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Hawthorne Community Center



Capital Campaign
Transforming our facilities so we can continue to transform lives


Hawthorne Community Center sits of property that was purchased in 1923 by neighborhood residents who pledged 25 to 50 cents a week for the betterment of the community.  The center today is in a cement-block building built in 1979 after fires damaged the original building.  In 2002, we acquired a Carnegie Library Building across the street.


With the growth of our programs, we're out of room and our buildings need renovation.


We need $3.5 million to:

  • expand and upgrade our 34-year-old main building
  • make minor upgrades to our Carnegie Library building that houses the Center for Working Families.

What we can DO with a better facility

  • Offer licensed, full-day early child care
  • Expand youth programs
  • Continue--and enhance--existing programs for all ages
  • Keep our community productively engaged at the grassroots level

We have already converted a large multi-purpose room into two early childcare rooms to serve 48 children in high quality, affordable, full-day early child care.


Good news:  We're already about 60% of the way to our goal!  Thanks to generous donations and pledges from United Way of Central Indiana, the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Fund and the Wadsworth Trust, we've already raised more than $2 million!


More good news:  The next $500,000 in donations and pledges in donations and pledges -- large and small-- will be matched by the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Fund.  That doubles the impact of your gift!

Opportunities to name rooms in the renovated building are available.

We'll be glad to meet with you about a contribution.  Please call 317-637-4312 or email bharris@hawthornecenter.org








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