Jay County 20/20 Vision

The Portland Foundation is hosting the the Implementation Committee of the Jay County 20/20 Vision project - a comprehensive strategic plan for the community. The plan was originally published in April 2010 and was updated in December 2012. To see the updated plan, click here. To see the original plan, click here.


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Online Gifts Now Accepted

New Donor Platform

The Portland Foundation is proud and excited to introduce a new platform to allow donors to learn about the needs in our community and about The Portland Foundation's many different funds that help support our community.

Donors can search a variety of categories needing funds to provide important community services and programs.The platform is a place to learn about community needs, read about projects that need funding, and how much money is needed. Learn about funding requests then add your donation to those from other generous donors. Whether you give $10 or $100, any size gift made through the community platform will impact the community.

Rest assured that this platform is a safe, secure place where you can make your donation. New funding requests will be added regularly and the success stories will multiply,so be sure to visit often. You can visit the platform by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on the right hand side of the page.


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2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists

Lilly Finalists

Left to Right: Ravi Patel, Jill Dirksen, Andrea Bruggeman, Leslie Schubert

2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Lilly Recipient

Andrea Bruggeman is the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.
She is attending Purdue University and studying Animal Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary.


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2017 Summer Scholarship Recipients

The Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved scholarships totaling $104,255 forFifty-Seven Jay County residents for the summer 2017 scholarship cycle. 

 

The Janet B. Arnold Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County High School graduate who is a college junior or senior and is majoring in elementary education. Abby Muhlenkamp will receive a one-time award of $400 and Shalee Myron will receive $270.

 

The Altrusa Club of Portland Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County resident who is a non-traditional student.  Kari May will receive $375.

 

The Dr. Ara C. and Gay B. Badders Medical Scholarship is awarded through the Dr. Ara C. and Gay B. Badders Scholarship Fund.  Dr. Badders was a physician in Jay County for many years. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County High School graduate who is majoring in a doctoral medical program.  Randy Fortkamp, Kortney Garringer, Randa Gillespie, Liza Haggenjos, LeAnn Horn, and Jacob Schlosser will receive $2,000 each.

 

The Marseal T. Deweerd, Edith T. Horn, and Virgie M. Brady Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are entering their junior or senior year of college.  Lindsey Green will receive $1,000.

 

The Alwyn Carder Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County resident who is a college junior or senior and is majoring in architecture, history, or education.  Kaitlin Hemmelgarn, Heather Lugar, Hope Lugar, Abby Muhlenkamp, Alexis Myers, and Sarah Newton will receive $2,000 each.

 

The East Central Opportunities Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are enrolled in higher education classes at the John Jay Center for Learning. Karissa Myers will receive $485.

The Joyce S. Horn Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County High School graduates who are enrolled in their junior or senior year in college and majoring in elementary education. First preference is given to students who attended Bloomfield Elementary School and who are attending Ball State University. Abby Muhlenkamp will recieve $900.

 

The John Jay Center for Learning Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County resident who is pursuing a degree through the John Jay Center.  Karissa Myers will receive $225.

 

The Charles & Ruth Joos Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County resident who is entering either their sophomore, junior or senior year of college with preference given to sophomores. Travis Barton, Matthew Blackford, Christina Brown, Kellie Fortkamp, Alyssa Hartley, Malarie Houck, Levi Hummel, Lillian McClung, Karissa Myers, Robert Myers, Abigail Reier, Sydney Robbins, Menausha VanSkyock, and Megan Wellman will each receive $500.

The Dr. Glade and Joyce McAfee Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are enrolled in either a Doctoral Program in Optometry or a Certified Nurse Anesthetist prgram. Randy Fortkamp will recieve $150.

 

The Elizabeth Starbuck II Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are entering either their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. Ian Bentz, Sara Bollenbacher, Cheyanne Dull, Alicia Inman, Emily Jobe, Jessica Kerrigan, Gabrielle Mann, Katie Mast, Carli Ostrowski, Abigail Reier, Sydney Robbins, Bowen Runyon, Casey Shannon, Kathryn Smeltzer, Michelle Wellman, and Kaitlen Wood will each receive $1,000.

 

The Haynes Starbuck II Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are entering either their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. Travis Barton, Matthew Blackford, Margaret Frye, Lindsey Green, Alyssa Hartley, Kaitlin Hemmelgarn, Emily Horn, Malarie Houck, Amber Huelskamp, Levi Hummel, Kristen Ireland, Bryttani Knight, Takoa Knight, Crystal Lee, Heather Lugar, Mallory Marshall, Lillian McClung, Chelsea Mock, Alexis Myers, Sarah Newton, Zane Shreve, and Megan Wellman will each receive $1,000.

