Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter

May 2019






LHDC names City of Cannelton the 2019 Community Partner Award winner


Area IV Agency celebrates the success of BEED Program participant Jeremy Facemyer

TRI-CAP announces the recipient of the Jane Chappell Spirit of Community Action Award

Pace announces 2019 Judith K. Bobe Scholarship recipients


The Community Action Month Toolkit


IHCDA magazine, spring 2019 edition


LHDC names City of Cannelton the 2019 Community Partner Award winner

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation (LHDC) announced during its recent annual meeting that the City of Cannelton (located in southern Indiana) is the recipient of the 2019 LHDC Community Partner Award. The award was presented to the mayor, clerk-treasurer and City Council members during the council’s meeting on May 13.

“Our collaboration with Cannelton on programming to improve quality of life goes back decades,” says Randy Dennison, LHDC executive director and CEO. “We just wrapped up work in late 2018, administering Cannelton’s most recent Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program grant, and the support fo the mayor, clerk-treasurer and City Council could not have been stronger.

“And of course, the city was an instrumental partner back in the late 1990s and early 2000s in LHDC’s successful efforts to preserve the iconic Indiana Cotton Mill and convert it into 70 units of safe, comfortable and affordable housing. We salute Mayor Mary Snyder and Cannelton’s past and present leaders for their strong support and partnership.”

Photo courtesy: City of Cannelton website


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Area IV Agency celebrates the success of BEED Program participant Jeremy Facemyer

Boiler Heating & Cooling is a family-owned heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company serving the Lafayette area and surrounding counties. The company opened in 2015, when owner and Army veteran Jeremy Facemyer saw a need in the community for efficient HVAC work with excellent service and integrity.

Jeremy (pictured at right) came to Area IV Agency in 2015 seeking a loan through the Business Expansion and Entrepreneurial Development (BEED) Program to help fund the start-up of his company. The program offers up to $10,000 for start-up businesses or up to $25,000 for expansion loans to low- and moderate-income households in Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties. Loans are revolving funds; as loans are repaid, the funds become available to other entrepreneurs.

Jeremy now has five employees, and Boiler Heating & Cooling has seen significant success since it opened. In fact, Jeremy has been so successful that he was able to pay off his loan early.

Jeremy Facemyer gives back to the community by participating in events for Habitat for Humanity and Lafayette Transitional Housing. He also hosts dinner events for fellow veterans.

Area IV Agency would like to congratulate Jeremy Facemyer on his completion of the BEED Program and wish him many more years of success with Boiler Heating & Cooling!


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TRI-CAP announces the recipient of the Jane Chappell Spirit of Community Action Award

Staff members also honored for service anniversaries at semi-annual event

TRI-CAP Housing Services Director Neil Elkins (pictured at right) is the most recent recipient of the Jane Chappell Spirit of Community Action Award. He was selected by the TRI-CAP board of directors’ Executive Committee.

The award is named after Jane Chappell, a dedicated servant to TRI-CAP for 32 years, who embodied the very spirit of community action. She dedicated herself to helping people and changing lives.

Each year, the agency honors a person who also exhibits the same dedication to TRI-CAP and its mission.

The promise or spirit of community action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live.  It is caring about the entire community and being dedicated to helping people help themselves and one another.

The award was presented during TRI-CAP’s semi-annual employee training day April 26. At the event, TRI-CAP reviewed its 2018 outcomes, presented training to all staff members and recognized employees with years-of-service awards.

TRI-CAP is thankful for all of its staff, especially those who have achieved these milestones.

Above: TRI-CAP Board President Brittney Vincent presents Housing Services Director Neil Elkins with the Jane Chappell Spirit of Community Action Award.

Below: From left to right, TRI-CAP staff members pose for a photo with their years-of-service awards: Phyllis Hodgson (25 years), Wendy Soto (10 years), Angi Hunt (10 years), Amanda Woods (5 years) and Sherri Fortune (5 years).

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Pace announces 2019 Judith K. Bobe Scholarship recipients

Pace Community Action Agency awarded the 2019 Judith K. Bobe Scholarship to two graduating high school seniors who were previous Head Start students:

  • McKenzie Mascorro (pictured above), from Barr-Reeve High School in Montgomery, plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana with an interest in nursing.
  • Rogan Bowman, from Sullivan High School in Sullivan, plans to attend Savannah School of Art and Design with an interest in animation.

The scholarship began in 2019 and is named in honor of Pace’s former Head Start Director, Judith K. Bobe, who worked within the program for more than 40 years.

Each winner received a $500 scholarship to help them pursue their educational goals.

“Our Head Start program not only prepares students for kindergarten, but prepares families for college,” says Pace CEO Dr. Bertha Proctor.

For more about the scholarships, call (812) 882-7927.

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The Community Action Month Toolkit
, published by the Community Action Partnership. It was compiled to help agencies nationwide promote May as Community Action Month, but it has a wealth of information that could be helpful when communicating with your community and local media throughout the year. For example, it includes tips for interviewing with the press, ideas for what to post to social media, and how to create a video people will take time to watch online.

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IHCDA magazine, spring 2019 issue
. On page 6, "Area V Helping Hoosiers Stay Warm," read about how Area V Agency on Aging and Community Services helped William Dell, a retired police officer, keep his home warm with its Energy Assistance and Emergency Repair & Replacement programs.

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