Hankey Marks & Crider Teams up with Firefly Children and Family Alliance
During the 2022 Holiday Season, we teamed up with Firefly Children and Family Alliance to sponsor a family in need. Our Impact Team went out and purchased gifts for the family and wrapped them, which were then delivered by the Firefly Alliance in time for the holidays. We also joined them at their headquarters to volunteer our time to assist in greeting, sorting, and assembling gifts.
Firefly Children and Family Alliance is a nonprofit organization offering programs and services to Indiana families and adults. These include child abuse prevention, home-based services, youth placement and recovery services. They believe in creating a healthier community through creating healthier family. Like Hankey Marks & Crider, Firefly Children and Family Alliance has been helping Hoosier families for decades. We are grateful for everything they do in our community, and we loved partnering with them on this project!
Hankey Marks & Crider Collects Books for the Indy Book Project
In May of 2022, our Community Engagement Committee collected books for the Indy Book Project. The Indy Book Project is a local organization with a mission to ensure all children in Indianapolis have access to books. They collect books from the community, then sort and distribute them to the children who need them the most. A few members of Team Hankey went to their Zionsville location with over 250 books to donate, and then spent several hours sorting through books for various organizations in need.
As our firm is one of the few in the Indianapolis area that handle children’s disability claims, we were extremely excited to partner with the Indy Book Project. We look forward to additional events in the future.
Hankey Marks & Crider Helping Veterans and Families
For the holidays this year, our Community Engagement team put together winter accessory bags for Helping Veterans and Families (“HVAF”). We packed up items in each bag, such as hats, socks, hand warmers, lotions, and lip balms, to help some of our local veterans who are currently struggling with consistent housing. Members of our Community Engagement Team then personally dropped off all the bags.
HVAF of Indiana fights to keep veterans off the streets by offering housing, employment opportunities, outreach opportunities, and a pantry stocked with clothing, hygiene products, and food items year-round. We were honored to partner with HVAF, an organization doing vital work in our community!
Hankey Marks & Crider Attends Faces of Hope Breakfast
In November of 2021, Ashley Marks, Partner, served as a Table Captain for the Little Red Door Cancer Agency’s Faces of Hope Breakfast, which took place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Several other attorneys and team members attended, helping to raise money and awareness for the important work this organization does.
The Little Red Door Cancer Agency was established in 1945, and they work to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved Hoosiers. They provide free client services, survivor programming and education. Their motto is “making the most of life, and the least of cancer.” Hankey Marks & Crider was honored to participate in this breakfast, and looks forward to future events with this organization!
Hankey Marks & Crider Attends Out of the Darkness Walk
For the second time at the Indianapolis location, in September of 2021, Hankey Marks & Crider sponsored the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk. In addition to the sponsorship, the office had a team participate in the walk, comprised of several attorneys, team members, and their families. It was an emotional day for many, spent remembering loved ones and raising awareness for this important cause.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention delivers innovative prevention programs, educates the public about risk factors and warning signs, raises funds for suicide research and programs, and reaches out to those individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention now has chapters all across the country, and brings together people from all different backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in their communities.
Hankey Marks & Crider Adopts Multiple Blocks Through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
In September of 2021, Hankey Marks & Crider adopted several blocks around their office through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Each week, several attorneys and team members head out for an hour to clean up the area. Even when the weather is not great, the office is committed to getting the job done!
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is an environmental and community nonprofit organization. Their mission is to help both people and nature thrive, and to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places. They engage and empower citizens of all ages and backgrounds to take action and play an active role in their community.
This will be an ongoing volunteer project. Hankey Marks & Crider looks forward to continuing this work in the months to come. Be on the lookout for more photos in the future!
Hankey Marks & Crider Sponsors the GR8 Paper Push for School Supplies
In August of 2021, Hankey Marks & Crider sponsored the GR8 Paper Push, which benefited Teachers’ Treasures. In addition to the actual sponsorship, the office held an internal competition as well. Each team member that brought in additional donation items had their name entered into a drawing for a prize. By the end, the office had accumulated over 250 additional donation items! These items included notebooks, glue sticks, crayons, markers, and pencils, just to name a few!
Teachers’ Treasures was founded in 2000 by a retired school principal, who wished to continue helping at-risk children in the Indianapolis community succeed in school. The mission of the program is to obtain and distribute free school supplies to teachers of students who are in need. Hankey Marks & Crider is passionate about children, so they were honored to sponsor such a vital program in the community.
