The summer is always a special time of year for the Hancock Wellness Centers due to our annual Your Membership Gives Back campaign. Curious what it is all about? Let us explain.
Throughout the months of July and August, when you join at any of our three Hancock Wellness Centers, a portion of your enrollment fee will go to help support the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen.
This is the third year that the Wellness Centers have rallied for this special campaign. During the inaugural year, funds raised were raised to benefit three local not-for-profits – one near each of the Wellness Center areas. The Greenfield location’s funds benefited Hancock Health Foundation’s Mental Health campaign. The McCordsville location’s funds benefited the Peyton Riekhof Foundation for Youth Hope and New Palestine’s funds benefited the Hope Center Indy off Brookville Road.
For year two of the Your Membership Gives Back campaign, all three locations decided to have all funds raised go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hancock County. Many of the members and staff of the Wellness Centers recall benefiting from the programs, events and activities at the at the local Boys and Girls Clubs and loved the idea of giving back to an organization that means so much to so many in the community. Through that year’s campaign, the Wellness Centers were able to donate $10,000.
This Year’s Hancock Wellness Center’s Your Membership Gives Back Recipient is the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen
In June 2023, the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen hit a record for meals served – 4452 meals. That is a 44% increase from June of the previous year. The need is great, neighbors, and food prices are ever increasing. The soup kitchen is ecstatic to receive the extra support and grateful for the generosity of the community.
“Often individuals do not realize, we are more than just a gym. We also are a service-based organization and part of the community,” notes Joel Hungate, Director of Hancock Well-Being and Employer Strategy. “We really enjoy rallying to support the community and working to make a difference – not just through wellness and fitness, but holistically – mind, body and soul.”
To participate in Your Membership Gives Back, all you need to do is visit one of our three Wellness Centers this summer and enroll as a new member. It’s that easy!
History of the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen
The soup kitchen was inspired by the spirit of Kenneth Butler who was once a fire chief in Greenfield. He was a man who dedicated his time to helping those in need through truck-stop ministries, prison ministries, and taking in homeless people. So, when a small group of dedicated people initiated the renovation and creation of the soup kitchen, they felt there was no better person to memorialize than Chief Butler. Remodeling of the building began in December 2008, and the kitchen opened its doors to the public on October 12, 2009. All remodeling was completed by volunteers and funded by the community.