OHOP Members award $13,475 in Community Grants‏

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PENDLETON, IN - Open Hearts, Open Purses (OHOP) is the South Madison Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle.

In OHOP, a minimum of 100 women each contribute $100, entitling them to vote for one community organization to receive a pooled $10,000 grant. 

On June 9, 130 members (and 19 Junior members under 18 years old) gathered to hear three finalist organizations make a funding appeal for a cause that would benefit their community. The project proposals were:

The Lapel/Stony Creek Township Fire Territory
The 35 member force responded to over 450 emergency calls during 2015, covering over 100 square miles of largely rural territory. The agency is requesting equipment to decrease their response time and administer more immediate aid. Specifically, the request is for a snow plow attachment and four AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)- the department will share their older model AEDs with the Lapel Police Department so either agency will be able to administer rapid aid when arriving to a citizen in need.

Safe Families for Children
Safe Families prevents child abuse and neglect by providing safe, temporary homes for children from families in crisis. Beyond home stays, Safe families support and stabilize families in crisis by providing mentoring and referrals. With the OHOP grant, Safe Families aims to increase its network of host families as well as strengthening its referral network for families in need.

Markleville Park Board
The Park Board aims to impact community development through amenities selected to encourage people of all ages and abilities to recreate together. Improving physical and cognitive health and drawing connections between people will be accomplished through the addition of a Frisbee golf course, an RC (radio controlled device) track and viewing stand, benches, and a climber.  

By majority vote, Safe Families for Children took home the $10,000 OHOP Grant as well as the $475 Junior OHOP grant.  Lapel/Stony Creek Township Fire Territory and Markleville Park Board each received $1500 Finalist grants to help them toward meeting their most pressing needs.

Any woman who still wishes to join Open Hearts, Open Purses for the next award season may do so by contacting the South Madison Community Foundation at 778-8444.

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

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