16 Apr We’re All in this Together
The Community Foundation of Grant County has believed in its mission to connect people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact towards the betterment of Grant County for 35 years. And while local healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers are doing a terrific job of handling the pandemic in Grant County, the Foundation has been busy making Rapid Response Grants to many nonprofits to help keep them sustained, as well.
“As we undergo a Governor-ordered stay-at-home quarantine mandate to flatten the curve, our nonprofit social service organizations are working tirelessly to assist communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak,” said Development Manager Shelly Jones.
The Foundation is also concerned about the community’s morale right now; especially since Grant County has yet to hit the COVID-19 peak.
This is why the Foundation decided to launch an encouragement campaign. We had 9’ X 4’ banners made that are placed throughout the community to encourage anyone who might see them as they drive by or go to the store—to remind them that we really are all in this together. Because it’s true. We are.
“We believe it’s a small gesture that brings big smiles instantly to the community,” Jones added.
The Foundation’s banners were hung on the heels of the #INthistogether campaign launched by Indiana’s Governor Eric Holcomb to promote the importance of social distancing to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 in Indiana.
“The #INthistogether campaign will help Hoosiers understand the importance of social distancing, provide access to helpful tips and information and galvanize community-wide commitment to flattening the curve,” the governor’s office said in a release sent out Wednesday. “When done correctly, social distancing reduces the number of hospitalizations and deaths related to the pandemic.”
“Social distancing is the most important and effective tool we have to defeat COVID-19,” said Gov. Holcomb. “If we act now, we can save lives and then re-open our state for business, group activities, sports and the other things we enjoy doing together as Hoosiers. But we need every person to take this seriously and do their part. We are truly in this together.”
Find the banners displayed at local businesses, churches, and nonprofits all throughout the county. Including at the Community Foundation office, Grant County Rescue Mission, Hope House Marion, Marion Grant County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Grant County, Marion Cycle Works, Carey Services, Matter Park, Lance’s New Market in Gas City, Marion General Hospital, Brookhaven Wesleyan Church, College Wesleyan Church, God’s House Ministries, Walnut Creek, Matthews Feed and Grain, Miller’s Merry Manor, and Grant County State Bank.
You can also participate in promoting #INthistogether by purchasing Grant County t-shirts from Hoosier Jiffy Print. With this partnership, $5.00 from each t-shirt sold will stay in Grant County and will be split equally to support the United Way, the Community Foundation, and the local business response to COVID-19. Visit: www.hjpapparel.com/grant_county_together to place orders for your family today.
Right now, the Community Foundation has distributed all available banners, but would be happy to provide the graphic art if a business or organization would like to print their own. Call 765-662-0065 for more information.
Read more about the over $90,000 in Rapid Response Grants awarded by the Community Foundation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at www.GiveToGrant.org/Impact and follow us on Facebook (@GiveToGrant) to stay up-to-date on how you can be involved in Grant County.