Helping Hands Foundation
Bank Independent's Helping Hands Program was founded in 2011 following the devastating April 27 tornado outbreak, the program has since grown into the Helping Hands Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors across the communities we serve.
- Charitable thrift stores
- Food pantries
- Animal shelters
- School events
- Community parks and gardens
- 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
Animal shelters needed much more than their budgets allowed to provide food and medication to the animals. Food banks would be overrun with donations during the holidays, but would be low on food for kids during the summer months, when there were no school meal programs to feed them. And organizations that provided school supplies to kids in the fall, like the Committee on Church Cooperation in Decatur, needed help from the community to manage the demand.
Our February Shelter Share drive assists our furry friends through our collection of pet food and supplies to donate directly to local animal shelters.
The Food Share non-perishable food collection event takes place at the end of the school year to help our local food banks stock up for the summer.
In July, the School Share event helps our area’s teachers and students gear up for the upcoming school year with donations of backpacks, school supplies and classroom materials.
Kicking off on the day after Thanksgiving, our Toy Share drive grows every year with the donations of more and more new, unwrapped toys.