CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s Alumni and Friends recently launched a campaign called “Give Back Busco,” to help with projects that improve the community.

Margaret Mitchel, a member of the Churubusco High School Class of 1965, had a vision for an account in which members of the Smith-Green Community Schools community can apply to for assistance in projects that make the community a better place.

The Community Foundation of Whitley County donated $500 to start the account. Tax-deductible donations to the “Churubusco Alumni and Friends” are managed under the Community Foundation 501 C3 umbrella. Donors have an option of placing their money in one of two funds. The “permanent” fund holds donation money in the account, with only interest money being available for projects. In the “nonpermanent” account, the entire amount is available to use for projects immediately.

Checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation of Whitley County, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, 46725. Mark in the memo section whether the donation is for the “permanent” or “nonpermanent” fund. To learn more about the Community Foundation of Whitley County, visit

The Churubusco Alumni and Friends encourage those interested to attend the next meeting, Thursday, May 24, immediately following the Smith-Green Community Schools’ Eagle Garden Program, approximately 7:30 p.m., in the SGCS administration building. Those attending will have a voice in deciding the format and leadership of the philanthropic organization that will continue to serve the Churubusco community for years to come.

Learn more by following “Churubusco Alumni & Friends” on Facebook, #GiveBackBusco on Twitter, or email churubuscoalumni&