Quick takes – January 23rd

Fundraiser to consider

Something worthwhile to mark on your calendars is the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, which benefits Love Chapel, Community Center of Hope’s food bank and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. The event to benefit the area’s hungry starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Central Middle School.

Consider helping in some fashion. More cooks are needed. Call Sarah Grey at 812-376-8102 to volunteer your services.

If you’d rather help by paying for and eating a meal, that’s good, too.

Either way you will support a great cause.

Free help appreciated

Filing a tax return probably isn’t one of the most enjoyable things for people to do, and the endeavor can be more of a challenge for some people.

That’s why it’s good to see the United Way of Bartholomew County again offering free tax help for those with low incomes, the elderly, those with disabilities and people with limited English skills. The help is offered from February to April 15, and is a beneficial community service that saves people money.

If you think you might qualify, it’s worth contacting 211 of South Central Indiana by calling 2-1-1 to inquire about an appointment.

Beneficial project

North Christian Church is one of Columbus’ landmark buildings, designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen. It’s a popular site to see on architectural tours, so there’s incentive to keep it well maintained.

It’s great to know, then, that Sacred Places Indiana, a three-year pilot program, has reached out to North Christian to provide a stabilizing hand for the congregation in planning and financial matters. The program trains church leaders on things such as facilities upkeep, grant applications and capital campaigns.

Assistance that can help keep architectural treasures such as North Christian in good shape well into the future for residents and visitors to appreciate is beneficial and welcome.