Featured Match Day participant:

Hancock County Senior Services

Executive Director: Linda Hart


Senior services seeks to improve independent living and access to necessary services for seniors and those with disabilities, especially those with low incomes. Senior services provides non-medical support services and public transportation for individuals of any age who have transportation challenges.

Organization highlights:

•The comprehensive programs provided by HCSS make it possible for seniors to live in their homes.

The affordable programs are below market rate, often with a fee that is based on the individual’s income.

Seniors are protected from hiring unscrupulous individuals, and HCSS workers are monitored for the quality of work through required guidelines and supervision.

•The Hancock Area Rural Transit program, the county’s lone transportation service, helps residents remain independent.

•The stress of caring for a loved one who cannot be left alone is reduced with the support of the Respite Assisted Care Program.

Match Day funding plans:

The grant that HCSS receives for immediate use will be applied toward routine expenses such as drivers’ toxicology tests and medical qualification expenses; telephone and Internet service; drivers’ cellphone costs; as well as utilities, materials and supplies.

The grant to grow the endowment plays a key role in the organization’s ability to carry out its mission for generations to come. Because the principal endowment remains untouched for all time, the fund provides an ongoing stream of revenue to support the organization’s day-to-day operations and services now and into the future.

About Match Day

Match Day, sponsored by the Hancock County Community Foundation, is a day-long fundraising event benefiting 12 local nonprofits. Between now and July 24 (Match Day), we’ll feature these nonprofits and highlight their offerings in the community.

Donations made on Match Day, July 24, will be matched two ways:

1) Every community gift received during the 24-hour period will be matched by funds from a community foundation pool of $80,000, which will go toward the organizations’ immediate needs. How much of that pool is received is proportional to how much the organization raises on Match Day.

2) All community gifts will also be endowed and matched 50 cents on the dollar, up to $7,500 per organization, from a $90,000 grant pool from the Lilly Endowment. This means each organization’s goal is to raise $15,000 in order to receive the entire $7,500 match.

All Match Day contributions must be made on July 24 in order to be counted as part of the campaign. Individuals may make online contributions at giveHCgrowHC.org. They can make a gift by cash, check (dated July 24) or credit card at the foundation office or by phone. Gifts via mail will be accepted only if postmarked July 24.

About the Hancock County Community Foundation

The Hancock County Community Foundation works with individuals, families and organizations to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar, forever. The foundation has granted more than $10 million since its inception in 1992.