Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
October 2015 issue



Share the Warmth helps to weatherize 119 homes


Young thespians have opportunity to learn the art of theater


An innovative rural transportation project...

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Share the Warmth helps to weatherize 119 homes

This year's Share the Warmth program funded by Vectren and its customers' donations wrapped up earlier this month. This year, 119 households participated, up from 94 participants last year, and $257,874 was spent to help weatherize homes participating in Indiana's low income weatherization program.

A few program highlights:

  • 74 received a new furnace to replace an existing, unsafe furnace.
  • 16 cook stoves were replaced or repaired to eliminate unsafe carbon monoxide levels.
  • 20 unsafe gas-fired water heaters were replaced.
  • 170,522 cfm@50 Pascals worth of air sealing reductions was achieved, the approximate equivalent of closing three doors that would have otherwise been left open year round. Those three doors are now shut and keeping warm air inside the homes.
  • Over 1.5 acres of attic insulation was installed (66,945 square feet).
  • Enough walls were insulated to cover nearly 15 IMAX screens (55,589 square feet).
  • 1,413 feet of pipe insulation was installed, taller than five Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monuments stacked on top of another.
  • 20,174 square feet of mobile home belly insulation was installed, enough to insulate more than four basketball court floors.

The map at the left below shows where the funds were spent throughout the state (anonymized by county). Nearly 40 percent of the funds were put to use in Madison, Knox, Vigo and Vanderburgh counties.

The map on the right above breaks down a few bits of information for each county where Share the Warmth funds were utilized.

These two charts below illustrate each participating agency's fiscal output, the first showing the agency's output compared to their initial Share the Warmth allocation. The second row shows the total funding utilized by each participating agency.

I would like to thank Ohio Valley Opportunities, Community Action of Western Indiana, PACE, Community & Family Services, Central Indiana CAP, Western Indiana Community Action, South Central CAP, Hoosier Uplands, TRI-CAP, and Lincoln Hills for accepting and putting to use additional Share the Warmth funds. I appreciate your flexibility!


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Young thespians have opportunity to learn the art of theater

On Oct. 23 and 24, young thespians participated in an original adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at the Mitchell Opera House, thanks to funding from the Indiana Arts Commission and host Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation.

For a week leading up to the productions, 43 young actors in grades 1 through 12 participated in a free theater camp involving five, three-hour-long rehearsals and the two performances. Compass Creative Dramatics, a theater company from Chicago, partnered with the Mitchell Opera House to provide the program. Professional actors from Chicago served as instructors and brought costumes for all kids who participated.

The program educated youth on the fundaments of theater, such as:
• How to show emotion in acting
• Learning correct blocking and movement techniques
• How to project their voices so that the audience can hear them.

Students gained confidence through performing on stage and had the chance to be unique and creative in their roles.

Hoosier Uplands was very excited to bring an opportunity for youth to learn theater in their own community.


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An innovative rural transportation project...

Lillian Presslor is 98 years old, but her volunteerism has yet to waver.

She has served as a board member volunteer for the Waveland Volunteer Public Transit Program from its inception 29 years ago. In that time, she has been trip scheduler, board secretary and president.

Over the years, Lillian has planned trips for passengers to go “antiquing” and find unique specialty shops. Sometimes while traveling on the road, they will make an unexpected stop at a yard sale or deviate from their route at a sign directing them to an outlying shop or farmers market. A favorite trip is shopping at a candy factory outlet in Frankfort at Christmastime.

Although the van from Waveland, dubbed the Omni Express, can no longer travel out of state, its passengers find plenty of other places to go. Once a month, they travel to Terre Haute and Lafayette for shopping, groceries and (the highlight) having a meal at a restaurant. Trips are often planned around restaurants that the passengers want to try.

About the Omni Express
In 1986, to address a lack of public transportation in its rural areas, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs met with community leaders from the towns of Brookston, Clarks Hill, Hillsboro, Rossville and Waveland to seek support for low-cost public transportation in these communities.

With annual Federal and State support from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) using the Town of Waveland as a pass-through grantee, Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds and local commitment from these five communities, Area IV Agency gave birth to the Waveland Volunteer Public Transit Program.

In 1996 and 2008, the program grew to include the towns of Boswell and Flora, respectively.

To keep the program low-cost, local oversight and daily operations are performed entirely with trained volunteers, a unique feature in the State of Indiana. Area IV Agency places a transit vehicle in each community, supplies financial support for vehicle insurance and maintenance, and provides marketing, volunteer training and technical assistance. Passengers give donations to cover vehicle fuel.

In 2014, the Waveland Volunteer Public Transit Program provided 4,532 one-way passenger tips for 446 unduplicated passengers traveling 18,847 miles. Service was provided by 115 dedicated, trained volunteer board members and drivers.

Stan Minnick (shown at right) has been the Volunteer Transit Program Coordinator at Area IV Agency for more than 11 years.


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