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
February Meeting Selection: Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County
Three charities were presented at the February 17 meeting.
1) Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County has been working hard to keep the adults aged 55+ in their homes as they are lower-income seniors and financially fragile. Donations would be used for their home repair program. Did you know 76% of aging people prefer to remain in their homes? This can be a challenge with the cost of living in #hamiltoncounty. 62 people are now on the waiting list for this home repair program. Labor is donated, but the donation is needed for the supplies to repair homes. Go to https://shepherdscenterofhamiltoncounty.org/ for info and ways to get involved.
2) Girls on the Run work with younger girls through a 10-week after-school program building confidence and self-esteem for Grades 3-8 with a 5k run as the finale. Did you know Indiana is ranked the 12th most obese state? Girls on the Run began in 2010 in Hamilton County and grew to 2,700 girls in 2019 before the pandemic. They have lost over $100,000 in funding during the pandemic. They offer a scholarship program that 1/2 of the girls involved qualifying. Go to https://www.gotrci.org/ for this impactful program and how you can get involved.
3) The Nickel Plate Heritage Railroadhttps://heritagerail.org/.../nickel-plate-heritage-railroad/ ran 20,000 passengers in 2019 - Valentine's Day 2020, had 12 students employed with hopes to begin again in May offering several rides. Please support the Nickel Plate Heritage RR, which home base is #noblesville and runs to Atlanta or #arcadia. 12.6 miles have been restored to run. Events include caboose rides, sunrise brunch, breakfast with Santa, pie trains, Kindergarten - 3rd grade STEM program, and more.
The selected charity is Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County! Congratulations! Members- please mail in your $100 check by MARCH 1st to 100 Women Who Care Hamilton County, PO Box 1102, Noblesville, IN 46061. ~Thank you~
Members, send in your check made out to Shepherd Center of Hamilton County to:
PO Box 1102, Noblesville 46061.
**Deadline to send the checks: March 1!** Thank You!
PREVIOUS SELECTED CHARITIES:
November 2020 Meeting Selection The O'Connor House
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!
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