Red Gold’s second annual Run to Crush Hunger, held October 12 in Elwood, Indiana, raised more than $10,000 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.
The donation came just in time for the holiday season. As Second Harvest continues to support hunger insecure individuals in its 8-county region, any help is greatly appreciated. Tim Kean, President & CEO of Second Harvest said, “We truly appreciate Red Gold’s passion and organization of the event, as well as their commitment to the food banks. These funds are needed all year to help many in need, and Red Gold has started a great tradition.”
The event gathered almost 800 participants from 76 different cities, including runners from Ohio, Illinois and Michigan. The Run to Crush Hunger started off the ‘Crush Hunger Saturday’, which included a chili cook-off and Colt’s Blue Saturday.
Thurday Dec 5th
3:30pm Teen Movie night: “Muppets Christmas Carol”- Alexandria Monroe Public Library
Friday Dec 6th
3:30-4:00pm Cookie Decorating Ages 3-11- Alexandria Monroe Library
4:00-4:30pm Cookie Decorating Ages 12-18- Alexandria Monroe Library
5:00pm Holiday movie “Meet Me in St Louis”- Alexandria Monroe Library
6:00pm Alexandria Christmas Parade -this year's theme:
“A Christmas Story”-the Movie- Downtown Alexandria
7:00pm (approx. following parade) Alexandria Community Band performs Christmas concert at Harrison Square
7:00pm (approx) Santa Claus house opens in Harrison Square
Saturday Dec 7th
8-10am Breakfast with Santa- Alexandria Community Center
9-2pm Holiday Bazaar to benefit Beauty for Ashes-
4-H Building at Beulah Park
11am-1pm Santa Claus House in Harrison Square opens
3:30-4:15pm Holiday Story Time at the Alexandria Monroe Public Library
7pm Christmas at the Commons (Christmas Variety Show)- Commons Theatre
Ernie's Heart is having a Christmas Charity Sale & Open House on Friday, December 6th, 4 to 7 pm AND Saturday, December 7th, 11 am to 4 pm. You will find Christmas decorations, gifts, home decor, and much more--including Ernie's Clearance Table. Come in and learn more about Ernie's Heart, visit Ernie's new Pantry, enjoy cider & Christmas treats and do some "meaningful" shopping at Ernie's Heart Charity Boutique. 100% of sales go to benefit Ernie's Heart Pet Food Pantry in its mission to keep pet families together during difficult times.
United Way of Madison County Invites You to Join the National #GivingTuesday Movement
Get involved in change – not charity on December 3
Anderson, IN - United Way Madison County is joining #GivingTuesday to inspire people to take action to improve their communities and give back to help create a better world for everyone. On December 3, 2013—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—#GivingTuesday will once again leverage social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been positioned to be synonymous with holiday shopping.
Madison County Health Coalition –Community Transformation Initiative begin collaborative community survey process
A group of over 33 concerned Madison County businesses, hospital and health organizations and local community organizations, formed in July of 2012, have begun a county wide fact gathering survey program. The survey program will assess five sectors of business as part of the initial process to develop a change tool for Madison County. Those sectors include measurements in worksites, health care, schools, the community at large and community institutions.
The initiative was established as part of a grant request through The Centers of Disease Control in order to look at county shortfalls in health care and healthy lifestyle education in Madison County. Madison County placed 92nd of the 92 counties in the State of Indiana in a recent health behavior ranking report. The report measures obesity, diabetes and sedentary lifestyles and a number of other health related concerns.
The change tool survey is being conducted in partnership with Anderson University and is based on a model developed by the Center for Chronic Disease Control. Anderson University students under the direction of Dr. Jay Hochstetler recently began making calls to the five sectors in Madison County with hopes to wrap up the survey efforts by early December.
According to Allan Henderson of Madison County Council of Governments, The information gathered through these surveys will be analyzed in the next six to nine months in order to put together a comprehensive plan that empowers stakeholder in Madison County Communities to find solutions that will secure better resources, reduce costs, increase quality of life initiatives as well as helping to create a healthier employment base that will attract new employers.
It is anticipated that it will take six to nine months, upon the completion of the surveys, to compile the survey data in order to create an over-all community health assessment for Madison County. The assessment will lead to initiatives and recommendations for improvements being rolled out to community stakeholders.
Kim Townsend of The Madison County Community Health Center and project manager for the Community Transformation Plan stated that “There are already positive initiatives that have come out of the collaboration including MCCHC partnership with The Second Harvest Food Bank hosting bi-weekly food giveaways in Anderson, Elwood and Alexandria, Community Gardens that were built at the Anderson Impact center and diabetes partnerships set up with local churches.” She went on to say “With over 30 agencies, local and state government officials and other stakeholders pledging support for this transformation plan, we believe we can develop a model that will encourage and show measurable outcomes that will show a vast improvement for the quality of life and health for our residents of Madison County.”
For more information regarding the survey and initiative program contact Kim Townsend at 765-617-0059 or Allan Henderson at 765-641-9482.
Anderson on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. Because the concert is held on Pearl Harbor Day, the band felt compelled to program music appropriate for the occasion including patriotic and Christmas music featuring well know tunes, some done in a different way. The Star Spangled Banner Finale is included featuring guest vocalist, Dana Stone, who is the executive director of the Anderson Symphony.
Old National Bank’s “100 Men Who Cook” annual event raised $90,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie on November 16th.This was a unique fundraiser where 100 “chefs” from the local community prepared their best dish to share and raise as much money as possible to help alleviate hunger in Second Harvest’s 8-county region.
Program Focuses on Hunger in our Community The Catholic Social Justice Committee of Anderson is sponsoring a presentation highlighting the impact of food insecurity on our community. The program, which is open to the public, will be November 21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1115 Pearl St., Anderson.
Presenters include Nancy Vaughan, president of United Way of Madison County; Tim Kean, president of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana; Duane Hoak, volunteer for Park Place Community Pantry; and members of the Catholic Social Justice Committee. “We hope to highlight the real issues that face families in our faith communities, our neighborhoods and our towns,” said George Zink, co-chair of CSJCA, “and we want to invite and encourage all to develop a greater understanding of and response to those in need here in our midst.
” The Catholic Social Justice Committee of Anderson represents St. Mary’s and St. Ambrose Catholic Church communities and has joined a statewide effort launched last spring at the Indiana Catholic Poverty Summit to raise awareness of increased poverty across the state of Indiana.
Community Anderson offers Better Breathers Club The Better Breathers Club is a support group for adults suffering from chronic lung disease, organized through the American Lung Association of Indiana. Club members attend monthly meetings to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and strengths. Meetings include expert speakers, video presentations and roundtable discussions. The next Better Breathers meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of the Paramount Theatre. The group will tour the Festival of Trees. Please RSVP to Dawana Felty at 765-298-5178. For a complete list of classes offered at Community Hospital Anderson, visit CommunityAnderson.com.