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November 26, 2018

Five Donations that Provide Incredible Help for Seniors

Charitable Contribution

One of the easiest and most impactful ways to provide help for seniors is to donate to the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.  Our organization believes that EVERYONE deserves a great quality second half of life. Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is working hard to make sure that happens for everyone aging in our community.

By making a tax-deductible donation, you are furthering our mission to promote and support independent lifestyles for seniors in Hamilton County.  Any donation you make for our seniors will have a huge impact. Here are some examples of what your donation can do:

$30 provides a bus pass for someone who is unable to drive

$50 provides deep cleaning assistance for someone with limited mobility

$100 provides a care package of household goods for someone on extremely low income

$150 provides lunch for our weekly group focused on overcoming isolation with older adults

Donations for our seniors can be done at any time on our website (link to donate page).  You can also participate in our current Year-End Campaign to SPREAD JOY this holiday season.  The holiday season can be difficult for many of our seniors. While others are preparing for fun and festivities, many of our older adults are isolated, alone, and struggling.  This year, we need your help to SPREAD JOY over the holidays to the seniors in our community. Donations can be made on our website, through our Facebook campaign, or by mailing a check to: SCHC

1250 Conner Street , Noblesville IN 46060 

Another donation you could make for seniors is a monthly recurring gift.  Recurring gifts help ensure that the quality programs we offer to our older adults continue with the growing requests for assistance.  Recurring gifts can be set up for any amount you choose and can be done on the same date each month. This allows you to give an on-going gift without having to remember each month to go to our website.  Find out more on our website page (linked above).

Planned Gift

A donation with lasting impact for our seniors is through a planned gift.  You can join the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County’s Planned Giving Society.  Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is seeking planned gift partners to help ensure our mission of supporting independent lifestyles and transforming how people in our community age in place safely.  There are six donation options to join Shepherd’s Center’s Planned Giving Society.

1. Bequest

A charitable bequest is a provision in a will, trust or estate plan that allocates a gift to Shepherd’s Center or the SCHC Endowment after an individual’s death. The most common bequests are cash, securities and real property, including homes and personal property.

2. Life Income Gift

Life income gifts describe a variety of charitable gift vehicles that provide an income, usually for life, to a donor and/or his or her designated beneficiaries. Life income gifts can include charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, uni-trusts and annuity trusts, charitable lead trusts and more. This type of planned gift provides regular payments to the donor and/or other beneficiaries the donor designates for life or for a selected term of years, and the remainder is then given to Shepherd’s Center as the donor designates.

3. Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)

A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is a binding trust typically funded with highly appreciated property. The CRT is structured with a current beneficiary who is either the donor or a named individual and a remainder beneficiary, which is Shepherd’s Center.

4. Charitable Lead Trust

Through a charitable lead trust, an individual provides a regular payment to Shepherd’s Center for a specified period. At the end of the trust term, the principal of the gift then reverts to the donor or to his or her designated beneficiaries.

5. Life Insurance

Individuals donating life insurance policies as charitable gifts to Shepherd’s Center can either (a) names Shepherd’s Center as the policy’s beneficiary so Shepherd’s Center receives the gift when the individual passes, or (b) transfers ownership of the policy to Shepherd’s Center while the donor is alive.

6. Annuity

A charitable annuity involves a contract between the donor and Shepherd’s Center, whereby the donor transfers cash or property to the charity in exchange for a partial tax deduction and a lifetime stream of annual income from the charity. When the donor passes, Shepherd’s Center keeps the gift.

If you are interested in any of these options, please contact Lauren Guynn.

Care Package Items

Are you looking for a more tangible donation option to help seniors?  Consider donating any of the items listed below for our care packages:


  • Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponges
  • Trash Bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
  • All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes
  • Hand Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner

All donations received are given to seniors in our Community Caring program.  Most of these seniors are extremely low-income and financially fragile. It is challenging for them to obtain these items at local food pantries or on their fixed income.  Donations can be dropped off at our office or a collection can be arranged by calling us at (317)674-8777.


If you would like a fun way to make a donation to seniors in Hamilton County, consider attending one of Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County’s fundraising events.  In 2019, we will offer four great events to help us further our mission to help seniors in Hamilton County age in place safely.

Annual Breakfast Meeting will occur on April 24, 2019 to highlight Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County’s achievements, recognize our great volunteers, and discuss ways we are improving aging in Hamilton County.  

Bag Bingo occurs twice a year and will happen on February 21, 2019 and September 19, 2019.  This is a very fun way to donate to older adults in our community by playing bingo for brand-new designer handbags.  Grab your friends or co-workers—you don’t want to miss this event!

Finally, our 2019 Senior Summit will happen on November 7th.  We will continue the conversations on aging and focus on improving how seniors live in Hamilton County.  

Join us at one of these great events to donate to our mission.


Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is a volunteer driven organization.  Every year our volunteers donate nearly 2,000 hours of their time to our programs and seniors.  Our volunteers time donations equal around $50,000.00! Donating your time is one of the most important ways you can donate to help seniors in Hamilton County.  With opportunities in Sheridan, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta, Westfield, Noblesville, Carmel and Fishers, there are a wide range of ways to donate your time to seniors in your community.  Find out more on our volunteer page (link to volunteer page).

Each one of these donation options for seniors in Hamilton County helps Shepherd’s Center further our mission to improve aging in our community.  Donations for older adults allow people to age in place safely, maintain their independence, combat isolation, and improve their quality of life. All of these donation options for seniors has an important impact on changing second half of life for people in Hamilton County.

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