“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett
It’s 2008 and the United States is on the precipice of a major financial crisis. Journalists paint a grim picture as long-standing financial institutions fail resulting in a Wall Street crisis. It is clear that with an impending economic shutdown, nonprofits must think outside of the box to ensure their survival.
Charitable organizations are the lifeblood of a community. These businesses are charged with such tasks as feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, securing our neighborhoods and keeping children engaged and on the right path to future success, to name a few.
One such organization, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, recognized its need for sustainability in a very unstable world and the collective importance nonprofit organizations have within a community. Combining these two ideas gave way to the vision for the Sol Center.
The Sol Center is place where nonprofits learn and grow together in a collaborative community that offers affordable space to ensure organizations’ can focus on expanding their mission instead of focusing on paying their rent. For Meals on Wheels, the Sol Center also means economic sustainability.
The Sol Center journey has been paved with good fortune as a local historic building in downtown Indianapolis became available for purchase in 2011. This 20,000 square foot building offered the space needed to accommodate six nonprofit organizations. It also featured 11,000 square feet of common space to provide its residents a space to grow their volunteer base and train their members. In addition, the common space could be utilized by other local nonprofits for the purpose of education.
Today, the Sol Center is 100% occupied by six outstanding nonprofits fulfilling Meals on Wheels initial goals.
Now our momentum is building toward phase two of this pilot project for community collaboration and sustainability as we embark on a campaign to raise funds necessary to expand programs and improve the infrastructure so that Sol Center residents have the building amenities they need to grow and prosper.
You can be a part of this revolutionary project by donating to the Sol Center. Go to the donate page and give whatever amount you are comfortable with. Every dollar will help us maintain a better quality of life for the community in which we live.