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How It Began

Empowering Indy is a nonprofit that was developed as a response to the tremendous growth of the annual charity event, The Christmas Experience. The Christmas Experience began in 2010 after becoming aware that many families were struggling to provide Christmas for their families at home. That year, 24 children and their families received support. 

Over the years, the event has grown consistently. Word has spread through the east and southeast communities of Indianapolis to the point where the Christmas Experience team no longer has to seek out families to invite – families in need are now referred to the organization and go through a vetting process to verify and confirm their need. Guests of the Christmas Experience receive free shoes and toys, access to a food pantry and additional resources such as local community centers and child support services. In 2023, 290 families and 987 children were guests of the Christmas Experience, and approximately $50,000 worth of merchandise was “sold” at no charge to these families.

  • Our Mission

    Empowering Indy supports families in central Indiana by connecting them to valuable resources.

  • Our Vision

    Our vision is to empower families to be better equipped to strengthen their community.

  • Diversity & Inclusion

    We are committed to creating and developing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion by understanding that every family is valued and supported.  Our team is committed to ensuring that all families have equitable access to every resource that will assist them in breaking down financial barriers in order to accomplish their goals.

  • Statement Of Faith

    Empowering Indy, Inc. is a faith-based organization dedicated to reaching Indianapolis families by aligning our mission with the inspired and infallible Word of God (Matthew 25:34-46).

    We believe in being the hands and feet of Jesus to empower families to be more successful.

    We believe that lives are transformed by experiencing the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we aim to share the love of Christ with families by providing them with opportunities to feel His love while meeting their tangible needs (Mark 10:45, Acts 20:28).

Leadership Team

The Empowering Indy team is made up of countless volunteers and community members who are passionate about serving Indianapolis families in need. Because our team is ever-growing and changing, it's simply not possible to recognize each individual who contributes to the success of our program each and every year. If you have questions or would like to make a contribution to Empowering Indy, we encourage and welcome you to get in touch with us!​
Thank you for your continued support.

Jamie Inskeep Founder | Director Of Operations Jamie started the organization 12 years ago as a way to stand in the gap for parents that weren't able to provide Christmas presents to their kids. Jamie is passionate about providing families with helpful resources and empowering them to overcome obstacles to provide for their families.
Jamie Inskeep Founder | Director Of Operations
Heather Winkle Senior Guest Coordinator (Christmas Experience) Heather serves as the Senior Guest Coordinator for the Christmas Experience.  During the 9 years she has been a part of the organization she has served in many capacities, but providing exceptional support to the guests is her greatest contribution.  She is passionate about the Christmas Experience because it has provided her with a great sense of purpose by serving those around her.
Heather Winkle Senior Guest Coordinator (Christmas Experience)