The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Chaucie’s Place (above), this year renamed to Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide, is among more than 90 booths that annually set up to offer information and volunteer opportunities at the 10th annual Hamilton County Resource Fair 2019. This year’s Resource Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the county 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Chaucie’s Place (above), this year renamed to Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide, is among more than 90 booths that annually set up to offer information and volunteer opportunities at the 10th annual Hamilton County Resource Fair 2019. This year’s Resource Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the county 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
It’s been 10 years since Nancy Chance dreamed up a community event that would help people find resources in Hamilton County.
A decade later, the Noblesville woman is celebrating success of the event, which each year attracts more than 2,000 attendees and 100 booths featuring nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide educational information and resources.
The 10th annual Hamilton County Resource Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
And while folks could go online to Google’s search engine and find all kinds of Hamilton County resources, it’s much more efficient to visit Chance’s annual free community event, where all ages can benefit.
And where folks can talk face to face. Getting their questions answered.
Chance -- the founder and coordinator of Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County in its 39th year -- refers to the fair as a “social value to the community.”
The 1965 Noblesville High School graduate reminded me about this year’s event when she saw me at the recent NHS Alumni Banquet, where she was named 2019 Alumnus of the Year for all of her dedicated work to the community.
The fair is just one more accolade that makes Chance an achiever.
But she never wants to draw attention to herself.
“We’re just trying to get the word out so people know where their resources are,” she said.
“I’m just flabbergasted every day of how people walk into our door and say, ‘I didn't’ know Prevail was here...or Janus.”
Adults and youth will find opportunities to volunteer in the community, including how to pick up service hours for teens. Folks can learn how being a Big Brother or Big Sister can change lives. They can find out what it takes to adopt a pet at the Humane Society for Hamilton County. Or to apply for help from Habitat for Humanity. And where to donate your daughter or son’s winter coat to benefit other kids. Also, learn the benefits of joining PrimeLife Enrichment seniors organization. The criteria for the Hamilton County Energy Assistance program. How to take advantage of the Heart and Soul Clinic or the Hope Family Care Center. And where to hitch a ride on Janus Developmental Services’ Hamilton County Express.
People can find part-time job opportunities for seniors or activities for retirement.
There are health screenings, information about food pantries. The list goes on.
The booth spaces represent many food, clothing and baby pantries and social service agencies, as well as local businesses, Chance said. Exhibitors provide educational information and health resources as well as free items for visitors. Plus, door prizes will be drawn by those who complete a survey as participants of the event.
Chance said so many folks can’t believe the amount of resources that are available in our county.
“Everybody’s calling me or asking me…. People don’t have a good grasp of what’s going on in the community,” she said.
During Friday’s Resource Fair, Chance will ask guests what they would like to see added to future Fairs.
The Resource Fair, which features 80 percent nonprofits, helps our community in an effort to promote a stronger and more informed county, Chance said.
This year, she gets the word out about the Resource Fair through Good Samaritan along with partnering sponsors, Shepherd’s Center, a program for ages 55 and older, and Sodexo, a food services and facilities manage company.
She compared her Resource Fair with the Noblesville Taste of Business. But said, “Rather than tasting food, it’s communicating with people to find out what the resources are. If you like it fine, if you don’t, move to the next booth.:
Chance said the Resource Fair has taken place in March or April but thanks to feedback, she’s moved the event to May. And rather than scheduling the fair on a weekend, she chose a Friday afternoon, “because people don’t come on Saturdays,” she said. “People are busy with their families.”
Chance is just trying to “make it better every year.”
She encourages folks to stop in for a little while on Friday. “Come in an see what’s going on,” she said. “There’s something for everybody.”
For guests who don’t have time to visit all of the booths, they can take home a program that has a list of all of the participants.
Chance today is still registering exhibitors who want to be in the fair. “That’s the new norm, waiting ‘til the last minute,” hed said. Nonprofits can participate for free, while for-profit exhibitors pay a minimal registration fee of $59. To register your booth, visit www.gsnlive.org/resourcefair.

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