 

The Orla and Ruth Tharp Education Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County High School graduates, with first preference to students enrolled in a Masters program or a non medical Doctoral program. Second preference to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. Hannah Lugar, Shalee Myron, and Laura Strausburg-Smith will each receive $1,500. Tiffany Barton, Alisha Byers, Kellie Fortkamp, Hope Lugar, Robert Myers, and Menausha VanSkyock will each receive $1,000.

 

The Robert Quadrozzi Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to Jay County residents who are enrolled in higher education classes at the John Jay Center for Learning. Karissa Myers will receive $385.  

The Martha Catharine Rockwell Music Scholarship is awarded annually to students who are graduates of Jay County High School, first preference is given to students who are majoring in a music-related degree and are studying at a Christian College. Levi Hummel will receive $1,000.

 

The Jerry R. Pierce Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually, with preference given to employees and descendents of employees of W & M Manufacturing, Pier-Mac Plastics, and Accelerated Curing. Benjamin and Jacob Pesek will each receive $3,035. Christine Brown, Ashlee Brumbaugh, Aaron Foster, Brock McFarland, Peggy Morgan, Mackinzi Peace, and Dean Wilson will each receive $2,035.

 

The Ruth Whipple Badders Scholarship is awarded annually to a Jay County resident who is a college junior or senior and is majoring in education. Bryttani Knight will receive $250.

 

The Portland Foundation would like to congratulate all Foundation scholars and wishes all applicants continued academic success. 


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2017 Teacher Creativity Mini-Grants Awarded

 The Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved Teacher Creativity Mini-Grants totaling $7,439.89 for 17 projects for the second half of 2017.

Teacher Creativity Mini-Grants are to help cover the costs ($300 or less) of learning experiences which teachers feel are important to their students, yet are outside the budget of their school. This program is funded by the Virgil and Josephine Thomas Educational Fund, a component fund of The Portland Foundation, as a way to increase funding for educational projects and programs.

This program funds grants for field trips, classroom supplies, class projects, programs, music or art instruction, speakers, educational materials and seminars. The purpose is to allow teachers to become more creative in their teaching styles and methods, without being hindered by cost.

The grants awarded are as follows:

 

Ms. Carol Bantz- Westlawn Elementary School Grade 1- $297.02 to fund the purchase of individual book bins

 

Ms. Cathy Fugiett- Redkey Elementary School Grades K-5 - $300 to fund the purchase of reading kits and storage bins for the school library

 

Ms. Cathy Fugiett- Westlawn Elementary School Grades K-5- $300 to fund the purchase of reading kits and storage bins for the school library

Ms. Cindy Grile- General Shanks Elementary School Grades 4 and 5- $300.00 to fund the purchase of robotics kits and materials

 

Ms. LaVetha Loucks – Redkey Elementary School Music - $297.28 to fund the purchase of percussion instruments and instructional material

Ms. LaVetha Loucks – Westlawm Elementary School Music - $297.28 to fund the purchase of percussion instruments and instructional material

 

Mr. Kyle Love – East Jay Middle School Grades 6-8 - $300.00 to fund the purchase of robotics kits and materials

 

Mr. Kyle Love- West Jay Middle School Grades 6-8 - $300.00 to fund the purchase of robotics kits and materials

 

Ms. Beth Mathewson – Jay School Corporation Speech and Language - $300.00 to fund the purchase of a Visualizing and Verbalizing Kit

Ms. Shalee Myron- Bloomfield and Redkey Elementary Schools Speech - $300.00 to fund the purchase of social skills curriculum

Ms. Lindsey Peterson- General Shanks Elementary School Speech - $300.00 to fund the purchase of therapy materials to address pragmatics and social skills

Ms. Emily Reynolds- Jay School Corporation Therapy - $248.31 to fund the purchase therapy putty and accessories

Mr. Rod Wolford- General Shanks Elementary School Grades 4 and 5 - $300.00 to fund the purchase of robotics kits and materials

Ms. Sara Wolford- Westlawn Elementary School Grade K - $300.00 to fund the purchase of leveled readers

The next grant application deadline will be in January 2018


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2017 Summer Grant Recipients

Out of the requests from 23 different projects totaling $501,655.00, the Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved grants totaling $73,570.00 for 13 Jay County projects for the second half of 2017. 

  

Arts Place - $7,500 to fund the summer 2018 Arts in the Parks program

 

Community and Family Services - $2,000 to fund the Helping Hands Food Pantry

Community and Family Services - $1,000 to fund the HeartLite energy assistance program

Community and Family Services - $1,000 to fund the People Helping People program

  

Jay Community Center - $12,500 to fund senior citizen programming

 

Jay County High School Show Choir - $9,000 on a $1 for $1 match to fund the purchase of an equipment trailer and risers

 

Jay County Historical Society - $3,000 to fund the Jay County Heritage Festival

Jay County Humane Society - $2,880 to fund the purchase of fencing at the animal shelter

Jay County Robotics - $4,690 to fund the purchase of robotics equipment

Jay County Sheriff Reserve - $2,000 to fund the purchase of the Care Trak System 

John Jay Center for Learning - $20,000 to fund the purchase of sound panels

Town of Salamonia - $2,000 to fund the purchase of mulch for the Salamonia Park

West Jay Community Center - $6,000 to fund LED lighting at the Center

 

 

 


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2013 Giving Circle Grant Recipient

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Women's Giving Circle

Doing together what none of us could do alone.

