Midpoint Voting Totals:
|2015 Cure SMA Marion, IN Walk-n-Roll||271|
|Bridges to Health||124|
|Brookhaven Wesleyan Food Pantry||259|
|Cancer Services of Grant County||76|
|Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Grant County, Inc.||59|
|Grant County Crime Stoppers Inc.||3|
|Grant County Rescue Mission||15|
|Healthy Families of Grant County/ Family Service Society, Inc.||404|
|Marion Community School of the Arts||79|
|Services for the Visually & Hearing Impaired (Grant County)||551|
|The Garden Club of Marion||31|
2015 Cure SMA Marion, IN Walk-n-Roll – My name is Jessica Griffin. My beautiful baby boy was born November 18, 2014 and was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) on January 13, 2015 after being flown to Riley Hospital on January 6, 2015 where he later passed away from this heartbreaking, terminal disease on January 26, 2015. SMA, in simple terms, is a disease that affects the muscles of innocent children robbing them of the ability to move, eat, and even breathe on their own. SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants under the age of 2. Until that horrific day on January 13th, after watching helplessly as my son lay in a hospital bed on a ventilator with a feeding tube, I had never heard of SMA. After hearing those three letters be his diagnosis and our world being turned upside down I vowed that no other parent should have to go through this pain and shock of hearing your child will not survive from a terminal diagnosis that only became part of my vocabulary thirteen days before watching my child pass away in my arms. My husband and I are currently working with Amber Snyder, a Development Manager for Cure SMA, on doing a fundraiser to raise money for finding a cure for SMA. Not until after we met with Amber did we find out that other people in our community have been affected by SMA in some way. We want to let those in the community know that they are not alone and that we are working hard to find a cure. We will be having a “Walk-n-Roll” in Matter Park on August 29th. Amber said that she would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Her contact information is: Amber Snyder, Development Manager, Central Cure SMA Make today a breakthrough. 800.886.1762 x6339 cureSMA.org
Thank you for your time and attention to this horrific disease.
Bridges to Health– Bridges to Health is Grant County’s only free health and dental clinic and is located in Marion, IN. Open since 2005, our purpose is to serve Grant County residents by providing primary healthcare, dental care, and health education services to individuals who lack adequate resources.
Brookhaven Wesleyan Food Pantry – Families from Grant County are eligible to receive food twice a year from the food pantry. Every Tuesday the food pantry is open. A list of what types of food that they like is given to them to fill out. Then while volunteers are preparing the groceries other volunteers talk with them about any needs that they have and then pray with them.
Cancer Services of Grant County – Cancer Services is a community based agency, established in 1959, that lifts the burden of illness for local individuals facing cancer. We are not affiliated with any other cancer agencies and all of our funds stay local to help ease the burdens of cancer patients in Grant County.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Grant County, Inc. – The mission of CASA of Grant County, Inc. is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in judicial proceedings through the use of specifically trained community volunteers. Volunteers advocate for timely permanence planning for the child in a manner reflecting what is in the best interest of the child regarding safety, stability, and permanency. In 2014, CASA of Grant County, Inc. had 49 volunteers who served a total of 8927 hours in working on behalf of Grant County’s abused and neglected children. The agency advocated for 285 children throughout the course of 2014.
Gilead Ministries – Gilead is a unique non-profit that has been providing emotional, spiritual and practical support for cancer and long term illness patients and their families for over 16 years. Gilead currently serves over 2,800 families through cards, calls and one day projects.
Grant County Crime Stoppers Inc. – Crime Stoppers was started in Grant County in May of 1987 and since that time: Over 3250 calls have been received. Over 600 cases have been cleared. Over 550 suspects have been arrested. Over $320,000.00 worth of stolen property has been recovered. Over $11,150,000.00 worth of drugs have been seized, that will not be sold on our streets. Over $60,000.00 in reward money has been paid. There are three essential parts of a Crime Stoppers program: The community because the citizens make up the board of directors (all volunteers) that oversee the program and conduct fundraising activities. The media helps by promoting and broadcasting the Crime of the Week. The last element is law enforcement, because they are responsible for taking and processing the tips that are called in. How Crime Stoppers works: Subjects in Grant County can call the Sheriff’s Department, Marion Police Department, or Fort Wayne (800-237-7867) to give information 24 hours a day. When they call in, they are assigned a tip or code number. This tip or code number is used in subsequent calls to Crime Stoppers and if and when any reward is paid to the caller. All callers remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity, and still collect their rewards. Once the information is received it is referred to the law enforcement agency investigating the crime. If the caller’s information results in the felony arrest or indictment of someone, the tipster is eligible to receive a cash reward. Eligible tips are voted on by board members and the amount of the reward is based on several factors. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is funded entirely through fund raisers and donations. Monies raised are used to pay rewards and for operating expenses.
