Alliance Industries/DeKalb Association for Developmentally Disabled – Alliance Industries is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization providing employment for people with disabilities in a supportive environment. Alliance provides services to area industries such as light assembly and packaging. To support our work input and operating expenses, we solely rely on grants and donations.
Boy Scout Troop 169 – Boy Scout troop in a chartered partnership with the Auburn Presbyterian church, dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
DeKalb County Community Care Food Pantry – We are a food and toiletry pantry that serves all residents living in DeKalb County. We also supply volunteers for the Farm Wagon that Community Harvest sends every Tuesday. We are open 2/3 days per week though each household is served only once monthly. The majority of our clients are the elderly or handicapped. We are a ministry operating in Garrett with our sole support coming from food drives, our local churches, and individual donations. We average 200 households per month with less than half of them living in Garrett. Our first goal is to honor God, our second goal is to feed the hungry and help them find any other assistance they may need.
DeKalb Community Impact Corporation – DeKalb Community Impact Corporation approaches serious issues with a faith based approach through four programs: Covered with Love, Cup of Cold Water, Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, Financial Peace University, and Samaritan Works. Covered with Love provides children, who have been living in a drug environment, a care package which is complete with a stuffed animal, homemade blanket, and personal hygiene items. In 2009, the DeKalb Community Impact Corporation provided 135 packages to local authorities for distribution to those children who are involved in these critical circumstances. Cup of Cold Water provides five meals each week at four locations. This experience provides the opportunity for hungry residents to share a healthy meal in fellowship. This process promotes the understanding that in order to show a hurting person the love of Jesus we must help meet some of their physical needs. Upward Basketball and Cheerleading offer a break from traditional sports programs with a primary focus of developing a winner in EVERY child. In doing so, they are able to build a league that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in all who participate. Financial Peace University is a nine week course that offers solutions that help families eliminate debt through the teachings of God’s ways of handling money. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. Samaritan Works clients will undergo an assessment to determine their current situation; is this a cyclical pattern or situational instance, clients desire for change, dedication to education for change. Samaritan Works will then assign a mentor, who with the client will develop a program tailored to the needs of the client, complete with benchmarks, timeline and resources available to reach the goal of a self-sustaining community member, empowered to serve others.
DeKalb County Ducks Unlimited – Ducks Unlimited is a non-for profit organization that holds fund raising events to help aid the preservations of wetlands for waterfowl in our community. Since 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America.
Garrett Fire Department – The City of Garrett Fire Department serves the Citizens of Garrett, Town of Altona, and Keyser Township. The Garrett Fire Department was established in 1879 in Garrett Indiana. The fire department operates with a staff of 32 active volunteers, 3 Pumpers, 1 Rescue, 1 Tanker, and a Grass rig. The fire department responds to approximately 300 calls per year which includes: fires, alarms, field fires, auto accidents, industrial accidents, hazmat spills, carbon monoxide alarms and other emergency situations. The Garrett Fire Department also assists DeKalb County EMS. The Garrett Fire Department is made up of an all-volunteer crew. The Garrett Fire Department spends time participating in Community events and being very involved in things such as: Relay For Life with their Color Guard, A Benefit Victory Run for Dawson, Helping Santa make his visits to Community locations and bringing smiles to those they visit. They meet and practice on Wednesday evenings to keep their skills current. Several of the Garrett Firemen have made a journey to “Ground Zero” to pay their respects for their “fallen fire fighter brothers” on numerous occasions. The Garrett Fire Department always put others first as they protect and serve the Garrett Community.
Girl Scouts – Girl Scouts works with girls from Kindergarten through high school, helping them to know that they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to. Girl Scouts want to help guide girls to be future leaders, girls of character and confidence. Here in DeKalb County we also like to have fun and need funds for events.
Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana – The Critical Repair program assists low-income homeowners with critical repairs such as new roofs, furnaces, handicap ramps, etc., through 0% interest loans. The price of repairs is much lower because we use volunteer labor, and all materials are sold to Habitat for Humanity at a discounted price. The more donations we receive for this program, the lower the loan for the homeowners.
Junior Achievement Serving Eastern and Central DeKalb County – Junior Achievement teaches elementary and high school students about economics in our communities, country and world. All classes are led by community volunteers. The local Board of Directors raise funds to provide the students and volunteers with the equipment necessary to succeed in the program.
National Mentoring Program – The National Mentoring Program matches adult positive role models with students that are at risk in DeKalb County. Mentors spend 8 hours per month or 2 hours per week with students ages 9-17 with an emphasis on 9-12 year olds. The goal is to increase school attendance as well as prevent other at risk behaviors such as truancy, school failure, drug & alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and gang activity. Last year the program increased from 5 mentees to 15 with a projected increase of 20 in the next year. Mentors are interviewed, have extensive background checks, and participate in ongoing training. I have been a mentor for 2 years and the mentees could use the additional support. Thank you for considering voting for the National Mentoring Program.
RSVP-Community Center of Caring Food Pantry – The RSVP-Community Center of Caring Food Pantry serves an average of 439 families each month representing 1,689 individuals. These families and individuals are able to come to the RSVP-Community Center of Caring each month where they receive assistance with their nutritional needs. Individuals are provided with meat, fresh or canned vegetables, cereal, fresh or canned fruit, and other staples to assist them with their need. RSVP Volunteers serve these individuals who also are able to receive backpacks filled with school supplies for children on the free and reduced lunch program and warm winter coats for those in need during the fall and winter months. Last year a total of 1,155 unduplicated families and 4,037 unduplicated individuals were assisted in DeKalb County. The volunteers are always willing to serve those in need at the RSVP-Community Center of Caring.
St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. – St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. provides quality medical care for acute and chronic conditions, dental, optometry and medication assistance services for the uninsured in DeKalb County. It is a full-service clinic that meets the needs of its residents and is impacting many individuals and families in DeKalb County who would otherwise have no access to healthcare. All services provided at the clinic are at no charge to its patients. St. Martin’s Healthcare is the only clinic serving the uninsured residents of DeKalb County. It is estimated that 25-30% of DeKalb County residents will be uninsured at some point during their lives. To the majority of patients, St. Martin’s Healthcare is their medical home. The clinic is supported completely by grants, foundations, community donations and fund-raisers.
Women in Transition – This group is about learning coping tools in dealing with all the feelings and issues that one can run into when faced with a transition. This group is about expressing feelings, receiving support from others who have been though similar transitions, learning how to let go of the old, and create new beginnings.