Greensburg Ready Program Begins

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Pictured: Decatur County United Fund Community Impact Assistant—Terri Jones, and United Fund Executive Director—Joane Cunningham will work in partnership with Greensburg High School Principal – Grant Peters, and Engineering and Technology Education Instructor, Mike Wilds, to facilitate the upcoming Greensburg Ready Program.

The Decatur County United Fund is partnering with the Greensburg Community School Corporation in a new workforce development initiative, the Greensburg Ready Program.  The new project is made possible through a grant received by the Decatur County United Fund from the Indiana Association of United Ways with $30,000 being targeted for the Greensburg Ready Program slated to begin in the fall of 2017.

Designed for adults ages 18 to 30, four sessions will be offered at the Greensburg Community School Corporation Vocational Tech Center during the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Enrollment will be limited to 10 to 12 students each session and classes will meet three evenings per week for nine weeks.  Partnerships with local industries will provide employment opportunities for students completing the course while providing employers with qualified personnel.

Careers in engineering, manufacturing and energy science require a wide range of technical skills and the ability to work in a team-based environment.  Problem solving through technical application is necessary for jobs today and into the future. 

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New Board Members Announced

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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The Decatur County United Fund is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan Louden, Jayne McCleland, and Brent Muckerheide to its Board of Directors. Chris Bower will return to the board and serve a second term.

A Greensburg native, McCleland has worked for the Hoosier Lottery for 8 years and is involved with St. Mary’s Booster Council and St. Mary’s Eucharistic Ministry.

Muckerheide is also from Greensburg and has been with Batesville Tool & Die for 18 years. He is involved with youth coaching, St. Mary’s and most recently the Decatur County School Board.

Louden comes from the Westport area and has been with MainSource for 2.5 years. He brings great IT experience to the Decatur County United Fund Board of Directors.  Louden is a former member and past President of the Westport Kiwanis.

As new board members, each expressed their excitement to provide positive impact in the community, and to further their involvement in the organization. These three outstanding individuals will serve in their United Fund capacity through January 2020. 

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Reading Buddies Program Continues

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Pictured: Stacy Allgeier, Director of Carousel Play & Learn Center, along with Executive Director Joane Cunningham and Community Impact Assistant Terri Jones of Decatur County United Fund are pictured with students from the Carousel Play and Learn Center Preschool Class.  In the background are the many materials purchased to support the Reading Buddies Program

Stacy Allgeier knows the value of reading to a child. As a mother of four and the Director of Carousel Play and Learn Center, she has certainly spent a great deal of time reading to children. She knows reading to a child helps parents build a stronger relationship with their children while helping them to build basic speech skills.  She understands that reading to a child helps them learn the basics of how to read a book, build better communication skills and develop enhanced concentration and discipline skills.  And she believes that reading to a child is a wonderful way to help children develop a lifelong love of learning. That’s why she chose to partner with the Decatur County United Fund to implement the Reading Buddies Program at Carousel.

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Blake O’Mara Honored as Volunteer of the Year

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Blake O’Mara was honored for his community service at the Decatur County United Fund annual meeting held January 24, 2017 at MainSource Financial Group.

To be a volunteer, it takes…
Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put your-self in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through
This year’s volunteer is an individual that has demonstrated all of these things and much more.

Blake O’Mara is a dedicated community member and very deserving to be awarded the Decatur County United Fund 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award.


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