Horizon Bank has awarded United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties a $5,000 grant to be used for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“We want to thank Horizon Bank for generously donating $5,000 to the United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund will allow United Way to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need and working with unexpected expenses related to COVID-19.”- Abbie Smith, President and CEO of United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties.

“As a corporate citizen, Horizon Bank has a responsibility to assist in the growth and prosperity of our communities– not only through economic development, but also as a leader in corporate citizenship, volunteerism and fulfilling unmet needs of the community. We know our families are struggling right now with unplanned business closures and expenses and we feel called to help.”- John Marley VP, Sr. Commercial Loan Officer Horizon Bank.

As the pandemic unfolds, United Way is partnering with nonprofits, government, businesses, churches, and community volunteers to make sure supports are in place, to help struggling families who are being hit the hardest right now.

“United Way has a history in Howard and Tipton Counties of stepping up when our citizens are in need. We know right now our most vulnerable citizens are even more at risk with business closures and unplanned expenses. We want to do everything possible to ensure our hardest hit families come through this pandemic.” Rex Ambrose, United Way Serving Howard and Tipton Counties Board Chair.

Nearly one-fourth of the households are ALICE, Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed – a term United Way uses to describe the demographic they serve. These households make just a little too much to qualify for public assistance, but not enough to fully meet their basic budget – let alone set aside any savings for a safety net when crises hit.

Smith says “We know these challenges can feel overwhelming. If you are in need of assistance, please call 765-457-HELP or text ACCESS to 85511.”

Donations can be made securely at unitedwayhoco.org, by calling 765-457-HELP (4357) or by mailing a check to 210 W Walnut St, Kokomo, IN 46901.

About United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties
United Way of Howard and Tipton Counties fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Using community input, the non-profit crafts local impact plans that work to end generational poverty. In Howard and Tipton counties, United Way is working to put children on a pathway out of poverty with the #75in5 initiative, with the goal of having 75% of children ready to learn by Kindergarten. Learn more at UnitedWayHoCo.org

About Horizon Bancorp, Inc.
Horizon Bank has pledged $250,000 in aid for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are being allocated across several not-for-profit groups who are working to assist affected individuals in the communities we serve in the States of Indiana and Michigan. Horizon Bank, Inc. is an independent, commercial bank holding company serving Indiana and Michigan through its commercial banking subsidiary, Horizon Bank. Horizon Bank may be reached online at www.horizonbank.com. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol HBNC.