For the past three years, a generous donation by one individual has inspired generous donations by many.
For the fourth consecutive year, Noblesville resident George Kristo has vowed to match donations given to Janus Developmental Services during its Giving Tuesday campaign.
Janus, a Noblesville-based nonprofit, provides resources for those with developmental disabilities and their families. For the past several years, it has participated in Giving Tuesday, a worldwide initiative that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday and encourages people to donate to a cause.
“George Kristo is a kind, humble man with a big heart for serving others. He loves our clients and enjoys supporting the programs that enable them to succeed,” said Debbie Laird, senior vice president of development at Janus. “
Laird said Giving Tuesday donations help to fund a variety of services and programs, one of which involves Community Integration Experiences for Janus clients.
“This program provides visits to places like museums, art exhibits, restaurants, the library, the state fair and sporting activities, such as bowling, etc.,” she said. “These experiences provide our clients with varied social activities that teach life skills and increase self-confidence.”
Last year, with Kristo’s match, Janus collected $43,955 on Giving Tuesday. Laird said this year’s goal is $25,000 in donations for a total of $50,000 after Kristo’s match.
“Fundraising plays a vital role in the success of Janus programs and services,” Laird said. “With government cuts in funding, it is imperative we secure other sources of income to continue to provide life-changing programs and services for adults with disabilities. Our mission is to provide these adults with opportunities to participate and contribute in the community.
“We continually look for new areas where our clients can earn income, volunteer and live successful lives in our community.”
To donate to Janus, visit janus-inc.org and click the Donate button, or mail donations to Janus Developmental Services, 1555 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, IN 46062.