At Shepherd, we work with people across the continuum of their lives—from newborn infants to the elderly. As we mentor students through their educational years, we train and prepare them to succeed in higher education and the workplace. One valuable way our corporate partners support our work is through providing access to opportunities. Jobs, internships, and connections are vital for students to break the cycle of poverty.
Businesses and corporations can fund scholarships for kids in our community through Shepherd. As part of the Scholarships for Education Choice (SGO) program, your corporate giving for scholarships may qualify you for a 50% state tax break. And when it comes to community impact, access to quality education is foundational.
Poverty often builds on systemic issues. During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen how important internet access can be for families in need. Without wi-fi or computers, students can’t connect for e-learning, parents can’t apply for aid, and people lose access to medical support. Thankfully, our corporate partners helped provide a neighborhood Wi-Fi zone in our parking lot, and Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets for students. There are many ways to match your corporate giving program to fight deep systemic inequality in our community.
Throughout the year, Shepherd provides 35,000+ meals to our neighbors, through the center itself, our weekly food pantry, and weekend and holiday food bags for the kids in our programs. To help address the food desert in our community, and serve our many food insecure neighbors, we need the help of our corporate partners. Donating food, supplies, vehicle use, and support is critical to fighting hunger in Indianapolis.
One of the most meaningful ways to put your corporate giving policy into practice is through encouraging your team to serve together. Seeing needs up close and building relationships across socio-economic lines not only improves the lives of our neighbors living in poverty, but also shifts the mindsets of our volunteers.