Nonprofits are usually highlighted for the projects and stories that come out of their services, yet the daily menagerie of operating a nonprofit is often lacking in luster—staff and volunteers can be found scrubbing toilets, making phone calls, shredding documents, and overall…doing the behind-the-scenes dirty work of keeping a facility functioning. Some of the Community Foundation granting offers exciting stories with neat collaborations or initiatives, while other times, our granting helps those less-than-glamorous needs. HAPPY TAILS ANIMAL CENTER, a grant recipient from our Fall 2019 Grants, was recently faced with one of those demands.
Happy Tails Animal Care Center is a No-Kill Animal Shelter whose mission is to save as many animal lives as possible and place them into loving, forever homes. Since 2009, over 850 animals have been adopted through Happy Tails, with the facility holding 30-35 animals at one time.
Animals are brought in through the Monon Vet Clinic to ensure that each animal is properly examined, up to date with shots, provided any necessary medical attention, and spayed or neutered before arriving at Happy Tails. From there, volunteers meet the needs of the animals each day before they find their forever homes.
Some needs, however, require more gusto than any volunteer can provide to ensure the sustainability of their mission.
Esther Hardy shares, “Thanks to a grant received from the Community Foundation of White County, Happy Tails was able to replace the roof on our building that we recently took possession of. Additional roof repairs were made at the time to help keep the animals safe in their temporary home while awaiting their forever home. On behalf of the board of directors for Happy Tails Animal Care Center, we would like to send a huge thank you to the Community Foundation of White County for the assistance!”
With this crucial need met, volunteers can continue to care for their furry friends. But while this important mission carries on, Happy Tails is always in need of volunteers. To contribute to helping animals find their loving, forever homes, reach out to Happy Tails at 574-278-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a community with a vibrant Hispanic population, North White High School’s music teacher, Leander Hoover wanted to expand the band’s instrument collection, providing opportunities to learn about Latinx music and culture in the classroom.
Mr. Hoover noticed his admittedly small department didn’t offer many, if any opportunities to learn about Latinx music culture. Mr. Hoover explained, “In Latino culture, music (especially percussion) is important to life, fashion, and celebrations. Percussion can be seen and heard at all hours of the day in the market square, dance clubs, hotel lobbies, Quinceañeras, and the like. Percussion is everywhere!”
Percussion is not only a big part of Latinx culture but in the music classroom, percussion instruments are accessible—they can be anything that you can strike, making the possibilities truly endless. Students practicing their percussion at home don’t need to spend thousands on instrument purchases or rentals (for which many families, is not feasible)—they can simply practice on any surface that they can strike, offering flexibility and room for creativity.
With funding from our Summer Grants cycle, the music department at North White High School is now equipped with a new xylophone. A fine investment for their program, xylophones are built to last a lifetime. Students already began learning the inner workings and mechanics of the xylophone when they pieced the instrument together in class—a team-building activity, for certain!
This exciting addition to the band room will not only be enjoyed by percussionists, but Mr. Hoover hopes to spread the joys of percussion across multiple arenas to provide a broad learning experience for all students. “We are eternally grateful to have been selected as a grant recipient from the Community Foundation of White County. Thank you for your support!” Leander J. Hoover, director of Choir/Band.