Voting ends September 30, 2015.
ACRES Land Trust – ACRES Land Trust has been dedicated to acquiring and preserving significant natural areas since 1960. ACRES Land Trust has preserved more than 5,000 acres at 89 nature preserves throughout northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, and southern Michigan.
Allen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – The Allen County CASA Program is a program of the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division. The CASA Programs mission is to provide the Court with trained community volunteers, who are supervised by professional social workers, to advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected. CASA volunteers do not determine whether abuse or neglect actually happened. Instead volunteers meet with the parents and try to get to know the parents and what issues they are experiencing so CASA can recommend services to help the parents overcome their issues to become safe parents. Volunteers also visit the children wherever they are placed to see what if any needs the children have that need to be addressed.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana – For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaninful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (”Bigs”) and children (”Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Bridge of Grace – 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. Goals : 1) To meet a need while partnering with schools within our community. 2) To provide homework assistance to increase children’s reading and math skills. 3) To provide Godly role models and build a relationship with the students. 4) To connect with parents as they come to pick up their children and build a relationship with families to see if we can minister to them in other ways.
Catholic Charities Immigration Program – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc. is a state licensed, accredited social service agency providing services since 1922. The mission statement of Catholic Charities is as follows: “Catholic Charities serves those in need, as Christ would have us do.” Our target population includes providing services to children, older adults, immigrants, refugees, and other individuals or families who may be considered vulnerable. At this time we would like to spotlight our citizenship classes through our immigration program. Our successful formula attacks all three parts of the naturalization examination: the written test, the reading test, and the oral interview. Each class touches on all three, and we test our students on the three exams at least three times over the eight week period where student performance is evaluated and the student is given feedback. Our classes go into extensive depth of U.S. history and civics. In addition to our citizenship classes, we provide community outreach by offering a training workshop to other non-profit organizations about conducting citizenship classes. Expanding on our mission, in cooperation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, we have held workshops and have taught other local agencies on how to successfully organize citizenship classes.
Christ Child Society – Backpacks for Kids – Through our ministries children in crisis are provided a sturdy backpack. Each backpack is filled with age appropriate items including; reading books, activity books, crayons, markers, colored pencils, sketch books, flash cards (to help the children learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors), personal items, toiletries, tooth brushes, tooth paste, hair brush, school supplies, journals, puzzle books (to help the children with their spelling and vocabulary skills) and a stuffed animal. This backpack is often the only item these children can call their own. The backpacks reach the children in need through our network with the Foster Care Family Association and the homeless children in our local community.
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.
LEARN Resource Center/STEAM Program – LEARN Resource Center serves kids K-6th grade at Heritage Elementary, New Haven Primary and New Haven Intermediate Schools. Over half the kids served are from lower income families. The agency offers before school, after-school and summer programs and serves over 200 kids each year. Its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program is offered all year and lets kids learn about careers in these fields as well as participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities in these subject areas.
Schnelker Veterans Memorial Park – Schnelker Park is New Haven’s oldest park, given to the city in 1922. In 2010 the Veterans Memorial was renovated. Now money is being raised to replace the restrooms which were built in 1958 as well as an amphitheater.