Hendricks County Community Foundation Responds to COVID-19

Our community – and the world – are facing an unprecedented health crisis. As we all continue to navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to inform you about the steps the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) is taking to protect the health and safety of our staff, donors, and the Hendricks County community.

HCCF continues to conduct our business.

However, to reduce the risk of potential exposure, we are limiting the number of people coming into and out of our office by suspending regular office hours for the immediate future to practice safe physical distancing, as recommended by public health officials and Governor Eric Holcomb. 

HCCF staff will be working remotely.

  • You may continue to reach our staff via phone which is forwarding to staff at home (317.268.6240) or by email (info@hendrickscountycf.org);
  • William Rhodehamel may be reached by email at william@hendrickscountycf.org, and Eric Hessel may be reached by email at eric@hendrickscountycf.org;
  • Online donations are accepted 24/7 via our website (https://hendrickscountycf.org/) and are also accepted via mail (6319 E. US Highway 36, Suite 211, Avon, IN 46123). Contributions to funds and grant recommendations will be processed as quickly as possible; and,
  • All previously scheduled in-person meetings or events with HCCF staff will be cancelled, rescheduled, or conducted by phone.

We are setting an example by physical distancing; however, if you absolutely must see an HCCF staff member, please call first to schedule as appropriate. We ask that you please refrain from doing so if you are feeling ill, have recently traveled to a restricted region, or have been exposed to COVID-19.

We are evaluating the immediate and anticipated needs of our nonprofit partners. 

We are reaching out to area nonprofits to determine how HCCF can be most effective in supporting their work. Many of them will have an increased need for financial support so that they may not only continue to serve their existing clients, but also serve an increasing number of clients who are directly affected during this crisis. Stay tuned for further information in the coming days.

We also have been consulting with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, United Way of Central Indiana, and other community foundations throughout the state to determine best practices moving forward.

HCCF is open to possible collaborations with other funders. 

HCCF and other area funders are discussing opportunities for collaboration and coordinated efforts that will help us better respond to the increased needs of local nonprofits, as well as benefit the broader community.

We will continue to provide additional updates in the coming days and weeks via email, our website, and social media (Facebook and Instagram).

By doing our part – washing our hands, staying home if we’re ill, and following physical distancing measures – each of us can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our community has shown time and again its resilience to rise above the challenges before us. We shall overcome this challenge as well.

As always, we are deeply grateful for your support, generosity and resiliency.

We wish you good health.

The HCCF Team

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