GOSHEN, Ind. –
organizations from Goshen and the surrounding area were selected to receive a total of $325,000 in grants from Goshen Health’s Community Benefit Fund. The organizations received their awards May 23 at a reception in the Arbor Conference Center at Goshen Hospital.
“Today is a celebration of collaboration. We are the nonprofit sector, promoting the well-being of humankind by solving problems,” said Jim Caskey, Goshen Foundation Vice President and Campaign Director. “Our enemies are poverty, loneliness, ignorance, poor health, food instability, hopelessness and the list goes on. But there is joy in taking these things on. This is meaningful work and there are positive outcomes.”
The following organizations received a grant:
Amish Youth Vision Project
Bashor Children’s Home
Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County
Campaign for Goshen Health
Cancer Resources for Elkhart County
CARE Foundation (CARE House)
Center for Healing & Hope
Church Community Services
Council on Aging of Elkhart County
Elkhart County Clubhouse
Family Christian Development Center
Horizon Education Alliance
LaGrange County Council on Aging
Maple City Health Care Center
Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition
REAL Services of Elkhart County
Nonprofit organizations who share Goshen Health’s mission to improve the health of the community are eligible for grant funding. Goshen Health Foundation administers the fund on behalf of Goshen Health. Priority is given to organizations addressing access to health and mental health services: reducing obesity, treating chronic diseases, advancing cancer research and helping people quit using tobacco.
This year, Robert Day, CEO of Patrick Henry Family Services, delivered a keynote message, entitled “The Two Saddest Words.” A child of the foster care system, Day works with children to help keep them out of foster care. For him, the two saddest words are, “Be realistic.” He said, “What’s the difference between ideas and dreams? Ideas come from our heads. Dreams from our hearts and souls. We need our dreams to drive us.”
The Community Benefit Fund Grant Committee of Goshen Health’s Board of Directors has awarded over $6 million in grants through the fund since its inception in 1998. Each year, a percentage of the previous year's operating income is designated for the Community Benefit Fund grants. This investment is in addition to charity care, as well as prevention and education activities supported through the Goshen Health operating budget. The annual grant application process begins in October and grants are awarded in the spring.
Representatives from 21 local nonprofits gathered May 23 to receive grants from Goshen Health’s Community Benefit Fund. Criteria for grant selection include improving the health of the community.
About Goshen Health:
Goshen Health is a community-owned, nonprofit healthcare organization committed to improving the health of its communities. To live out the organization’s mission, Colleagues practice compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in every endeavor. The health system includes 38 locations across four counties with specialized cancer care; heart and vascular care; and a physician’s network with primary and specialty care.
For more information about Goshen Health, contact Liz Fisher at (574) 364-2776, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.GoshenHealth.com