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PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS A PROACTIVE GRANT TO THE
MARION POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR PROTECTIVE BODY ARMOR

The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. will award a proactive grant for $13,600 tonight at Marion’s Concert in the Park event to the Marion Police Department for the purchase of protective body armor (rifle plates and carriers) for their 68 police officers.

Executive Director Dawn Brown stated, “After a few conversations with Chief Haley and Deputy Chief Kenworthy, I learned of MPD’s need to upgrade their current body armor.  Essentially, soft body armor vests are excellent for fragmentation and pistol protection but will not stop rifle bullets; therefore there was a pressing need to provide iron rifle plates and the carriers or vests that have the necessary pockets for such plates.  Police work is growing increasingly dangerous in times such as this.  Therefore, as a demonstration of confidence and support in our local law enforcement agencies, the Community Foundation utilized the entire balance of the Law Enforcement Safety Fund as well as an additional grant from the Irving Family Fund to fulfil the current need of the Marion Police Department.”

Thankfully, in 1993, donor Bill Jackson established the Law Enforcement Safety Fund for the sole purpose of providing body armor for all law enforcement officers in Grant County; without his initial generosity, we would not have a fund dedicated specifically to the protection of our police officers. Since that time, the Community Foundation has used this fund to provide body armor and/or safety equipment for all Grant County law enforcement agencies when they had a need and as the balance of the fund would allow.

Although, we are happy to provide such a grant to the Marion Police Department, our Board of Directors would very much like to help the remainder of the Grant County Law Enforcement Agencies upgrade to rifle plated body armor as a way to show our passionate support of those who protect and serve our community on a daily basis.  The mission at the Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter and we know that many people in our community care about those in local law enforcement.

Therefore, we are asking the community to help us replenish the Law Enforcement Safety Fund by making tax-deductible donations online via debit or credit card at www.GiveToGrant.org/PoliceSafety or by dropping off or mailing a donation to the Community Foundation of Grant County at 505 West Third Street, Marion, IN  46952.  Checks may be made out to the Community Foundation with Police Safety written in the memo line.  Each rifle plate and vest costs approximately $200 each, but donations of any amount are both helpful and appreciated.

Additionally, any law enforcement officials within Grant County, Indiana who currently have a need to upgrade body armor should contact Dawn Brown at the Community Foundation of Grant County at 765-662-0065 so that we can work with you to accommodate your safety needs.

Finally, I believe Foundation Board Member, Mike Falder, said it best when asked if he was in support of such a grant, “I wholeheartedly approve! We need to support them any way we can!

Applicants who would like to be considered for funding in the September grant cycle can apply now at www.GiveToGrant.org.  Although we expect to remain flexible in our grant-making decisions, the Community Foundation of Grant County has additional specific funding available for:

  • Youth-related projects and programs
  • Support for young women’s causes
  • The needs of children and the elderly
  • Aid and support of Grant County residents who are leukemia victims
  • The City of Marion International Walkway of Lights
  • Programs supporting children suffering with life-threatening illnesses
  • Programs to support sports for disadvantaged youth of Grant County
  • Programs to support Martin Luther King celebrations in Grant County
  • Body armor and safety equipment for a Grant County law enforcement agency
  • Programs to aid abused and neglected women and children
  • Educational needs of Grant County, Indiana

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