Huntington County HELP mission is to aid people with disabilities

Huntington County HELP is a not-for-profit foundation established to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities.

It began life as a part of the national Easter Seals organizations, but became independent of that organization some 25 years ago so that its funds could be used solely for Huntington County residents.

Over the years, HELP has provided hundreds of individuals with ramps, wheelchairs, hearing aids, lifeline systems, rehabilitative equipment and tuition to special camps. The organization has also assisted with handicap accessible transportation and remodeling projects to provide handicap access.

It has funded programs offered by other organizations serving those with disabilities, including summer speech therapy for children, the therapy pool and Miracle League baseball program at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, a remodeling project at the Andrews Public Library designed to provide handicap accessibility, a tutor at the Boys & Girls Club for students with disabilities and projects at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.

In addition, Huntington County HELP offers approximately $15,000 in scholarships annually to students pursuing careers in helping fields and to students with disabilities who are pursuing a post-high school education.

Individuals and organizations can request assistance through Huntington County HELP by contacting Paula Garrett at 358-0644 or 224-3119.