Lilly Endowment Grants Through Indiana United Ways

In early 2012, the United Way of Posey County obtained grant funds through the Indiana Association of United Ways with funding from the Lilly Endowment by matching increased giving in the 2011 United Way Campaign. The $65,166 obtained from the grant is designed to strengthen the United Way initiatives of Education, Family Financial Stability, and Health. We have worked with 3 local agencies to focus on how to use these funds in areas to help work on concerns now rather than trying to deal with bigger problems later. Big Brothers Big Sisters received $35,000 to help establish its programs throughout Posey County. Community Emergency Assistance received $12,000 to be able to offer the Neighbor to Neighbor financial planning and training course to more people. ECHO Community Health Care received $18,166 to offer more basic health care for the people of Posey County.

In early 2014, an additional $63,927 in grant funds was received. The grant was designed to strengthen the United Way initiatives of Education, Family Financial Stability, and Health and the United Way of Posey County is again using the funds to help work on concerns now before they grow into larger problems.

MSD Mt. Vernon received $51,000 for a socialworker’s cost and program expenses to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and reduce the incidents of suspensions and expulsions. MSD North Posey received $10,000 to be used to continue the services of a school resource officer to maintain a safer school environment. Children’s Learning Center of Posey County received $2,500 to help them attain Level 3 and Level 4 on the Paths to Quality program to help provide superior child care and school readiness. The Medical Needs Committee received $427 to provide vouchers for emergency dental care for the uninsured of Posey County.

In early 2016, $66,445 in grant funds was received and again designed to strengthen the United Way initiatives of Education, Family Financial Stability, and Health. The funds were divided between the two school districts –MSD of Mt. Vernon and MSD of North Posey to pay for socialworkers to reduce substance abuse, suspensions and expulsions and absenteeism, and to increase graduation rates.

In 2018, $66,590 in grant funding has been received. The funds have been split between the Mount Vernon and North Posey School districts. These funds will again be used to help provide social workers in both school districts. The goals are to reduce the incidents of child abuse and neglect in Posey County, reduce incidents of bullying, reduce alcohol and drug use among students, and improve the graduation rates in both districts. Grant Beloat said, “We thank the people, businesses, and industry of Posey County for their overwhelming generosity and support.”

In 2020, $64,278.00 in grant funding has been received. The funds have been split between the Mount Vernon and North Posey School districts to work with Youth First. Youth First provides in-school social workers to help schools provide mental health services to young people in Posey County. By doing so, we want to see increases in community referrals for assistance concerning child abuse, exposure to violence, or violent related behavior and subsequently increase school attendance and graduation rates.

This is the fifth grant we have been able to claim in full since 2012, for a total of $326,406 to impact the community.