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News Release: The BOOT Project is awarded $40,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

News Release: The BOOT Project is awarded $40,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the Crime Prevention Association of Findlay/Hancock County has been awarded $40,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for the BOOT project. These funds are made available from the Howard and Carolyn Marvin Fund, The Community Endowment Fund, George and Helen Koepke Fund and Mary Ann Emerine Fund.

This grant will be used to help install the BOOT into the city and county schools in Hancock County. The BOOT, once installed, can withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure and works on all doors with a simple one-step engagement.  The product is lightweight and can be activated by anyone, even young children, allowing a room to be locked so the class can shelter in place in the event of an active shooter situation.  This will be added protection for the approximately 12,000 students in our community.

“We wish to extend a sincere thank you to the Community Foundation for supporting this project and realizing the importance of keeping our children safe.” said Sheriff Heldman.  “We truly have received support from so many members of the community for this project.  It is an honor to live and serve in a community such as this.”

With the receipt of this grant, the project has raised $235,000 of the $420,000 needed for the project funding. The funding will allow the manufacturer to install the BOOT in the schools over the summer months.  This gives ample time for the installation, staff training and first responder training before the 2017/2018 school year begins.  We will continue to raise funds over the remainder of the year.

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will improve the quality of life in Hancock County through collaborate leadership, responsible grantmaking, and the development of philanthropic giving. Established in 1992 as an outgrowth of a one-time gift from L. Dale Dorney, the Community Foundation has granted more than $44 million to fund projects that support our community.  Visit or call 419-425-1100 to learn more about the Community Foundation is helping our community.