Hankey Marks & Crider Sponsors the GR8 Pasta Push for Pasta Donations
In June of 2021, Hankey Marks & Crider sponsored the GR8 Pasta Push, which benefited Second Helpings. Second Helpings is an organization that the office volunteered for in the past, so they were excited to have another opportunity to come alongside such a great program in the community! In addition to the actual sponsorship, the office held an internal competition. Each team member that brought in additional pasta donation items had their name entered into a drawing for a prize. Over 300 additional pasta donations were brought in by the team!
Second Helpings is an Indianapolis community kitchen that currently prepares and delivers more than 1 million meals to individuals in Central Indiana each year. They rescue food to meet community needs, that would otherwise be discarded.
Second Helpings was founded in 1998, by three chefs who saw firsthand the large amount of waste in the food service industry. At the same time, they were also aware that many programs serving the disadvantaged often struggled to provide their clients’ basic nutritional needs. Today, Second Helpings currently transforms more than 300,000 pounds of rescued food into approximately 150,000 meals each month.
Hankey Marks & Crider Hosts Blood Drive
In early 2021, in conjunction with Versiti, Hankey Marks & Crider participated in their second blood drive. Versiti brought their famous “bloodmobile,” which parked out front of the office. Team members, along with their friends and families, signed up and made donations.
Versiti was founded in 2014, under the guiding belief that gifts of blood and life are precious. In addition to their blood donation services, they are home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute. Versiti is passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping the healthcare system thrive.
Hankey Team Members Make Blankets for Cancer Patients
In the Fall of 2020, members of Hankey Marks & Crider gathered together and made blankets for the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. This Agency has numerous programs, one of which is providing cancer patients with free blankets while they are undergoing their treatments. Despite the continuing pandemic, the office was happy to come together and volunteer in a fashion that was safe for everyone.
The Little Red Door Cancer Agency was established in 1945, and they work to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved Hoosiers by providing free client services, survivor programming and education. Their motto is “making the most of life, and the lease of cancer.”
Hankey Marks & Crider Donates to Families First
Despite the pandemic still going strong, Hankey Marks & Crider is committed to continuing to make a difference in the community in a safe way. In August of 2020, the office sponsored Families First, with several team members picking out items from the organization’s needs list. They then dropped off boxes of books and games to Families First, in a safe and socially distanced setting.
Families First’s mission is to provide support and assistance to families that are in crisis. Their numerous services include mental health counseling, support groups, parenting education, domestic violence education and support, and sexual assault survivor counseling. They have helped to deescalate crises and break cycles of abuse, and they have helped thousands of people deal with challenges and changes in their lives.
Hankey Marks & Crider Donates Locally Made Masks to Horizon House
In July of 2020, Hankey Marks & Crider’s Community Engagement Committee came together to make a donation to the Horizon House in the form of handmade masks. These masks were made through a local small business, and then several team members dropped off the masks in a safe and socially distanced setting.
The Horizon House is a full-service program that connects individuals who are experiencing homelessness with integrated and comprehensive services. They provide a safe place and basic services for these individuals, while they are taking steps towards obtaining a more stable life. Their mission is to end homelessness in our community, one individual at a time.
Hankey Marks & Crider Donates Hand Sanitizer to Indianapolis Recorder
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hankey Marks & Crider recommitted itself to remaining active in the community. While the efforts may need to look different in order to maintain safety, the office got to work on coming up with new ideas. In June of 2020, after being notified of a need, Hankey Marks & Crider made a donation of hand sanitizer and water to the Indianapolis Recorder. The Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper hails as one of the top African-American publications in the nation. After the items were obtained, several team members dropped off the donations in a safe and socially distanced setting.
Hankey Marks & Crider Adopts Military Families for Christmas
In December of 2019, Hankey Marks & Crider sponsored two local servicemen through Soldiers’ Angels, purchasing and wrapping gifts for the families for Christmas. The office wrapped the gifts together during the office Christmas party, and then several team members personally delivered the gifts to the families. As several team members at Hankey Marks & Crider have ties to the military, everyone was very excited and honored to team up with such a great organization!
Military service means a complete commitment to something larger than one’s self. Military members selflessly bear the responsibility for securing all that we hold dear in the United States. Soldiers’ Angels’ guiding purpose is to honor that commitment. Through a global network of volunteers, Soldiers’ Angels works to make sure that those who are serving our country, or who have served, are supported and remembered through numerous different support programs.
