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Transforming Our Community One Hour at a Time

Illustration of a hand putting a ballot with a heart on in into a box. Includes the quote - “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

National Volunteer Week officially begins on April 16. Most of us take for granted – or don’t even realize in the first place – just how vital volunteers are to our community. From fighting fires to running events to heading nonprofits and all points in between, it takes many people stepping up into roles and  … Read more

Grantee Update: Rushville FFA

Rushville FFA

Source: Rushville FFA Facebook Page Photos: Jenna Lawler  An anonymous donor started the We Believe in FFA Fund to support the local chapter. This generous gift gave these students an experience they will remember forever. Participants explored agriculture through a variety of lenses including stops at John Deere Harvester Works, Mississippi River Locks and Dam  … Read more

Grantee Update: RCHS FACS Department

2022 CIRCLe Grant Recipient: $19,519 Source: Lion’s Roar Newsletter The 2022 CIRCLe Fund grant supported a collaboration between the RCHS FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) department and First5 Rush County’s Early Learning Coalition with the purchase of RealCare Baby lifelike high-tech infant simulators. Lessons center around healthy child development and teaching teens that they can  … Read more

Grantee Update: Milroy Elementary School

2022 Cycle II Community Grants Recipient, along with Milroy Economic Development Corporation: $12,620 Source: Lion’s Roar Newsletter Walking Path in the Works! We are so excited to be putting in a walking path! We have it carved out and gravel placed. It will be blacktopped in the spring. We’re looking forward to completing a rock  … Read more

CBAP Update: Passing the Torch

CBAP Projects Update

Inside Rushville’s City Center, a group of CBAP (Community Based Action Planning) volunteers gathered in mid-February to share fajitas, successes, and tips for how to keep their momentum going. “This meeting is more of a torch passing than a graduation. We’re always so impressed with the progress Rush County makes. We don’t call you CRush  … Read more

Grantee Update: Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department

Two firefighters from Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department crawl during a training exercise with new air packs purchased with a grant from RCCF.

2021 Grant Recipient $29,010: Community Grants Funds Submitted by: Eric Lower, Fire Chief, Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department When the Fire Dept was awarded the grant we were able to purchase 4 Air Packs.  Our firefighters have new air packs that are lighter and easier for them to wear. Plus the new packs have all the  … Read more

A Warm Welcome for Chris

We appreciate everyone who was able stop by the open house for Chris and give him such a warm welcome. He was truly touched saying, “This was a reminder of how special this community is. Thank you for allowing me to come home and continue the great work of the Rush County Community Foundation!” Many  … Read more

Grantee Update: FACS + First5

Two observations come to mind when stepping into Jill Carmony’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class at Rushville Consolidated High School (RCHS). As expected, it smells amazing (from the pretzels baked by the previous class), but also, this isn’t the Home Ec class that those over a certain age remember. In 1994 a shift occurred  … Read more

Grantee Update: Rush County Farm Bureau

Rush County Indiana Farm Bureau

2021 Grant Recipient $300:  Rita Yager Memorial Ag Grant Fund Submitted by: Marlene Hedrick Fudge, Rush County Farm Bureau Inc. Ag In Classroom Volunteer The objective of the book “Sunflower House” was to raise awareness of the many uses for sunflowers besides just a pretty flower to look at. We explained in our lessons how  … Read more

Donor Story: The Deep Roots of the Liggett Family

Marion and Lois Liggett

In the yard of the Liggett Family’s farm stands an impressive maple tree. Its thick trunk separates into many branches, growing both tall and wide. No doubt its roots run deep, too, just as the Liggetts’ do in the Rush County community. It’s here, at Windmill Farm, where Marion and Lois Liggett built a life  … Read more