Lt. Gov. Crouch, IHCDA launch crowdfunding campaign for NEWLIFE Rescue & Adoption Center

MOUNT VERNON – Posey County will soon have a center designed to connect community members with cats and dogs in need of loving homes if this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by Jan. 19, 2024. If successful, the project led by NEWLIFE Rescue & Adoption Center will receive a matching grant as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

“I’m thrilled to watch the development of this new shelter in Mount Vernon,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “CreatINg Places is a fantastic program that has seen tremendous success across the state. Whether by donating, volunteering, or leading a project, it is a great way to engage in your community.”

Funds from this campaign will be used to build a new animal shelter, connecting community members to shelter animals and providing a gathering space in the state-of-the-art lobby. The shelter will also create a public walking path for animals and their humans.

“Posey County will finally have a building that is truly designed to house animals,” said Lucy Steinhart, Building Campaign Coordinator for NEWLIFE Rescue & Adoption Center. “This is a progressive step for our county, not just for the animals we assist but also for the community members dedicated to this mission. Our new shelter will enable us to meet the region’s needs more effectively and efficiently. As a nonprofit that depends solely on donations, fundraisers, and grants, we need ongoing support. We are extremely grateful for the CreatINg Places program and the help it will provide to our project.”

Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $9.8 million in public funds and an additional $8 million in matching IHCDA funds. The program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and local units of government are eligible to apply. Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should it successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.