GOSHEN — Thirty-nine community organizations from Goshen and the surrounding area were selected through IU Health Goshen’s Community Benefit Fund Grant Program to receive a total of $ $311,150 for 2016. Those organizations were recognized for the success of their programs and received their awards at the April 29 reception in the Arbor Conference Center at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the health system’s commitment to the needs of the community. Nonprofit organizations whose mission is consistent with that of IU Health Goshen are encouraged to apply for grant funding. Priority is given to organizations that submit requests aimed at impacting our community health need priorities:
• Access to health services
• Access to mental health services
• Treatment of chronic diseases
• Smoking cessation
• Cancer research
“IU Health Goshen is fortunate to be part of a community that has so many caring organizations and people who day in and day out seek to meet the demands of those in need,” stated Delmar Good, chairman, IU Health Goshen Community Benefit Fund Grant Committee. “We appreciate their impact and are pleased to be in a position to share financially in their success. The health of our community benefits from the innovative partnerships represented in this year’s grants.”
The Community Benefit Fund Grant Committee of IU Health Goshen’s Board of Directors has awarded more than $4.8 million in grants through the fund since its inception in 1998. Each year a percentage of the previous year’s operating income is allocated specifically for the Community Benefit Fund grants. This investment is in addition to charity care, as well as prevention and education activities supported through the IU Health Goshen operating budget.
The application process for grants begins in the fall each year, with the announcement of grant recipients in the spring. Each organization is required to document the positive outcomes that result from their programming.
Community Benefit Fund 2016 Grant Recipients:
ADEC, Amish Youth Vision Project, Bashor Children’s Home of the United Methodist Church, Bethel College, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County, CARE Foundation, Center for Healing and Hope, Child And Parent Services, Church Community Services, Community Dental Clinic, Council on Aging of Elkhart County, Elkhart County Clubhouse, Elkhart County Health Department and Emerge Ministries.
Also Family Christian Development Center, Goshen College, Goshen Community Schools, Goshen Farmers Market, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, Greencroft Goshen, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County,Horizon Educational Alliance, LaCasa of Goshen, LaGrange County Council on Aging, LoveWay, Maple City Health Care Center,
MDC Goldenrod, Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
And Parkside Elementary School, REAL Services, Ryan’s Place, SPA Women’s Ministry Homes, The Window, United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center,West Goshen Elementary and Wheelchair Help.org