Voting midpoint totals:
|A Cause for Paws||161|
|American Legion Riders Post 60||136|
|Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services, Inc.||292|
|Back-Roads Dog Rescue||88|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County||13|
|Cass County Humane Society||225|
|Civic Players of Logansport||148|
|Emmaus Mission Center||241|
|Habitat for Humanity of Cass County||45|
|Help revive the STATE Marquee||196|
|Lewis Cass Jr-Sr High School Marching Kings||1322|
|Mental Health America in Cass County||41|
|Royal Center Lions/ Pioneer School||105|
|Vineyard Community Church-Backpacks/School Supplies Party||198|
A Cause for Paws – A Cause for Paws animal rescue helps find homes for homeless animals, offers medical services to injured and elderly animals, fosters animals until they find homes, and gives each animal all vaccinations, spay/neuters and obedience training. This organization includes all volunteers, and they receive no major funding. I created the Paddle for Paws Canoe Race, in its fifth year, to help these local heroes, but they need more money. A Cause used to operate in the Logansport Mall but has recently moved to the Cass County Humane Society. The space they occupy is unfinished due to lack of funds. A Cause estimates $5000 is needed to complete the space. Please help this wonderful organization who has rescued hundreds of cats and dogs in their long history.
American Legion Riders Post 60 – Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services, Inc. – Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged members of the 6 counties we serve. Counties we serve: Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. Services we offer our communities are: Aging and In-Home Services: Caregiver Program, Case Management, Ombudsman Program, Pre-Admission Screening and Senior Nutrition Program. Community Services Programs: Area Five Mom’s Group (Meld), Covering Kids and Families, Energy Assistance, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Information and Referral (ADRC), Senior Games, Weatherization. Development Programs: Healthy Families, Head Start, Housing/Development, Individual Development Account, Small Business Incubator. We provide programs and services that benefit, directly or indirectly disadvantaged, disabled and/or aged persons, and pursue programs and assist in maintaining maximum independence and dignity for older people and low-income families.
Back-Roads Dog Rescue – Back-Roads Dog Rescue is a small rural not for profit dog rescue based out of Walton, Indiana. The animals are rescued from shelters and bad situations where many were abused, abandoned and not properly cared for. Once at the rescue they are all fully vetted, temperament tested, socialized and then placed for adoption across the U.S. to new loving forever homes. Back-Roads does not only rescue dogs but also has a few cats available for adoption. Currently most of those that are available for adoption are senior dogs and cats who have come to the rescue due to no fault of their own. Many were given up due to their age or health issues. All of the rescues stay in approved foster homes where they are loved, socialized and cared for until they are adopted. If they are not adopted they are cared for as comfortably as they can be as one of the family. Back-Roads is also very community oriented and in the past has helped provide dog houses and straw to those in need in the winter, food on emergency basis and has teamed with other not for profit organizations for both human and canine fundraising events.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County – Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Camp Angel – Camp Angel is a three day bereavement program hosted by Guardian Angel Hospice intended to help young people in North Central Indiana better cope with the loss of a loved one. Camp Angel offers young people ages six to sixteen a supportive environment where they can gain a better understanding of grief and loss while sharing their experience with kids just like themselves. When campers have the opportunity to share their experience, they quickly discover that although each situation is unique, they are not alone in their grief. Camp offers a safe, fun and structured atmosphere packed with outdoor fun and special activities designed to reduce a child’s sense of isolation and improve his or her self-esteem. Camp Angel provides a meaningful, healing yet enjoyable experience for these young people by giving them the time, tools and a place to grieve. Guardian Angel Hospice is able to provide this program at no charge to campers as a result of funding and support received from Guardian Angel Foundation, Angels for Kids, camper sponsorships and proceeds generated by the Guardian Angel Hospice Butterfly Run. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by this worthwhile cause.
Cass County Humane Society – We provide humane care and treatment for animals needing protection in Cass County. We assist in returning animals to their owners or seek suitable homes for animals without owners.
Celebrate Recovery – Every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. we meet at the Logansport Church of the Brethren, 2405 Shadowlawn Drive, Logansport. This meeting is for anyone with any type of hang-ups, hurts or habits that they would like to overcome. We are about to celebrate our 1st year Anniversary May 29th. We have seen people recover from drug additions, smoking habits, drinking problems, and eating additions. There is a Women’s Group that are recovering from sexual, physical and emotional abuse. We need some money to get the word out to more people so they too can be helped.
