Midpoint Voting Totals:
|Akron 4th of July Committee||45|
|Fulton County Animal Center||134|
|Fulton County Habitat for Humanity||198|
|Fulton County Historical Society Inc.||116|
|Fulton County Park and Recreation||114|
|Fulton Liberty Lions Club||255|
|Junior Achievement of Fulton County||323|
|Just Work it Out||17|
|Out-of-School Job's for America's Graduates (JAG)||106|
|United Ministries Food Pantry||103|
|United We Stand Ministries of Akron, IN||257|
|Wee Care Children's Ministries||203|
Akron 4th of July Committee – Every year the committee puts together a festival of activities for the people of Akron around the 4th of July. The committee is in charge of handling and helping set up vendors, hiring bands, setting up games for the kids and putting together the Akron pageant. The winner of the Miss Akron Pageant (ages 15-18 yrs. old) is able to go on to the Miss Fulton County Pageant. There is also a younger pageant for Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker (ages 4-7 yrs. old). The committee also puts together an Akron Car Show during the festival.
Fulton County Animal Center – The Fulton County Animal Center was built and is operated by wonderful people who simply love animals and want to see them in loving caring homes. They work so hard to make sure all these fur-babies are taken care of. They also make sure most of these animals are spayed or neutered before placing them in homes, further helping to control the population. Even when an animal is not directly connected to them, they work to help families in the community locate their pets if they get lost.
Fulton County Habitat for Humanity – Fulton County Habitat for Humanity begins building their 14th home! After completion of the home on Main Street in Rochester, we are excited to begin anew. The home will be built for a family of three on a donated lot on Whipporwill Court. Ground will be readied in the spring for summer construction. Thank you for your support of this effort.
Fulton County Historical Society Inc. – The Fulton Co. Hist. Society Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit that runs the Fulton County Museum and Living History Village to preserve Fulton County History. FCHS also holds 2 living history festivals the Redbud Trail Rendezvous in April and the Trail of Courage Living History Festival in September, co-host the Fulton Co. Hist. Power Show in June and also does a Haunted Woods Trail in October as fundraisers. The Historical Society budget comes from membership, donations, fundraisers listed above and room rentals and meals that are catered at the museum. We are not a county funded entity – but do receive funds & grants from the Fulton Co. Tourism and have endowments in the community foundation that we receive interest from once a year. This year part of the projects that will be happening is a storage building 32′ x 40′ to be built and repairs on the blacksmith shop in the living history village. Additional maintenance needs done on other buildings as well and we are trying to build up our maintenance fund so that these projects can be done in the near future. We are also raising sponsorship monies to help pay for expenses for all the festivals.
Fulton County Park and Recreation – The Fulton County Park and Recreation is a nonprofit organization. The County Park’s current project is to put a trail from the fairgrounds to Prairie Edge Park in order to provide safety for people walking or riding bicycles to Prairie Edge Park.
Fulton Liberty Lions Club – The Fulton Liberty Lions Club had an annual festival each fall. This year’s theme is Libraries, Your Imagination Station. 2015 is the 100th year celebration of the Fulton County libraries system. The Lions Club is joining the Fulton Branch Library in an effort to raise funds for a new outdoor electric sign for the library and community to use to make the community aware of upcoming events.
Junior Achievement of Fulton County – Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Within Fulton County, over 1,350 students are reached annually with the vital Junior Achievement programs. Programs are rolled out through partnerships with community volunteers, serving as mentors to area youth, and the educators who host them. Our mission is to empower young people to own their economic success. Junior Achievement offers programs from the earliest of ages at preschool level to the 12th grade with each program/grade level building upon on the next. There are in- classroom programs from K-12 and capstone programs such as JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. Each program provides students with new skills, values, knowledge, and concepts to grow confidently as individuals towards a successful future. Our goal is to provide as many students as possible with the various JA programs. The youth will be impacted with many skill sets through JA resulting with proven educated lifelong decisions now and in their futures thus creating more financially responsible adults. These same financially educated youth will also create a more robust community. The youth of today are the future of tomorrow!
Just Work it Out – Just Work it Out is a ministry of The Cross. Just Work it Out helps people in Fulton Co. to pay rent, electric, heat, etc. They in turn come to The Cross and do light work around the church to pay off the money The Cross gives them. The Cross spends approximately 30,000 a year on this ministry.
Matthew’s Market – Matthew’s Market is a ministry of The Cross. It is their food pantry that is currently feeding over 700 families a month in Fulton County. Along with those families, Matthew’s Market also provides food for 5 other food pantries.
Out-of-School Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) – At its core, WorkOne’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in Fulton County, a nonprofit effort, focuses on helping at-risk youth strengthen their decision-making, life- and employability skills sufficient to enter, compete and succeed in a workforce or post-secondary education. WorkOne’s Out-of-School (OOS) JAG program seeks to build awareness of the challenges that dropout-recovery poses in Fulton County: in terms of interconnected issues regarding the economy, education, crime and other societal aspects, as well as renewing opportunities so that young Hoosiers can accomplish the intellectual, emotional, academic and other work necessary to improve their lives; at its core, the OOS effort seeks to open opportunities to individuals who hold the key to their own success or failure; and the key, as noted, is whether a young man or woman makes a personal decision to accomplish the emotional, spiritual, academic and other required work to become fully employment-ready OUR MISSION: We exist to get people jobs as quickly as possible at the highest possible wage by meeting the needs of regional employers!
United Ministries Food Pantry – I am told this organization has been around for approx. 20 years. The United Ministries Food Pantry provides for residents of Fulton, Liberty and Richland Townships. They get their donations from some of the local stores, farmers and donations from the public. I’ve been involved since 2009, helping to raise funds for this worthwhile organization. Residents are able to come in once a month and shop for their family.
United We Stand Ministries of Akron, IN – UWSM is an expansion of the work the Henry Township Ministerial Association was doing prior to 2004. Eight local churches combined their effort to represent the love of Christ more efficiently and personally, more specifically through addressing the local needs of those who have fallen on difficult times who live in Henry and Newcastle Township by primarily providing financial assistance for housing, medicine, heat, electric, food, and other requests are reviewed one on one by the in-take person. Their local food bank is housed in the Akron Church of God, and they can provide budget training. A steering committee is made up of pastors and lay representatives of the Akron Church of the Brethren, Akron Church of God, Akron United Methodist Church, Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Olive Bethel Church of God, Olive Branch Church of God, Omega Church and Silver Creek Church of God. The group helped with the Habitat of Humanity Home during their building in the Akron Community, plans time for community worship and celebration throughout the year, organized local mission work.
Wee Care Children’s Ministries – Wee Care Children’s Ministries is a registered ministry childcare facility that provides yearlong quality Daycare to infants through fifth grade children, After School care and Preschool. It is a ministry of Akron Church of God, but financially independent. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks are offered. Both indoor and outdoor activities are planned daily, age-appropriate curriculum is incorporated, and state regulated staff-to-child ratios are maintained. Wee Care is the only registered ministry childcare facility in the Akron area. Families from three neighboring counties (Miami, Wabash, and Kosciusko) are served by Wee Care. Supportive funds are needed to assure continuing quality care and enriching curriculum that includes field trips for children who attend every day all year. Working parents often cannot take time off work for special activities.