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Social work students write grants for local agencies

Huntington, Ind.-Seven Huntington University senior social work majors were assigned to local agencies and prepared grants for them in the fall of 2009.

The Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County will gain a new program, thanks in part to Katie Sprunger from Berne, Ind. The $1,000 grant, awarded by the Huntington County Community Foundation, will be used to implement the Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting and Serving) program.

"This model introduces Boys and Girls Clubs to factors affecting the family unit and methods of collaborating with community organizations to provide parents and caregivers with resources," according to the Web site for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The Huntington County Council on Aging also was awarded a grant for $1,387 from the Huntington County Community Foundation with the help of Lissa Shipman of Parker, Col. The funds will go toward two-way radios for the transportation program, Huntington Area Transportation.

Family Centered Services was awarded a $697 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation with the help of Stephanie Ihnen of Fort Wayne, Ind. The grant will go toward a laptop for an internship program. HCCF does not typically provide funds for computers; however, this request was for a new program, not an ongoing one.

In addition, Mack Miller of Huntington, Ind., made it possible for the Huntington County Free Health Clinic to receive a grant for $5,000, funded by Ecolab.

Danielle Ronges of Fort Wayne, Ind., worked with the Huntington County Sheriff's Department to obtain a grant from LACE or Local Anti-Drug Coalition Efforts.

Stacie Cheek of Franklin, Ind., helped the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County to receive a $1,000 SMART Kids grant from LACE. SMART Kids is a program that takes a proactive approach to preventing young people from involving themselves in alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. The goal of the program is for youth to respect their bodies and avoid risky behaviors. The program uses fun, interactive games for learning. The group meets twice a week for eight weeks throughout the summer. Each session lasts one hour, and the youth do worksheets to evaluate their results.

In addition, Cara Thomas of Franklin, Ind., assisted with the writing of a grant application for Huntington County Habitat for Humanity.