We care deeply about the futures of Orange County's children, and work closely with area schools and scholarship donors to make their career dreams come true.
We feel so fortunate to have such great wellness partners such as the Southern Indiana Community Health Care group, IU Health Paoli, and Orange County Thrive leading the way toward a healthier Orange County.
A happy community is one in which the residents and visitors alike make memories and grow fond of their hometowns. We're working toward the goal of making Orange County a special place.
Working with the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, OCCF is helping Orange County's economy grow and prosper.
Coupled with the local Farm to Health initiative, farm to table is perhaps the most ambitious project the Foundation has assisted with. By partnering with Lost River Market and Orange County HomeGrown, we see a large number of programs and projects designed to stimulate agriculture, educate small farmers and growers, and provide local, healthy food options.
Training leaders for tomorrow has become the goal of OCCF's partnership with the Orange County Service Council. Through their leadership programs, future business, government, and charitable leaders are emerging to serve Orange County.
With more than $7.5 million in grant funding provided since our inception, the Orange County Community Foundation, Inc. has assisted in programs in education, the arts, health and human services, civic and historical, recreation and youth. More recently, we have expanded grant programs to include community development and placemaking, leadership and more.
Through the numerous scholarship funds created by local donors, OCCF has offered more than $759,000 in scholarship assistance since our beginnings in 2001. We have scholarship funds covering everything from agriculture to technical and mechanical fields.
We have more than 20 organizations that operate with our assistance and with OCCF serving as their financial administrator. Through their efforts, and the efforts of their volunteers, Orange County has benefitted from over $1.2 million in charitable assistance for food, health screenings, and school clothing and supplies for elementary school students, assistance to cancer patients, health and wellness programs, and more.
Coming soon is our online Community Services Directory, which guides users through the maze of non-profit and governmental agency services available to them.
From all three school corporations in Orange County, students from grades 8 through 12 come together to form the OCCF Youth Council. These young people learn about philanthropy, perform service projects, collect charitable items for local non-profits, and teach philanthropy to the 4th grade students in each of the county's school systems. Since 2002, the Youth Council has continued to grow and to add to their own impact on Orange County, most notably through their annual grant cycle. The grants are made from the Youth Council's own endowment fund, and selections are made via online applications by the Youth Council members themselves.
Too numerous to mention, the Foundation works with community partners in both charitable and economic development efforts to build a better Orange County.