Nonprofit Spotlight | Dare to Care Food Bank

Dare to Care Food Bank
1200 S. 28th Street
Louisville, KY  40211
Business Phone:  (502) 966-3821


Contact Person:
Andrea Shepherd, Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Year established: 1969

Counties/regions serviced: 13

Focus areas:

Dare to Care Food Bank leads our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. We fulfill this mission through innovative programs, efficient operations and by partnering with local food pantries, shelters and kitchens to get food to people in need.

Impact in community:

In Southern Indiana, more than 31,000 adults and 9,000 children face food insecurity. Dare to Care Food Bank works to fill that need by providing annually 4.3 million pounds of food to Southern Indiana at 83 food access points including pantries, soup kitchens, school pantries, prescriptive pantries and Kid’s Cafes. Our partners include the Center for Lay Ministries, Sellersburg Community Food Pantry, Washington County Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul Clarksville, the Floyd County Library, and many more.

Volunteer Opportunities:

We couldn’t do our work without the help of our community! We have many volunteer opportunities listed on our website, You can pick your opportunity, sign up and get all the info you need right on the site.

How 1si members can help your organization:

There are many ways to be part of this mission! Simple ways include following Dare to Care Food Bank on social media and signing up for our newsletters. Bigger ways include donating to support our work, organizing a food and fund drive, volunteering, sponsoring an event, and more! Our website has more details on how you can get involved in fighting food insecurity in your community.

Nonprofit Spotlight | Brandon’s House

Brandon’s House Counseling Center
1618 Beeler Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Business Phone:     812-929-2499

Contact Person:  Wade Thaxton, Executive Director
Contact Email:                                  

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact in the community.

Brandon’s House is the only counseling center specifically for teens that provides completely free counseling.  We have removed the financial barrier, by providing free counseling, that often keeps young people from getting the mental health help they so desperately need.  We have served, through counseling, thousands of teens & their families throughout our 30 years and never once have we charged the client for the counseling we’ve provided.  The impact we’ve had is hard to measure, however we have been a place of hope & healing at a pivotal point in an individual’s developmental stage in life. 

Agency Mission Statement or Description:

Our mission is simply to be a safe place for teens to be heard, find hope and to get equipped for today’s many challenges.  We do that by providing completely free counseling to any teen & their family in our community. 

Year established: 1993 (30th anniversary this October)

Counties/regions serviced: All of Southern Indiana & Louisville, KY

Focus areas: Mental Health for Teens & their families

Impact in community: We have served, through counseling, thousands of teens & families in Southern Indiana throughout the last 30 years. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Mostly with fund & friend-raising

How 1si members can help your organization: By spreading the word of the free counseling we provide to teens.  Or by covering the cost of a teen’s counseling with us.  The average teen comes for 12 visits over a 3.5 month period.  Each visit costs $125 per session (an hour long).  So the total cost of a typical teen’s counseling is $1,500.  Maybe a group of people come together to cover the cost of a teen’s counseling. 

Additional information: In 2021 we served 147 teens & families.  In 2022 we served 233 teens & families.  This year we are on pace to serve over 300 teens & families.  Essentially we’ve more than doubled our impact in just the last 2 years. 

Nonprofit Spotlight | Family & Children’s Place

Family & Children’s Place
1 Quartermaster Ct.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Business Phone: 502-893-3900

Contact Person: Kristen Millwood, Director of Development
Contact Email:                                    

Agency Mission Statement or Description:
Our mission: We protect and heal children and families.  Our vision is happy, healthy children and families…freed from abuse.  Family & Children’s Place guides families through life’s challenges school-based, mental health counseling, and child advocacy services. We provide resources that build skills for children, families, and communities to use now and for generations to come.  

Year established: 1883.  We are 140 years old this September!

Counties/regions serviced: Clark, Floyd, Scott, Harrison, Washington, Jackson

Focus areas:  

  • Child Advocacy Centers: Comprehensive, child-friendly, treatment and evaluation centers for abused children providing families with compassionate, coordinated intervention and investigation of child abuse.
  • Counseling Services: individual, family, group, and school-based services using evidence-based, proven interventions for children and families who have experienced trauma.
  • School-Based Services (SBS): family-centered out-of-school-time programs designed to improve academic success and strengthen families, build character and social competency, and bolster relationships between the student, family, and school.

