We are happy to help all of the residents in Black Township. At the Trustee’s Office, we understand that everyone can fall on hard times. We want you to know that you’re a part of a caring community that will help get you back on your feet. We offer financial assistance programs for utilities, rent and mortgage, medical and health, and funeral services.
If you need financial help and want to apply for assistance programs, call the Trustee’s Office to schedule an appointment. We will let you know what documents to bring to the appointment, and we will help you fill out the application. We will determine your level of eligibility based on your current financial situation, income, and need.
You can browse our Guidelines and Checklist section to see how we determine your eligibility. Please know that you can still call us even if you do not think you qualify. We will work together to find a solution during this difficult time.
If you have fallen 30 days or more behind in paying your utility bills, we are here to help. If you are receiving disconnect notices for electricity or water, please contact the Trustee’s Office and schedule an appointment to fill out an application for financial assistance.
Rent and Mortgage
If you are 30 days past due on your rent or mortgage, you may be eligible to receive assistance. Schedule an appointment with our office to talk to us about your current situation. We will need your rental agreement and receipts if you are renting. We’ll contact your landlord or loan officer in order work out repayment. Feel free to contact our office if you have questions in regards to this.
Medical and Health
Having trouble making medical payments or buying prescriptions? No worries, we can try to help. Doctor appointments, emergencies, and illnesses are all a part of our day-to-day. No one should feel burdened by the financial strain of health care costs. Call and schedule an appointment with our staff and we will determine what we can do and how we can help.
Due to Black Township regulations, we are not able to help purchase prescriptions for narcotics or any drugs with street value. If you are unsure whether your prescription is ineligible, call us for more information.
The loss of a loved one should never be felt alone. During this difficult time in your life, the staff at the Trustee’s Office can lend a helping hand. If you need help with funeral arrangements and expenses, you may be eligible for assistance. Please call or visit us at the office for more information.
At the Trustee’s Office, we are all about helping you get on the path to a more comfortable, stable life. In order to help break the cycle of financial hardship and dependency, we need to get your back on the road to employment. Working can give us a purpose and a sense of importance because we are needed by our co-workers. It also helps self esteem when you can help take care of you and your family. We’ll help you get back on your feet with our work enrichment services which include providing steel-toed boots, helping you to earn your GED, or learning how to manage your checking account.
We will help you get ready for your first day on the job! Stop by our office and pick up a pair of used steel-toed boots should your job requires you to wear them. No appointment is necessary. Just come in and let us know what size you need.
The boots are donated by businesses and companies in the Posey County area so we thank them for all their continued support of this important program.
Education is very important to us; we want to assist you in the big step you are taking to earn your diploma. If you have decided to get your GED, we will put you in contact with the right people. In order to receive your GED, you will need to take 3 pre-requisite courses that will be focus on math and reading skills, depending on the results of a pre-test.
After the courses, you may take a practice pre-test in order to determine your readiness to take the exam. Depending on your pre-test results, you might be eligible for assistance through our office.
The classes are free but there is a fee for the test. Call the township office for more information. Courses are held in Hedges School, Room 219, from 9 AM-12 PM. The instructor is Kim Steele. Testing happens throughout the year. Look for announcements in the local paper or keep coming back to our website for updates.
If you are interested in taking this big step, call or contact our office for more information.
Bank on Posey County
If you have had problems with checking accounts in the past or have been determined ineligible for a checking account, we offer a class that will get you back on track. By teaching you the skills necessary to control your own account, we are helping to put you back in good standing with local banks. The class is taught by a Fifth Third Bank employee who covers the importance and maintenance of a checking account. You will receive a certification that you can take to certain local banks and open a new checking account.
Call or contact us for more information on this program including when and where the class is held or which banks are participants in the program.
Our township helps to offer some incredible programs for children of all ages. We are proud to be a part of so many community organizations that give children a safe place to learn and play. Programs like the pre-school program, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and Lights on After School help kids develop a passion for learning and engage their creativity and energy through fun activities. Our other program, The Back to School Bash, gets kids ready for their first day of school. Read on for more information about these wonderful programs.
