For the Community That Made Us Who We Are

When RCCF board members and classmates, Cindy Powers and Karen Brashaber, realized their 40th high school class reunion was approaching, they didn’t go shopping for something new to wear. They got busy and filed the paperwork to start the “RCHS Class of 1979 Community Fund”.   They decided that instead of changing their wardrobe or  … Read more

Restoring More Than Monuments

What comes to mind when you think of the most beautiful and peaceful spaces in Rush County? East Hill Cemetery surely tops your list. It’s a place for grieving, yes, but it’s also a place for remembering and celebrating loved ones. The hallowed grounds are home to some amazing old trees. It holds the key  … Read more

Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride a Team Effort

Five in 50 Covered Bridge Riders

Photo credits: Green Photography In 2018, 208 cyclists rolled through Rush County to enjoy the inaugural Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride. This year’s event attracted 367 riders from ten states. In addition to admiring the beautiful countryside and the majestic covered bridges, the riders raised $27,200 to support the Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF).  … Read more

Insights from the Mays Community

We continued our Community Insights tour with a stop in Mays on Tuesday night. The session was well-attended, 23 people and a cat. Opal, a gray and white cat that lives at the Mays Community Academy, represented the feline population with a typical mix of both curiosity and indifference.   Brian Blackford from Ball State’s  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Chloe Bretzlaff

Chloe Bretzlaff is a sophomore at Marian University studying biology and volunteering through Circle K, blood drives, and MU group work days. Just before she moved back to school this semester, Chloe finished her second internship with the Mayor’s office. Chloe has been a vital part of the exciting city council projects over the past  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Hannah Bates

Hannah Bates graduated this summer from IU Bloomington with her master’s degree in Public Affairs focused in International Development and Non-Profit Management. She credits her non-profit minor to her time serving the community through Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Her time in YIP stuck with her during college and has inspired her to try to always  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Jenna Geise

Future teacher Jenna Geise is just starting out her freshman year studying elementary education at Marian University. Her involvement in Sacred Choir there allows her to lend her voice to weekly masses and her hands to her current community. She also volunteers through MU days of service and would like to join the community service  … Read more

Lilly Scholar Blossoms into a Philanthropist: James Brashaber

Former Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient James Brashaber graduated in 2017 from DePauw University and currently works as a financial advisor at Valeo Financial Advisors. James describes receiving the Lilly scholarship as something unlike anything in his lifetime and an award that taught him a great deal about generosity. In fact, James would like to  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Keith Bacon

When RCHS junior Keith Bacon is not running around with the Cross Country or Track teams, he is giving back to his community through FFA, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, Youth in Philanthropy (YIP), and Moscow Christian Church. Keith has served his community many times, but he especially remembers the  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Elizabeth Amos

Even though she is just a sophomore in high school, Elizabeth Amos is busy giving back to her community through band, FFA, Key Club, cheerleading, MORE of Rush County, Richland Farmers and Farmerettes 4-H Club, and Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Wow! Elizabeth has definitely incorporated her family’s value of giving time to those who need  … Read more