During a recent Will Read and Sing for Food event hosted by Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT) at the Calumet in Jasper, JETT took the opportunity to present sixteen 2018 grants totaling $66,610.00 to local and national non-profit organizations.
These organizations included:
Mentors for Youth $9,000
Crisis Connection $8,000
Anderson Woods $7,000
Blackhawk Blessings $5,000
Hands of the Carpenter $5,000
Dubois County Humane Society $5,000
Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County $5,000
Crawford County 4H Council $3,750
Washington County Food Bank $3,500
Dubois County Special Olympics $2,500
Young Women LEAD $2,500
Girls on the Run $2,300
Dubois County Community Food Bank $2,000
Crisis Connection $400
Anderson Woods $350
Dubois County Humane Society $310
“The additional grants to specific organizations were part of JETT’s Trivia Night fundraiser held in September,” said Mark Balsmeyer, JETT Facilitator. “The winning teams from that event got to choose their charity.”
JETT is a giving circle for Associate-Owners of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and their families, that focuses on pooling resources, creating a greater combined impact on our communities. The goal is to learn more about philanthropic opportunities and support those organizations that promote smart giving. More than 500 volunteer hours were also donated by JETT members this year.
“All of these charitable gifts would not be possible without the matching partnership of JASPER and our generous membership,” added Balsmeyer. “Couple that with several member-driven fundraising events, and we are blessed to be able to support our community’s non-profit organizations.
Each year a portion of member donations goes to building the JETT endowment, which currently totals more than $200,000. JETT membership has steadily increased from 29 members in 2013 to 122 in 2018.