LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., December 19, 2018 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to the Bev Henry Emergency Fund at Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunities Corporation (SIEOC) to help families in need.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Loretta Day, center, delivers a $1,000 grant check to Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunities Corporation (SIEOC) Executive Director Tammy Cunningham, right, and to Kim Elliott, an SIEOC Certified Family Development Specialist. The DCF grant goes to SIEOC’s Bev Henry Emergency Fund to assist families in need. Elliott is the daughter of the late Bev Henry, who is a former Executive Director at the organization.

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.

The $1,000 grant to the Bev Henry Emergency Fund at SIEOC was recommended by DCF Board member Loretta Day of Moores Hill. The fund at SIEOC is named in memory of the organization’s former director, Beverly Henry, whom Day got to know through a former job. The fund provides a variety of assistance to income-eligible families in a crisis situation in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland and Union counties in Southeast Indiana. Assistance includes financial assistance for rent, utilities, food and medical needs.

“When I met Bev many years ago, it was very apparent that she wanted to help as many people as she could.” said Day. “It was her passion. She left an impression on me that makes me want to contribute to help others in our community. The fund is supported solely by donations from the community, so I wanted to recommend this grant to help.”

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.