Nonprofit news for week of Jan. 25

Community foundation earns national accreditation

The Brown County Community Foundation has achieved accreditation from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Accreditation is a rigorous, peer-driven, voluntary and self-regulatory process, following standards for operational and legal soundness.

“Donors can be confident that the BCCF’s policy and procedures as well as all grant making are conducted ethically, transparently and effectively to provide maximum positive impact for all of Brown County,” said BCCF CEO Larry Pejeau.

The BCCF can be reached at 209 N. Van Buren St. or 812-988-4882.

Centerstone receives grant from Duke Energy

BLOOMINGTON — Centerstone has been granted $4,900 from the Duke Energy Foundation to support its Child and Family Services programming. The gift, in addition to $1,400 given previously, will help pay for nine mobile play therapy kits to be used in Brown, Lawrence and Monroe counties.

The kits contain therapeutic books, games, toys, art materials and sensory items, allowing children to express language and process trauma and emotions. Centerstone aims to build 100 mobile play therapy kits to be used over its 17-county service area in Indiana.

“Research shows again and again how beneficial play is in helping children heal from effects of trauma, which impacts the majority of the children and families we serve,” said Amanda Pardue, regional director of Child and Family Services. “These play therapy kits will give our therapists the tools necessary to help them deliver care that will change our youngest community members’ and their families’ lives.”

Lions Club offering grants, scholarships

The Brown County Lions Club will award up to five scholarships for Brown County High School seniors.

The club also will provide money for projects proposed by local nonprofits.

Grants are made possible through the support of Lions’ fundraising projects. One such project is Double Value Coupon Cards, which are now being sold for 2017.

Grant allocations will be finalized early in March, so applications should be made as soon as possible. Application forms must be postmarked by Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The forms are available at the Lions Club website,, or by mail at Brown County Lions Club, P.O. Box 716, Nashville, IN 47448.

Ministry provides cancer support program

GNAW BONE — Nondenominational group Heart of Christ Ministries, 5181 State Road 46 East, offers a program called Thriving Hope Cancer Care Ministry.

Sponsored by Our Journey of Hope from the cancer treatment centers of America, the ministry provides people touched by cancer with help and spiritual counsel specific to the needs of cancer patients, caregivers or loved ones. Leaders completed a Bible-based cancer care training program.

With questions, to get involved or to receive help, call 812-371-0247.

For more information, visit Heart of Christ Ministries on Facebook.

Free child seat inspections in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — Riley Physicians, a partner with IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, is providing free child safety seat checks at the Bloomington Township Fire Department, 5081 North Old State Road 37.

There is no one certified in Brown County to do child seat checks, according to IU Health.

Call 812-333-2304 to schedule a safety check.

For more information on Indiana’s child passenger seat law, visit

Help for drug and alcohol rehabilitation

Nationwide group Narconon can help people suffering from addiction.

Narconon offers free addiction screenings, referrals and help to take steps to overcome addiction within the family. The group can be reached at 877-841-5509.

To learn more about how to conduct an intervention for a loved one, visit

Addiction recovery support offered at church

From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, New Life Community Church, 1450 State Road 135 North, hosts weekly recovery support meetings, Battlefield For Freedom, for people struggling with addiction. For more information, call Melissa Tatman at 812-320-9838.

Support group for friends, family, survivors of suicide

FRANKLIN — From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on third Thursdays, the Hope and Renewal Support Group meets at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive in Franklin. It is for friends and family of suicide victims and survivors of suicide.

For more information, call 765-585-3346 or email

Women’s support group meets weekly

A women’s recovery group meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays for about 90 minutes.

Child care is available. For more information, including the location, call Carrie at 812-320-1201.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings scheduled

Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings every weekday at several Brown County locations:

8 p.m. Monday — Open discussion meetings, Sycamore Valley Community Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds

6:30 p.m. Tuesday — Closed men’s discussion meetings, Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship, 602 State Road 135 North

8 p.m. Tuesday — Closed literature study, The Fieldhouse, 98 W. Washington

8 p.m. Wednesday — Open discussion meetings, Sycamore Valley Community Center at the fairgrounds

7 p.m. Thursday — Closed discussion meetings, Sycamore Valley Community Center at the fairgrounds

9:30 a.m. Friday — Open literature discussions, lower-level meeting room, Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in this program of recovery from alcoholism. Non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

Closed meetings are for AA members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and want to stop.

Vaccines for uninsured available at health department

The Brown County Health Department, on the second floor of the County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane, is offering all immunizations free of charge for uninsured adults.

Vaccines include tetanus, hepatitis A and B, dTap, MMR, PVC13, PPSV23, varicella and others.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the health department at 812-988-2255 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.