TROY — Local nonprofit agencies continue to benefit from the generosity of members of Give Where You Live Miami County.

Following the Feb. 11 meeting of the charitable giving circle, Partners In Hope, 116 W. Franklin St., Troy, received $9,300 in checks and cash after members voted to support the excellent work the organization does locally. The presentation was made on Feb. 23 to Jessica Echols, executive director.

What began as a vision of community volunteers and the Troy Council of Churches in 1990 is now in its third decade of providing support to Miami County residents in times of need. Seventeen local churches, along with individuals, organizations, local foundations and the United Way, combine financial support, volunteers and other resources to help with relief, education and development programs that assist more than 800 households each year. Services include crisis intervention, Getting Ahead, Faith and Finances, the annual Christmas Shop and many other programs throughout the year. To learn more about Partners In Hope, visit

The mission of Give Where You Live Miami County is to enable a group of local residents who have the desire to support charitable organizations benefiting the Miami County. Their vision is to encourage a culture of philanthropy and generosity by providing an easier process for residents to give back locally. Members may propose specific charities to be considered and a maximum of three will be presented during each meeting. One of the three will be selected to receive the donations collected on-site. Giving back really doesn’t get much easier. The goal is to have 100 members, each donating $100 per meeting. One hundred percent of the funds collected go to the chosen 501(c)(3) organization as there are no administrative costs required to operate the charitable giving circle.

Give Where You Live welcomes new members throughout the year. Their next meeting will be from 7-8 p.m. May 12 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City. The public is welcome to attend. The giving circle will also meet Aug. 11 and Nov. 10 from 7-8 p.m. at the same location.

For more information, or to sign up as a member, visit You may email questions to