Second Helpings: Providing Daily Food & Lifelong Job Skills
The Glicks’ support of Second Helpings dates to almost the beginning of the food rescue organization. Gene and Marilyn made their first donation to Second Helpings in 1999, a little more than a year after the nonprofit was launched. In total, Glick Philanthropies has provided over $1.25M to Second Helpings.
Second Helpings rescues both prepared and perishable food. Thorough partnerships with wholesalers, retailers and restaurants throughout Greater Indianapolis, Second Helpings provides more than 4,000 nutritious meals every day for approximately 100 other nonprofit organizations. It was this collaborativecommunity approach that first attracted the Glick family to the organization. The Glicks felt that the most impactful change is often the result of many people and organizations pooling resources together.
Like many of their other grants or gifts, the Glicks’ first donation to Second Helpings was so much more than a financial contribution. “Their gift gave us credibility in the community,” says Jennifer Vigran, CEO, Second Helpings. “It was like someone standing up and saying, ‘This organization is important to our community and should be important to you, too.’”
In addition to the initial donation, Gene —like he had done many times before —established a five-year, $50,000 building maintenance fund. This ensured the survival of Second Helpings in the early years and provided a good operational fund for the organization to thrive. At that time, the Second Helpings building became known as the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Center.
“When our building was renamed the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Center, it was like leaving breadcrumbs for future generations,” Vigran says. “It was a visible reminder to their family and the community about the things they thought were important.”