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Volunteers of America of Indiana selected as an Impact 100 Indianapolis Finalist

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women's giving circle, has announced Volunteers of America of Indiana as a 2017 finalist and will compete for the $100,000 high-impact grant at the 12th annual Impact 100 dinner on June 13, 2017 at The Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel. Each finalist will deliver a seven minute presentation to the Impact 100 membership. Following the presentation phase, Impact 100 members will cast their live vote and the $100,000 grant winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Arts and Culture: Artist and Public Life Residency, BigCar Collaborative
  • Education: Workplace Simulation Project Plus, DirectEmployers Institute
  • Environment: Environmental Learning Center, Marian University
  • Family: Fresh Start Recovery, Volunteers of America
  • Health and Wellness: License to Drive and Yearn to Earn, Children's Bureau

The 221 women who are 2017 members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis have collectively given $160,000 to this year's grant pool. One hundred percent of these funds will be granted during the annual dinner. In addition to the $100,000 the winner of the high-impact grant will receive, each remaining finalist will receive a $15,000 residual grant.

If Volunteers of America of Indiana receives the $100,000, it will be used to expand its Fresh Start Recovery Center, a unique residential addiction treatment center that focuses on helping mothers involved with the Department of Child Services recover from addiction and have healthy children. It is unique because it provides residential beds for children under 5, thus allowing mothers and children to remain together while mother receives residential treatment.

To date, 13 local nonprofits have received $100,000 and 31 have received residual grants as a result of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis' collective giving. Previous high-impact grantees include: The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls/Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child and Family Services (2016), Indianapolis Parks Foundation for Indy Urban Acres Flower Farm (2015); Social Health Association of Indiana (2014); Tindley Collegiate (2013); Jameson Camp, Inc. (2012); Outside the Box, Inc. (2011); Rock Steady Boxing (2010); Outreach, Inc. (2009); Herron High School and Horizon House (2008); Indy Reads and Craine House/Fairbanks (2007) and Eskenazi Health Center Pecar (2006).

Membership in Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is secured through an individual donation of $1,000. Shared memberships in which two to four women can pool their money to share one vote are also available. Membership funds are used exclusively for the purpose of grant making.

Only current Impact 100 members are eligible to vote for the selection of the $100,000 grant winner, but the organization encourages non-members to attend the annual dinner and experience first-hand the impact they are making together. Tickets to the dinner are available for $50 per person and can be purchased by nonmembers until May 31, 2017 on the Impact 100 website at www.impact100indy.org/join/event-registration.