Fifth Donation, The Villages

So this is actually my second post this week because I’m trying to get back on schedule, woops! We’ve left Texas and are now hopping on up to Indiana. You may begin to see a theme with my donations and the audiences I target. I am very supportive of organizations that support children and teens that allow them an opportunity for a safe environment, access to quality education, and the opportunity to express themselves through creative outlets that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our next org! The Villages is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, their main focus being on foster care and adoption. First established in 1978 by an endowment, the agency opened its first home in 1980. Since then it’s grown exponentially to more than 20 offices strategically placed throughout Indiana.

As I mentioned, they focus primarily on foster care and adoption, but dang do they have a laundry list of other incredible programs! Their programming focuses on providing education for parents and children to improve relationships. Healthy Families, for example, strengthens the relationship between parent and child at the very beginning, providing education to parents on how to be the most effective parents to their child(ren).

Be on the lookout in your own state for orgs like these, and for our highlight next week!

Second Donation, Indiana Youth Group

Given the political climate, I hope all of you were able to spend time with your families yesterday and come out of it relatively unscathed! I’m sure that all of you were on the edge of your seats to find out who I would donate to next, well I’ve chosen the Indiana Youth Group located in Indianapolis, IN.

I knew I wanted to make a donation in support of the LGBTQ community but was specifically interested in LGBTQ youth. I first looked at the Indianapolis organization Indy Pride, which puts on some great city-wide events and educational programming throughout the year, but its focus is on adults in the LGBTQ community. (If you’re interested in supporting Indy Pride, though, it’s only $20 to become a member for the year!)

The Indiana Youth Group “creates safe spaces, provides wellness programming, and educates LGBTQ youth and the community.” They even have a physical building with space for the kids and teens to hang out in! Because of the space they offer, they’re able to provide a variety of programs for the kids and offer a variety of opportunities for people to volunteer. Here is a list of the programs they offer, you have everything from yoga to once-a-month dinner and movie nights. You can find out more information about volunteering here, which ranges from assisting in the programming they put on to being a tutor!

One of the coolest things is that there are a lot of ways to support them. In Indianapolis, you can get a specialty license plate and you can even set your Kroger rewards card up to support them every time you shop. Something I’d like to point out is that there are a wide variety of organizations and schools you can support with your Kroger rewards card. Even if you’re not in Indianapolis, check and see what’s available in your area.

Next week I’ll be highlighting another non-profit, and in 2 weeks I’ll be sharing the non-profit I donated to in Louisiana, stay tuned!