The Brighter Lives Annual Campaign is an important source of funds that support capital projects, activities and programs that enhance the lives of the elders and children who are part of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. Over $1,326,250 has been contributed to Brighter Lives since 2015.

Some of the funds have been used to:

  • Support the benevolent care fund, which helps cover a portion of the cost of care for elders without the ability to pay privately and without access to other sources of funds.
  • Build a new hair salon at Maple Crest.
  • Realize significant repairs and improvements at campuses: MMH elevator and entrance signage, at Hilty Home improve sidewalk near front entrance.
  • Purchase furniture and equipment to complete renovations at Mennonite Memorial Home and Maple Crest.
  • Support special projects at the Hilty Home Preschool and Child Care
  • Purchase a new handicap accessible van for medical transport needs

“As a community partner, we feel it is very important to invest in our local community. Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio’s Brighter Lives Campaign is an extension of that vision and assists in providing quality, compassionate care to our area seniors. We thank Mennonite Home for their commitment to our community.”

–Todd Mason, President/CEO First National Bank

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Goals for 2022 total $300,000 and include the following components:

    • Recreation/craft room renovations to facilitate a return to group activities and events.
    • Nature and Nurture Golf Cart excursions to visit local areas of interest. (Art and local nature preserve and other destinations near campus.)
    • Fitness center renovation at Maple Crest to update equipment and furnishings.
  • BENEVOLENT CARE: $75,000
    • Help support MHCO to care for older adults who have outlived their resources. This is the growing gap in the real cost of care provided to residents and what Medicaid reimburses for services provided.
  • MHCO FUND: $75,000
    • Undesignated gifts are allocated to this fund. A focus is put on supporting MHCO with recovering from ongoing COVID expenses. Funds are allocated by the MHCO Board of Directors for programing and projects.
  • ENDOWMENT FUND: $45,000
    • Will grow the Endowment Fund which provides an annual 4% payout to support the Benevolent Care Fund. All undesignated tribute gifts are put into this fund.
  • OTHER: $25,000
    • Hilty Home Preschool and Child Care, Landscaping and other designated gifts.

“MHCO has a great selection of care options for elders, ranging from home health care to independent living, and nursing care.  We are pleased to partner with them and  support their work in our community.”

— George & Anita Lehman, MHCO Supporters

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As a 501 © 3 organization, all contributions to MHCO are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS. To learn more about how your planned gift can support our commitment to serving elders and children, please contact Ryan Gathard, Regional Director of Missional Advancement, (937) 683-6540.

Join the Brighter Lives Giving Fellowship

  • Fellowship Leaders ($5,000+)
    Fellowship Sustainers ($2,500-$4,999)
    Fellowship Partners ($1,000-$2,499)
    Fellowship Friends ($500-$999)
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  • Send a check:  Make it payable to MHCO and mail it to Director of Resource Development, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, OH 45817
  • If you are 70-1/2+, ask your IRA administrator about making a contribution through your required minimum distribution