100+ Women Who Care grant award to Ivy Tech and humane society

100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter voted last month to award the Ivy Tech Community College and Terre Haute Humane Society co-location partnership its fifth grant.

On March 7 the group presented a check for $18,000 to support the Partnership for Animal Welfare and Education.

The 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County Chapter was co-founded last year by local residents, Beth Tevlin and Teresa Exline.

The two enlisted other female leaders to serve on a steering committee to help recruit members. Members commit to paying $500 a year.

At each meeting, members are allowed to submit a local charity to be considered for a grant. Also at each meeting, members select three charities for presentations, and the group then votes on which will receive the grant.

In the first year, the group raised $102,800 including $21,800 for the endowment fund and grants of $17,500 to the Council on Domestic Abuse for improvements to its shelter for abused women; $20,300 to Art Spaces to support a tribute to Terre Haute native Paul Dresser in Fairbanks Park; $21,500 to the Swope Art Museum for window replacements; and $21,700 to Catholic Charities to feed Wabash Valley children.

The Terre Haute Humane Society (THHS) and Ivy Tech Community College have developed a co-location initiative that promises to benefit students, animals and the community as a whole.

Many Vigo County residents are struggling under significant strain from already tight budgets and the economic pressures that have forced more and more people to give up the family pets they can no longer afford.

THHS has struggled to achieve its mission and sustain its vital services.

The facility is outdated and in need of significant maintenance and upgrades. The economic downturn has resulted in increased owner-surrendered animals.

Even during these difficult times, the euthanasia rate has dramatically decreased to single digits. At the same time, persons in the Wabash Valley who want to assist animals by making animal health their career must travel more than 60 miles beyond the community to find the closest educational opportunities.

For more information on the Partnership for Animal Welfare & Education, visit the web site

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