2013 WGC

2013 Giving Circle Grant Recipient -Deb Tipton (left) and Christy Baker (far right) representing State of the Heart Hospice, with Women's Giving Circle President Elasha Lennartz (center)


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2013 Summer Grants Awarded

The Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved grants totaling $91,107 for 19 Jay County projects for the second half of 2013. $87,978.26 comes from unrestricted funds and $3,128.74 comes from field of interest funds. Those grants are as follows:

Arts Place, Inc. - $10,000 to fund the summer 2014 Arts in the Parks program

Arts Place, Inc. - $2,500 to help fund an extensive strategic planning process

Community and Family Services - $2,000 to fund the Heartlite program

Community and Family Services - $1,500 to fund the free STD Clinic in Jay County

Jay County Special Olympics - $3,250 to fund the purchase of new uniforms, golf clubs, golf shoes, equestrian helmets and fuel costs.

Jay County Civic Theatre, Inc. - $4,000 to fund new lighting and sound equipment.

Jay County Historical Society - $2,420 towards funding for new multimedia preservation and service projects.

Jay County Historical Society - $1,400 to fund the purchase of 4 new glass display cases.

Jay County Humane Society - $4,500 to fund a new dividing fence at the shelter.

Jay County Humane Society - $5,000 to help fund the Spay and Neuter program.

Jay County Trails Club - $2,500 to fund a professional consultant to give direction on creating multiuse recreational trails in Jay County.

Jay Patriot Band Boosters - $2,132 to fund the purchase of a new tarp, foam background and a new generator.

Jay County Boys Club, Inc. - $6,250 to help support the free senior citizen programming.

John Jay Center for Learning - $13,500 towards the installation of a sprinkler system and fire protection in the John Jay Center for Learning basement.

John Jay Center for Learning - $6,000 to help support the C3 (Career-College-Connection) program.

John Jay Center for Learning - $12,000 for window blinds and soft surface on the floors of the John Jay Center for Learning Café.

Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House - $2,850 to help support overnight stays for Jay County Families.

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana - $7,000 to help support the Tailgate program.

Youth Service Bureau of Jay County, Inc. - $2,305 to help support a special pilot program, Born to Learn Camp


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2017 Winter Teacher Creativity Mini-Grant Recipients

The Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved Teacher Creativity Mini-Grants totaling $5,769.80 for 22 projects for the first half of 2017.

Teacher Creativity Mini-Grants are to help cover the costs ($300 or less) of learning experiences which teachers feel are important to their students, yet are outside the budget of their school. This program is funded by the Virgil and Josephine Thomas Educational Fund, a component fund of The Portland Foundation, as a way to increase funding for educational projects and programs.

This program funds grants for field trips, classroom supplies, class projects, programs, music or art instruction, speakers, educational materials and seminars. The purpose is to allow teachers to become more creative in their teaching styles and methods, without being hindered by cost.

The grants awarded are as follows:

Ms. Carol Bantz – Westlawn Elementary School Grade 1 - $291.72 to fund books books for reading groups

Ms. Kelly Bricker -Redkey Elementary School Grades K-5 - $170 to fund admission fees to Indianapolis Museum of Art

Mr. Jeff Davis – Westlawn Elementary School Grades K-2 - $200 to fund the purchase of reading/learning materials for the literacy coach

Ms. Amy Fullenkamp – Bloomfield Elementary School Grade 2 - $300 to fund the purchase of 6 OSmo coding sets for iPads

Ms. Carol Gebert – Jay County High School Grades 9-12 - $300 to fund the purchase of materials to build makeup stations for the drama dept.

Ms. Dora Houck-General Shanks Elementary School Grade 1- $300 to fund the purchase CD's and books for English fluency

Ms. Nicci Littler- Westlawn Elementary School Grade Pre-K- $300 to fund the purchase of an iPad Pro

Ms. LaVetha Loucks- Westlawn Elementary Schools Grades K-5- $135 to fund fees for the Bongo Boy Music School trip

Ms. LaVetha Loucks- Redkey Elementary School Grades K-5 - $155 to fund fees for the Bongo Boy Music School trip

Ms. Brenda Lykins- Westlawn Elementary School Grade 2 - $300 to fund the purchase of new books for the classroom library

Ms. Beth Mathewson- Jay County School Corporation Grades K-12 - $244.90 to fund the purchase of a "Focus on Fluency" kit to aid with stuttering

