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April 16, 2014

Wabash Valley Foundation hands out $104,925

TERRE HAUTE — Looking around the West Terre Haute Little League park last year, Wade Fulford said, he was one of the league’s board members who realized improvements needed to be made.

“We want it to be a park setting,” Fulford said on Wednesday morning after receiving a $5,500 grant to fund park improvements. “Most people don’t realize it’s a park, because it just has a baseball field on it.”

West Terre Haute Little League was one of 19 nonprofit agencies receiving funding from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation during its spring grant awards program at Clabber Girl. The foundation distributed $104,925 in grants, and representatives of the organizations gave two-minute presentations about how the funding with assist their efforts.

“Our park board is made up of union members and craftsmen,” Fulford said, “and we realized we could get local youth involved with the project and build bridges with the students by giving them community service time.  We could have gone out and bought the stuff and have it installed in a weekend, but these kids are going to design it and put it in and pour the concrete. When they’re done, we can give them a certificate they can turn in with their college applications to show that they helped their community.”

The park projects consist of building 12 picnic tables, adding two sets of bleacher seating and building a picnic shelter. The young people will learn construction techniques and how to mix and pour concrete. They also will earn pride in their park, Fulford said.

The plan is to have the project completed by June 14, he said, to be ready for baseball tournament season. About 30 teams from around the state will participate in summer tournaments, he said, and that will showcase the park project.

Fulford said that the foundation’s vision of community projects and community service prompted the park board to apply for the grant.

“It’s also growing our future leaders,” he said of the project. “That’s the main reason for doing this.”

The grant committee reviewed 24 letters-of-intent submitted for the spring grant cycle.

For more information about the foundation’s grants programs, go online to the organization’s website at www.wvcf.com.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

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