Impact on community:
We are the region’s leading organization serving children and families impacted by abuse, neglect, and community violence. We provide services in a 17-county region encompassing Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY. When the unthinkable occurs, Family and Children’s Place provides a refuge that allows children to heal in a supportive environment and our team is with families every step of the way.  We also promote initiatives to bring child abuse prevention to the broader cultural conversation to create healthier communities. Our School-based services promote regular engagement and participation, improved social and life skills and improved academic performance. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Family & Children’s Place offers several different types of volunteer opportunities for those looking to help us better our community.  This includes administrative volunteers, event volunteers and program volunteers.

How 1si members can help your organization: Report abuse if you suspect it.  In Indiana call 1-800-800-5556.  Refer people who may need our services: 502-893-3900. Advocate by sharing our social media – we’re at /famchildplace on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and Twitter.  Work for us!  We have several positions open.  And last but not least, give, if you can:


Nonprofit Spotlight | Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Waterfront Botanical Gardens
1435 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY  40206

Contact person:
Megan Bibelhauser, Director of Marketing and Communications

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact on the community.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens is an urban botanical garden located minutes away from downtown Louisville and southern Indiana. Built upon a former landfill, the Gardens are a living museum that allows visitors to explore native and unique plant species while creating a deeper connection with nature. From Master Gardener to planting novice, the Gardens are here for all to enjoy. Admission is FREE, but as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Gardens rely on community support to grow. Of the complete 23-acre site, three acres have been developed. The Gardens offer adult and youth programming, special community events, event rental space, group tours, and more. Soon, Waterfront Botanical Gardens will simply be a part of growing up in Kentucky and southern Indiana!

Agency Mission Statement or Description: Our mission is to cultivate urban botanical gardens that educate, inspire, and enhance appreciation of the relationship between plant life and a healthy environment.

Year established: Waterfront Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 2019.

Counties/regions serviced: The Gardens are a local, regional, and national attraction.

Focus areas: Environment, Sustainability, Adult and Youth Education

Impact on community: Waterfront Botanical Gardens is a unique cultural institution that provides imaginative and engaging programming, events, and experiences as well as education and research. In 2022, we welcomed 40,000 visitors to the Gardens and provided education to nearly 3,000 youth and 1,600 adults.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help us grow! Whether you love getting down in the dirt or greeting guests with a smile, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved at the Gardens. Join our 300 active volunteers with hands-on gardening, education, community outreach, special events, administrative support, Garden Guiding, and more! Visit for information.

How 1si members can help your organization: We need your help to continue growing! 1si members can support the Gardens by donating, attending a class or special event, becoming a member, volunteering, or renting space at the Gardens for your next special event. If nothing else, please come visit – it’s free! Explore these opportunities at

Nonprofit Spotlight | The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
2300 Greenvalley Rd .
New Albany, IN 47150
Business Phone:     812-206-2652                                    

Contact Person: Alecha Redmond, Family Support Case Manager
Contact Email:         

Agency Mission Statement or Description:

Our Mission Statement.The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Year established: 2022

Counties/regions serviced: Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott, Crawford & Washington

Focus areas: Homeownership/ financial independence

Impact in community:

Pathway of Home is helping with Homeownership. We currently have 7 pre-approvals for the purchase of a home and 2 families that have closed on their new home. I am currently working with 36 families.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Depending on the time of year we are always open for individuals to sign up for volunteer hours (i.e.-Christmas-Angel Tree, Bell ringing and even help in our Thrift stores).

