After three weeks, Evansville’s homeless-agency fundraising campaign is halfway to its goal of restoring $162,000 in HUD funding recently eliminated for Aurora, the YWCA and Goodwill Family Center. Old National Bank, Vectren Corporation, South Central Communications, German American, Shoe Carnival, Atlas World Group, United Companies, Skanska, Harding Shymanski, Riney Hancock and other companies and individuals have contributed since Mayor Lloyd Winnecke launched the fundraising drive on June 13. The Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County is managing the campaign, assisted by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation.
“We’re grateful to the many local companies and citizens giving generously to help sustain essential programs that help homeless men, women and families in our community,” said Mayor Winnecke, President of the Commission on Homelessness. “Their donations will ensure that the Aurora Homeless Outreach Team and transitional housing programs at the YWCA and Goodwill Family Center continue as we work to secure funding that will sustain these programs long term. To anyone thinking about making a donation, your support matters.”
On very short notice in May, Aurora, the YWCA and Goodwill learned their programs were not funded in HUD's latest grant cycle and will not receive HUD funding in the future. The Commission enlisted local community leaders to help raise the money needed to keep these critical services going.
Old National Bank helped kick off the campaign, offering a $10,000 challenge grant to encourage other local companies to support it.
“Everyone in our community deserves a roof over their head and a place to call home,” Old National Bank Southern Region CEO Sara Miller said. “After hearing the challenges facing local homeless service providers, there was an immediate outpouring of support from individuals and companies to help our neighbors in need. This is a tremendous reflection on our community’s resolve and the power of collaboration.”
Vectren Corporation responded immediately and generously to the appeal. "Vectren saw the need and felt strongly that support of these programs was in order to give the Evansville community time to develop permanent funding which supports the continuation of work to prevent and end homelessness," said Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren South. "These services are vital in helping the men, women and children facing homelessness in Evansville."
How to Contribute
With the campaign only halfway toward its goal, further public support is critical. The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is accepting donations in two ways.
• Online: Make an online donation quickly and securely via credit card and PayPal at the Vanderburgh Community Foundation’s website: https://communityfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/commission-on-homelessness-hud-funding-campaign.
• Personal check: Make your personal check payable to “Vanderburgh Community Foundation,” write the word “homeless” in the memo line and mail it to: The Vanderburgh Community Foundation, 401 SE 6th Street, Evansville, IN 47708.