Grant County Rescue Mission – Grant County Rescue Mission is a homeless shelter that provides food, clothing, shelter, counseling and educational opportunities to people who are homeless or in need.
H2O Community – H2O Community provides financial assistance to families or individuals struggling to pay their water bills.
Healthy Families of Grant County/ Family Service Society, Inc. – Healthy Families of Grant County is a voluntary parent support program for new parents/families of infants. Regular visits in the home provide education about child development, nutrition, brain development and positive interacting and bonding with your child. The program connects families with vital community resources that can assist them in meeting basic needs. Families can join the program prenatally or until the baby is 3 months of age and can remain in the program until the child is 3 years old. In 2014, 316 families received services. Participating families also receive incentive items such as diapers, baby hygiene items, books and other useful items. Project Spotlight prize money would be used to purchase incentive gifts used to keep families engaged in this important program.
Homeland Mission – We are a food pantry that serves approximately 1,000 families per month at our location, providing a great need in the Grant County area. We are open Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. to Noon, and on Friday, Noon to 3 p.m. We also have special days for give-away of new clothing and household items in our basement to our food pantry patrons. We have loyal volunteers who do the work of the pantry – serving the families, stocking shelves, unloading supplies from our truck, and driving our truck to locations to receive food, cleaning supplies, laundry and personal items.
Marion Community School of the Arts – The Marion Community School of the Arts provides arts education and enrichment with excellence and fiscal responsibility. By making the arts available to all people, the Community School of the Arts is dedicated to serving the community through opportunities for creative expression. The vision of the organization is to ignite a community of potential through art and creativity. There are more than 470 students age 3 to adult enrolled in more than 200 classes. Students travel from over seven counties to participate in classes in visual arts, music, dance, acting, culinary arts, martial arts, and many more. The Community School of the Arts gave out $120,000 in scholarships in 2014-2015. Student performances were provided to local school age children-over 2000 students. The Community School of the Arts is home to three pre-professional companies, Fluid Dance, Theater CompANY, and Dancers Edge. Dancers Edge is the 2014 NYCDA Critic’s Choice Award winner in both junior and senior categories. The Theater CompANY presented three Broadway-style productions and a Festival of Shorts during the most recent season. Seniors graduating from these companies have been awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships to pursue dance or theater. The Community School of the Arts has 46 local artist instructors that help to develop programming in their field. Commonly described as an arts incubator, the CSA provides an outlet for many local artists to live their passion. With a desire to continue expand opportunities for students, the CSA will be partnering with Marion Community Schools to provide an online academy. CSA continues to work to expand in the downtown area, and believes that the arts are the cornerstone to a thriving downtown district in Marion. With nearly 20 years in Grant County, the Community School of the Arts has a long tradition of providing quality and excellence in art education.
Services for the Visually & Hearing Impaired (Grant County) – Our organization is a United Way agency that provides the following services to our clients in Grant and Blackford Counties: counseling services for visually and/or hearing impaired individuals and their families; support group for the visually impaired and their families; obtain and instruct in the use of independent living aids; Braille classes; sign language classes; vision and hearing testing at health fairs, day cares, health care and assisted living facilities, and some schools; limited financial assistance for people who are income qualified and need glasses or hearing aids; and we provide educational presentations for clubs and civic organizations, in-service programs for schools and nursing classes, and newsletters for our clients.
The Garden Club of Marion – The Garden Club of Marion is creating a Butterfly garden in Matter Park. It will include a Monarch Butterfly Waystation to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. The use of herbicides, frequent mowing along roadsides and land development has eroded their habitat. The club will provide milkweed and nectar sources for the butterflies and intends to educate the public with tours and programs about the development and migration of the Monarch butterfly.
Training Center – The Training Center is a non-for-profit that helps children in the west side of Marion. It is an academic enrichment program. The volunteers help the children with homework and life skills. They receive snacks and go on field trips. The Training Center does a parent meeting once a month which includes a meal for the families. The Training Center is completing their fourth year of operations. This year the Training Center has served 51 students and 26 families. Through our partnership we continue to see children improve academically, in character and community.