Left to right: Fawn Johnson, Brenda Tarter, Sandy Webb and Trey Etcheson were vital factors in this project.
Left to right: Fawn Johnson, Brenda Tarter, Sandy Webb and Trey Etcheson were vital factors in this project.
A perfect chain of events resulted in long-term financial support for the Sunshine Vans program, which is operated through the Crawfordsville Parks & Recreation. The first link in this chain is Hoosier Heartland State Bank, whose mission as a community bank is to give back to our community through financial support, as well as hands-on service projects. HHSB created a Shared Values Award event, designed to support local nonprofits and highlight the important work they do in our community. A component of this event are the Mission, Vision and Values Awards, given to employees recognized for their commitment to these shared values. Peers vote on employees who best exemplify these values and then the winners choose a local nonprofit to receive the monetary award. Sandy Webb was the winner of the Mission Award, and she became the next link in the chain.
Webb has worked for HHSB for 22 years and is currently Branch Manager of the Roachdale and Ladoga locations. She considered it a great privilege and honor to win the award and immediately started researching local nonprofits. Webb said it was a daunting task to choose just one but eventually she chose the Sunshine Vans program, which she considers a hidden treasure in our community. She was impressed with their mission of providing transportation for the elderly and disabled in our community. Whether it be for doctor appointments, pharmacy runs, banking needs, or dialysis treatments, these vans are there five days a week to assist. They are also the only provider that is wheelchair accessible in the county, making their service even more valuable. Sandy felt good about her decision and was excited to direct the $5,000 award to the Sunshine Vans. Brenda Tarter, Senior Program Director, and the next link in this chain, was even more excited to receive it.
When you operate a fleet of 12 vans that make approximately 80 trips a day, you are in a constant cycle of maintenance, repairs, and eventually, replacement. Those who ride the vans are not required to pay for the service, yet the wear and tear on the vans is a constant financial consideration. Tarter’s first thought was to use the money for immediate needs, however, she took some time pondering this decision and discussed it at length with Fawn Johnson, Director of the Crawfordsville Parks & Recreation. Johnson said that the Parks & Recreation Board had previously considered establishing an endowed fund for the purpose of supporting the Sunshine Vans program. But knowing that donations are sporadic at best, they felt it would take a long time to get the needed funds and tabled that idea, until now. With this award, they had the full amount to establish an endowed fund with the Montgomery County Community Foundation. The Parks & Recreation Board gave their approval – and the links in the chain grew and were now complete. The Sunshine Vans Fund is now an established fund at the MCCF and will provide long-term support for this vital program.
“HHSB is a valuable community partner to the MCCF, and many other nonprofits in Montgomery County, as they contribute financially and through voluntary service,” stated Kelly Taylor, MCCF Executive Director. “We are thankful for their support in starting this new fund to sustain the Sunshine Vans for many years in the future.” Anyone can donate to this endowed fund, or any of our endowed funds, at any time. To make a donation, please visit us online at www.mccf-in.org and click on Donate Now, or you can mail a check to MCCF at PO Box 334, Crawfordsville.