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Grant Helps Community Cancer Network Clients

For patients fighting cancer and their families, the process can be long, costly, and stressful. Since 2007, Community Cancer Network, Inc., which serves 11 area counties, has been easing their burdens with nonmedical assistance. Needs can vary, from groceries, durable medical equipment, assistance with rent, transportation to and from treatment, and others. A recent $15,591 Community Foundation field-of-interest grant is helping sustain these services. “This grant matters because it will go a long way in providing services and resources,” says Telisa Clevenger-Smith, administrative director. “We like to say, ‘This is neighbors helping neighbors,’ because all donations and food pantry contributions help local clients.” The nonprofit also benefits from two annual fundraisers—the Hope on the Horizon Gala and the Carry the Torch Walk.


Cat Care One Aspect at Almost Home

Almost Home
New cage doors and portals are enhancing living accommodations for cats at the Almost Home Humane Society, purchased with a $10,401 Community Foundation grant. Founded in 1939, the organization provides animal sanctuary, education programs, and adoption services. So far this year, more than 1,500 animals were adopted from Almost Home by local pet lovers. Community support is vital to its operations. Volunteers are needed for foster and onsite care at 1705 S. Second St. And youth aged 8 to 15, accompanied by an adult, are invited to help care for furry felines, one of man’s best friends, or other domestic critters.


Helping Habitat for Humanity


House by house, Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette is part of solving homelessness locally. Founded in 1984, the nonprofit completed its first house in 1986, and usually builds about 10 to 15 each year. To date, it has constructed 278 homes for local families, who also provide sweat equity by working for the program, reports Doug Taylor, executive director. The Community Foundation recently helped Habitat with its own “home,” providing $14,999 in funding for a new, specially designed roof for its office facility at 420 S. First St., Lafayette.


YWCA Greater Lafayette


YWCA Greater Lafayette from youth to adults, health-related activities to networking opportunities, the YWCA Greater Lafayette provides services and programs for the community under its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Its programs include the Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, which includes housing for women and children; the Women’s Cancer Program, which provides screening and diagnostic exams for those without resources; and numerous dance and aquatics classes. To assist the YWCA in its community service, The Community Foundation provided $30,662 in grants in 2014 that funded acoustic panels and bleachers for the gymnasium, a digital sign for the entrance, a storage shed and portable basketball goals. 


Farmers Market Gets Dining Court


The West Lafayette Farmers Market now has a public dining court, thanks to a $24,160 grant from The Community Foundation to the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Foundation. It funded cement pads and shade sails so market visitors can dine onsite. Besides ready-to-eat fare, some 40 vendors sell area-grown produce and fruits, and several crafters sell wares. Held outdoors in Cumberland Park on North Salisbury, the market is open several hours each Wednesday from May to October.





The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
300 Main Street, Suite 100
Lafayette, IN 47901

Phone (765) 742-9078
Fax (765) 742-2428

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