Non-food pantry seeks support


Glenn Conn is appreciative of the support Marilyn’s Place has received, but more is needed.

Conn founded the non-food pantry in Noblesville, which was originally scheduled to open in November 2019 but was delayed by construction issues and then the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve had support from the community during these trying times and are very appreciative,” Conn said. “Up to this point, though, we have been paying all of our own expenses. I’ve been using my life’s savings to pay the rent, and so far, I have spent over $12,000 out of pocket. Both (board members) Hilary (Ricks) and Marie (Marks) have also given thousands of dollars in cash, goods and services to keep us afloat.

“Needless to say, we are in dire need of financial donations to help pay the rent and for day-to-day operations.”

The Noblesville resident said the nonprofit has received generous donations of clothing, shoes and coats.

“At this time, we are in need of toiletries and cleaning supplies, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, dish soap, baby shampoo and sunblock are just a few,” he said.

A garage sale in June raised nearly $700.

“We have recently been very fortunate to have received a donation of two more clothes racks, so we will now be able to offer even more clothing choices,” Conn said.

Marilyn’s Place was set to open in late June but the opening was delayed until recently so the racks could be filled, inventory could be taken and the computer and software systems could be set up. 

Conn said the pantry, 1106 S. 8th St., is open by appointment only, and only one family or group is allowed in at a time. Conn said face masks will be mandatory, and the store will be sanitized after every visit. Appointment will be accepted by calling 317-219-5449 or emailing [email protected].

Marilyn’s Place is seeking more volunteers to help with day-to-day operations.  

“It is an all-volunteer organization and we depend entirely on the generous support of our community for rent, utilities and other expenses,” said Conn, who named the pantry after his mother.

Conn has switched from a full-time job at Cabela’s to a part-time position of three days a week to have more time to devote to Marilyn’s Place.

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