TERRE HAUTE —
A $14,000 donation Tuesday from Guys Who Give enables Catholic Charities to be at nearly 75 percent of its $2.5 million goal to purchase and operate a new, larger food bank near Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.
It is the second of four donations from the new philanthropic organization that will be distributed to nonprofit groups in Vigo County. In March, Guys Who Give presented $13,200 to the Vigo County Education Foundation
“It is a great feeling to be part of the 140 members of our organization to make a difference each quarter to a charitable organization in our community,” said Earl Elliott, a founding member of the group modeled after the successful 100+ Women Who Care, which has donated more than $120,000 to nonprofits since its organization last year.
“This will enable the [Catholic Charities] food bank to have capacity to process and distribute substantially more volume of food to the hungry in the seven counties that the food bank serves,” Elliott said.
Elliott and his wife, Tina, are co-chairs of a capital campaign to raise funding to purchase, renovate and maintain a 37,000-square-foot building that briefly housed Reel Time Logistics, which closed its doors in 2009 about a year after it started.
The facility will allow Catholic Charities to provide up to 1 million additional meals to needy and hunger Hoosiers annually, its organizers say.
“This [contribution] brings us to 74.5 percent of our goal. We want to be there by the end of this calendar year,” said John Etling, director of Catholic Charities.
“We are trying to raise the volume so more people can hear the invitation to be part of something that we feel means a lot to a lot of food insecure Hoosiers in west-central Indiana,” Etling said.
Catholic Charities in November received $21,700 from 100+ Women Who Care, Etling said, who is also a founding member of Guys Who Give.
“Being a member gives you a voice and an audience to share this project and vision with and it is a way to partner with men who have very high expectations for this community,” Etling said.
“But we have a lot of challenges, and food insecurity is just one of many. But it certainly takes a community,” Etling said, “to step up and make it a cause worth fighting for.”
Etling said he intends to obtain a purchase agreement for the building within the next month. The purchase and renovation will require $1.5 million with an additional $1 million to establish an endowment to maintain the facility.
“In order for us to operate and be sustainable in a responsible fashion, we need as much of that endowment in place as possible,” Etling said.
Members of both Guys Who Give and 100+ Women Who Care agree to donate $100 to establish an endowment fund for their organization at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and to contribute $100 to the nonprofit organizations selected at each of four annual meetings.
Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join ...
• Anyone seeking to join Guys Who Give will be considered a charter member if he becomes a member before Dec. 31
• To join or for more information, contact the Wabash Valley Community Foundation at 812-232-2234.