Hankey Marks & Crider Volunteers at Second Helpings
In November of 2019, team members from Hankey Marks & Crider volunteered their time to make meals with Second Helpings. The team spent their time preparing ingredients, making sandwiches, and cleaning the kitchen. The team also spent time learning more about how this organization impacts the Indianapolis community. The team members left amazed, and can’t wait to work with this organization more in the future!
Second Helpings is an Indianapolis community kitchen that currently prepares and delivers more than 1 million meals to individuals in Central Indiana each year. They rescue food to meet community needs, that would otherwise be discarded.
Second Helpings was founded in 1998, by three chefs who saw firsthand the large amount of waste in the food service industry. At the same time, they were also aware that many programs serving the disadvantaged often struggled to provide their client’s basic nutritional needs. Today, Second Helpings currently transforms more than 300,000 pounds of rescued food into approximately 150,000 meals each month.
Hankey Marks & Crider Team Installs Garden at Pathway
A team of 12 members of Hankey Marks & Crider arrived at Pathway the morning of July 17th to create a Community Gathering Space complete with fire pit, solar lights, Adirondack chairs, stump stools, a new gas grill and more! They trimmed out the space with lawn timbers, filled it with pea gravel and spruced up the porch, yard and swing, with plants and pillows.
Thank you to everyone who partook in this awesome experience!
Having a sense of community encourages and supports many aspects of personal change and overall health. Community support is essential for maintaining and enjoying sobriety. It is vital for immediate and long-term mental health.
2016 Pathway to Recovery Masquerade Ball
Hankey Marks & Crider served as a gold sponsor for the 2016 Pathway to Recovery’s annual Masquerade ball. The sponsorship provided will help Pathway To Recovery provide housing and support services to homeless men and women who are overcoming addiction and mental illness on their way to becoming clean, sober and stable in the community. Hankey Marks & Crider has provided sponsorship to this event for the last two years.
Hankey Marks & Crider was a proud sponsor of the Humane Society of Indiana’s 2016 Mutt Strut. The event took place on May 15 at Garfield Park.
Mutt Strut, IndyHumane’s largest annual fundraiser, is a dog-friendly festival that features a huge dog walk, food trucks, vendors, live music, and doggy talent shows. Hundreds of families bring their furry friends out to celebrate the fest and raise money for the Humane Society of Indiana, allowing the organization to continue providing services and housing to thousands of animals.
The attorneys at Hankey Marks & Crider love animals and were excited be out meeting members of the community and their dogs.
Hankey Marks & Crider to Sponsor the Annual St. Mary Catholic Church 4th of July Ole! Bash
Hankey Marks & Crider is proud and excited to sponsor the annual 4th of July Ole! Bash hosted by St. Mary Catholic Church. This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, July 4th, from 3pm until 11pm at 311 North New Jersey Street, and offers the best view of the Indianapolis fireworks show, preceded by food and fun for the whole family.
Admission to the event is free, and there will be music and entertainment throughout the day. A grand raffle and “game of chance” tent will give everyone an opportunity to win one-of-a-kind prizes. There will also be an open air market offering local crafts and gifts. All proceeds from the event will go to support the ministries of the parish. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your 4th of July, come out and celebrate Independence Day with Hankey Marks & Crider at the 4th of July Ole! Bash!
Hankey Marks & Crider Hosts First Stomp Out the Stigma 5k/10k
Hankey Marks & Crider is teaming up with KEY Consumer Organization, a non-profit, in hosting a 5k/10k run October 25, 2015 at Fort Harrison State Park. The Indiana KEY Consumer Organization started in 1998 with the mission of protecting the rights of individuals with psychiatric disorders. Since their founding, the non-profit has worked diligently to develop local support groups, provide advisory assistance for mental health awareness groups, and advocate for public education regarding mental health.
This is the first 5k/10k thAt Hankey Marks & Crider is hosting and we are excited to share this important cause with our community. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, several positions still have openings including packet pick-up , course set up, and course marshal spots. Proceeds from the 5k will directly support KEY Consumer Organization and the Indianapolis community. Please visit the links below to learn more:
Volunteer Signup: http://bit.ly/2015psychvol
Hankey Marks & Crider Walks to Help End Epilepsy
Our office was happy to participate in the 2014 Walk/Run to End Epilepsy at Ft. Harrison Park in Indianapolis on June 21. Thankfully, the weather was perfect for this year’s event and the turnout was great.
The annual walk, which started in Indianapolis in 2008, has grown each year and has expanded to include walks in other areas of the state. For 2014, a timed run was also added, along with face painting and other family-friendly activities.
Event organizers hope the annual events increase awareness about epilepsy, raise money to fund research for a cure, and allow those affected by epilepsy to rally together.
