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Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Michael R. Pence, Governor

Jeffery Cardwell, Executive Director

August 12, 2013

Indianapolis Indians Scout Future Slugger At Riley Children's Hospital

Indians Staged Photo

The Indianapolis Indians made a visit to Riley Children’s Hospital this season, expecting to visit with kids, sign some autographs, and take a few pictures. They didn’t expect to have the emotional experience they did when they walked into the room of 3 year old patient Kolton Mitchell ...

"... Some of the players gave him a hug goodbye to cheer him up, while getting slightly emotional themselves ..."

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Words To Serve By ...

Albert Schweitzer

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”

– Albert Schweitzer 

2013 Governor's Conference

Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building

October 3-4, 2013 at The Westin Indianapolis Hotel

Indianapolis, IN

Not one, but two days for making connections, fostering collaboration and understanding the power of data to help your organization build capacity, plan strategically and meet your mission effectively.

The Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building – October 3-4

It’s all about Service. Sharing. Strategy ...

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Conference news on Twitter @INNonprofitConf

Register by Sep 13 & get the Early Bird rate!

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Suited For A Second Chance

Last week, just after the Blue Jacket Clothing Company opened at 10:00 a.m., I went outside to view the newly donated signs that the clothing store committee created. Most of the summer flowers on our grounds were in full bloom with the garden finally sprouting fruit.

"... Last month his immediate family including his children, who are often the unseen victims of any crime, came in to visit Jerry and his accomplishments inside of the store. This was a display of forgiveness that we seldom get to witness ..."

Two graduates tended to the watering and cultivation of the garden beds, they waved as I passed. With over thirty students in class, cars packed the parking lot. The campus was alive ...

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AmeriCorps Indiana

The AmeriCorps Story: James Goodall

From the beginning of my service at Stepping Stones I have worked with an individual name “Craig.” Even though I have worked with Craig from the beginning of my service it hasn’t been until recently that we have established a positive and working relationship. The fact that Craig and I are extremely different individuals made it very difficult for us to build a solid bond.

"... Strangely enough, things started to turn around between Craig and me when he started experiencing some personal problems ..."

To be honest, almost everything Craig is interested in I have no interest in at all and vice versa. Don’t get me wrong, I tried to build a relationship with Craig from the get go and would feign interest in things he was interested in, but in the end I believe he saw through that façade preventing us from forming a genuine bond ...

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AmeriCorps Improving Health Throughout Indiana

Departing Staff Members

Our Director of Programs, Holly Brauneller, will be leaving OFBCI soon. Here are some of her thoughts ...

"I wanted to let you all know that I resigned from my position at the OFBCI.  I have accepted a position at the Department of Workforce Development where I will be working on their adult education initiatives ... Although it’s difficult to leave a position where I am fortunate to work on projects that I am so passionate about like AmeriCorps, HoosierCorps, and Mitch’s Kids, (and I get to work with people that share my passion), I think this move will be a great opportunity for me.  I am hopeful that I will still get to work with some of you in my new role—it’s a small Indiana so I’m sure that many of our paths will cross again."

In addition, our interns, Elizabeth Higgins and Megan Ellis, have completed their time with OFBCI.

We will miss each of them very much and wish them continued success in their careers!

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