“I believe that businesses, companies and corporations can be major engines of change and progress in our society.”

This week, Vicki and Kathy chat with Rich Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute, about the nonprofit’s innovative approach to creating a culture of shared responsibility within corporations and communities alike. Topics of discussion include: why it’s important for businesses to understand and connect with their communities, why you can’t rely on data alone when measuring community impact, how the Harwood Institute enters and operates within communities, how to start creating lasting change, embracing diversity, how multinational corporations approach community outreach, Rich’s inspiration to write Stepping Forward, the state of today’s communities, and Rich’s invaluable advice to businesses that want to connect to their communities.

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Who’s Taking Care in Community this week:
Heather Gregg with Down Syndrome Indiana

Over the past few years, Heather Gregg has volunteered with Down Syndrome Indiana to create The Lucky Mama Project. The mission of The Lucky Mama Project is to provide personalized support to mothers of a new baby with or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

At 14 months pregnant with her daughter Ivy, Heather received a prenatal diagnosis. Luckily, there was a local mom who served as her mentor and guided her step-by-step through the diagnosis. Wanting to do the same for others, Heather created the Lucky Mama Project and began making and distributing care packages that include gifts, resource materials and inspiring stories to hospitals and maternal fetal medicine offices. Her hope is that by sharing this information, others can have a more positive experience. 

Thank you for taking care in your community, Heather!

Learn more about the Lucky Mama Project  by visiting www.dsindiana.org/lucky-mama-project/

Taking Care in Community is brought to you by The National Bank of Indianapolis