Community Grants through the Choose Henry Flex Fund

Henry County Community Foundation Awards over $191,000 in Community Grants through the Choose Henry Flex Fund The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) board of directors has awarded over $191,000 to 27 organizations serving Henry County residents.  The purpose of these grants is to assist local nonprofits to promote and support social services, arts and culture, […]

Shenandoah High School Teacher, Michelle Fries, Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Michelle Fries, Mathematics Teacher at Shenandoah High School, is the recipient of the 2021 Teacher Excellence Award.  Fries was awarded a certificate of recognition on May 5, 2021 from the Henry County Community Foundation. Fries was nominated by three of her students, who all spoke highly of her outstanding commitment to their education that embodies […]

One Day with a Great Teacher by Amber Estelle

I’ll never forget the day my whole class ate mini chocolate cakes in kindergarten. That week in school, our teacher had presented us with a new idea. She asked the class if we would be able to work on this concept. The response was a resounding, “Piece of cake!” A popular phrase at that time, […]

Board Members Look Forward to the Future for Henry County

As a lifelong, committed resident of Henry County, Susan Falck-Neal is eager to serve as board chair for the Henry County Community Foundation. Though she isn’t new to the Foundation, as she has served on and off the board since 2005, Susan has seen the results of projects both large and small that the foundation […]

Meet Our Executive Assistant and Accounting Clerk, Toni Earl

I am extremely happy to join the team with Henry County Community Foundation.  I have a servant’s heart and value being a part of the greater good. I value the personal satisfaction that comes from working with nonprofits and collaborating with people who are compelled to “be the difference you want to see in the […]

Meet Our Education Manager, Hilary Bennett

Henry County has been my home since birth. I grew up here, was a Girl Scout, a 10 -year 4-H member, graduated high school, met my husband, and now we have decided to raise our family here, in Henry County. I graduated from Tri High and received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana […]

Meet Our Communication and Donor Engagement Manager, Amber Estelle

When I was very young, my family moved away from Wisconsin to this town in Indiana called New Castle. Because I was so young when we left, I’ve always considered Henry County to be my home. We were far away from family and friends, but neighbors took us in and became my surrogate grandparents. Church […]

Meet Our Director of Grants and Special Projects, Erin Riggle

A native of Hagerstown, I grew up less than a ¼ mile from the Henry County line, so New Castle and the surrounding communities were very familiar to me.  As a kid, my family often came to New Castle for shopping and dining, and some of my earliest memories involve the old JC Penney store […]

Meet Our New President and Executive Director, Jennifer Fox

After growing up in Henry County and graduating from Blue River High School, I thought I wanted to move away from New Castle.  But when I married my husband, also a Henry County native, we decided we wanted to live and raise our family here. I am proud to have been raised in this community […]

The Never-Ending Story

“It’s our Hometown” “For the first 18 years of our lives – the years that shaped us into who and what we are today – our world evolved around New Castle and Henry County. “And many of the people and many of the memories that mean the most to us are still there. The farther our […]