Team Indy works for local veterans on MLK Day

By passmore on March 20, 2012 in AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Team Indianapolis spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day serving local veterans and their families in Indianapolis.  The Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) is dedicated to eliminating homelessness for veterans and families through prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy.  Two of the supportive services offered by this non-profit organization are a food pantry and clothing donation center.

The AmeriCorps team worked to help sort donations and organize the contents of these service centers.  It was incredible to think of the volume of goods moving into this community resource.  But it was even more astounding when we realized the amount of goods moving out.  The HVAF is an invaluable resource to the Indianapolis community.  It is just one example of how service for a single group of individuals can have a widespread impact on an entire community.  By reaching out to not only veterans, but also their families, the HVAF has an impact that reaches far beyond the material resources it provides.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly… This is the interrelated structure of reality.”  Team Indy continues to explore and contribute to this interconnectedness by remaining involved and engaged in our AmeriCorps service.

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