LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., November 27, 2018 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to the People for Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) of Dearborn County to help provide treatment for animals at the P.A.W.S. Humane Center in Lawrenceburg.

As a part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, DCF is awarding 20 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2018. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members is recommending a grant. Five lucky attendees at DCF’s 20th Anniversary Dinner in late July also were randomly drawn to recommend a $1,000 grant.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Bill Lakes, center, delivers a $1,000 grant check to P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Director Brenda Wagel, left, and P.A.W.S. Board member Penny Schroder. The DCF grant monies go to the P.A.W.S. Angel Fund to provide medical treatment for shelter animals.

The $1,000 grant to the P.A.W.S. Angel Fund was recommended by DCF Board member Bill Lakes of Aurora. He is a pet owner and a longtime supporter of P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County. “I’m very familiar with the organization and the great work it does,” said Lakes. “As a pet owner, I fully understand the financial responsibility that pet ownership entails. Providing a safe and humane shelter is not enough for some animals.”

The Angel Fund was established by P.A.W.S. Humane Center as a way to cover expenses for treatment above and beyond the regular veterinary services that animals receive while at the center. “Meeting those additional needs is where the Angel Fund becomes so important to help animals have a better chance for survival,” said Lakes. “If this grant can help to save one animal and that animal brings happiness to a family, it’s money well spent.”

For 20 years, DCF, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, has helped donors’ dreams come true by safeguarding endowments for the community through contributions large and small. Grants awarded by the Dearborn Community Foundation support the needs and interests in Dearborn County in the fields of Art, Culture and Humanities, Community and Public Benefit, Education, Environment and Animal Protection, Human Services, Public Safety and Youth Programs.

In January 2009, DCF received the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability: the seal of approval from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program operated by the Council on Foundations (COF), a national professional association based in Washington, D.C. DCF was reconfirmed for the National Standards by the COF in 2014.

To learn more about DCF, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at www.dearborncf.org. If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn other giving options.