CIRCLe Fund Announces 2024 Grant

The CIRCLe (Chicks Impacting Rush County Life) Fund was started by six friends and RCCF supporters – Pam Hoeing, Shelly King, Heather Meckes, Amy Ploeger, Cindy Taff, and Betsy Williams. It is a women’s giving group that pools many donors’ resources via a $300 annual contribution to make a large grant to a transformative project. Each year they gather to read applications, vote, and enjoy each other’s company.


Our annual event is a great time to socialize with a variety of women. Learning about local nonprofits is really interesting and inspiring,” shared Cindy Taff.


But their decision is never easy.


My vision was for any and all women to have a ‘voice’ in the way their annual memberships are being spent,” explained Pam Hoeing. And they do. Passionate discussions follow the presentations.


This year’s $12,000 grant will be awarded to the Rush County Senior Center (RCSC). It will help purchase a new wheelchair lift for one of their Ride Rush vehicles and expand the activities they provide.


Ride Rush provides a critical service for many in our community, not just seniors. Those in need of transportation assistance for medical appointments, grocery shopping, or simply staying connected to their community are eligible. Anyone in Rush County can arrange for a ride at least 24 hours in advance by calling (765) 932-2935 Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Visit their website for more information.


The CIRCLe grant will allow us to further our mission and enhance the lives of seniors and those with mobility needs in our community,” explained Angela Cavaletto, RCSC Executive Director. “We are honored and grateful for the recognition and support from the community. Our team is eager to get to work and to make an impact in Rush County!


Studies show that when seniors socialize and dine together, they experience lower rates of depression and live longer, healthier lives. With nearly 20% of Rush County’s population age 65 and older, these activities are providing an important service. Be sure to check their calendar of events.


In addition to presentations from the applicants, the ladies got an update from 2023’s recipient, Girls Inc. The organization provided in-school education to Rush County 6th graders on puberty, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects. 7th graders learned about healthy relationships based on communication and respect.


One reason I enjoy being a member of the Circle is for a small personal investment the Circle is able to make an impact on the Rush County community,” continued Cindy.


Pam agreed. “I am truly excited to have new, creative, and inspirational projects developed for our 501c3 organizations to prosper and grow by leaps and bounds!


Membership in the CIRCLe is open to all Rush County chicks. “We truly welcome women of all ages! We love to hear what the next generation has on their mind and their hearts,” said Pam.


To join the CIRCLe and use your voice to help make a positive impact for your community, just make a $300 donation by 12/31/2024.

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