Bacon: Giving thanks and giving back

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:06 am

I hope everyone in our community had a great Thanksgiving, celebrating the holiday with loved ones. This year, I’m thankful for the time spent with my friends and family, my 50 years of marriage and the opportunity to continue serving our community. The holiday season is a great time to reflect on these blessings, share experiences and make new memories. It is also a time to remember those less fortunate and give back where possible.

This legislative session, the Indiana House of Representatives is partnering with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy Institute for Excellence for a bipartisan philanthropy project to assist foster families in the state. IARCA is an association of nearly 90 agencies that care about children and families, working to ensure that every child lives in a stable home. Foster families play an important role in caring for many Hoosier children throughout Indiana.

The need for foster and foster-to-adopt families in our state is at an all-time high, and House members want to raise awareness about this shortage and the children looking for safe, loving homes. Through our partnership with IARCA, we are holding a donation drive to support foster families and benefit Hoosier children in Indiana’s foster care system. Supplies like diaper bags, blankets, bottles and booties will be collected and delivered to foster families caring for infants and toddlers across the state. There are many ways to help foster children, including adoption, becoming a foster parent and supporting foster families. To learn more about how to get involved and help children in need, visit www.fosterhopeindiana.org.

Giving back to the community can be a rewarding and memorable experience, especially when shared with family and friends. There are many ways to volunteer in our area and help those close to home, and you can visit www.volunteermatch.org to find a variety of opportunities throughout Southwest Indiana.

Any families needing assistance this holiday season can call the Indiana 2-1-1 hotline or visit www.in211.org. This free, confidential service can connect individuals to a variety of resources and information on food and utility assistance, housing options and much more. Indiana 2-1-1 is available 24 hours, seven days a week to help connect Hoosiers to the services they need.

As always, please continue to contact me with any questions or comments at h75@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9833 so I can best serve our community.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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