Credit union giving $100,000 to 36 nonprofits

Columbus-based Centra Credit Union will distribute $100,000 among 36 nonprofits in communities where it operates.

The largest recipients are in Bartholomew County, where Love Chapel is receiving $7,500, while Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and Foundation For Youth will receive $5,000.

All of the other nonprofits will receive a $2,500 grant, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Shop With A Cop and the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund.

These grants mark a substantial increase in giving from previous years, said Christina Bailey, Centra assistant vice president of marketing.

“There are so many phenomenal organizations in Columbus, and we are proud to support them by giving back this year,” said Rick Silvers, president and CEO of Centra, the third-largest credit union in Indiana.

Besides Columbus, the credit union serves 12 other Indiana communities including Greensburg, North Vernon, Seymour and Shelbyville.

Centra has two out-of-state branches, in Whitakers, North Carolina, and Lakewood, New York.

Each of the organizations chosen to receive grants were nominated by Centra employees, who were asked to nominate non-profits they felt passionately about.

“Given the number of recent tragedies, we also chose to support a few national organizations like the Red Cross,” said Patty Knorr, Centra chief experience officer.

Also, eight $1,500 Loretta M. Burd Scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, and two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to adult or non-traditional students. Burd retired last winter after 47 years of service with Centra, including 25 as CEO.

Centra Credit Union grant recipients


Love Chapel


Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

Foundation For Youth


Anchor House

Advocates for Children

Agape Therapeutic Riding Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Boys and Girls Club Shelby County

Chautauqua County Humane Society

Child Place

Community Action of Southern Indiana


Family Ark

Fireman’s Cheer Fund

Girls Inc. Jackson County

Habitat for Humanity, Jefferson County

Haven House

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation

Humane Society Bartholomew County

Ivy Tech Scholarship

Jake Laird Memorial Foundation

Jayce Ray Stallings Youth Center

Jennings County Youth Foundation

Meals on Wheels

Miles for Merry Miracles

Open Door Youth Services

Prevent Child Abuse Scott County

Red Cross

Ronald McDonald House

Salvation Army

Sans Souci

Second Helpings of Central Indiana

Shop with a Cop

Su Casa

United Way

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.