Family Support Services of West Central Indiana is the latest quarterly local recipient of a grant from 100+ Men Who Care of Putnam County. This quarter’s check was in the amount of $12,900, which is a record for the group.
Family Support Services is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence, sexual assault and promoting healthy families. It provides a wide array of services for families and victims, including healthy families programs, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. Its mission is to prevent child abuse, neglect and domestic violence through education, guidance, intervention and supportive services.
Following the national model, 100+ Men meets four times a year to award a big check to a Putnam County 501c3 charity.
Since its January 2016 debut, the group has awarded more than $195,000 to Putnam County charities and nonprofit organizations, Mike Harmless, chairman of 100+ Men, said. It also has created a Community Grants Endowment at the Putnam County Community Foundation that provides money for the Foundation to utilize in their grant-making process.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2020, the 100+ Men of Putnam County was created based on two principles: There were men who wanted to give back to the community but lacked the time to do fundraising or serve on boards, and that the process needed to be fun and easy.
Today, there are more than 125 members, and the goal for 2019 is to have more than 130 members.
Interested men can visit the website www.100plusmen.com for general information as well as application forms (click on the “Join Us” icon) or check out its Facebook page, 100+ Men of Putnam County.