Compassionately caring for the most vulnerable

Compassionately caring for the most vulnerable

 

Food, water, shelter, safety — these are critical needs for human bodies. Care, purpose, compassion and love — these are necessities for human spirits. And for more than 160 years, Children’s Bureau has helped to meet all of these needs for thousands of at-risk children and families across Indiana.

Food, water, shelter, safety — these are critical needs for human bodies. Care, purpose, compassion and love — these are necessities for human spirits. And for more than 160 years, Children’s Bureau has helped to meet all of these needs for thousands of at-risk children and families across Indiana.

The bureau is an advocate for children such as “Ted,” who when he left the courthouse to go home with his new family, rolled down the car window and yelled to those on the street: “I’ve been adopted, and I have a family!”1

The bureau started in 1851 as the Widows and Orphans Asylum of Indianapolis. In its early days, the group surveyed the area, collected money, housed children and helped with adoptions and apprenticeships. As needs increased and changed over the decades, the organization changed, too, to meet those needs.2

Today, Children’s Bureau is a nonprofit group providing community-based prevention and intervention services to more than 43,000 children annually. It works with Indiana’s Department of Child Services and local organizations to offer child abuse prevention programs, counseling, foster care, emergency shelter and adoptions.3

Huntington supports Children’s Bureau financially and is the bank of Children’s Bureau Foundation Inc., which owns the organization’s facilities and holds its endowment. As a primary banking partner, Huntington helps Children’s Bureau to continue caring for Indiana’s most vulnerable citizens.

Huntington’s colleagues don’t work directly with the organization’s children and families — specific expertise and training are necessary. But the bank does supply volunteers for projects.

“We send groups of colleagues in to repair and renovate their facilities,” said Huntington’s Executive Vice President Mike Newbold, who served as the bureau’s chairman in 2012-13 and continues to serve on the board. “We can’t directly care for the kids, but we can make sure the places they will see are nice.”

Huntington also serves as a corporate sponsor for many bureau fundraisers, such as the Golf “Fore” Kids Classic. Huntington has been presenting sponsor for the event, which in 2013 raised $41,000 for child abuse prevention and intervention.4 Children’s Bureau’s yearly Celebrity Cook-off, co-sponsored by the bank, raises tens of thousands of dollars annually. At the event, local celebrities such as Indianapolis Colts football players and civic leaders cook the night’s dinner; proceeds help fund Children’s Bureau’s adoption programs.5

In 2014, the Children’s Bureau helped nearly 50,000 children and 16,000 families. With the continued support of Indiana’s local communities and local banks such as Huntington, the organization will continue to meet these needs for decades to come.

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Today, the Children’s Bureau Inc. continues to help tens of thousands of people every year. Credit: Children’s Bureau

 

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Credit: Children’s Bureau