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Community Leadership: Vigo County

Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute
Dictionary Project for Vigo County
Scottish Rite of Wabash Valley Capital Project Fund
Vigo County Veterans Memorial Plaza
The Terre Haute Cityscape Fund

Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute

A fund has been established through the Wabash Valley Community Foundation Inc. to collect donations for the Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute. This fund shall provide support to preserve, maintain, and support the arts in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Contributions can be sent to:
Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute
C/O Wabash Valley Community Foundation
200 South 8th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Dictionary Project for Vigo County

Learning to define and spell words, exploring the world through maps, and discovering facts about weights and measures are just a few activities that third, fourth, and fifth graders in Vigo and Clay county schools can participate in, because now each student has a dictionary.

The youngsters are the beneficiaries of the Dictionary Project, established in response to the needs of the community as determined by the Compass II report. The Compass II study, funded in part by the Community Foundation in conjunction with United Way of the Wabash Valley and Indiana State University, identified literacy as one of the six areas of community need.

As one way to address this need, the Community Foundation partnered with the Terre Haute Rotary Club and the Brazil Rotary Club to deliver more than 3,700 dictionaries in Vigo County and 360 dictionaries in Clay County. The partnership enabled businessmen and women to serve as role models to the students and express the importance of spelling in day-to-day life.

This year the Dictionary Project was funded from the James R. Piker, Ada A. Piker and Virginia M. Ginter Memorial Funds. This project continues to expand, and in 2006 it will include Clay, Vigo and Sullivan counties.

To learn more about this project please visit www.dictionaryproject.org.

Scottish Rite of Wabash Valley Capital Project Fund

A fund has been established through the Wabash Valley Community Foundation Inc. to collect donations for the Scottish Rite of Wabash Valley Capital Project Fund. This fund shall provide support to preserve, maintain, and support the historic portions of the Scottish Rite Temple located at 727 Ohio Street in Terre Haute, Indiana that are protected under a preservation easement granted to Historic Landmark Foundation of Indiana.

Contributions can be sent to:
Scottish Rite of Wabash Valley Capital Project Fund
C/O Wabash Valley Community Foundation
200 South 8th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Vigo County Veterans Memorial Plaza

A fund has been established through the Wabash Valley Community Foundation Inc. to collect donations for the Veterans Memorial Plaza. This plaza will be a special memorial to the veterans who have served in all wars, as well as their families.

The memorial will sit on the east side of the Vigo County Courthouse Square and will be in a park-like setting and properly landscaped. Memorial monuments for each of the wars and dedicated to our fallen Vigo County veterans will be spaced in the plaza.

More than $220,000 in cash and in-kind services has been donated to the goal of $540,000.

Contributions can be sent to:
Vigo County Veterans Memorial Plaza Fund
C/O Wabash Valley Community Foundation
200 South 8th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

The Terre Haute Cityscape Fund

Part of the way our community is perceived by citizens and visitors alike is the visual image we present. This visual presentation is seldom more important than it is at the Christmas holiday season. A uniform and festive light display that is in keeping with the style and architecture of a business district is not only aesthetically pleasing to passers-by, but may also entice more visitors and customers to retail centers in our community. To enhance the appearance of the Terre Haute retail areas, a group of businesses, organizations and individuals has come together to devise a multi-phase plan that will return the downtown and south retail shopping districts, as well as the transportation corridor that connects them, to inviting holiday shopping destinations.

In the initial stage, nostalgic holiday decorations will be placed on street lamps from Third Street to Ninth Street along Wabash Avenue. Cinergy will provide a bucket truck to install and remove the decorations and the electricity necessary for their operation during the Christmas season. Phase II would place the same decorations at the entrance of Honey Creek mall and along Third Street to Voorhees. Phase III would begin at the courthouse and extend the decorations south until they meet Third and Voorhees.

Through these efforts, and contributions from generous area business and citizens, we can bring back the wonder and excitement of a festive business district at holiday time.

Donations can be made to:
Terre Haute Cityscape Fund
Wabash Valley Community Foundation
200 South 8th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807


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