Golden Hoosier Award
Dave Withey, founder of NeighborLink Indianapolis, was honored with the prestigious Golden Hoosier Award September 15, 2021. The Golden Hoosier Award has been awarded to Hoosiers who are being recognized for a lifetime of community service and commitment to serving others. The award ceremony was hosted by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch The Division of Aging, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Indiana History Center AARP Indiana. Dave was one of 21 recipients and we couldn’t be more proud of him.
Dave’s excerpt within the program is below:
Dave Withey, Indianapolis (Marion County) Nominated by Ellen Whitt In 2007, Dave Withey retired after a 27-year career in information technology to follow a calling that put his handyman skills to work by helping low-income senior homeowners with minor home repairs. He saw a need and worked to meet that need.
After a number of years doing this work solo, Dave realized many more seniors could be helped if an organization were formed to attract other volunteers to assist and to raise needed funds for materials, etc. He then led an effort to establish a non-profit entity that created greater structure and capacity to serve more low-income seniors and those with disabilities. The organization is called NeighborLink Indianapolis. It has grown and developed many partnerships since its inception (i.e., CICOA, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic). While several paid staff have been added in the last two years, Dave continues to serve as executive director on a strictly volunteer basis.
NeighborLink Indianapolis and Dave Withey have one mission, and that is to help individuals with disabilities and senior homeowners in need to age in place safely and with dignity.
Congratulations, Dave. This is a well deserved honor!