BCCF Response to COVID-19
For over 25 years, the Brown County Community Foundation has provided grant dollars to support vital efforts in our local community. From our earliest days, we have worked together with partners across the community to improve healthcare, to support education, and to advance quality of life efforts. We care deeply for the people of this county, just as those pioneers before us.
It is with this tradition in mind and a sense of responsibility to those who work on the ground every day providing vital – even life-saving – services that the BCCF has created the Brown County Rapid Response Fund.
Donations to this fund will assist local social service agencies, healthcare organizations, food service organizations, and emergency responders to address needs of personal protective gear, equipment, or supplies; support for communications or public awareness campaigns; support to address workforce needs; and funding for other operational needs.
A Message from Our CEO
We are reaching out to you – our donors, our grantees, our neighbors, and our friends – to let you know that we are actively exploring the best ways that The Community Foundation can support the residents of Brown County through the developing COVID-19 Pandemic. We are all in this together. We are closely monitoring this very fluid situation and will adapt to the needs of the community as it progresses. We are actively discussing action steps, alongside the COAD team, in the event of a larger outbreak in our area. We have reviewed the Foundation’s Disaster Recovery Plan as it pertains to business continuity and wanted to provide you with a few of the important details.
First, the foundation’s staff will remain accessible. While our office is closed to visitors, we are looking for creative ways to continue working with you using technology and other innovative approaches. Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone (812-988-4882) or email.
We are committed to protecting the community’s resources. We are monitoring our endowment carefully. While the market is struggling, our long-term investment model historically has protected our endowment from significant loss. We value diversification and hedged equity as strategies to maintain stable returns for our community long-term.
We will provide appropriate financial support. Immediately, we are reaching out to nonprofit organizations vital to the COVID-19 response to determine if there are opportunities for aid. The Board of Trustees will continue to evaluate funding priorities related to public health and safety as more information about this ever-changing situation becomes available.
We will continue to award grants and scholarships. We will be able to seamlessly continue our grantmaking and scholarship processes, ensuring that our community organizations have the resources they need to continue operations and programming and our graduating seniors will have funds for college.
We are helping to coordinate the Brown County COAD task force. It is a voluntary association of community organizations who prepare to address all four phases of emergency management: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. We are an active part of this coalition and will continue to lead our community through this crisis with collaboration. The hotline for assistance 812-988-0001 is live and we are ready to act. We also invite you to Like and SHARE the group Facebook posts to help with the dissemination of accurate and helpful information. Click HERE to access the Facebook page for Brown County COAD.
While it is not business as usual, The Brown County Community Foundation will make every effort to serve our community and enhance the quality of life for Brown County today, tomorrow, and always. We ask that you remain calm, lookout for your friends and neighbors, and look to credible sources for information about COVID-19 like the CDC and Indiana State Department of Health. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts as we face this together.
Maddison Miller, CEO
Brown County Community Foundation
Other useful information:
Here are some other helpful resources regarding health concerns, local contacts, emergency alerts, financial assistance programs, and more.
Please contact your healthcare provider if you suspect that you are ill and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to areas affected by COVID-19 or contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. General questions from the public or healthcare provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at 877-826-0011 (available 24/7) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Contacts & Emergency Alert Program:
This guide provides the contact information for local resources such government contacts, employment and household assistance, community resources, health, seniors, and social services.
Local Township Trustees
- Hamblen Township: Philip Stephens 317-474-0140; email@example.com
- Jackson Township: Sandy Higgins 812-320-4564; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Van Buren Township: Vickie Payne 812-988-4020 (available Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
- Washington Township: Brandon Magner 812-720-1439
Brown County Emergency Alert Program
Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Brown County’s Emergency Alert Program. This system will provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages, and more. You pick where, you pick how. (https://member.everbridge.net/355009111785610/login)
- Federal Aid: The state is encouraging business owners to fill out a survey that will help in applying for federal aid for those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus. (https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/)
- Ready Rating: This is a free disaster readiness program that can help local businesses determine if they are prepared to stay open and support their staff through this crisis. (https://www.readyrating.org/)
- Insurance: Be proactive. Call your insurance provider to find out if Coronavirus is covered by your business interruption insurance, typically under your comprehensive or property/casualty policy.
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: USBG National Charity Foundation administers this program for bartenders (and their spouses/children) experiencing emergency hardship as a result of unexpected or catastrophic events, such as the Coronavirus. (https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap)
- Unemployment Insurance: The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is assessing flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers affected by coronavirus. To file an unemployment claim, visit https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm.
- Immediate Assistance: If you’re experiencing immediate financial hardship as the result of Coronavirus, contact your local township trustee for assistance. You will find this trustee listed in the League of Women Voters Who’s Where in Brown County document above.
209 North Van Buren Street
PO Box 191
Nashville, IN 47448-0191
Office Hours: Currently Closed to Public