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YMCA of Clay County receives grant money

Friday, April 13, 2012

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YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer
The YMCA of Clay County recently received a hefty amount of money to help with funding of the Vigo County facility.

On Thursday, the Clay County facility received $10,000 in grant money from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

According to YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer, the money will be used for the Fairbanks Park facility for health and wellness services in addition to more.

"We'll be focusing on health and wellness programs and aquatic programs," Plummer said, adding the Vigo County YMCA Summer Day Program will also begin June 4.

The YMCA of Clay County was one of nine non-profit organizations receiving grant monies from the foundation during an event Thursday at the Holiday Inn, Terre Haute.

Other recipients of the 2012 Wabash Valley Community Foundation Spring Grant Cycle include:

* Light House Mission ($8,000),

* Sheldon Swope Art Museum ($18,000),

* Freebirds Solution Center ($5,000),

* Bright Hope Riders of the Wabash Valley, Inc., ($2,632),

* Hamilton Center, Employment Solutions ($5,000),

* Downtown Terre Haute Farmer's Market, Inc., ($2,500),

* Next Step Foundation, Inc., ($10,000), and

* Terre Haute Community Band ($5,900).

Plummer said the 2012 spring grant cycle began in 2011. Letters-of-intent had to be presented to the Community Foundation by November 2011.

There were a total of 22 non-profit organizations that submitted letters-of-intent. The total was whittled after a committee of Vigo County residents and members of the Community Foundation viewed the letters-of-intent, which specified what the grant money would be used for.

"The letters-of-intent indicated details about the organization and the project in which they are asking support for," Plummer said.

The organizations selected then had to present full proposals to the Community Foundation, which were due by Feb. 1, 2012.

Plummer added the Clay County Community Foundation, which is affiliated with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, donated grant monies in 2010 to the YMCA of Clay County for its security system.

Plummer said there is no concrete date for the opening of the Vigo County facility, but added a board meeting will take place Thursday, April 19, to discuss the timing of the opening.

"We are in the process of hiring the main staff positions," Plummer said, "and we are still involved in our (fundraising campaign). But a membership drive for the location will begin once an opening date has been set."



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