The Larry and Martha Tempel family of Staunton established the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund in December through a donation to the Clay County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc.
This endowment fund will make annual grants to provide support for equipment purchases promoting fire safety and emergency response readiness for the residents of Posey Township.
Because their initial contribution was made during the Gift Phase V program, "Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow," Lilly Endowment Inc. will make a matching gift to Clay County's unrestricted funds. Unrestricted funds are granted countywide.
The Tempel family's establishment of an endowment fund continues a family practice of community service. Their motivation for making a contribution to the community Foundation was their desire to create a fund that would allow others to make future gifts that would benefit the Posey Township community. They said they had been fortunate throughout their lives and they were impressed by how many people give back to their communities either through gifts of time or money and now they have the opportunity to give by creating the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund.
This endowed provides support of the equipment and infrastructure that a community needs to offer fire safety and emergency services to its residents. Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department can also organize fund raising events to make additions to this fund and can be built over time, thereby providing a sizeable yearly income for the department. It can also be added to through gifts of cash or real property. Individuals can also make contributions to this fund through outright gifts or they can give through bequests in their wills.
The Tempels moved to Clay County in 1981 from Spencer County when Larry started to work for Growers Co-op in Brazil. He is now the agronomy manager for Grower's Co-op in Terre Haute and Martha is office manager for Purdue Cooperative Extension Office. They have four children who attended the Clay Community Schools.
In addition, Larry has served on the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board since 1989 and is its current president, served on the County Extension Board for two terms, worked with volunteer fire departments since 1969, joined Posey Volunteer Fire Departmentin 1982 and is its current president. Martha has served 17 years as a 4-H leader and is currently working with 37 4-Hers.