Tracy Souza_ Private tales and people who inform them construct group

Among the many many causes that Bartholomew County is a good place to stay is the superb quantity of people that need to make a constructive contribution to their group. I’ve typically puzzled if the group attracts people who find themselves on the lookout for alternatives to construct group or if that want is created by dwelling right here.

Typically Heritage Fund or different organizations may also help, however some unbelievable issues additionally occur due to the willpower and imaginative and prescient of the particular person(s) with the concept. In June, I used to be fortunate sufficient to be a part of two separate occasions created by and delivered to the group by three outstanding girls who simply needed to do some good.

Jill Tasker, a former New York Metropolis actor who returned to her hometown in 2012, staged a theatrical studying at Helen Haddad Corridor to boost cash for Alzheimer’s analysis. Jill has been a devoted fundraiser for Alzheimer’s analysis for greater than 9 years, having skilled firsthand the devastation of the illness that finally claimed her mom. Jill teamed up with former NYC colleague and playwright Philip Kaplan to current the very compelling and delightful play “Shedding Sandi,” named after her mother.

Jill discovered native actors, scheduled rehearsals, discovered an area, marketed and raised cash throughout two well-attended reveals. She additionally raises cash by organizing Sandi’s Closet, Inc., a nonprofit that gives pop-up purchasing experiences in reminiscence care items, assisted dwelling and grownup day care. Services fascinated by a Sandi’s Closet occasion ought to contact [email protected]

A number of weeks later on the Juneteenth celebration, I signed up for the Black Historical past Path in Bartholomew County tour with Paulette Roberts and Brenda Pitts. These two outstanding girls have spent years learning Black historical past and discovering methods to share their information with the broader group.

Paulette, a retired BCSC trainer, teamed up with Brenda, a retired Cummins vp, to create and ship the tour, which presents a unique and essential perspective of this group that I want everybody might expertise. The Columbus Space Guests Middle has the brochure with particulars on how one can get signed up for one. Landmark Columbus Basis additionally has partnered with Paulette and Brenda to supply it of their tour collection.

I met Paulette in 2004 when she was elevating cash for an enrichment program at Second Baptist. She was decided to be sure that youngsters had a chance to be taught to their full potential. She continues to be tutoring, and elevating cash, for that program.

I labored for Brenda at Cummins when she started researching her household historical past. That curiosity broadened to her childhood group, and he or she has extra tasks on the horizon. Brenda recounts story after story that raise up the resilience of the Black inhabitants and supply inspiration for anybody having to beat challenges.

All three of those girls are superb writers, researchers and darn good storytellers. They every, in their very own distinctive manner, assist to extend understanding and compassion in our group. They don’t get this work achieved with assist from grants or employees assist. As an alternative, they use their ability, ardour and time to make all of us higher folks.

Tracy Souza is president and CEO of Heritage Fund – The Group Basis of Bartholomew County. Contact the fund at 812-376-7772 to be taught extra about how they may also help you do “Your Philanthropy. Your Method.” Ship feedback to [email protected]