In celebration of 20 years of service to Hendricks County, the Hendricks County Community Foundation is presenting $1,000 grants to County nonprofits every 20 days in 2016. These 20th Anniversary Board Engagement Grants allow each member of the HCCF Board of Directors to designate a Hendricks County nonprofit that is important to them and to Hendricks County.
The sixth HCCF 20th Anniversary Grant was presented to the One Room School on behalf of Board member Janie Hardin. Janie chose the One Room School because she has experienced the program and knows its benefits for the community, “A few years ago I had the opportunity to sit through a retreat at the One Room School. I was truly amazed at this great program being offered in our community in which history was being presented in a fun and tangible way.”
The concept behind the One Room School in Hendricks County was to make history come to life for students. The One Room School House is visited not only by many children from Hendricks County but also by countless visitors from across the state and beyond. HCCF has supported the project since its inception and helped finance the building’s move to Pittsboro along with its rehabilitation into the community resource it is today.
Judy Pingel, One Room School representative, was excited to be a recipient of a special initiative grant from HCCF. “We are so thankful for this special gift from HCCF. This money will help with the operating of our program. We have current building needs such as a new flag, file cabinets and shelving,” said Pingel. She continued, “HCCF has been a part of this project from the very beginning. We wouldn’t have been able to do what we have done over the years without the tremendous support of the Hendricks County Community Foundation.”
The HCCF 20th Anniversary Grants are a celebration of the Community Foundation’s 20 years of work and partnerships made possible by generous donors and supporters. HCCF Executive Director William Rhodehamel has really enjoyed seeing the passions his board members have for the community, “This 20th Anniversary grant presented by Janie Hardin is an inspiring example of the passion of our Board members and the work they are doing in our community. Janie spoke of her passion for this project during the check presentation and the efforts of this organization to continue to share the history of our county with future generations. This project is near and dear to our hearts at HCCF as it was one of the first large projects we were a part of in the community. That’s really at the core of what our mission is at HCCF: partnering with generous people to realize their charitable goals while addressing community needs in meaningful and lasting ways. That’s what the Community Foundation has done for 20 years and we look to continue for years to come,” said William Rhodehamel, HCCF Executive Director.