The REALTOR® Foundation is doing a cool thing during the month of September. They are providing a $5,000 grant to a central Indiana not-for-profit in support of the winning agency's efforts to combat homelessness. All you have to do to support a Hendricks County agency is vote online.
For those who are unfamiliar with The REALTOR® Foundation (and that included me until my friend Meghan Stritar from Macaroni Kid - Hendricks alerted me to the contest), it's a foundation that "exists to serve the philanthropic needs of those interested in solving homelessness in central Indiana," according to their website.
Homelessness doesn't exist in Hendricks County, though, right?
Au contraire, mon frère.
According to Family Promise of Hendricks County, somewhere in the neighborhood of 236 school-aged children in Hendricks County are currently homeless.
That's right. Two hundred thirty-six of OUR KIDS don't have a roof over their heads. And these are just the kids that we know about. There are probably many more out there that we don't know about.
That's a slap in the chops, isn't it?
So you can see why this $5,000 grant giveaway by The REALTOR® Foundation is a pretty important thing. I'm involved with enough not-for-profit organizations to know that $5,000 is a huge chunk of change that can do a lot of good.
Where do we Villagers fit in to all of this? It's simple.
The giveaway is a two-step voting process. There are currently 34 agencies in the running for this grant, and two of them serve Hendricks County: Family Promise of Hendricks County and Sheltering Wings.
The first wave of voting runs through Sept. 15, and then they'll narrow it down to the top five vote-getters.
The second wave of voting runs from Sept. 15 through Sept. 30, and the top vote-getter of the final five will receive the grant money.
So click here to cast your vote by Sept. 15, and then be prepared to vote again in the second half of the month.
None of the 34 agencies is a "bad" choice. We're not talking Good vs. Evil, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, the Indianapolis Colts vs. the New England Patriots or anything like that, so vote for whoever you want.
Wouldn't it be cool, though, to help bring $5,000 into Hendricks County to help OUR KIDS, just by clicking a mouse a couple times?
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