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: HAND, Inc
Three charities were presented at the November 13th meeting.
--- HAND, Inc http://www.handincorporated.org addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and senior citizens in Indianapolis’ suburbs. In 2000, a group of Hamilton County residents concerned about housing needs in the county began a housing task force known as the Hamilton County Healthier Communities Housing Action Committee to improve the quality of life for residents of Hamilton County by promoting housing preservation and neighborhood revitalization. The task force, working with the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, applied for and received a grant from the Indiana Housing Finance Authority (now the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority) to conduct a study on housing needs in the county.
The study, known as the Hamilton County Needs Assessment, was published in February 2002 and identified a number of key strategies to promote neighborhood revitalization and housing preservation, particularly for low- and moderate-income residents. The study also identified the need for a local nonprofit housing development corporation to lead the mission. In 2003, this task force became HAND a 501(c)(3) to serve the Hamilton County community by providing an owner- occupied home rehabilitation program.
--- HBM Limitless Transition Program https://www.noblesvilleschools.org/domain/482 is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to experience valuable on-the-job training. Students attend in a professional atmosphere and continue their journey into the adult world with opportunities of continuing education, trial work experiences, recreation/leisure, daily living skills, self determination skills, employment skills and more to explore. This community based program prepares students and families for a seamless transition.
--- CHERISH Child Advocacy, Abuse Intervention & Prevention https://www.cherishcac.org/about assists and protects children by removing barriers to investigation and treatment, as well as provides regional leadership in combating child abuse and exploitation. Founded in 2009, CHERISH is Hamilton County's only Child Advocacy Center and also serves Tipton and other counties on request. We are Nationally Accredited and provide a neutral, supportive, safe place where children and teens can talk. All of our employees are trained child forensic interviewers. CHERISH provides referrals, and community education. CHERISH brings together a strong network of quality child services defined as a Multi-Disciplinary Team dedicated to decreasing violent harm to children and increasing thriving children and families in our communities.
Members, feel free to send in your check made out to HAND to:
PO Box 1102, Noblesville 46061.
**Deadline to send the checks: December 1!** Thank You!