Project Spotlight Nominees - Kosciusko County
4-H - The 4-H program annually serves youth with ages from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 4-H'ers can participate in Area, State and National trips and workshops. These different levels of 4-H allow youth to learn about career opportunities, develop leadership skills, and make new friends.
Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County - The Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County ("AWL") is raising funds for a capital campaign. We have placed many Grace interns at their facility and provided them with great marketing, IT, and business experience. We have improved the health of the animals in their care with their "Four on the Floor" program that gets animals shots and health checks as soon as they come into the facility (adopting out healthy animals). Our organization has a "Running Buddies" program that allows the big animals to become calm and serene by getting much needed exercise - and providing the runner with someone to run with! Also, we take our animals out to nursing homes for those residents who had to leave beloved pets behind. Another place we take animals is to the elementary schools to teach proper care and grooming. However, we are in desperate need of a larger shelter more appropriate for their growing needs. We pride ourselves in having one of the highest adoption rates in Indiana and lowest euthanization rates. Our organization accomplish this by getting more animals in front of people at events and marketing the animals. We started a Hope Fund to pay for large veterinary bills. We do a great job of using the funds and donations on items that matter and do the most good.
Community Closet- Warsaw First United Methodist Church - Community Closet provides personal care items and household items that cannot be purchased with food stamps for those families in need from communities of Kosciusko County. With the exception of the first Wednesday of each month, the Closet is open on most Wednesdays throughout the year. Items provided include toilet tissue, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bath soap, deoderant, laundry detergent, dish soap, disposable diapers, baby wipes. We would appreciate your vote to help our funding!
Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI) - The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in northeast Indiana. Today, DSANI represents people with Down syndrome and their families in the eleven counties surrounding Fort Wayne, Indiana, maintains a database of over 600 supporters, and provides support and resources to more than 170 member families and professionals, including: member email alerts, a quarterly newsletter, an Annual Report, special events (Tin Caps games, Komets, Mad Ants, Zoo Outing, and more coming every year), annual holiday parties, the Infant – Toddler Playgroup (Birth to age 5), Buddy Club Activites (ages 6-12), the Friendship Club (ages 13-21), activities for Self Advocates (22 and over), access to Camp Red Cedar, Educational Seminars, the D.A.D.S. group to fathers of individuals with Down syndrome, advocacy on public policy that affects individuals with Down syndrome, and outreach to new and expectant parents.
Heartline Pregnancy Center - Heartline Pregnancy Center has been serving the greater Warsaw area since 1985 with those who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. We have recently partnered with NCIRTL and are working on purchasing a mobile pregnancy center, an ICU Mobile Unit. This will serve Kosciusko, Whitley, and Fulton counties! The total cost for the project is $153,000. Every little bit helps!
Isaiah 11 Ministry - Isaiah 11 is a 501 (c) 3 which provides counseling, tutoring and various groups for children, individual adults, couples and families regardless of their ability to pay. Isaiah 11 also offers safe refuge for neglected and abused domestic and farm animals. The people crucial to our program not only do counseling and helps animals, but make a difference in one's lives. We have a fun group for boys and girls that between 5-7 receive dinner, a educational lesson, play a game and/or craft. The kids also enjoy helping to feed and put the horses away in the evening. Our staff go to different schools with meetings for clients that are having issues at school. Isaiah 11 Ministry is such a great organization that provides help in a variety of ways.
Kosciusko Literacy Services - Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow Children's Book Club is an on-going program addressing the lack of basic skills low-income children have when entering the school system. The Read to Grow Children's Book Club provides one book a month to each registered, preschool child who is living at or below the 150% of the poverty level. The enrollment averages over 525 children each month. By placing the books in the home, Kosciusko Literacy Services addresses one of the main reasons children have low skills when entering school—the lack of reading material in the home. The parents sign an agreement to read regularly to their child. Reading to a young child helps the child’s brain to develop language and reading skills. This program helps the child have the necessary skills to be ready for school and to continue learning. In addition to the child’s brain being stimulated and the books being available on a daily basis, an indirect outcome of this program is that the bond between parent and child is enhanced during the quality interaction of reading stories. Stronger families and improved educational capacity of the child will build stronger and more productive communities. This program has proven, positive results in Kosciusko County.
LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center - LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center has as its core belief that they will not turn anyone away due to financial constraints that needs counseling. LifeTouch also partners with other organizations in the county to fulfill our mission of "Helping People Return to Joy". The staff at LifeTouch is blessed to serve people in this area as well as people around the world. In January, the staff traveled to Tanzania and a trip to Guatemala is planned for this summer. On these trips, the staff is able to minister through teaching and other types of ministry to reach the lost and hurting people in other countries.
Little Lambs Preschool/Daycare Ministry, Inc. - Little Lambs is a religious ministry that operates a non-denominational daycare and preschool for the Kosciusko County area. The daycare and preschool are housed within the Calvary United Methodist Church located on 801 South Huntington Street in Syracuse, Indiana. Little Lambs is not affiliated with or financially dependent upon said congregation. Little Lambs strives to provide working families with affordable and quality daycare and the option of a Christian-based preschool education. Our current playground improvement project cost is $10,000 (with $5000 raised) and our ongoing financial assistance program provides full scholarships of $1200 and half tuition scholarships of $600 to preschoolers. We also assist single parents with a 30% reduction in their fees. Every year we provide at least two scholarships for preschool, and at this time we have three single parents receiving reduced fees.
Magical Meadows - Magical Meadows is a therapeutic horseback riding center for children and adults with special needs. The Magical Meadows was founded by Tammy Stackhouse when she realized a need in Kosciusko county for equine assisted therapy. With it's humble beginnings with just one horse and one rider, the center has grown to serve nearly 100 riders and hopes to continue to grow to provide therapeutic horseback riding to those in Kosciusko county to those with "different abilities". Therapeutic horseback riding helps to improve balance, and develop or increase self-esteem, and many other benefits.
The Beaman Home - The Beaman Home is a domestic violence non-profit serving Kosciusko, Fulton, and Marshall counties in Northern Indiana for over 25 years. Our agency provides essential services to domestic violence victims and their children. We empower them to live with dignity while helping to break the cycle of violence. We do this by providing a safe haven, along with support services, while partnering with and educating the community. We are gearing up to move into a new facility at the end of the year where we will go from having 13 permanent beds to 42 beds to better serve our community. We could not do this without the communities support!
Tippecanoe Valley - Rachel's Challenge - The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is seeking funding to bring "Rachel's Challenge" to its schools and the community at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. "Rachel's Challenge" is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel School who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. The "Rachel's Challenge" programs are designed to liberate the inner desire to treat others with kindness and respect.