This year’s participants included those living with seizures and their caregivers, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals as well as government leaders, Epilepsy Foundation staff and volunteers, corporate teams like ours, and members of the general public that joined the fight to end epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system and is known to cause seizures. Those seizures are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain and may be related to a brain injury or genetics, but often the cause is unknown.
About 65 million people worldwide and 2 million Americans have epilepsy. About 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop epilepsy at some point in their life. One-third of those live with uncontrollable seizures because no current treatment works for them.
For more information or to get involved, visit the Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana’s website at indianaepilepsyfoundation.org.
4th Annual Columbus Indiana Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention
Attorney Stacy J. Crider with Hankey Marks & Crider and her family recently participated in the 4th Annual Columbus Indiana Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention, an event that raises money for suicide prevention. The money raised through this fundraiser is used in a number of ways, including training first responders, funding support groups, funding research on mental illness, and for other important programs and services.
Crider and her family have participated in this event every year since it was first started, as they have a personal connection to the family of the woman who organizes the event. This year’s event has so far raised over $12,000 of its $15,000 target, and people still have time to donate. Donations will be accepted until June 30th, and individuals who are interested in donating can click here to make a donation.
2014 Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Indiana Summer Camp
On March 6, 2014 the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School Women’s Caucus hosted the 37th annual Women’s Caucus Auction. The auction proceeds benefited the MDA of Central Indiana Summer Camp.
The MDA summer camp is a week for children with muscle disease to feel normal and experience activities that they may never get to do anywhere else! It costs $800 to send one child to camp for a week. This cost includes their medical care, food, lodging and any other special needs they may have.
At Hankey Marks & Crider, we dedicate our time and practice to representing disabled adults and children. In an effort to give back, we donated $1000, enough to send one child to camp on us! At camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it’s better than Christmas; some even say it’s changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it’s “the best week of the year.” We hope our small contribution allows one child to have the week of their life!
This year, the auction brought in $18,530, which far exceeded its original goal of $10,000. The $18,530 is the equivalent to the cost of sending 23 kids to MDA’s annual summer camp, which is where the funds will be directed.
Westminster Neighborhood Ministries
At Hankey Marks & Crider, we are proud to help individuals in our community by supporting the efforts of Westminster Neighborhood Ministries. This organization serves individuals, families, and organizations in North East Indianapolis by providing food and clothing for residents of this area, providing supportive services, and by offering programs that meet the educational, developmental, nurturing, and safety needs of children in the area. Hankey Marks & Crider is honored to have had the opportunity to support this important organization by donating food to their food pantry and by sponsoring two Indianapolis children to attend WNM’s summer camp in 2012.
Walk for Wishes
On July 13, 2013, Hankey Marks & Crider was able to support the efforts of Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana at their 8th Annual Walk for Wishes® presented by Stanley Security Solutions. Walk for Wishes® is a one- or three-mile walk that works to raise money to grant the wishes of children who are facing life threatening illnesses. This year, Hankey Marks & Crider was able to participate in this event by providing a team of walkers, manning a water stop along the walk, and donating $500 to Walk for Wishes in support of Make-A-Wish®.
Hankey Marks & Crider Participates in 2014 Indiana Black Expo Annual Summer Celebration (IBE)
Hankey Marks & Crider was happy to participate in the 2014 Indiana Black Expo Annual Summer Celebration (IBE). The Summer Celebration gave us an opportunity to connect with our community by participating as an educational exhibitor.
As an exhibitor to IBE, we help the organization continue to deliver year-round youth and family programs and events to better serve our community. Our booth was focused on disability and injury-related education for those who unfortunately have experienced that first-hand. We provided literature, bottle openers, ink pens and an array of other goodies. Having the opportunity to discuss real issues with real people is invaluable for our office. Hopefully you’ll never need us, but if you do we want to make sure Hoosiers understand their injury-related rights.
This was the first year for Hankey Marks & Crider to participate in the Indiana Black Expo. We enjoyed meeting so many great people and look forward to participating in 2015!
Brain Injury Association of Indiana’s 31st Annual Education Conference
This conference provides opportunities for education, networking and outreach to over 300 professionals who provide services to individuals who have experienced brain injuries, as well as to the consumers.
2013 Key Consumer Mental Health Conference
This conference provides training and education support for those individual suffering from a mental illness. The organization’s mission is to support the wellness and recovery journeys of individuals and to enhance the effectiveness of recovery groups, care providers, organizations and systems.