How 1si members can help your organization: Partnerships & Donations


Nonprofit Spotlight | Hope Southern Indiana

Hope Southern Indiana
1200 Bono Rd
New Albany, IN 47150
Business Phone:     812-948-9248
Contact Person: Angela Graf, Executive Director
Contact Email:                                                       

Agency Mission Statement or Description:

Year established:1964-Downtown Neighborhood Council-Interfaith Community Council and in 2012 as Hope Southern Indiana

Counties/regions serviced: Hope SI serves primarily Floyd & Clark Counties

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) serves Floyd, Clark, Scott, Washington & Jefferson County

Focus areas: Basic Needs-Human Services

Impact on community: We partner with 57 churches, MUW, Dare To Care and collaborate with similar nonprofits caring for our low-income population needing assistance. In 2022, we provided 17,565 services to the community. We distributed more than $955,000 in food through the pantry. We served 2092 unduplicated households with 88% of services in Floyd County. We helped 701 families with basic utility bills to avoid disconnection, assisted 628 families with rent/mortgage payments to avoid eviction, and with our IDVA grant, we were able to provide $41,000 in services to Veterans.  In 2022, we served 783 households for the first time ever; families that had not had to visit a food pantry or social service organization before.

Volunteer Opportunities: We offer many opportunities for volunteers at Hope Southern Indiana.  Through our RSVP program, we offer volunteer opportunities at 130 other organizations in 5 counties.

How 1si members can help your organization: Donate food, hygiene items, host food drives, participate in programs such as Pack the Bus, Clothe A Teen, and Spirit of the Season. Volunteer at Hope with your church, organization or business. Make a monetary donation through our website. 


Nonprofit Spotlight | The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
2300 Greenvalley Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
Business Phone: 812-206-2652
Contact Person:  Alecha Redmond, Family Support Case Manager
Contact Email:

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact on the community.

Year established: 2022

Counties/regions serviced: Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott, Crawford & Washington

Focus areas: Homeownership/ financial independence

Impact on community:  So far we have obtained seven pre-approvals and one purchase

Volunteer Opportunities: 2

How 1si members can help your organization: Partnerships & donations

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Nonprofit Spotlight | Falls of the Ohio Foundation

Falls of the Ohio Foundation
201 W. Riverside Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129
Business Phone: 812-283-4999

Contact Person: Kenton Wooden, Executive Director

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact on the community.

Agency Mission Statement or Description: The Falls of the Ohio Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to be a collaborative force focused on elevating the awareness, recognition, and legacy of the Falls of the Ohio area. The Foundation does this by elevating the landscape and preserving it for future generations, educating the community on the area’s significance, and activating the space in ways that connect people to the stories of the past.

Year established: 1987

Counties/regions serviced: Southern Indiana and Louisville Metro

Focus areas: Nature, History, Culture, Outdoor Recreation, Education

Impact in community: There is no other place in the world like the Falls of the Ohio, where so many natural, cultural, and historical resources come together to create a truly unique landscape with stories to tell. The Falls of the Ohio Foundation works to steward these resources and share these stories, helping connect our community to the past while protecting what we have for future generations. The Foundation does this in several different ways including providing free educational experiences at the Falls of the Ohio State Park which brought over 1,700 students and youth to the Falls last year at no cost to them. Additionally, the Foundation provides grants to help improve the visitor experience at the State Park and creates unique community activations to encourage exploration and preservation of this beautiful landscape.

Volunteer Opportunities: Community Leadership Council, Special Event Support, Cleanup Events

How 1si members can help your organization: Share the Falls within your network by becoming a supporter or member, joining the Community Leadership Council, or attending an upcoming event.


Nonprofit Spotlight | Hosparus Health


Hosparus Health
6200 Dutchman’s Lane
Louisville, KY  40205
Business Phone: 502-456-6200 / 800-264-0521

Contact Person:
Tracy Tanner, Executive Director of Business Development and Provider Relations

Agency Mission Statement or Description:

  • Since 1978, Hosparus Health has provided compassionate hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families.
  • We are one of the largest not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care providers in the United States.
  • Each year, we care for more than 10,000 patients throughout our 35-county service area in Kentucky and Indiana. Those counties are:
    • Louisville region: Jefferson, Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Shelby and Spencer
    • Southern Indiana: Orange, Crawford, Washington, Scott, Jefferson, Clark, Floyd, and Harrison
    • Central Kentucky: Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties
    • Green River: Adair, Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington
    • Barren River: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren
  • As a nonprofit, we’re governed by a dedicated and highly engaged board of directors that include business and community leaders, many of whom have been personally touched by our care.

