Helping Hands Award Looking for New Recipients

Ranj Puthran believes volunteering is a key way for communities to thrive, and he practices what he preaches. Puthran, owner of the Ranj Puthran Allstate Insurance Agency, devotes much of his time and resources to giving back to the Carmel community. He wants to encourage and recognize others who are striving to better the community, too.

February 2017

Writer / Rebecca Wood

Puthran started the Helping Hands Award in 2014. The award is given to individuals or groups who are making a difference in the lives of those in the Carmel community. Award winners are selected monthly. Winners will receive recognition in the Carmel Monthly and a certificate signifying the award.

Ranj’s family

Working with charitable and community organizations is important to Puthran. He has actively served with Meals on Wheels, the Carmel Rotary Club, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, and the Carmel Clay Public Library. In 2013, Puthran was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the Carmel Clay Chamber of Commerce. This award motivated Puthran to encourage and recognize others who give back to the community.

Bec Hunter won the Helping Hands Award in November 2015. Hunter organizes the annual IU Health North Hospital pumpkin patch event. Proceeds from the event are donated to Riley Hospital. “Sometimes, when you feel like what you do goes unnoticed or unappreciated…suddenly an unexpected surprise like this award reminds you that you must be doing something right to help benefit others,” says Hunter. “Thanks (to the award) for the boost that we all need from time to time to keep us interested in the work we do for others in our community.”

Sylvia Kemp received the Helping Hands award in 2014 for her fundraising efforts with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. “It made me realize that Sylvia Kemppeople pay attention and care. It shows that I am not alone,” says Kemp. She was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago and refers to herself as a “tenacious and dedicated fundraiser.” She and her MS team have raised $77,000 within the last year to stop the disease and find a cure. Kemp says that those diagnosed with MS can feel alone and hopes this award provides some hope for those battling the disease.

Carmel residents are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups from the community for the award. Nominations can be submitted via facebook.com/Ranjputhranhelpinghands and ranjitputhran@allstate.com. From the online

nominations, a panel compromised of Allstate Agency team members will select the monthly award winner.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Helping Hands Award. Carmel Monthly encourages nominations of individuals working selflessly to improve the lives of those within the Carmel community. We are proud to partner with the Ranj Puthran Allstate Insurance Agency in its long-running efforts to recognize and encourage volunteerism in Hamilton County.

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