26 Oct A Note from Allison: Fall Updates
October seemed to fly by here at New Hope. We started the month full of gratitude after our most successful Silver Cup Celebration ever where you helped us raise over $121,000 to support New Hope’s mission! The Silver Cup was a wonderful event where we honored New Hope’s #EverydayChampions who have tirelessly provided service throughout the pandemic and announced our annual award winners.
Without much rest in between, we also enjoyed a fun tradition, our annual Fall Festival, where individuals and associates enjoyed a costume contest, dancing and some cherished reunions after many months apart. To keep everyone safe and healthy this year, the party was moved outdoors with the help of our 2021 Partner in Service, Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis. Their generous contribution allowed New Hope to rent a tent, tables and chairs to allow all of our guests to enjoy themselves safely. Several Kiwanis volunteers also offered their time at the event to serve food, visit with individuals served and make sure the event ran smoothly. They also helped New Hope’s Aktion Club with a pie-in-the-face fundraiser in which they raised $300 to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you to everyone who made the day so much fun!
October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and we were honored to partner with the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to share more information about New Hope’s Vocational Services and Food Truck programs. These programs support individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of a meaningful job in the community. Just this year, New Hope’s Vocational Services program has placed individuals into a wide array of jobs and is working with dozens more to find the perfect fit. Not only can local employers help these individuals grow their careers, but individuals with disabilities are also an often-untapped piece of the workforce who are more than capable of bringing unique value to our community’s businesses. You can learn more about New Hope’s program and others like it on UWCI’s website and can catch us on their Instagram page this Friday, October 29, 2021, as we take over their news feed. Thanks to UWCI for sharing our mission with the community.
As always, I want to share my gratitude for all of you who faithfully read our Heartbeat newsletter and who continue to support New Hope in your own way. As we look to the coming weeks, it’s hard to believe that the holiday season is so close! I hope you’ll continue to follow New Hope and will consider supporting us in our Year End fundraising efforts including #GivingTuesday on November 30th. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive our emails and follow us on social media to stay connected throughout the month.
Stay well and take care,