Allen County Angels – Allen County Angels is a Facebook group that links caring, empathetic, helpful citizens together in various avenues to better the lives of those in our community. We have Allen County Snow Angels where we link up volunteers with elderly and disabled citizens in need of help snow shoveling driveways and sidewalks. Over 175 people were helped this past season thanks to volunteers with the Allen County Snow Angels. We hold an annual Allen County Angels Stocking Stuffer Giveaway each year before Christmas. This year we helped 200 children in our community, whose families were in financial crisis, receive toys and stocking stuffers. We also hold an annual Allen County Angels Easter Giveaway helping families in need provide Easter Baskets for their children. This year we are currently making over 70 Easter Baskets packed with candy and toys. We are the home of Re-Bible a ministry that collects new and used bibles to distribute to those in need of bibles in our community. Re-Bible has distributed 230 bibles and bags of assorted Christian literature to our city’s homeless community and others in need since the ministry began. We have Allen County Guardian Angels who network with local homeless ministries helping to raise awareness, funds, volunteerism, and items for the homeless in Allen County. We also advocate for the rights and wellbeing of our cities homeless. We have distributed clothing, candles, sleeping bags, food, medicine, and various resources to the homeless. Our newest project is Growing Blessings. A Facebook group linking experienced gardeners with beginning gardeners. It is a place for those who garden to not only share knowledge and help encourage beginners but a place to share excess fruit and vegetables at harvest time. Not to mention seeds, gardening supplies and plants. Allen County Angels would greatly appreciate any and all funding and donations as it would help us achieve our ultimate goal of restoring faith in mankind and bettering our community through bettering the lives of those who live in our community. Thank you!
Allen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – Volunteers from local CASA programs in Indiana advocated for 16,374 abused and neglected children in 2013 with over 431,451 volunteer hours. Sadly at the beginning of 2014, there were still 2,987 children on a waiting list for a CASA volunteer in Indiana. Right here in our community, the Allen County CASA Program supported volunteers to work with over 380 children in 2014, with many remarkable success stories. Approximately 144 volunteer advocates served these vulnerable children in 2014, but there is a tremendous need for additional volunteers. Allen County CASA Program recruits, trains and supports CASA volunteers as advocates to get to know the abused or neglected child and determine their needs and recommend what is in the child’s best interest. The CASA volunteer communicates this information about the child to the court so the child’s voice can be heard and so the child does not become “lost” in the system. The CASA volunteer helps the child to understand what is going on in the case and provides a friendly face, support, stability, and consistency for the child during legal proceedings amidst a sea of unfamiliar people – including police, doctors, child welfare workers, and lawyers. By presenting the best interests of abused and neglected children to the court, advocates help judges to make better informed and timelier decisions about children so they can be returned home or placed in a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. In addition to speaking for the child in court, CASA volunteers assist children in other ways to recover from the situations that placed them in foster care – providing encouragement and support to enable them to lead healthy, productive lives. Advocates serve as role models to children who often have no one else to turn to. For example, many advocates assist with educational needs, encourage career interests, and develop meaningful relationships with their assigned children that have a lifelong impact on both the children and the volunteer.
American Sewing Guild Fort Wayne Chapter – We strive to help our community with sewing projects that will benefit others. Here is list of current projects that our chapter members work on year round. Chemo Hats–Cancer Services Riley Gowns–Riley Children’s Hospital Fleece Hats & Glove sets– for area food pantries Pillowcases–Erin’s House Angel Gowns–Lutheran & Parkview Hospitals (Newborn Units) Cosmetic Bags–Women Shelters Christmas Stockings–local American Legions.
The Christ Child Society Coats for Kids Program – The Christ Child Society of Ft Wayne is an organization comprised of over 200 women who volunteer their time to the underserved school age children of our area. Last Year the coat program within the Christ Child distributed 2,200 new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to 79 area schools and social service agencies. This year we are excited to expand the program to include shoes and boots for the children. With no paid staff, Christ Child is proud to be able to funnel all monies raised into programs directly benefiting children in need. I thank you for the opportunity to nominate the Christ Child Society Coats for Kids Program for the Beacon Project Spotlight Program. Sincerely, Janet Didier Christ Child Society Chairman.
Hands-on-Homework – Hands-on-Homework is a tutoring program currently serving Levan Scott Academy and its students. Third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students bring their homework for the day and a reading book to our facility. First, the children receive a healthy, yet hearty snack. They are then paired with a volunteer who will work with one or several students to complete math and reading homework assignments.
LEARN Resource Center – In 2016, LEARN Resource Center will celebrate its 50 anniversary serving the East Allen community. It currently provides before and after school programs for 130 students at 3 elementary schools. In the summer, LEARN provides a full-day, 9-week program for over 50 students. Students participate in a wide variety of activities including literacy, STEM, homework assistance, Boy Scouts, 4-H and sports/recreation. The organization has a proven track record of helping participants achieve school success. Students attending school year programs pass ISTEP+ at a higher rate than the school’s rate.
Nana’s Creations – Loretta Loy creates and distributes blankets to children in need. Loretta has created over 3,000 blankets to children who have been victims of fires and to those who simply cannot afford to have an object that belongs just to them. She spends all of her free time making blankets for the children. Loretta has been recognized by a number of new stations and has received an award for her service to East Allen County Schools. Loretta contributes a number of her own funds to the project when her donors fall short. She has been able to fill every order from schools and organizations for blankets. Loretta will be partnering with Beacon Credit Union and the Allen County Angels for the upcoming Christmas Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. The Allen County Angels donate gifts and donated items to families in need. Loretta will be making 200 blankets to give to the children who sign up for this year’s Christmas giveaway.
New Haven Parks Youth Scholarship Program – The New Haven Park and Recreation Dept. Youth Scholarship Program allows low income youth between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in park activities including swim lessons, tumbling, basketball, golf, tennis, nature camp, etc. for little or no cost. This program is run strictly off of donations.
Rotary 5K to Eliminate Polio – Six years ago, the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club of Fort Wayne initiated an annual 5K run to earn funds to go toward our annual contribution to Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign. This has been a very successful race, as you can see by the following net amounts which have been sent to Rotary International: 2009–$2,608; 2010–$1,592; 2011–$2,538; 2012–$2,571; 2013–$3,657; and 2014–$1,374, for a total of $14,340. Beginning with this year’s race the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne will be joining us as a co-sponsor of this race, and we are making great strides toward making our race a signature race here in Fort Wayne. Obviously, our goal each year is to solicit enough sponsors that all race registration fees will go entirely toward our net profit. And, if we get enough sponsorship money, even some of that money will add to our total! Every Rotary Club throughout the world is asked each year to pledge a certain amount of money toward this effort, and Rotary International has been a significant contributor to the world-wide effort to eradicate polio. It would be a great honor for our Fort Wayne Clubs (Anthony Wayne Rotary and the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne) to be the recipient of the Beacon Credit Union’s Project Spotlight prize money in order for us to do an even better job of helping to fund this tremendously worthy project.