Samtec Cares is one way for Samtec to invest in, impact and improve the local community. I know that sounds like you-know-what written by a corporate Public Relations Department, but we know that being a good corporate citizen in a community comes with responsibility. Since the majority of Samtec employees come from surrounding towns and cities, Samtec has a big role as we look to improve the quality of life for our associates when they leave work for the day.
What Is Samtec Cares?
Samtec Cares, a philanthropic arm of Samtec, Inc., recently awarded nearly $450,000 to local non-profit organizations in the Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky community. Samtec Cares received requests totaling over $2.8 million during its Winter 2019 Grant Cycle.
The Samtec Cares Grant program was created to positively impact and assist organizations within the communities in which Samtec associates live, work, and go to school and play. Grants are awarded to applying and qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, up to $50,000 per grant.
Winter, 2019 Grant Recipients
Here’s a list of our most recent Samtec Cares grant recipients:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: ASFP Kentucky Chapter brings together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent the loss of life from suicide in our community. Their grant will be used to have mental health professionals and community leaders trained to present Tattered Teddies, SafeTalk, and Assist training in order to increase suicide prevention intervention skills in our community in a variety of practice settings.
Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center, Inc.: Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center was founded in 2004, and they serve families that are affected by disabilities by providing retreats where their families have a place where they feel loved, accepted, and safe. They will use their grant to better their volunteer base, thus enhancing the guest experience at their retreats and community events.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kentuckiana: Big Brothers, Big Sisters School-to-Work workplace mentoring initiative provides students the benefits of career path goal-setting, soft skill development and motivation to graduate. This grant will be used for a School to Work program that matches Samtec associates as mentors for high school students.
Catalyst Rescue Mission: Catalyst Rescue Mission’s goal is to help end homelessness in Southern Indiana. Their grant will be used to provide case management in the areas of job training, housing, medical, and transportation for the individuals they serve.
Christian Formation Ministries, Inc.: Christian Formation Ministries has been serving the families of prisoners since 2003. Their grant will be used to provide scholarships for more children to participate in their My Camp Program.
Clark County Museum: The Clark County Museum was formed in 2008 in order to collect, preserve, display and interpret artifacts pertaining to the history of Clark County. Their grant will be used to complete the back half of their main gallery.
Communities in Schools of Clark County: This grant will be used to provide Tier 1 programming which serves a whole school, grade level or district. These are short-term interventions based on current needs.
Community Action of Southern Indiana: Community Action of Southern Indiana’s mission is to support and empower families and communities striving to reach self-sufficiency. Their grant will be used for a community garden, play, and arts space.
Community Montessori, Inc.: In 2001, Community Montessori became a public charter school providing a tuition-free independent program for grades K-12 serving any family in our community. Their grant will be used to support the development of the arts by funding theater and arts technology.
Dress For Success Louisville, Inc.: Founded in 2000, Dress For Success Louisville’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, development tools and a network of support. Their grant will be used to train, prepare, provide business-appropriate clothing for unemployed and underemployed women in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties.
East Washington School Corporation: Their grant will be used to purchase machinery and workstations for their advanced manufacturing program.
Friends of Borden Community Park: These funds will be used towards updating the playgroup equipment and placing a rubber critical path.
Habitat for Humanity, Clark & Floyd, Indiana, Inc.: This grant will be used to provide materials to build a house for low-income families giving them an affordable mortgage, self-sufficiency and independence.
Haven Ministries, Inc.: Haven Ministries offers addicts a safe place to get back on their feet. Their grant will be used to sponsor applicants in a new nine-month Auto Technician/Mechanic Training Program for men-in recovery.
Hope Southern Indiana: This grant will be used to support low-income families going through their Holistic Hardware-Self Sufficiency Program. This is a 10-week life skills training program with a goal of creating stability and self-sufficiency.
Hosparus Health Southern Indiana: These funds will be used to provide patients with digital scales, tracking tools and 24/7 support to help them achieve a better quality of life, avoid hospitalizations and save healthcare dollars.
Jefferson Street Baptist Center, Inc – Re:Center Ministries: Re:Center began in 1881 in a small room near City Hall where free meals were offered to the homeless and hurting people in our community. Their grant will be used to provide temporary housing, intensive case management and life skills/education classes to men experiencing homelessness in the Kentuckiana region through their LifeChange program.
Nativity Academy of St. Boniface, Inc.: Founded in 2003, Nativity Academy was established to transform the lives of urban students who have a commitment to achievement and whose families demonstrate financial need. Their grant will be to help sponsor some of their rising 7th and 8th-grade students participate at Camp Loucon.
New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation: Their grant will provide free, high quality, age-appropriate books to children in our community from birth to 5 years old for one year through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Scottsburg High School Drama Club: These funds will be used to upgrade the high school’s outdated, inefficient and inadequate lighting system.
Slate Run Elementary School: This grant will be used to help purchase the materials needed to set up a very basic theatrical space.
Sojourn Church New Albany: Their grant will be used to purchase trees and shrubs to create an enjoyable park for the Uptown Neighborhood of New Albany.
St Elizabeth Catholic Charities, Inc.: St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities Women and Children’s Emergency Shelter program provides women and their children a place to stay while working to resolve crisis. This grant will be used to help cover the additional expenses of providing shelter and support to women and children facing homelessness.
St John Center, Inc.: St. John Center’s mission it to help homeless men address the barriers to housing and self-sufficiency so they can leave homelessness for good. Their grant will be used to support St. John Center’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program which provides housing, case management, and life skills classes for formerly homeless men who have a disabling physical condition and/or mental illness.
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House: The Cabbage Patch Settlement House’s celebrated their 109th year in 2019, and their mission is to equip and empower at-risk children, youth and their families to be self-sufficient. These funds will be used to help fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs, including robotics, coding and medical careers, for children who come from primarily low-income families.
The Exodus Road, Inc.: The Exodus Road is an organization that is strategically fighting human trafficking globally through search and rescue and locally through community action. Their grant will be used to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and Colorado by helping to fund TraffickWatch, their training and prevention program.
The Refuge for Children, Inc.: The Refuge Home for Children provides temporary housing for children who have been removed from their homes. Their grant will help in providing a safe, stable and loving environment for children displaced due to abuse and/or neglect.
Volunteers of America Mid States, Inc.: This grant will be used to help fund a residential addiction recovery facility that provides therapy, case management, and treatment for pregnant and parenting women and their children.
Waterfront Botanical Gardens: The Waterfront Botanical Gardens was started by a local gardening community to help enlighten, entertain and educate the community about the botanical world. Their mission reads: Planting seeds and growing minds for more sustainable cities. Their grant will be used to purchase and install path lighting along the Beargrass Creek Pathway that will connect the Waterfront Botanical Gardens to the Butchertown Greenway, Waterfront Park, the Big Four Bridge and ultimately connecting to the Ohio River Greenway in Indiana.
YMCA of Greater Louisville / YMCA of Harrison County: This grant will be used to help fund youth lessons to low-income youth in Southern Indiana.
Here’s a list of previous blogs about Samtec Cares: