These are five examples of the twenty-three grants made available last year in Whitley County by the HANDS Foundation.
The HANDS Foundation, made up of fifteen students from the three Whitley County school corporations, received a grant of $10,500.00 from The Dekko Foundation for use during the 2009-2010 school year. This is fifteenth consecutive year The Dekko Foundation has funded HANDS. Over the last fourteen years, HANDS with funding from The Dekko Foundation has granted over $200,000.00 in Whitley County.
HANDS will use the grant to fund unique educational initiatives in all three school corporations, provide scholarships for three graduating seniors who are non-HANDS members, host Christmas parties for Head Start children, conduct its annual Littlest Philanthropist Day, and perform service projects throughout the county as well as at Children’s Hope Hospitality House in Fort Wayne.
As a provider of funds, HANDS encourages community members to submit grant requests for ideas that will improve education and the quality of life in Whitley County.
The students at their monthly meetings review the requests. The grant applications are available by calling the Whitley County Community Foundation at (260) 244-5224.
The HANDS Foundation would like to publicly thank The Dekko Foundation for allowing them to continue its work in Whitley County.
The HANDS Foundation is brought to the community through the cooperation of The Dekko Foundation, the Whitley County Community Foundation, and the three Whitley County school corporations.