Samtec Cares received requests totaling over $1.3M and have granted $450,000 during the Summer 2019 Grant Cycle to the following nonprofit organizations to assist in fulfilling their missions.
Alilgn Southern Indiana’s mission is to actively facilitate a shared regional process that will align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions. Local educators estimate that 50% of students entering Kindergarten are unprepared to have a successful experience. Those students will have a 60% chance of graduating high school which decreases the liklihood of living wage employment. Their grant will be used to support their Kindergarten Readiness program.
Blue River Services was founded in 1959 by six families who believed that all people are capable of learning when given the opportunity and appropriate support services. Their grant will be used to purchase equipment for Rainbow’s End Preschool and Child Care Center in Corydon, IN, which provides high quality early education and child care to our community.
Brandon’s House Counseling Center is an outpatient agency that offers free, professional counseling services to families and teens in the Kentuckiana region. Their grant will be used to build a technology infrastructure that will substantially increase the availability of counseling sessions for teens and their families in our community.
500 Children in Kentucky and Indiana are diagnosed with cancer each year. Camp Quality Kentuckiana’s goal is to ensure every child who has been diagnosed with cancer can not only have a summer camp experience, but year-round programs to enchance their quaity of life – at no cost. Campers are free to be kids again. Their grant will be used to support the week-long summer camp as well as different events throughout the year.
Cure CF is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis by supporting efforts across the country focused on cystic fibrosis research. Louisville currently does not have a pediatric pulmonology fellowship to treat Cystic Fibrosis and research for a cure, so their grant will be used to help fund a fellowship.
Since 1962, ElderServe has been supporting adults 60 and older in Jefferson County, Kentucky. They empower older adults to live independently with dignity, which sometimes means supporting families as well. Their grant will be used towards the full renovation of their West Louisville senior health and wellness center.
Friend for Life’s mission is to help people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there. Their grant will be used to recruit and train cancer survivors and caregivers throughout Kentucky to become Peer Mentors.
Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic’s mission is to put smiles on the under-served residents of our Southern Indiana Communities. Approximately 10.3% of Southern Indiana residents live below the poverty line and often don’t have access to dental care. Their grant will be used to offset dental medical supplies needed to operate the Miles of Smiles mobile dental clinic that provides free basic dental care for those in need in Southern Indiana.
Harvest Homecoming is one of Indiana’s longest running community festival and has been drawing thousands of visitors to New Albany for over 51 years. Their grant will be used to fund all Kid’s Events at the 2019 Harvest Homecoming Festival.
Hero Reward is designed to provide US service men and women as well as emergency responders a one of a kind retreat to aid in both mental and physical recovery from traumatizing events. Their program offers lodging, fishing, hiking, and many other services to these heros and their families at no charge. Their grant will be used to expand their Healing Without Walls Program which is designed to offer an alternative to traditional forms of rehabilitation and counseling.
Jacob’s Well provides opportunity for life change to single women and their children seeking to break the cycle of hopelessness through structured programs. Jacob’s Well is in the process of moving their facility to Greenville, and their grant funds will be used to fill in a reflection pool and build a playground in its place along with building a pole barn for storage.
New Albany High School Theatre Arts is an award winning, nationally recognized theatre program in Indiana. It is one of the oldest public high school drama departments in the state with a 120 year history. Their grant will be used to complete their classroom theatre by purchasing lighting, lighting board, sound board, speakers, chairs, and a piano to host classroom and extra-curricular productions in this space.
Open Door Youth Services exists to respond to the needs and promote the healthy development of vulnerable children and youth in our community. Their grant will be used for two summer field trips for their New Directions after-school program.
The Scott County family YMCA is volunteer-led and works collaboratively with community partners to improve the lives of children, adults, families and the entire community. Their grant will be used to subsidize families in need of afterschool care and programming. The program offers homework help, learning activities and a healthy snack in a safe and productive environment at the school.
The Scott County Partnership is a way that the people of Scott County join forces in a collaborative process to create new systems and address long term community challenges. Their grant will be used to support The Clearinghouse which is a one-stop service for families seeking help. The Clearinghouse served 5,781 unduplicated individuals in crisis in 2018. This grant will impact a minimum of 5500 residents in Scott County which reflects about 24% of the total population.
St. Vincent de Paul partners with individuals and families in crisis and helps them navigate to stabilize their lives and reach their full potential. 600 people, including 60 children, live in SVDP’s supportive housing programs. Their grant will be used to provide new crisis housing at their St. Jude Women’s Recovery Center for women with children that provides a sober living environment that will lead, ultimately, to permanent housing.
TheatreWorks is an inclusive theatre company committed to creating a performance space for local artists, providing perfromance opportunities for actors and technicians, promoting the education of cultural arts and offering quality entertainment in our community. Their grant funds will be used to build elevated seating in their downstairs theatre and purchase portable staging for their upstairs theatre.
The IU Southeast School of Education will use their grant funds to upgrade its STEM Learning Laboratory to better meet the demands of 21st century skills needed in our community. New technology and equipment will allow future K-12 teachers hands-on experiences to support student learning.
This grant will be used to add two new courses to the Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway over the next two years at Henryville High School. 39 students enrolled in the first year of the course offering, and 30 students signed up for the second year. Funds be used for teacher training, equipment and materials to run the class.
Youth for Christ’s Campus Life program combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life and positively impact their schools. Their grant will be used to complete their 2020 Vision of establishing a Campus Life program in every high school community in Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties.