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Hatcher Hill community clean-up
Hatcher Hill community clean-up as part of the America's Best Communities Competition; March 5, 2016

The Madison, Indiana area thrives on a culture of support and generosity, where the community collaborates to ensure essential services are accessible to those requiring assistance. A robust nonprofit sector characterizes Madison, encompassing diverse family, community, and civic organizations dedicated to impactful humanitarian efforts.

Within this vibrant landscape of nonprofits, several stand out for their substantial contributions to the community. We are pleased to spotlight a selection of these organizations here. Should you seek information beyond what's provided, please don't hesitate to contact us directly. Our team is committed to guiding you towards the appropriate resources and support within our network of nonprofits.

The Clearinghouse Project by River Valley Resources helps low-income families by making a positive, sustainable change in their lives and decrease their overall demand for assistance by enabling them to become self-sufficient. Whether you need assistance with counseling, utilities, food, clothing, legal assistance, or job training, the Clearinghouse can connect you to community resources through their referral service. Many agencies work within the Clearinghouse building at 101 East Second Street in downtown Madison:

- United Way
- WorkOne
- Lifespring
- Centerstone
- River Valley Resources
- House of Hope Food Pantry

The Jefferson County United Way has a mission to work together to promote caring community and improve lives in Jefferson County. United Way helps to fund these partnering organizations:

- American Red Cross
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County
- Boy Scouts of America: Hoosier Trails Council
- Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
- Girls Incorporated
- Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club: Family and Community Center
- Lifetime Resources: Sentry Services
- Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
- Safe Passage
- Salvation Army
- Southwestern Recreation Association

Ohio Valley Opportunities is a community action agency that has several programs available to those in need of them:

- Head Start: serves 202 low-income children & families
- Energy Assistance:  serves 2400 low-income families to assist with heating, cooling, and electricity
- Weatherization: serving 80 homes per year to provide long-term energy cost savings
- Housing Choice Program (Section 8): serves 285 households with subsidies for affordable housing
- La Casa Amiga: helps Spanish-speaking newcomers gain access to the services they need and become active participants in the community.

The Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County builds relationships with passionate individuals, generous families, prudent professional advisors, innovative nonprofits, and benevolent businesses to create long-lasting change. Its mission is to build a strong, vibrant community by helping donors provide perpetual funding for the people, projects, and passions of Jefferson County.

- In 2023, awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to Jefferson County students.
- In 2023, over $290,900 was awarded from our Flexible Community Funds to nonprofits serving Jefferson County.
- The Women's Giving Circle voted to grant $25,956 to nine local organizations with programs to benefit women and children in the Jefferson County area.

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