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Welborn Baptist Foundation awards grants to Tri-State non-profits

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The Welborn Baptist Foundation of Evansville awards more than $3.5 million in grants to nearly 60 Tri-State not-for-profit organizations.

Most of the money will go to help programs aimed at early childhood development and promotion of healthy youth development.

A full list of those organizations and grants are below:

WELBORN BAPTIST FOUNDATION

2015 GRANTS LIST

PROMOTION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

A wealth of research and longitudinal experience demonstrates that early childhood development is critical to a child's success as he/she prepares to enter the school environment. Because school readiness is influenced by many factors, the Foundation is encouraging outcomes that not only impact the child directly, but also support the family, child care providers, schools, neighborhoods and the community.

Grantees:

Carver Community Organization
AARP Experience Corps
$70,000

YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Inc.
YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention
$35,000

Deaconess Clinic Inc.
Reach Out and Read
$2,500

Little Lambs
Assessing Little Lamb's Impact on Clients, Partners, and the Community
$5,000

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Power of Parenting
$135,000

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
4C Play & Learn
$131,000

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Faith-Based and Preschool Support (License Exempt Care)
$66,050

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Capacity Building Support
$155,000

4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Early Education Scholarships
$83,200

The total number of grants awarded under Promotion of Early Childhood Development:  9 Grants totaling $682,750.

FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES

The Foundation recognizes the unique role that churches and faith-based organizations play in addressing a host of important community issues. The Foundation continues to cultivate a strong interest in programs that emphasize evangelism and outreach ministry in addressing youth development, family support and spiritual development.

Community One Inc.
Love Your Neighbor
$11,238

Community One Inc.
Capacity Building Support

$58,250

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Henderson Kentucky, Inc.
Sexual Integrity Program
$19,500

Encountering Hope Ministries, Inc.
Hope Central
$15,000

Evansville Area Community of Churches
Weekday Christian Education
$10,000

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Chaplaincy Program Area Jails
$40,000

Media Ministries, Inc.
Dream Center
$175,000

The Potter's Wheel, Inc.
EPIC 1:3
$52,000

TTT Christian Youth Ministries, Inc.
TIGER*Team / KEY Action Plan 2016
$17,500

Young Life
Campership Fund
$60,000

Evansville Rescue Mission, Inc.
Day Camp Program
$2,000

Evansville Christian Life Center
Walk-in Refrigerator/Freezer
$34,500

Evansville Christian Life Center
Security/Lighting Project
$41,100

Evansville Christian Life Center
Capacity Building Support

$87,000

Total Grants awarded under Faith-based Initiatives: 14 Grants totaling $623,088.

PROMOTION OF HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

The growing-up years are a time when youth are laying the groundwork for their future health and well-being.  The decisions preteens and adolescents make about nutrition, physical activity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, and relationships affect their health and well-being, both immediately and into their adult years.


Teenagers’ openness to new experiences also means that adolescence is the time of life when 70% of the behaviors that place young people at risk begin. The Foundation’s particular areas of emphasis include mentoring, family relationships, and substance abuse prevention.

Grantees:

Albion Fellows Bacon Center
Outcomes Assessment
$15,000

Albion Fellows Bacon Center
Primary Prevention Program
$23,500

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Inc.
One-to-One Mentoring Programs in Perry & Spencer Counties
$16,500

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Inc.
Scalable Agency Growth
$35,000

Gallatin County School Health Center
Bright Futures
$100,000

Gilda's Club Evansville Inc.
Program Evaluation
$3,900

Holly's House, Inc.
Think First & Stay Safe
$20,000

Mentors 4 Kids Inc.
Mentoring Program
$30,000

Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana
Vanderburgh County Teen Court
$20,000

CASA of Saline County Inc.
Computer Equipment
$5,000

Lampion Center
Child Trauma Therapy
$155,000

Lampion Center
Stewards of Children - Child Abuse Prevention
$32,900

Youth First, Inc.
School Social Work Program
$385,000

Youth First, Inc.
LifeSkills Program Evaluation
$7,500

YWCA of Evansville
Live Y'ers Program
$130,000

YWCA of Evansville
College Success Coach
$30,000

YWCA of Evansville
Capacity Building Support
$50,000

Total Grants awarded under Healthy Youth Development: 17 grants totaling $1,059,300

HEROES

In 2008, WBF launched a new initiative, HEROES, to help schools in the Foundation’s 14-county service area create lasting improvements in child nutrition and physical activity. HEROES, which  stands for Healthy, Energetic, Ready, Outstanding, Enthusiastic, Schools, is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s research-based and proven Coordinated School Health Model.

Schools throughout the Tri-State area, have made a three-year commitment, and more, to implementing the HEROES Initiative and are changing the cultures of their schools to focus on health. 

An evaluation of the HEROES program shows that schools are making improvements to their environment so that students are increasing physical activity and improving their nutrition.  As a result, we see more participating students falling into normal weight categories.

All of these grants were approved earlier this year and are currently underway.

HEROES - Coordinated School Health Initiative

Nancy Hanks Elementary (Ferdinand, IN)

$17,750

Newburgh Elementary

$17,750

North Posey Jr High

$17,750

Rockport Elementary

$17,750

Chrisney Elementary

$25,200

David Turnham Education Center (Dale, IN)

$25,200

St. Benedict Cathedral School

$17,475

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

$25,200

HEROES Program-related Grant Expenses
$86,000

Total Grants awarded to HEROES: 9 grants totaling $250,075.

IMPROVEMENTS TO COMMUNITY HEALTH STATUS

Numerous communities across the country have established specific indicators to track changes over time in the economic, social, and environmental well-being of their constituents. Those tracking the health status of their communities typically use the prevalence of chronic disease, preventative measures, and the absence of barriers to good health as helpful indicators.


The Foundation continues to support a community-wide initiative called move?ment, which aims to combat obesity by increasing physical activity and fostering healthier eating. Other areas of interest for the Foundation which improve community health status include chronic disease prevention and management, as well as access to health care.

Catholic Charities, Evansville
Latino Alliance Services
$30,825

Impact Christian Health Center
Clinic Support
$20,000

Impact Christian Health Center
Dental Program Support
$15,000

Tulip Tree Health Services of Gibson County, Inc.
Medical and Dental Programs
$60,000

University of Evansville
Physician’s Assistant Program
$25,000

ECHO Community Health Care
Dental Case Manager
$25,000

ECHO Community Health Care
Behavioral Health Consultant Academy
$7,200

ECHO Community Health Care
Behavioral Health Telemedicine
$5,291

ECHO Community Health Care
Division Street Family Clinic
$12,000

The total number of grants awarded under Improvements to Community Health Status: 9 grants totaling $200,316.

TARGETED OPPORTUNITY

Although target areas receive the majority of available funds, Welborn Baptist Foundation considers other worthy opportunities that support its community endeavors and fit within its chosen domains of health and education.

Evansville Christian School
Evansville Christian High School Capital Project
$500,000

Total Grants awarded under Targeted Opportunity: 1 grant totaling $500,000

MEMORIAL GRANTS

MARJORIE Z. SOYUGENC MEMORIAL GRANT
4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
Early Education Scholarships
$83,200

DONALD B. COX MEMORIAL GRANT

Gallatin County School Health Center
Bright Futures
$100,000

Community Capacity Building

$140,000

In 2016, the Foundation will spend up to $140,000 to provide strategic and organizational development services for the not-for profit community. The focus is on creating stronger, more sustainable organizations.

A total of 59 grants were awarded by Welborn Baptist Foundation totaling $3,455,529.

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