With the recent bout of severe weather and the government shutdown, nonprofits are reaching out for support to continue their programs. Helmer team members answered this call and recently provided both food and clothing to two local non-profits.
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation is a local non-profit that helps homeless and at-risk veterans return to self-sufficiency. Helmer has previously supported HVAF through our Fishin’ on a Mission drive. In late January, due to both severe weather and the shutdown, the HVAF sent out a request for essential food items to stock the local pantry. Team member Wendy Swanson brought this call to the attention of Helmer and helped collect 383 lbs of food in one week, enough to feed 35 people, and delivered it to the local pantry.
Wheeler Mission, a local homeless shelter, also feeling the effects of the severe winter weather sent a call for coats, pajamas and bedding. Team member Leslie Johnston led the efforts to collect and deliver these much-needed items to the shelter.
Caring for the community starts at home. Being able to support our local non-profits through these initiatives is part of the grass-roots effort that is the backbone of the Helmer Scientific Generosity program.