The 10 volunteers who founded Helping Challenged Children, Inc. were originally involved with Sports for Kids, established in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska. The foundation was dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for physically and emotionally challenged children throughout the United States and Canada.
During the Indianapolis group’s short tenure with Sports for Kids, it held two major fundraising events: “Take Me Back To The Ballgames” in 2000 and “Back Home Again At Indy” in 2001.
In 2002, a desire to be able to focus more directly on Indiana children, as well as funnel more funds from events directly back into the local community, led to the foundation of Helping Challenged Children, Inc.
Since being founded in 2002, HCCI volunteers and supporters have raised more than $130,000 to help children in need across Indiana purchase medical equipment. Some examples of grants include wheelchair lifts, ear molds, adaptive tricycles, Kiwi bath chairs, and financial assistance for leg braces, wheeled shower chairs, wheelchair tie-downs, and numerous hearing aid devices.
HCCI’s grants are offered as a last resort for recipients who cannot get financial aid through insurance, state agencies or other funding. Sadly, there are many families who cannot fill the gaps and need additional assistance. HCCI researches each case to ensure that all other possible sources of funding have been exhausted, and then works to meet the needs of the child through gifting.
Today we continue our mission through outreach programs to health care providers and others to find candidates in need, as well as holding fundraising events to support the mission.
To date, the organization has been able to keep costs under 3%, and HCCI is completely supported by volunteers.
Helping Challenged Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.