Non-profit organizations, largely composed of leaders from the community, provide many services. For example the
- Buffalo-Duck Resource Conservation and Development Council works with leaders from four counties, Hickman, Lewis, Perry, and Wayne, to conserve natural resources while emphasizing the development of community resources. The Council has taken major leadership roles in providing professional-quality training on tourism to people and businesses in the four-county area.
- The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce actively promotes businesses and the networking of business leaders.
- The Grinders Switch Foundation promotes the cultural arts of the region, and takes a leadership role in converting the Old County Courthouse in Centerville into a cultural arts center.
- The Humane Society fosters hundreds of stray dogs and cats, carrys out a robust spay/neuter program, and finds homes for adoptable pets.
- The Industrial Development Board plays a critical role in developing and offering business and industrial sites for businesses that seek rapid assistance in locating their facilities here. The Board is also the mechanism that the county must use to offer tax incentives to businesses as enticements to locate or expand here.
- Vision Hickman, the Hickman County Economic and Community Development Association, is a state-mandated organization that is the conduit for the delivery of assistance in economic development, including support in recruiting new businesses to the county and supporting the expansion of existing businesses. The funding of state grants to the county and city is contingent upon the support of those governing boards for Vision Hickman.
- Women Are Safe is a shelter for abused women and children that serves a four-county region.