Ms. Shaylee Myron- Bloomfield Elementary School Grades K-5 - $287.60 to fund the purchase of 6 games and ad-ons to for speech and language therapy

Ms. Lindsey Peterson- General Shanks Elementary School Grades K-5 - $256.63 to fund the purchase of materials to aid students who have Austism and Apraxia of Speech

Ms. Loretta Reece- Jay County High School Grades 9-12 - $300 to fund the purchase of cost of visiting Lucas Oil Stadium to view behind the scenes production of a Colts game

Ms. Christa Robinson- Westlawn Elementary School Grades 1-2 - $300 to fund the purchase of leveled books

Ms. Brooke Schmiesing- East Elementary School Grade 2 - $300 to fund a thematic study of owls in the spring 

Mr. Seth Swallow- Jay County High School Grades 9-12 - $300 to fund the purchase of materials to build makeup stations for the drama dept.

Ms. Julie Szymczak- Jay County High School Grade 11 - $268.95 to fund transportation to College/Career Day at JJCL

Mr. Doug Tipton- Jay County High School Grades 9-12 - $300 to fund the purchase of materials to build makeup stations for the drama dept.

Ms. Jennifer Wilson- General Shanks Elementary School Grade 1 - $300 to fund materials to create math and engineering boxes for the classroom

Ms. Sara Wolf- Westlawn Elementary School Grade K - $300 to fund the purchase of leveled reading books 

 

The next Teacher Creativity Mini-grant Application deadline is July 10, 2017.


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2017 Winter Grant Recipients

Out of the requests from 30 different projects totaling $442,004.00, the Board of Trustees of The Portland Foundation has approved grants totaling $342,642 for 27 Jay County projects for the first half of 2017.  $327,256 comes from unrestricted funds and $15,386 from field of interest funds. Those grants are as follows:

 

Agape Respite Care - $1,000 to fund the Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program

 

Arts Place - $35,000 to fund the MusicWorks program

 

Dunkirk Beautification Committee - $2,100 to fund the Webster Depot Park Summer Concert Series

 

Dunkirk Glass Days Festival - $5,000 to fund glass blowing demonstrations

 

Jay Community Center - $35,000 to fund the Boomer Sports program

 

Jay County Fourth of July Committee - $10,000 to fund the Fourth of July celebration

 

Jay County Development Corporation - $2,000 to fund strategic planning

 

Jay County Fair Association - $160,000 on a $1 for $1 match to fund the renovation of the grandstands at the fairgrounds

 

Jay County Historical Society - $3,532 to fund the replacement of windows and a door at the Gilpin Annex.  Funding comes from the Clyde E. Geeting Memorial Trust, which provides funding for historical facilities

 

Jay County Historical Society - $824 to fund the purchase of canopies for the Heritage Festival

 

Jay County Humane Society - $1,200 to fund electrical rewiring at the animal shelter.  $980 comes from the Mel and Evelyn Hanlin Fund for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Harold Rex and Kiku Hardwick Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Endowment and $220 comes from unrestricted funds

 

Jay County Music Foundation - $3,000 to fund the 2017 Concert Series

 

Jay County Pee Wee Football - $5,000 to fund the purchase of jerseys

 

Jay County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) - $4,226 to fund the purchase of radio and communication equipment

 

Jay County Soil and Water Conservation District - $2,000 to fund Educational Field Days for Jay County 4th and 5th grade students

 

Jay County Special Olympics - $7,000 to fund entry fees and travel expenses for Jay County Special Olympians

 

Jay-Randolph Developmental Services - $4,000 to fund the purchase of water softeners for client residences.  $2,155 comes from field of interest funds designated to support handicapped individuals and $1,845 comes from unrestricted funds

 

John Jay Center for Learning - $15,200 to fund the Jay County Leadership Academy

 

John Jay Center for Learning - $10,000 to fund the Senior Learning Series.  $8,358 comes from field of interest funds designated to support senior citizens and $1,642 comes from unrestricted funds

 

John Jay Center for Learning - $9,241 to fund Robotics Camp

 

John Jay Center for Learning - $5,000 to fund a Speakers Series and Symposium

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana - $5,000 to fund the new School Pantry Program

 

Salvation Army – Jay County Unit - $2,000 to fund the emergency assistance program 

 

West Jay Community Center - $1,050 to fund the Senior Citizen Exercise Program

 

West Jay Community Center - $3,269 to fund the purchase of soccer goals and an equipment trailer

 

Youth Service Bureau - $5,000 to fund the Born to Learn program.  $4,639 comes from unrestricted funds and $361 comes from the Jay County Endowment for Literacy

 

Youth Service Bureau - $6,000 to fund the Keeping At Risk Students in School (KARSS) program

 

The next grant application deadline is July 3, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.


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