Teams assigned to community projects

Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during their first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center, is sponsor of the project.

Jeff Rasche (right) makes a point to the rest of Team Dental during its first meeting to discuss the project. Nicole Mann (center), practice manager of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center in Greenfield, is sponsor of the project, which seeks to establish dental hygiene “stations” at food pantries and other locations.

Members of the Class of 2018-19 will take on five community projects during their studies this class year.

The projects and the project teams were unveiled during Community Issues Day on Oct. 3.

A committee made up of members of the LHC board of directors had been meeting since the summer to solicit and evaluate project proposals. It settled on these five:

Plan a bike rodeo to promote Greenfield as a bike-friendly community and to raise awareness of bicycle safety. Members of Team Bike: Cindi Faunce, Debra Cochran, Amanda Kirchner, Marie Castetter and Angela Birdwell.

Document historic structures in Hancock County that were designed/built by influential architects. With the help of Greenfield Historic Landmarks, the team would research the history of the buildings and produce the information in an easy-to-use format. Members of Team Landmark: Donna Butler, Mary Meek, Ted Munden, Rhiannon Pope and Tara Carie.

Establish oral hygiene stations at food banks and other locations where at-risk populations can be impacted. The stations would include a baggie containing toothpaste, a toothbrush and floss. The packet also would contain information about clinics and advice on good oral hygiene. Project would seek out partners to promote and distribute the packets. Members of Team Dental: Susan Wildey, Angie Lyon, Jeff Rasche and Linda Garrity

Research and develop an app that highlights amenities in Greenfield and Hancock County. This would cater to visitors and also local people who are interested in learning more about their community. Other communities have similar apps that could serve as a template. Members of Team Main Street: Brian Dowden, Kim Crist, Rebecca Zapf, and Dina Davis

GoGreen Week: Focusing on children as the audience, design and implement a campaign to promote recycling and conservation of resources. Members of Team Green: Allyson Smith, Sunshine Nichols, Katie Ottinger, Amy Sutton and Jeff Inskeep

Class learns about community needs

The class of 2018-19 learned how fast hard-earned money can disappear like candy.

The metaphor was applied literally during a poverty simulation on Community Issues Day on Oct. 3. On a class day devoted to understanding Hancock County’s safety net and the nonprofits that work to keep it in place, the class’s first exercise of the day was to figure out how to stretch a paycheck across all the needs a family encounters. Instead of money, the class members used Smarties candy, “spending” 15 pieces of candy on housing, transportation, food and other needs.

Once their budgets were tapped out, facilitator Paula Jarrett, CEO of PSJ Consulting LLC, introduced the real lesson: She told each “family” to wipe four Smarties off their grid of needs. The class members struggled to re-prioritize their spending to cover all their expenses. The result: As happens in the real world, these simulated families had to do without.

The exercise was an eye-opener for a number of class members, who haven’t suffered such struggles before.

That was the idea of the exercise and the rest of the class day, which included visits to the Hancock County Food Pantry, Hancock Hope House and the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen. They also sat in on roundtable discussions with the CEOs of six county nonprofits who provide services to those in need.

The Landing Place in downtown Greenfield played host to the class. Jarrett and Lori Cooley of Hancock Regional Hospital were day chairs for the session.