surface, both durable and portable, can support the programs, leagues, and events of the Pendleton YMCA for years to come.

Safe Families for Children, for “Open Hearts, Open Homes” OHOP's investment would focus on opening additional host homes in South Madison County, allowing more families in crisis to place at-risk children into the homes of host Safe Families, thereby preventing child abuse and neglect and deflecting children from the child welfare system.  Concurrently, Safe Families will work to increase awareness of available host homes to those working with South Madison families in need.

Memberships in “Open Hearts, Open Purses” are still available.  To secure membership and to vote for this year’s grant recipient, and to attend the member vote on the evening of Thursday, June 11, contact Tammy Bowman at the South Madison Community Foundation at 778-8444 or email tammy@southmadisonfoundation.org.

Members of the general public can also take part in the generosity of “Open Hearts, Open Purses” through the annual “People’s Choice” online vote.  All submitted grant projects are briefly outlined online atwww.southmadisonfoundation.org/peoples-choice.  Online voting is live through noon on Wednesday, June 10.  The winner of the online vote will receive $500.

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You can find more information on this organization at their Stony Creek Lifestyle listing accessible here.

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