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August 2020

From the Executive Director

The Caring Center heartDear Friends,

I believe we are facing one of the hardest times in our country’s history. The last several months have presented many challenges here at The Caring Center and across our nation. Our response to the pandemic at The Caring Center has been timely, and we have remained open to serve those that are food insecure the entire time. 
  
We have experienced times of famine and of plenty in our pantry. Overall, we have seen a 17 percent increase in 2020 in services provided in our food pantry. The response of our community has been impressive and heartfelt.  Because of that, we have been able to help every family that reached out for our assistance. 
 
Our mission continues because of your generous support.  Thank you to our donors and volunteers for all your help, and your continued support is greatly needed.  We couldn't do this without you!

Sincerely,

Theresa Hanners
Executive Director of The Caring Center
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What to Expect at The Caring Center
Things now look and run very differently around The Caring Center, and COVID-19 has changed daily operations immensely.  

Logo with facemaskApril 8, 2020 started a new normal here. Safety for all is our main concern.  At this time, clients and donors are not entering the building. There are marked areas for all donations outside the building. Client services are all done curbside: all food is pre-boxed according to family size and distributed to families at curbside directly into their trunk. 

Staff and volunteers work very hard behind the scenes to make this happen. We are operating on a skeleton crew, and many of our volunteers have not returned yet because of the pandemic.  We continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks, and gloves when greeting all guests (donors and clients), and all surfaces are disinfected several times a day.

Serving those living in food insecurity continues to be our driving force. Thank you Boone County for all of your help!
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Mobile Sort at St. Francis
Mobile sortOn a warm evening in July, twenty volunteers from St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Zionsville took part in The Caring Center’s first ever Mobile Sort. Practicing social distancing and proper safety protocols, the volunteers eagerly jumped in to help sort thousands of donated clothing and household items. The Caring Center’s resale store Classic Reruns in Lebanon sells the gently used items, and the proceeds then fund The Caring Center’s food pantry.
 
The process of sorting the massive amounts of donations that The Caring Center receives on a daily basis is a time consuming task for our regular volunteers. So, to take on a sort with a bigger group makes it go so much faster and is really fun! So much fun, in fact, that the Walters family of four volunteered at the first annual Great Sort last year and chose to participate again in the Mobile Sort. “Prior to my husband and I meeting, we both volunteered with various organizations,” said Kristin Walters. “Once we became a family, it was a natural progression for us to continue that with our children. For us, helping others is, and always has been, important. We want to leave the world a better place and every bit helps.“
 
If your church, book club, neighborhood, or any other group would like to host their own Mobile Sort, please contact The Caring Center. We will bring the truck loaded with donated items to you and help you coordinate the details.
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