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Project Change helps the needy

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Nicole Rodgers
Earlier this year while at Forest Park with her children, a man approached Nicole Rodgers.

The man asked her if she had anything to eat.

Rodgers was stunned.

But she has decided to do something about it.

Rodgers created Project Change, a group of people who help the homeless and less fortunate in Clay County.

Rodgers said the group distributes everything from food, blankets, clothes, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more to those in need.

She started the group about one month ago.

"(It was established) to help the homeless and needy in our community," Rodgers said. "Any basic need they need and call us for, we take it to them."

All the items are paid for through donations Project Change receives from members of the community.

For example, Rodgers said she recently received a call from a nine-month pregnant woman who said she had no food.

When Rodgers arrived at the woman's home, all she had was a mattress on the floor and a crib for the soon-to-arrive baby.

Rodgers immediately went to work, collecting donations for the woman.

"We hooked her up for everything she needed for the first six months of the baby's life," she said. "A lot of young moms call us for baby clothes."

Rodgers said after donations are collected, the group delivers them to residents in need.

"We still get calls all the time," Rodgers said. "We have been getting donations through word of mouth."

In addition, Rodgers said she has gone to several churches to promote the program and has placed fliers strategically throughout Brazil for those in need. She also said a private donator recently sent the group 14 boxes of men's clothing.

Currently, the group receives private donations only.

"Our motto is, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself,'" Rodgers said. "There is a huge need. Everybody wants to ignore the poor in our community. There's a huge need in this community. People want to ignore them instead of reaching out.

"Anybody should stop and think, 'I could be one step away from being any of these people.'"

For more information, contact Rodgers at 812-391-1602.

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This sounds like a wonderful project. I'm going to see what I can give to help those in need. May God Bless the community of Brazil, IN. (my home town) GOD BLESS AMERICA!

-- Posted by To God be the Glory on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 9:34 AM

This sounds like a wonderful project. I'm going to see what I can give to help those in need. May God Bless the community of Brazil, IN. (my home town) GOD BLESS AMERICA!

-- Posted by To God be the Glory on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 9:35 AM

What a great program! And kudos to Nicole for her initiative to start such a wonderful thing! We always donate anything left over from our yard sales to a church or other organization. I believe this year, we will help Project Change :) Keep up the awesome work!

-- Posted by SMEEBS on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 9:44 AM

Great job and I wish you all the best.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 10:52 AM

Clearly Rodger's heart is in the right place. A wonderful thing to do. If you want to expand and accept donations, etc you might consider partnering with one of the many organizations already involved in this kind of benevolence. You really might be suprised at how many organizations are overlapping each other and how many services are duplicated and duplicated. At times these will compete not only with other organizations for the same recipients, but even compete with family and friends who are assisting. Coordination in our county is growing more and if you are interested in joining there are ways to become more involved.

-- Posted by coordinationhelpsmorefamilies on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 10:44 AM

i would like to become involved in a program like this, love helping any way i can. the phone number listed in the article is a wrong number.

-- Posted by Ninesy on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 6:53 PM

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