Poverty in Morgan County
You Can Make a Difference


Nearly 7,500 residents of Morgan County live in poverty, 3,000 of which are children. More than ten percent of the population of Morgan County; significantly higher than the poverty rates in surrounding rural counties.

For those who are living in poverty, rural areas pose a series of seemingly inescapable problems, as living in rural areas can severely limit access to the programs and services that are intended to support those in need. These limitations include poor access to transportation and broadband services, long distances to food distribution centers, government and non-government agencies, limited access to healthcare, mental health, child welfare and family services, as well as fewer job opportunities. For the rural elderly and single-parent households living in poverty, poor transportation and long distances may even be insurmountable barriers cutting off government and non-government support.

Consequently, escaping the cycle of poverty in rural areas can be more challenging, with the economic and social restrictions listed above. Rural communities are thus at risk of longer-lasting or persistent poverty and slow recovery.


Making a Difference  

To create an environment where individuals can escape poverty and where families and businesses can thrive, community leaders in rural areas must look for ways to reduce or compensate for these limitations through broad initiatives that emphasize education and job creation, but also hands-on, very specific measures and strategies that will help people meet basic needs.


How the CFMC is Making a Difference

Stronger Together - Community Foundation of Morgan County

Impact Grant Making

Since 2000, the Community Foundation of Morgan County's annual impact grant making program that has provided outright support and matched grants to a number of non-profit organizations serving our community.

Funds to Support Community Organizations

The Community Foundation manages approximately 180 funds for local non-profits and community groups. These funds support a variety of charitable works throughout Morgan County, and the world. For many groups, the CFMC provides non-profit administrative work they may not have otherwise had access to themselves. These services include, professional bookkeeping, an annual audit of all funds under our umbrella, the use of our 501(c) 3 status, as well as many other invaluable resources and connections.

The list of community organizations we support includes, but is not limited to:

To learn more about the wide variety of organizations and programs we support visit our Funds Landing Page. Here you will find drop down menus that will allow you to explore our funds.

Additionally, if you are interested in beginning your own fund you may wish to visit the How to Create a Fund Page or email Chris Oganowski, Director of Major Gift Planning.

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How You Can Help  


Items Needed: Food Pantries, Shelters & Assistance
  • Teenager’s gifts
  • Socks
  • Gloves for teens & adults
  • Warm Clothing
  • Canned Food
  • Dry Goods
  • Condiments
  • Cake Mixes
  • Boxed Stuffing
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Products
  • Office Supplies
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Pull-ups
  • Hygiene Items
  • Hand Soap
  • Over the Counter Medicine
  • Twin Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

Churches in Mission
(765) 341-6652
210 W. Morgan Street
Martinsville, IN 46151

(317) 831-3987
27 South Indiana Street
Mooresville, IN  46158

Desert Rose
(765) 342-1777

First Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry
(765) 342-2269
1609 John R Wooden Drive
Martinsville , IN 46151

Manna Mission
(765) 318-3212
65 West Morgan Street
Martinsville, IN 46151

Stability First - Lynay Center
(765) 318-5901
210 West Morgan Street
Martinsville, IN 46151

Wellspring Center
(765) 342-6661
301 West Harrison Street
Martinsville, IN. 46151




Items Needed: Animal Shelters
  • Cat + Dog Food
  • Paper Towel / Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Newspapers
  • Dog / Cat Treats + Toys
  • Top Loading Cat Carriers
  • Pet Carriers
  • Beds + Blankets
  • Food + Water Bowls
  • Laundry Soap
  • Cheese Whiz + Hotdogs
  • Non-Clumping Cat Litter
  • Scratching Posts
  • Harnesses + Collars
  • Children’s Plastic Sand Pails
  • Big Floor Squeegees
  • Bags + Fanny Packs
  • 40+ Gallon Construction Bags
  • 8 Gallon Trash Bags

Morgan County Humane Society
(765) 349-9177
690 West Mitchell Avenue
Martinsville, IN 46151


Poverty Statistics  
  • 18% of children in Morgan County live in poverty.CFMC - Two Hands Quote
  • 33% of students in Morgan County public schools receive free lunch, another 8% receive reduced lunches.
    • 50% of students attending the MSD Martinsville Schools
    • 42% of students attending the Eminence Community School Corporation
    • 39% of students attending the Mooresville School Corporation
    • 35% of students attending the Monroe-Gregg School District
  • 25% of adults who receive food assistance work either full or part-time, and
    33% of clients* reported being their household's main source of income.
  • 57% of clients* have unpaid medical or hospital bills.
  • 37% of households receive SNAP (food stamps) benefits.
  • 91% of social service benefits go to households with income at or below the poverty line.
  • The number of people served each year by food banks increased nearly 46% between 2006 and 2010, and it has not abated.


  • Nationwide, 10.4 million individuals remain unemployed.
  • 38% of those who are unemployed have been so for more than 6 months.
  • Nearly 8 million people work part-time, because they are unable to find full-time work.
  • There are 3 job seekers to every job opening.


A renter in Indiana has to earn $14.31 an hour to afford a two-bedroom place at a fair-market rate, according to the annual report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. (NILHC)

A renter in Indiana has to earn $14.31 an hour to afford a two-bedroom place at a fair-market rate, according to the annual report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. (NILHC)

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 TitleOwnerCategoryLast UpdatedSize (Kb) 
Economic Stability Scale Community FoundationPDF1/24/2017 838.00 Download
Morgan County Resource Guide Community FoundationPDF12/15/2016 121.07 Download
Morgan County System of Care Community Resource Guide Community FoundationPDF12/15/2016 163.89 Download
Volunteer Community FoundationPDF1/24/2017 503.48 Download
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