Civic Players of Logansport – Since 1958, Civic Players of Logansport has provided live theater to Logansport, showcasing the talents of citizens of Logansport and the surrounding communities. This fills a community need by exposing our community to live theater and by teaching important skills to our participants and cast members. Civic Players owns a building located at 1115 Erie Avenue in Logansport, which is used for auditions, rehearsals, and cast parties, as well as set construction and storage of costumes and props. There are two separate sections of roof (a flat section and a metal section), both of which leaked badly. We have recently scraped together enough money for a roof repair, but there is lots of interior work still to be done (replacing ceiling tiles, installing insulation, etc.). Any money raised through Project Spotlight will be earmarked for our Building Renovation Fund. A long-term solution to our ongoing building repair issues will allow us to focus on continuing the tradition of bringing live theater to our community … a tradition that now spans more than 55 years!
Emmaus Mission Center – Emmaus Mission is an organization that provides short-term residential shelter to homeless families and single women and men. Emmaus also provides food thru their food pantry to over 300 families. Persons that have been victims of house fires are provided clothing and furniture free of charge thru the Thrift Store. The thrift store also offers a place for the community to shop for clothing and miscellaneous items at low cost. In addition Emmaus provided Christmas packages to over 300 local senior citizens. These packages have included food, personal items, paper goods and gifts. For many of these persons this is all of the Christmas they receive. In addition, Emmaus will share meals at the shelter with community members in need. Other projects have included assisting with the summer meal program for children. Should Emmaus be awarded funds through this nomination, the money would be used for the Senior Citizen Christmas project. This year it is anticipated that 350 packages will be distributed if not more.
Habitat for Humanity of Cass County – Habitat for Humanity of Cass County works to provide affordable housing for low income families. Families work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity as they become home owners. Habitat for Humanity works in Cass County assisting people with home repairs, rehabilitating properties, and building new homes. The major project for 2015 is a new home construction in Logansport.
Help revive the STATE Marquee – The original STATE marquee is badly worn and fragile. They are hoping to replace the original letters with exact modern replicas and preserve the original letters for display inside the theatre. The theatre has been a wonderful performing arts venue for live concerts, comedians and theatrical performances. Kevin and Della really care about this community and have moved back to Logansport to preserve the theatre for all to enjoy!
Lewis Cass Jr-Sr High School Marching Kings – In May, 2014, the highest acclamation of all was announced for the Marching Kings. A representative from the Music Department of Macy’s traveled to Walton to deliver the news that the Kings had been chosen to represent the Southeastern School Corporation, the surrounding communities, Cass County and the State of Indiana as one of only eight bands selected each year to march the 2015 Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Along with the other seven bands and the two bands who take part each year are 30 floats, 15 large character balloons, 900 clowns and 1,600 cheerleaders the Kings will march the 2.5 mile route through the streets of New York. Being the greatest honor of the program’s musical history was the most exciting news for all band members, alumni and directors but it was followed by the realization that getting the approximately 150 marchers to the parade would be astronomical. Since that day in May, numerous fundraisers have been undertaken to help out. The students raised funds selling mattresses (yes, bed mattresses) last July, 5 gallon tubs of detergent last fall, tickets for a pork dinner and have had community groups and churches holding events for their benefit. The students put together funds for their own trip accounts and other donations to the Macy’s Day New York Trip fund are being held to be divided among all students equally. The only exceptions to this division would be to provide financial assistance to students who would not be able to make the trip otherwise. The community and alumni have given their support in so many ways, not always monetary, to their band. But we are still working on this goal and would really appreciate any assistance. For some, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Logan’s Landing – Logan’s Landing is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making Cass County’s downtown between-the-rivers district a viable place to operate a business, a rewarding place to live, and a fun place to visit. Multiple events are held downtown each year, which help attract visitors to the community. Beautification projects help improve Logansport’s curb appeal and make it more welcoming to potential investors.
Mental Health America in Cass County – Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.
Royal Center Lions/Pioneer School – The Royal Center Lions is a local organization that wants to help Pioneer School Corporation. We would like to be able to buy dictionaries for third grade students and golden books for the lower grade students. We want to provide eyeglasses for Pioneer students whose parents can’t afford them.
Vineyard Community Church-Backpacks/School Supplies Party – Each August, for the past 8 years, Vineyard Community Church has hosted a Back-To-School Party for elementary age students. At this event, backpacks filled with school supplies are given away to children in grades K-5th who are in need. We also provide carnival type games with small prizes, free food, and a safe, fun afternoon for families. The Vineyard also provides free sack lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer in June and July to children who are in need. The school corporation graciously allows us to pass out the lunches in front of the school. We made and passed out over 1,100 lunches last summer. As a local church we know it is important to be involved in our community, to find needs and then do something to meet those needs. In providing these summer services to the families of the community we have seen them grow beyond the capacity of our annual church budget and beyond what our congregation is able to give. These events cost $4000-$5000 to do. Our congregation has currently raised close to $2200. Last summer we gave away 225 backpacks and had to turn away many children. Our goal this summer is to have at least 300 to pass out. We so appreciate your careful consideration of our request.