Pre-Kindergarten or Pre-K programs are very important to the development of a child’s curiosity and love for learning. Our community offers a wonderful pre-school program through Susanna Wesley Nursery School. The Trustee’s Office is happy to provide money directly to the Susanna Wesley Nursery School and work collaboratively to provide a reading program for the kids. We help provide books and packets for the children to keep so they can continue practicing at home.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a Pre-K education or want to enroll your child, call Lisa Frye at Susanna Wesley, 812-838-2835. Susanna Wesley Nursery School is located at 601 Main Street, Mount Vernon, IN.
Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Big Brothers & Big Sisters is a national organization that has been helping children to develop meaningful mentorships for over 100 years. We are very excited to have a chapter of this organization working in Posey County.
In the 2012-2013 school year, our Big Brothers & Big Sisters program has matched 45 at-risk children with outstanding members of our community. We’re helping children to create meaningful and healthy relationships. Through fun and rewarding meetings and events, this program helps strengthen the bond of our entire community.
The program is free of charge. Call the Trustee’s Office if you are interested in putting your child in the program or if you’re interested in volunteering.
Back to School Bash
Get your child ready for school at the Back to School Bash! All of Posey County is welcome to attend the event held in August. Kids receive a backpack which includes back to school items such as underwear, socks, and personal hygiene items. Along with the supplies, kids can get the best look with free haircuts at the Back to School Bash.
It is a fun-filled day with free snacks and beverages, and it helps pump kids up for the first day back to school. We at the Trustee’s Office, local organizations and churches help provide these back to school necessities. Keep an eye on our website around school-time to see when we’ll be having the next Back to School Bash!
Lights on After School
According to statistics, children are most at risk of experimenting with risky behaviors and harmful activities like ATOD(Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs) between the hours of 2:00pm and 6:00pm. We are happy to help fund The Lights on After School program. The program gives kids a safe place to go after school to work on homework, participate in a reading program, or explore some new places to get kids into what they read.
This program seeks to not only give children a safe place to go after school, but also a place where they can make personal connections with what they are reading by taking trips to places or finding real life ways to relate what they are reading. Our office's goal is to provide an incentive to make these kids want to stay.
For more information about the Lights on After School program, call or contact MSD of Mt. Vernon for more information.
Black Township Trustee’s Office is very pleased to be working with the local Parks & Recreation department to build and maintain beautiful, fun parks for our kids to play in. We fund a summer park program for children of all ages that gives kids something to do during those long summer days. This program is run by the Parks and Recreation Department, is free, and helps build a healthy and active lifestyle for children.
Call or contact the Parks and Recreation Department for more information about our community parks or the summer park program. Stay tuned to our website for upcoming information about the program also.
You do not have to worry about the state of your loved one’s final resting place. Our office handles abandoned cemetery maintenance, by keeping the grounds mowed and weeded. You will see the attention to detail and care we put into the maintenance.
If you have a question or comment, please contact the Trustee’s Office by phone or on our contact page.
Black Township Fire and Rescue provides emergency fire protection services for all of Black Township. It is a volunteer service proudly taken on by people in our own community. Check out their website for more information about the fire protection service.
We are also proud to pair up with the city of Mount Vernon, IN. We recently purchased a building for our city firefighters, which will be their future home. We are collaborating with the city to make the needed renovations.
Our Trustee's Office is all about giving back and assisting community members. That being said, we want to promote strong work ethic and help people find work. This is why we use the Work Fare Program.
The way the program works is that when a community member receives assistance from the township, they are assigned work fare. This is work they will do for the township or community. This work will be down at a pay rate of $10/ hour, but instead of that person being paid, they will work off the money the Trustee's Office provided to them. This work fare must be done before that person can apply for any additional aid.
You must be 18 or older to participate in the Work Fare Program. Call our office for more information or if you have any questions.