Outreach Opportunities

Bread for the World

Offering of Letters

Good Shepherd is once again participating in the "Offering of Letters" for Bread for the World.  Writing letters to our representatives is an opportunity to advocate for programs to help keep all our children fed.  A full explanation of the Offering of Letters can be found on the Bread for the World website:  ol.bread.org.  (Please note that the revised global sample letter and email portal at bread.org/ol is now only addressed to senators, not to representatives. So if you wish to email your representative to thank him/her and ask for the additional funding, you will need to do so separately at their individual websites listed below).

Our goal at Good Shepherd to is to send 100 or more letters regarding the Farm bill before mid-March 2024.  Once you have written your letters or called your representatives, please let Patti O'Callaghan know (by email, or phone 765.404.1689).  Patti needs to know who has been contacted and how they were contacted (phone, email, letter).

We are grateful for the steps Rep. Baird and Senator Young have taken recently.  We thank Senator Young for co-sponoring S. 2956 and Rep. Baird for supporting H.R. 4693.  We urge Senator Braun to join Senator Young and co-sponsor S. 2956.

A sample letter template and partial letters are available at this link to help you craft your personalized letter.  Your letter must be personalized to be counted as unique!  Please change at least  20% of the wording to make it your own.

You may contact your representatives by letter, email, or phone.  Patti O'Callaghan will collect handwritten letters at the church and deliver them in March.  You may drop the letters in the basket in the foyer of the church.

You may send a letter electronically, or you may hand write/type a personalized letter.  If you would like to send an electronic letter please go to this link on the Bread for the World website:



If you prefer to hand write/type a letter or call them directly, phone numbers and addresses are as follows:

Senator Mike Braun

115 N Pennsylvania St

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

(317) 822-8240

Email address: http://www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike

Website:  www.braun.senate.gov


Senator Todd Young

251 N Illinois St, Ste 120

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 226-6700

Email Address: https://www.young.senate.gov/content/

website: www.young.senate.gov


Representative Jim Baird, 4th District

355 S Washington St, Ste 210

Danville, IN 46122

(317) 563-5567

Email Address: https://baird.house.gov/contact

website: www.baird.house.gov

Support for Ukraine

Here are some ways to help Ukrainian citizens including recommendations from journalists on the ground in Ukraine:   

United Help Ukraine: A nonprofit volunteer organization that receives and distributes donations, medical supplies, and food to Ukrainian refugees and people on the ground in Ukraine and supports Ukrainian families who have lost soldiers to war. You can access its current fundraiser here, and your donations will go toward providing emergency medical aid and humanitarian relief to those on the front lines. https://unitedhelpukraine.org/about-us

Fundraiser for Sunflower of Peace: Sunflower of Peace’s fundraiser aims to provide first-aid backpacks to paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack contains enough tactical first-aid supplies for five to ten people. https://www.facebook.com/donate/507886070680475/

Revived Soldiers Ukraine: This nonprofit provides medical aid to Ukrainian soldiers and provides support to their families. https://www.rsukraine.org/

To help children affected by the war Voices of Children: This organization helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to Ukrainian children affected by armed conflict. https://voices.org.ua/en/

To support journalists in Ukraine The Kyiv Independent: You can support Ukraine’s English-language media outlet through GoFundMe or via Patreon. https://www.gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch https://www.patreon.com/kyivindependent

Additional ways to help • Donate to Nova Ukraine’s Heart2Heart initiative, which assembles care packages for people in Ukraine. https://novaukraine.org/

• Donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which will provide humanitarian relief to Ukrainians affected by the conflict. https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/europe-central-asia/ukraine

• Donate to Army SOS, which provides food and other support directly to Ukrainian troops. https://armysos.com.ua/en/

• Donate to CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which aims to provide food, water, hygiene kits, and more to Ukrainians, especially women and girls. https://my.care.org/site/Donation2?df_id=31071&mfc_pref=T&31071.donation=form1&s_src=172220UCFM00&s_subsrc=FY22UkraineCrisisFundMO

• Donate to International Medical Corps, which will deploy mobile medical teams to provide emergency and primary health services, including psychosocial services, to conflict-affected Ukrainian communities. https://give.internationalmedicalcorps.org/page/99837/donate/1?ea.tracking.id=DP~UA22~DPHHU2202

Partnering with Food Finders

We're delighted to be partnering with Food Finders Foodbank to help deliver food to seniors living at Friendship House!

Here's how it works:

Arrive at Friendship House by 1PM on the third Thursday of the month.  Food Finders will meet us there with boxes of food and dollies to help with delivery.  We will deliver about 50 boxes to residents.  Interested in helping?  Sign up here.

Questions?  Please contact Hilary.