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Volunteer of the Year

Old National Names 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Ken Ritchie, Bloomington, Ind.

Curiosity is what drew Ken Ritchie to the New Hope Family Shelter in his hometown of Bloomington, Ind. back in 2011. His passion for helping those in need is what led him to become one of the organization’s most dedicated and tireless volunteers.

“I was on my way to work when I saw some people doing rehab on an old house,” Ritchie recalls. “I wanted to see what it was all about.”

A corporate relationship manager for Old National and the company’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Ritchie discovered a group of people who were dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness. “I knew right away that New Hope Family Shelter
would be a good fit for me, and that I could help make a difference,” he said.

Ritchie has been a board member for New Hope since the doors opened in 2011. In just over three years, the organization has assisted 62 families, providing a total of 12,000 nights of shelter. Making Bloomington a better place

Ritchie is also a 14-year member of the Monroe County Board of Aviation Commissioners, and a volunteer with the “Real Men Read” program at Rogers School in Bloomington. All totaled, he donated more than 400 volunteer hours in 2014.

Emily Pike, director of Children’s Programming for New Hope, said, “Without Ken Ritchie, the work we do would not be possible.” Old National President and CEO Bob Jones said Ritchie epitomizes Old National’s commitment to strengthening lives and impacting communities. “His community, today, is a far better place because he is there,” Jones said.


Read about our former Volunteers of the Year.