German American Bank Donates $35,000 to Non-Profit Organizations in Shelby, Spencer, Owen, and Gallatin Counties

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German American Bank has donated $35,000 to seven local non-profit organizations to celebrate the expansion of their footprint into Shelby, Spencer, Owen, and Gallatin Counties.  German American leaders presented checks for $5,000 to representatives of  Metro United Way’s Farmers Feeding Families, Awake Ministries’ Serenity Center, Centro Latino, Operation Care Kentucky, Owen County Schools’ Power Pack Program, Taylorsville Main Street Association, and the Gallatin Educational Excellence Foundation. 

“A commitment to local support is at the heart of who we are,” states Chris Dew, German American Bank Market President. “As the largest community bank in the Shelbyville area, we have the privilege and honor to make a significant impact in the communities we serve.  We are excited to demonstrate our commitment by giving back to local organizations that share in our mission to help individuals, families, and businesses achieve greater prosperity in life. ”

Recipients include:

Metro United Way - Farmers Feeding Families Program
Currently, 15% of Shelby County citizens are food insecure or don’t have enough food to sustain a healthy life. Through the Farmers Feeding Families program, Metro United Way in Shelby County is focusing on reducing hunger and its associated health issues in our community by partnering with farmers, landowners and non-profit organizations. All of the money and food donations are distributed to Shelby County feeding programs. LEARN MORE

Awake Ministries - Serenity Center
Awake Ministries offers residential and outpatient recovery services for those with addiction behaviors. In addition, they manage a food bank for local residents in need of assistance through the support of Dare to Care and the generosity of farms, grocers, businesses and individuals. Every resource that they offer is free of charge to encourage and assist members of the community. LEARN MORE

Centro Latino
Centro Latino works to connect Latino communities in Shelby, Spencer, Oldham, Trimble and Henry counties with the information and services they need for a better life. They promote civic engagement by educating, motivating and providing access to trustworthy support systems. The mission at Centro Latino is to advance their prospects to achieve a part of the American Dream. LEARN MORE

Operation Care
Operation Care provides a transitional housing program, free medical and dental clinic, and thrift store for those in need. The housing program is for women and children and includes case management and financial planning.  Mercy Medical is a Christ-centered, state- licensed medical/dental clinic providing compassionate medical and dental care to uninsured, underinsured, and financially disadvantaged people. The Helps Program distributes items to those in crisis including non-perishable food and home care needs. LEARN MORE

Owen County Power Pack Program
The Power Pack Program is a weekly, take-home food program for children in Owen County Schools offered through the Owen County Family Resource Center. Their mission is to meet the needs of children by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. LEARN MORE

Taylorsville Main Street Association
Taylorsville Main Street, a certified Kentucky Main Street program, is a non-profit organization of volunteers who strive to bring people and businesses to downtown Taylorsville to live, work and play.  Their goals are to provide organization, promotion, beautification, and economic restructuring for the city of Taylorsville. LEARN MORE

Gallatin County Educational Excellence Foundation
The Educational Excellence Foundation helps to fund the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers.  These centers collaborate with community partners to offer appropriate services to enhance student success and meet their family needs. The Family Resource Center serves students and families in the Lower and Upper Elementary while The Youth Service Center serves students and families in the Middle and High schools. LEARN MORE

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