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HCCS continues mission

Harrison County Community Services, which is celebrating its 40th year of existence, had another busy year in 2015, distributing more than 487 tons of food.
Rick Cooper, the agency’s executive director, provided an annual update last month to both the county council and commissioners.
‘It was a very good year,’ Cooper said. ‘We helped a lot of people.’
Harrison County Community Services provides a variety of services to help county residents meet their basic needs. The most frequently used service is the food pantry. It served 2,520 households (individuals or families) in 2015, which was slightly down from the previous year’s 2,800 figure.
The total number of food boxes given away was 14,122; again, a little less than 2014’s number (14,736).
School supplies is another area HCCS helps families, with 522 schoolchildren assisted in 2015.
Cooper reiterated to both government bodies that people do not take advantage of them by returning over and over again.
‘It’s a constant rotation,’ he said. ‘It’s not the same people every time. They come, get services they need and move on. I think that’s important to note.’
Volunteer hours at the facility, located at 101 Highway 62 West in Corydon, increased to the equivalent of $39,387, based on a $9-per-hour rate, up from $30,114 in 2014.
The agency will offer free budget classes from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. beginning today (Wednesday) and again on March 9, 16 and 23. Interested persons can sign up at the HCCS office.
Participants will receive a $10 gift card after completion of all four classes, which will cover want vs. need, setting a financial goal, debt vs. credit and household budgeting.
A Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) is also offered through HCCS. Applications are being accepted for this year; call HCCS to set up an appointment.
To donate, for more information or to volunteer, call Harrison County Community Services at 812-738-8143 or visit online at www.hccsi.net.
Councilman Gary Davis told Cooper to keep up the good work.
‘We’re glad to do this for the county,’ Cooper said. ‘Our goal is to help people get on their feet and then become productive members of society.’

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