Monthly Archives: September 2020

Groundbreaking – It’s OFFICIAL the new building is under construction!

Photo contributed by Patrick Redmond

After delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, renovation at our new facility has now started. Lehman Construction of Shipshewana will complete the project.

The project will feature a new addition, increased parking space, and complete renovation of the building’s office and lobby space. The project is on target to be completed by the end of 2020. The Community Foundation anticipates moving into the new facility in mid-January of next year.

The facility will contain 3,000 square feet of office space, including an 800-square foot community room available for nonprofit use. The community room will be equipped with multi-media technology and will seat 30 people comfortably and provide space to host small gatherings and meetings. The community room will be available free of charge to local nonprofits and civic groups.

We are excited to provide a community space for our nonprofits. The addition will be an asset to the community, handicap accessible, and provide a gathering space for our community.

Octavia Yoder, Executive Director

The Community Foundation had been setting aside funds for several years, which allowed the organization to purchase the property using available cash – no mortgage was required. A portion of the cost of the building was funded using a gift the Foundation received at the beginning of 2019.

Greater visibility, lower long-term costs and enhanced accessibility were the deciding factors in the move.

It is important to the Foundation to honor those who have been a vital part of it, it is because of their dedication we are able to fulfill our mission. The new headquarters will be a beacon for LaGrange County not just today but well beyond into the future.

Neal Wolheter, Board President

The new facility is on track to be open February of 2021.

If you’d like to support the Community Foundation, donate to the LCCF Operating Endowment.

Shelbi’s Experience

A mere three months ago the most interaction I had with the LaGrange County Community Foundation was applying for scholarships online. Fast forward to now, I have gotten to know the amazing women behind the scenes, how much work they put into everything they do; they make it look a lot easier than it is.

Over the last two and a half months, I have been introduced to new people, concepts, and opportunities. I felt like my job was actually important, unlike other internship horror stories I have heard. I was entrusted with some larger projects, which at first seemed daunting, but ended up working out great and really helped me connect to the Foundation and some members of the community.

I really have felt like an important member of the team.
I never knew how much the Foundation really did; pieces of it are weaved into areas I would have never expected, like the Parks Department or the Hawpatch Trail. I did not realize the magnitude of help that the Foundation was capable of providing. In some instances, pieces the community would fall apart without the support of the Foundation to keep it going.

I have a newfound love and support for our community and its members. I also have a greater understanding of how things work at a nonprofit, which is making me rethink my future goals.

Overall, I have enjoyed my time here. As it comes to a close, I want to thank Leanna, Octavia, and Laurie for their wisdom and skills they have shared this summer and the members of the community who helped me realize the amount of love there is for this county.