Our Services

  • Hospice Care: We believe everyone deserves to have a peaceful ending. Considered the gold standard in compassionate care, we provide comprehensive end-of-life care to people facing serious illnesses or injuries who are expected to live six months or less.
  • Palliative Care: Patients with serious or chronic illness can access our high-quality palliative care at any time through Pallitus Health Partners, a program of Hosparus Health. We can help patients manage the symptoms associated with their condition for as long as necessary, allowing them to live more comfortably. Some of our palliative patients have been in our care for several years.
  • Kourageous Kids: We know nothing is more important than the health and well-being of a child. We not only care for adults at any age, but we also help children and their families face the challenges of serious illness through our Kourageous Kids program.
    • Founded in 1980, Kourageous Kids is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country and is one of the only pediatric palliative and hospice program in Kentucky.
    • Each year, we care for over 100 children in our Kourageous Kids program. Our most seriously ill children are eligible for hospice care when the need arises, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Veteran Care: We are proud to be a 4-star partner of the national We Honor Veterans program, which ensures our nation’s servicemen and women get the compassionate care and recognition they deserve.
  • Grief Services: Our care does not end when your loved one dies. GCC provides grief support and services to the families of our patients for up to 13 months after death. Many of our grief support programs are also open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one.
    • Last year, our team provided over 17,000 hours of grief support through in-person, telehealth, individual, and group counseling sessions.


Care Teams

  • You are in the most compassionate, capable hands with our care teams. Our expert care teams are made up of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers and counselors, chaplains and volunteers. They provide:
    • Symptom management, such as pain, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and restlessness
    • Care coordination with other health providers
    • Medication management
    • Personal care such as bathing and light housekeeping
    • Counseling and resources on advance directives and other end-of-life decisions
    • Spiritual care
    • Respite for the family and companionship for the patient
    • Grief services for patients, families and other loved ones
    • 24/7 phone support


  • Our organization was founded by a small group of passionate volunteers 45 years ago who believed that everyone deserves to die with dignity.
  • We have over 500 volunteers who support our patients and families, doing everything from providing companionship to patients to helping at fundraising events.
  • In 2022, our volunteers contributed over 73,000 hours supporting our mission.
  • For more information about opportunities, please visit

Nonprofit Spotlight | Kosair for Kids

Kosair for Kids                                                        
982 Eastern Parkway
Louisville KY 40217
(502) 637-7696

Contact Person: Thomas Fanning, Director of Development                                                        
Contact Email:                             

Please use 300 words or less to describe your agency and your impact in the community For 100 years, Kosair for Kids has existed to enhance the health and well-being of children in our community by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We strive to meet kids where they are and raise them to new heights through life-changing partnerships and programs. We believe that every child should have access to the medical care they need, regardless of financial circumstances. Kosair for Kids is the most comprehensive children’s charity in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and with your help, our goal is to help more kids in our second century than in our first.

Agency Mission Statement or Description: Enhance the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy.

Year established: 1923.

Counties/regions serviced:  Southern Indiana and all of Kentucky.

Focus areas:

Kosair for Kids strives to help children realize their potential while overcoming their obstacles. Our work focuses on four main pillars, Kosair Kids Advocacy, Kosair for Kids Financial Assistance Program, Kosair for Kids Experience Fund and Kosiar for Kids Grants Program. Through these program areas, we create joy for one child, one family, one day at a time.

Impact in community:

Kosair for Kids is the catalyst that creates a world where children in need live life to the fullest. In 2022, its efforts touched the lives of nearly 200,000 children thanks to generous supporters who want to see every child succeed. 94% of programs supported in 2022 serve children with medical disabilities. Kosair Kids in all 120 Kentucky counties and throughout Southern Indiana experienced the power of joy thanks to generous contributors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers have been making a difference at Kosair Charities for 100 years! Share your time, talent, and enthusiasm by helping support the Kosair Kids of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

For individual or group opportunities or questions regarding any of our volunteer opportunities, please contact Thomas Fanning at or 502-814-9893.

How 1si members can help your organization:  

We would love to invite you to join us at our 9th annual Pie Auction Presented by Mister “P” Express. This one-of-a-kind event will be held on Sunday, November 19th at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. This family-friendly event is a great way to get the perfect treat this holiday season. Guests can bid on pies and other desserts baked by local celebrity chefs and well-known bakeries. To find out more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at