Quick takes – February 10th

Cause worth helping

Looking for a good cause to help? Lend a hand with Dance Marathon on Feb. 24-25.

The annual event raises awareness of domestic violence and benefits Turning Point Domestic Services and the work the organization does.

Dance Marathon needs adult volunteers to help with the event, which this year is at Central Middle School. Multiple shifts are available. Consider helping with this important effort.

Go to weblink.donorperfect.com/DMAdultVolunteerForm to volunteer and choose a time lot.

Another good use

Those who support the ideas of reducing, reusing and recycling as a way to limit waste should be happy to know that some debris from the Clarion Hotel and Conference that is being razed on the city’s west side will be reused in Columbus Regional Health’s project to create a medical facility on the site.

The debris will be used to raise the lot level above the floodplain rather than going to the county landfill.

Razing of the hotel is nearing completion, and the 21-acre lot is expected to be cleared by the end of March. That’s a lot of debris to deal with, but at least some will be put to good use in another way.

Outstanding support

Food banks in Bartholomew County received a great boost Feb. 3 when the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser attracted 650 diners to Central Middle School. An estimated $18,000 to $19,000 was raised, according to organizers.

That’s the second-largest total ever in 20 years of the event, which has raised about $200,000 overall through the two decades.

Those who contributed soups, other food and artisan bowls; those who volunteered their time to organize and serve; and those who attended and provided financial support deserve thanks for their efforts. The money raised will help put meals on the tables of individuals and families who need a helping hand.