Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Support Individuals and Families Impacted by Covid-19 in Marion County

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 5, 2021)

Volunteers of America (VOA) Ohio & Indiana has received a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., which is making a series of grants to help organizations working to mitigate the human and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Marion County.

VOA will use the grant to ensure critical services continue for low-income families and individuals most severely impacted by the pandemic. Funding will support increased need for mental health and addiction recovery services, housing, employment, and other services for families, military veterans experiencing homelessness, and men and women transitioning from the corrections system back into the community.

“We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for its partnership in funding solutions to the current and lagging effects the pandemic has on families and individuals. More individuals, veterans, and families will move from a period of crisis to recovery and well-being.”

John R. von Arx III
President & CEO
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana

VOA is one of 38 organizations that Lilly Endowment has made grants to as part of its latest round of funding to help organizations respond to the pandemic’s effect on communities in Indianapolis. Since March 2020, Lilly Endowment has made nearly $208 million in grants related to COVID-19.

About Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana

Volunteers of America is a national, faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe, and productive lives. Through thousands of human services programs, including housing and healthcare services, Volunteers of America helps nearly 1.5 million people across the country and more than 17,000 in Ohio and Indiana.

Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups including low-income seniors, veterans, homeless individuals and families, men and women returning home after incarceration, homeless individuals and families, and those recovering from addictions. Visit www.voaohin.org for more information.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.