I am constantly amazed by how civic-minded young members in our community are; giving their time and talents to help others in need. We love to see families helping families, and that is what happened when the Moeller girls decided to take action and help families in Indianapolis who are experiencing homelessness by volunteering with School on Wheels.

I was first contacted by Julie, the mother of two daughters Claire, 12, and Addie, 8. The family was interested in making an impact by using their summer vacation for good. After discussing what made sense for them and how they thought they could offer the most assistance, they decided to come into our office numerous times throughout the summer to help as office volunteers and to raise money by holding a lemonade stand in Broad Ripple. They also sent an email to their friends and family members to raise awareness and to collect school uniforms, one of the most important items we always need at the beginning of each school year!

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Between the three of them, Julie, Claire and Addie donated over 30 hours of their time helping in our office! They helped organize books, put together folders, copy worksheets for kids at our partner locations, laminate curriculum materials and assemble packets to get our families signed up for tutoring. Aside from spending time in our office, the family collected over $300 at their lemonade stand in addition to several sets of new uniforms.moeller group 2 They used the money that they collected to purchase the uniform sizes we needed specifically for some of the students in our program.

The Moeller family helped our organization in so many ways. They were thoughtful in choosing a project that would be helpful to our families and a great fit for theirs. Families like the Moeller’s make our community better each and every day!

Inspired to get involved? Find more creative ways to give back here.