January 17, 2014
You're Never Too Young To Serve!
Taylor Zimmerman is a homeschooled student entering her sophomore year. She donates her time working at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park where families and schoolchildren can interact within many different ways. ... Taylor spent 113 hours planning and creating an event called the “Walk/Run 4 Freedom.” It is a four mile Walk/Run held in Greenfield to raise money to combat human trafficking. Proceeds will benefit Rapha House, which is a nonprofit committed to ending trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.
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"The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens." ~ Tocqueville
It's not too late to celebrate MLK Day with service to your community!
As this National Day of Service quickly approaches, Voices for National Service and ServiceNation have some helpful tips, best practices and amendable templates to share with you. These resources are designed to help you make the most of your National Day of Service project.
Take a look at the National Day of Service page for resources.
Julie B. loves volunteering at Operation Love in the pharmacy, it's where she feels at home helping others. "As an RN I was used to caring for people. I like the fact that I can help people stay healthly and inform them where they can get further assistance for medication," said Julie.
When Julie lost her job, she qualified for Indiana's Hardest Hit Fund (HHF)/HoosierCorps, an assistance program for homeowners who have lost income due to a job loss, reduced income or health issues. The program offers job training, education and volunteering as a way to earn mortgage assistance while working toward new employment. Julie chose volunteering with Operation Love's pharmacy because it was a good fit. Before participating in the HHF, Julie often volunteered at health hairs, health screenings and Relay for Life events. She returned to school and completed her BSN after being a Certified Nursing Assistant for 15 years. "You have to be a very compassionate person to be a healthcare professional. It is a gift," she said. Julie states that finding the right volunteer fit is important. Volunteering at Operation Love keeps her going and she is happy to be able to give back.
When Julie speaks about the HHF/HoosierCorps her face lights up, "I don't know what I would have done. It is difficult to accept assistance and very humbling. I wanted to tell my story because if one person can learn about this program and benefit from it then it is worth it." Julie wants the community to know that there are programs and assistance available. "It is amazing how all of these programs can impact one family. The volunteering program has helped me move forward after losing my job and continue to use my skills in the community. I am raising my grandson and very thankful to be able to provide a home for him during these difficult times."
Thank you to our Region 12 partner, United Way of Madison County, for sharing Julie B.’s story.
Find out more about the Hardest Hit Fund program, administered locally by United Way at http://www.877gethope.org/
That AmeriCorps members served 486,068 hours in 2013?
That 103,260 disadvantaged youth were served in 2013?
That local funds and in-kind donations combined with federal funds amounted to over $5.2 million invested in Indiana communities in 2013?