Member Profile: Uplift Johnson County – A Local Non-Profit Serving Others in Need Right Here in Our Community
Uplift Johnson County is a 501c3 non-profit service organization founded on the principle of “See a need, seek to fill it”. Uplift gives everyday people an opportunity to serve others by identifying needs and calling on our community to help us to fill them through giving and volunteering. Its founder and executive director, Wendy McClellan, is a lifelong resident of Johnson County who is a mortgage banker and Realtor by profession and founded Uplift in order to give back to a community who has blessed her greatly.
Uplift partners with other non-profits, businesses, civic organizations, church groups, and individuals to coordinate fundraising activities and service projects, as well as looks for small ways to bless people in our community throughout the year.
Some of the recent Uplift initiatives include a fundraiser in partnership with the Central Indiana Police Foundation to bless Officer Dustin Moody and his family with a wheelchair accessible van and funds for their ongoing needs after he was paralyzed in a line-of-duty crash, Warriors Day Out, a day of pampering where 60 breast cancer survivors and fighters and a guest were treated to massage, yoga, facials, haircuts, makeup and nail applications, live music, and a catered lunch at the Sycamore at Mallow Run; a fundraiser to bless the families of the victims the Greenwood Park Mall shooting with donations totaling almost $15,000; a diaper drive for the babies housed at camp Atterbury, and providing the funds and labor to assist with the buildout of a much needed new space for Resources of Hope, a non-profit serving foster families.
Annual holiday events for those in need include a Holiday Food Drive to feed families serviced by Firefly Children and Family Services over the 10 day holiday break from school, a Virtual Giving Tree to buy Christmas presents for children identified by local school counselors as being in need, and a Seniors Gift Drive partnering with Johnson County Senior Services to bless senior citizens who are in poverty, at risk, or alone at Christmas with presents including hats, gloves, pajamas, blankets, personal care items, sweets and coffees gift cards for medicine and more.