The world is seeing a glimpse of the unexpected and our community statewide is coming together to face this situation head-on. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance (IFBI) employees and agents in all counties are doing their parts by abiding by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including social distancing, working from home and wearing face coverings—some are even making homemade masks for others! Some IFBI employees are mailing their homemade masks to their teams, co-workers and the community that are in need and free of charge. These are prime examples of how you help your community from the comfort of your own home.
On top of at-home ways to help, many of our generous employees and agents have been looking for other specific ways to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance continues to honor our commitment to provide financial support to our community partners during these unprecedented times, we’ve compiled a list of just a few ways you may also assist. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is a part of something bigger than just an insurance company, but a community of all Hoosiers that stick together when times get tough. Whether it’s through financial donations, virtual volunteering, or donation of food items or homemade masks, there’s sure to be a way that we can all make a difference. After all, we’re in this together!
Check out the links below for just a few ways you can help our Indiana communities. If none of these appeal to you, don’t forget you can always reach out to your favorite charitable organization to see what they may need. They will be grateful you asked!
- Anyone can donate to the COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund specifically for human services with any Indiana United Way chapter. Chapters are listed by state with links to all Hoosier chapters and their related needs.
- The Central Indiana Volunteer Response includes virtual volunteer opportunities to help seniors and children, sewing homemade masks, food pantry donations, etc.
Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana:
- Employees may purchase and drop off nutrition-specific food pantry items between noon and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday each week. Let them know you’re on your way by calling Barb Renshaw at 317.252.5558, and head to 708 E. Michigan St. (501 Spring St. on GPS) in Indianapolis. Back up your car to their north door, stay in the vehicle, open your trunk, and they will unload your donations. Specific items needed include:
- Kroger Chunk Light Tuna White, Packed in Water, canned, 5 oz.
- Kroger Premium Chunk Chicken Breast packed in water, canned, 5 oz.
- Kroger Creamy Peanut Butter. 16 oz.
- Kroger No Salt Added Black Beans, 15.25 oz.
- Kroger Dark Red Kidney Beans, No Added Salt, 15.5 oz.
- Kroger Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup, 10.5 oz.
- Kroger 49% Less Sodium Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.5 oz.
- Kroger Heart Healthy Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup, 10.5 oz.
- Campbell’s Vegetable Beef Healthy Request Soup, 10.5 oz.
- Kroger 100% Whole Grain Rotini
- Kroger Slices, Peaches, No Sugar Added (packed in water/artificially sweetened), 14.5 oz.
- Kroger Slices, Pears, In Pear Juice Concentrate, 14.5 oz.
- Kroger Fruit Cocktail Lite, in Pear Juice Concentrate, 14.5 oz.
- Kroger Sliced Pineapple, In Pineapple Juice, 20 oz.
- Kroger Cut Green Beans, No Salt Added, 14.5 oz.
- Kroger Leaf Spinach No Added Salt, 14 oz.
- Kroger Chopped Mixed Greens, 14 oz.
- Kroger Cut Wax Beans, 14.5 oz.
- Kroger Mixed Vegetables, 15 oz.
- Kroger Original Oats Instant Oatmeal, 12 ct box
- If you are unable to find a specific item or are not shopping at Kroger, please find similar food choices
- Alternatively, you may purchase Kroger grocery cards online in any dollar amount with free shipping. Please have gift cards mailed directly to:
Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana
Attn: Barb Renshaw/Volunteer Development Director
PO Box 40969
Indianapolis, IN 46240
- If you are located in different parts of the state check in with your own Meals on Wheels chapter to see how to help individuals and families in need.
American Red Cross:
- There are several ways to donate funds specifically for COVID-19 relief including via text, online and by phone. Donations of airline miles, credit card rewards and vehicles are also accepted.
- This organization is accepting donations for meals, shelter, showers and other critical resources. A donation of just $50.40 provides 24 meals plus care for someone in need.
Coburn Place Safe Haven:
- Financial donations are needed to provide resources in assisting victims of interpersonal and domestic abuse, which is sadly rose as a result of the stay-at-home guidelines relative to COVID-19.
Financial donations, virtual volunteering and the donation of food items or homemade masks are something we would love everyone to participate in, but we understand right now can be hectic. So, if you find yourself not having time to do these things, even a simple call to let your family and friends know you are there for them would go a long way. Thank you for joining our IFBI Community in serving our communities statewide.