Rathburn Tool Founder Jerry Rathburn establishes a New Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation DeKalb County
Jerry Rathburn, founder of Rathburn Tool has contributed $20,000 to establish the Veteran Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation DeKalb County to support the basic needs of veterans and their families in Northeastern Indiana. “I was immensely impacted by my service during the Vietnam War and I know the challenges that some of my fellow veterans can face,” stated Jerry. “I want to do something that helps struggling veterans in a way that positions both my neighbors and my community for long-term success.”
The new fund reflects the innovative and people-oriented character of Rathburn Tool. The company is hopeful the fund will stimulate the philanthropic generosity that has always been present in DeKalb County and that other companies and individuals will support and fund the effort now and in the future. Angie Holt, Jerry’s Rathburn’s daughter and current CEO of the company, added, “Our family and company have always had an interest in supporting America’s veterans. This fund will enable us to partner with others who want to help.”
Tanya Young, Executive Director of the Community Foundation DeKalb County noted, “This is the first fund of its kind in DeKalb County and its creation has generated a lot of interest from neighboring communities. There is a tremendous need for this type of support. It’s also a great cause for others to join who share Jerry’s respect and love for those who served our country.”
The fund will provide support for U.S. veterans and their families in NE Indiana, with a focus on DeKalb County. Support can include assistance for essential needs such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, medical services/equipment/devices, educational training, and other expenses to address unmet needs, or to support functions which honor the services of veterans in the community. Funds will be available starting in the summer of 2022. For more information, or to donate to the Veteran Endowment Fund please contact the Community Foundation DeKalb County at 260-925-0311, firstname.lastname@example.org or online https://cfdekalb.org/funds-current/.