Jackson County stands better prepared to deal with natural disasters because of the community’s response and the generosity of Lilly Endowment following near-record flooding along the East Fork White River five years ago today, June 8, 2008.
Recognizing from afar that many Hoosiers were hurting and in need as flooding struck many counties in south-central Indiana, Lilly Endowment made millions of dollars available to help them.
That included two rounds of gifts totaling $300,000 to Jackson County. That assistance was managed with the help of Community Foundation of Jackson County and a new organization — Jackson County Long-Term Recovery Committee, a group organized through the Jackson County United Way and headed by Tonja Couch.
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