Causes We Love

 

Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides over three million pounds of food annually to over 100 other non-profits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children and seniors. HHFB member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually. We distribute food in eight Indiana counties including our six county Feeding America service area which covers Brown, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin, and Monroe counties. We also distribute federal commodities in Crawford County. A small staff and hundreds of volunteers and food and financial donors have distributed over 55 million pounds of food since 1982.


Community Kitchen’s mission is to work, alone and in collaboration with others, to eliminate hunger in Monroe County and surrounding areas through direct service, education and advocacy.

Our philosophy states that Community Kitchen provides free nutritious meals, nutrition education, referrals to other agencies, and a clean, comfortable social environment for patrons, staff and volunteers. Through daily operations and educational outreach, Community Kitchen works to educate the public about the extent of hunger in Monroe County, explain probable causes of hunger, and provide ways to respond to hunger needs. The agency’s ultimate goal is for individuals to achieve regular access to an adequate diet through normal means. A soup kitchen is not considered “normal” means, but rather a “safety net” for people who have not yet achieved food security on their own.

 

Sycamore Land Trust envisions a future in which southern Indiana has diverse and abundant habitat for native plants and animals, as well as clean air and water, working lands that are productive and sustainable, and people who embrace the connection between a healthy environment and our quality of life.

The mission of Sycamore Land Trust is to preserve the beauty, health, and diversity of southern Indiana’s natural landscape through strategic land conservation and environmental education.

Sycamore is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990. As of January 2017, we have protected 100 properties totaling more than 9,000 acres.

We protect land through ownership or holding conservation easements to limit harmful uses while allowing land to remain in private ownership (for details, see Preserve Your Land). In addition to owning land, we also steward the land by managing restoration projects. Learn more about land stewardship from a recent article in our newsletter, The Twig.

Sycamore also operates an Environmental Education Program that connects people of all ages to nature, including more than 4,000 people in 2016,

Learn more about Sycamore in our Snapshot (PDF).

 

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Bloomington, Indiana (est. 1994). Our mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts.

All Lotus programming supports the institutional mission: the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach, and Edible Lotus, as well as a vibrant Visual Arts program.  Lotus also offers special programming and events with community partners throughout the year.

The Foundation’s flagship program is the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.  Established in 1994, the Festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state of Indiana.  Now in its 23rd year, it attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington annually each fall, for 4-5 days of music and arts from around the globe.  Through the Festival, Lotus creates  – on a grand scale – the rare opportunity for audiences to experience places far removed from their everyday routines and to broaden their worldview through the arts.