To be considered for an award, an organization must meet the following criteria:
It must be a non-profit recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. Validate 501(c)(3) status through, Guidestar or Charity Navigator
It must be located in Hamilton County, Indiana. No national charities will be considered; however, local branches of national charities are eligible for consideration. The purpose is for 100% of the contribution to stay in Hamilton County
It must be willing to send a representative to our next meeting to share how the money was or will be spent.
It must agree not to create, sell, or distribute a list with our members' contact information, and agree not to solicit our members directly for further contributions
November Meeting Selection: The O'Connor House of Carmel
Three charities were presented at the November 18 meeting.
— The O’Connor House mission is to provide a Christian home to help single, pregnant, homeless women improve life for themselves and their children. The O’Connor House serves pregnant unwed women over the age of 18 who are in a crisis pregnancy and need assistance to create a better life for themselves and their children. We also provide shelter and aid to the existing children of these women. One of our goals is to keep families together. Through our research, we have found that the fastest-growing homeless population in our country is single women and their children. Most homeless shelters today are overflowing with single women and their young children. Our hope and prayer at The O’Connor House are that we stand ready to assist women in need. Over 350 women, toddlers, and babies have been served!
— Janus Development Services, Inc. provides adult individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community. We are recognized as the partner of choice for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. Their abilities define our clients, and Janus offers opportunities for education, employment training, independent living, and information to individuals and their families. Our activities promote the confidence and choice that will result in the sense of achievement.
— Secret Families Christmas Charity of Hamilton County is a non-profit organization that provides Christmas for families in our area who otherwise would not have one. Families must have school-age children and are referred to Secret Families Christmas Charity of Hamilton County through the local public elementary school principals and counselors. Without our donors, supporters, and volunteers' generosity, these families otherwise would not have presents under the tree on Christmas morning.
Members, send in your check made out to The O'Connor House to:
PO Box 1102, Noblesville 46061.
**Deadline to send the checks: December 1!** Thank You!
PREVIOUS SELECTED CHARITIES:
August 2020 Meeting Selection Prevail:
Prevail, Inc provides crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent, and child survivors of crime and abuse. While Prevail works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, they also serve victims of other crimes, including victims of stalking, robbery, home invasion, and family members of homicide victims, among others. https://www.prevailinc.com/
May 2020 Meeting Selection Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County:
-Meals on Wheels supports individuals who are elderly, disabled, and homebound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health, and promoting independence. mealsonwheelshc.org
March 2020 Meeting Selection: Nickel Plate Arts
--https://nickelplatearts.org/founded in 2012, focuses on three areas of cultural growth: -Arts community development by integrating visual and performing arts into downtowns, local parks and unexpected places -Artist development by supporting more than 1000 professional artists working in the area -Arts awareness by breaking down barriers to the arts for both residents and visitors by taking arts to the people and supporting venues where people can enjoy the arts. They also try and look for ways to increase small business owners in the events they support. Nickel Plate Arts serves eastern Hamilton County, from Fishers to Atlanta.
November 2019 Meeting Selection: HAND, Inc.
--HAND, Inc http://www.handincorporated.org addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and senior citizens in Indianapolis’ suburbs.
August 2019 Meeting Selection: Fishers Youth Assistance Program - Summer Lunch Program
--- Fishers Youth Assistance Program (FYAP) http://youthassistance.org/fishers was formed in 2014 to help strengthen youth and families through community involvement. The Summer Lunch Program serves between 300 to 500 students who need a food source during the summer months. FYAP works with partner organizations to identify families who need assistance and volunteers to prepare and deliver meals. In 2017, the program served more than 12,000 meals to 185 children in our community.
May 2019 Meeting Selection: Find, Ignite, Transform
--- Faith-Inspired Transformation Inc. empowers women who feel broken, defeated, and powerless to heal and strengthen their bodies, transform their minds, and ignite their spirits to live a life of wholeness
February 2019 Meeting Selection: Family Promise
---Family Promise helps families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
November 2018 Meeting Selection: Redemption Rescue
--Redemption Rescue is a foster-based rescue with a mission to save the forgotten, abandoned, sick, and injured animals while helping our community prevent unwanted litters. Redemption Rescue, Inc.
August 2018 Meeting Selection: Meals on Wheels
--Meals on Wheels supports individuals who are elderly, disabled, and homebound by delivering nutritious meals, reducing hunger, improving health, and promoting independence. mealsonwheelshc.org
May 2018 Meeting Selection: Megan S. Ott Foundation
--Megan S. Ott Foundation provides immediate personalized assistance to local recipients fighting the day to day battle of breast cancer.
February 2018 Meeting Selection: Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County
--Prevail is dedicated to serving victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County in a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental environment that is meant to empower, educate, and strengthen those we serve.
November 2017 Meeting Selection: Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County
Information about Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County can be found at
August 2017 Meeting Selection: Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND), Inc.
Info about HAND can be found at http://www.handincorporated.org/ and HAND - Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development