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Senior Citizen's Center close to goal

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Members of the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center Board of Directors will soon begin a fundraising drive to match funds for a grant to purchase a new van for the facility. The board consists of (from left) Gerald Pell, Rose Mary Price, Janice Dixon, van driver Bob DeCamp, Joe Wilson and Charlie Brown. [Order this photo]
Thanks to a $40,000 grant, the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center is only $10,000 away from reaching a major goal.

The center recently received the grant money through the Area 7 Agency on the Aging and Disabled and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for the purchase of a new van.

However, the center's board of directors now has until Nov. 1, 2012, to earn the remaining $10,000 it needs to purchase a new van.

Van driver Bob DeCamp recently told The Brazil Times the current van is a 1995 model with 145,000-plus miles on it.

"It's getting to the point where it's fairly costly to operate," DeCamp said. "We just can't afford to keep throwing money into it."

After doing some research, DeCamp came across the possibility of receiving the grant through INDOT and the Area 7 Agency.

DeCamp said he discussed the procedure of applying for the grant with INDOT officials. He then applied and the organization was officially approved recently.

Only two grants of this kind are awarded annually.

Seniors and disabled persons who do not have transportation make use of the van. DeCamp said he operates Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Brazil and countywide on Fridays.

DeCamp said the new van will be a 2013 model, which will have accessibility for two wheelchair passengers in addition to eight other occupants.

Currently, the board is sifting through fundraising ideas. However, board members said they plan to begin a fundraising drive immediately.

In addition, those interested in donating to the cause may do so by sending the donations to the center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil. Because the center is a 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible.

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