Resources for families in need come together to better serve Central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 29, 2014)— Service organizations from around central Indiana are getting together Thursday to talk about how to better serve Hoosier children and families in need.

The Race for Resources is a rapid networking event for more than 20 organizations and more than 100 social workers and other professionals involved in hunger relief, addiction counseling, homelessness intervention, youth and family violence prevention and other programs.

“It’s sort of like speed dating. Each of the 20 organizations has a table, they rotate through and spend five minutes at each one of those tables so in that two-hour period of time, they’re going to get to know about all of these services in the community to which they can refer other families in need,” said John Brandon with the Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY).

MCCOY along with the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Indiana Youth Institute, and the Children’s Bureau will all be holding tables at the event.

Interested professionals can still register at the beginning of the event at 8:30 Thursday morning in the Arts Garden at Garfield Park in Indianapolis.

Brandon said MCCOY hosts smaller networking events monthly as well to help keep organizations connected.

“We believe that too often organizations and individuals are operating in isolation from each other, any way we can get them to break down that isolation and work together, that’s what we’re about,” said Brandon.