At Shelby Materials, giving back to our local communities is an important part of our company’s mission. One way that we’re helping to spread awareness and raise funds for our community partners at the Giving Hope Foundation is with our custom Giving Hope truck. This brightly colored ready mix concrete truck really catches peoples’ eyes as it delivers materials to commercial and residential projects across Central Indiana. Today, we’re sharing more about the Giving Hope Foundation and how you can help support their efforts too.
Starting the Giving Hope Foundation
“The Giving Hope Foundation was established to bring hope and support back to families that are in need,” explains Joe Shetterley, the organization’s president and founder. “The goal of the Foundation is to build these wellness centers in each community so that we can provide respite care services and other services for the families.”
The vision for what families will experience at a Giving Family Hope Center includes comprehensive medical services, technology-enabled research, whole family fitness, recreation, and workspaces, collaborative behavioral health services, a lifelong community of peers for the whole family, inspiring community engagement, respite offerings and innovative work-life opportunities. The foundation is currently in the process of raising funds to build its first center in the Pendleton-Lapel area.
Shelby’s connection to Giving Hope
Dustin Hartman, Director of Sales at Shelby Materials, serves as a member of the board for the Giving Hope Foundation. He says, “Joe Shetterley was a long-time customer of mine, and we developed a good relationship over the years.” When Shetterley began the organization to help his daughter with autism, as well as other families, Shelby Materials recognized the huge benefit that it could provide to our local communities and wanted to get involved.
Shetterley is also the Founder and CEO of Specification Products in Noblesville, which manufactures a revolutionary concrete curing technology called E5. This admixture offers a more sustainable method of finishing concrete, improving our community’s carbon footprint and reducing construction timelines. Shetterley donates a majority of proceeds from the sale of E5 back to the Giving Hope Foundation.
Creating the Giving Hope truck
When it came down to the appearance of the truck, members of the Giving Hope team designed the look, and Shelby worked with a local vendor of personalized truck wraps to produce and install the custom wrap on one of our ready mix concrete trucks. As for the ultimate goal for the Giving Hope truck, “spreading awareness is really what we strive for,” said Hartman. “To help give awareness to the foundation as well as to individuals with certain needs and disabilities.”
With the amount of driving that ready mix drivers do in a day, these trucks get a lot of miles and a lot of views from local residents, making them a prime way to spread awareness for organizations that align with Shelby’s commitment to serving Central Indiana communities. “We have a couple of trucks with different wraps on the drum,” said Hartman. “We haven’t done very many but when we feel like it’s a good cause, we look into doing something like that.”
A spirit of volunteering at Shelby
In addition to spreading awareness for the Giving Hope Foundation, Shelby Materials staff have also donated time and hours to organizations like the John Purdue Club, Blue River Community Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, Shepherd Community Center, Boys & Girls Club, American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army and American Heart Association. The team has previously partnered with projects like the Million Meal Movement by volunteering to pack meal bags and delivered meals for Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County for Giving Tuesday.
How you can help
Spreading awareness or making a donation to the Giving Hope foundation is a great way that you can help get their first Giving Family Hope Center built. As Hartman explains, “The COVID-19 pandemic has really hurt with the awareness and getting people involved.” If you have more questions about how to help, you can contact Giving Hope or Shelby Materials to learn more today!