With Thanksgiving marking the unofficial start of the holiday season, the excitement (and chaos) of the holidays is underway. Between the gift shopping, cookie baking, and memory making, it can be hard to find time to slow down and reflect on how lucky we truly are. Many organizations and families need our help more than ever, so make giving back part of your family’s holiday tradition.
Here are a few ways you can help:
Make a difference during Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 28 / Around Fishers
Make a difference in your community during Giving Tuesday on November 28. As part of the Shop Fishers: Holiday Series, local small businesses will partner with nonprofits that serve the Fishers community to give back during this global giving movement. Participating businesses across Fishers will donate percentage of their sales or host a donation drive in conjunction with the Giving Tuesday event.
Shop and dine local while supporting local nonprofits like Best Buddies Indiana, HamCo Love, Hamilton County Coats for Kids, Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation, HopeAnchor&Crew, Humane Society for Hamilton County, Fishers Parks Foundation, Indiana Women in Need, Nickel Plate Arts, Second Helpings, The Cooper House, The O’Connor House, Fishers Youth Assistance Program, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter, and Youth Mentoring Initiative.
Donate to a local food pantry
During this busy season, our local food pantries are experiencing an increase in demand, and a decrease in supply. Food and personal hygiene items top the list of needs, so pick up a few extra items during your holiday dinner grocery run to make the season a little brighter for a local family.
Find a list of requested items and addresses of local food pantries here.
Volunteer your time
Donate a couple of hours of your time this holiday season to support a local nonprofit or community event. Mentor a student in HSE Schools through Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI), or help Fishers Parks’ host their festive Cookies with a Character event in December.
Find a full list of local volunteer opportunities at VolunteerFishers.com.
Donate to the Indiana Diaper Bank
The Indiana Diaper Bank is currently hosting a #ShareTheLove Diaper Drive. The goal is to raise 150,000 diapers to help over 5,000 families in need. From now through December 31, they are asking to either donate diapers in person at our City Services Building (1 Municipal Drive) or donate online. Learn more by visiting their website here.
Celebrate the Season of Giving
Join the Hamilton East Public Library for their Season of Giving initiative, now through the end of December. Make handmade holiday gifts for loved ones through hands-on classes and workshops, join a guided mediation on giving happiness to others presented by the Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, and more. Get the full lineup here.
Aside from the nonprofits participating in Giving Tuesday, there are many other organizations that serve Fishers and need support from community members like you. Check out the list below to see which interests you, then reach out and see how you can get involved.
- A Healthier Hamilton County: Systems of Care
- Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
- Cherish Child Advocacy Center
- Fishers Arts Council, Inc
- Folds of Honor
- Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
- Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide
- Indiana Parkinson Foundation
- Indiana Wish
- Janus Developmental Services, Inc.
- Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County
- Paws and Think, Inc.
- Same As U
- Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County
- The Children’s TherAplay Foundation
- The Peyton Riekhof Foundation for Youth Hope
- Youth Inspirations Theatre
Stephanie Perry is the Assistant Director of Public Relations of the City of Fishers. Born and raised in Fishers, Stephanie graduated from HSE in 2006 and is now raising her kids in her childhood home in West Fishers, which she purchased from her parents when they moved. She loves supporting the local small business community, running on Fishers’ trails, and spending time at Conner Prairie with her family (Headless Horsemen and A Merry Prairie Holiday are family favorites!). Stephanie and her husband enjoy getting outdoors and spending time camping, hiking, and boating. Stephanie has enjoyed watching her city grow over the past few decades and loves the assets and amenities that the community provides, from the parks and special events to the array of restaurants and shops.