Blessings in a Backpack- Plymouth – Blessings in a Backpack is a nationwide non-profit that feeds hungry school kids on weekends. We work as the coordinators for Plymouth Community Schools and currently feed just over 200 kids each Friday. It costs $80 to feed one child for the school year!!! It is a joy to serve our kids this way. I know they value it, appreciate it, and their lives are being changed.
Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County/Family Plus – The Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County wishes to spotlight our Family Plus program. Families are the primary sources of influence for children and often determine how they experience life. Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Servicing), is a program model for Clubs wanting to implement family support activities. This program focuses on factors affecting the family unit and methods of collaborating with community organizations to provide parents and caregivers with resources. There are four major components to Family PLUS: Kinship Care-Includes providing knowledge and resources to extended family members who have assumed the role of primary caregiver. Father Involvement-Clubs provide support and promotion through programs, activities, training and services to help increase the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. Economic Opportunity-Focuses on empowering families by helping families find and keep jobs, increase earnings, build a family budget, build savings and establish credit. Outreach Strategies-This component builds the capacity of Clubs to effectively recruit and retain the involvement of new populations of diverse parents and caregivers who are often underserved in Clubs.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Marshall County – CASA of Marshall County is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children who have been identified through the family court system as being abused or neglected. They spend time with the children and anyone involved in the child’s life to gain in-depth knowledge of the child’s best interests and make fact-based recommendations to the court.
Crossroads Church/Kids Hope USA Partnership for Jefferson Elementary School – Crossroads Church has agreed to serve as the sponsoring church partner with Kids Hope USA to bring their mentoring program to at-risk elementary age children served by Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth, IN. Kids Hope USA delivers a state-of-the-art school-based mentoring program that meets or exceeds national standards and best practices for such mentoring programs while seeking to build caring relationships…one child, one hour, one church, one school at a time.
Freedom Park – The Freedom Park Committee, in conjunction with the Plymouth Parks Department, is spearheading an initiative to build an all-inclusive playground in Plymouth, IN. The City of Plymouth does not currently have a public play area that will allow children of all abilities the opportunity to play freely and safely without restrictions. Phase 1 has been funded and our main play structure will be completed and ready for play by the end of May 2015. This still leaves two additional phases at a cost of over $700,000. Our vision is to build a playground that will be approximately 30,000 to 45,000 square feet of play area with ramps that connect the different levels, or pods, for play. It will include a splash pad for water fun, sensory gardens, swings, pavilion, restrooms and plenty of shade. We believe that every child no matter what their ability should have equal access to quality, safe play opportunities. By developing this inclusive environment, we hope to improve the lives and dignity of all children in Marshall County. We believe it will allow children with disabilities the opportunity to experience play, “side-by-side”, with their able-bodied peers, and the opportunity for their families to enjoy being a part of a community. Inclusion is belonging to a community, and with Freedom Park, inclusion is our number one goal!
Heartland Artists, Inc. – Heartland Artists, Inc. is a not for profit organization of volunteers formed to promote the arts in Marshall County. We offer classes to both adults and children all year long, especially concentrating on children’s camps during the summer months. We maintain a gallery where we hold two juried shows yearly open to anyone, and members’ works all year long. Our project is a joint one with MoonTree Studios, Donaldson, to provide a special art exhibit, “A Year in the Life of Plymouth” to celebrate our Bicentennial and will run from 11-12-16 to 01-01-17. This will be open to everyone to enter and to attend.
Heminger House – Heminger House is an abuse shelter. Heminger House helps people who are experiencing abuse situations in their lives and helps them first to eliminate the barrier of not having any place to go when fleeing the abuser. Heminger House provides 24 hour hotline, sexual assault advocacy, referral services in Marshall County, Fulton County, Starke County, Kosciusko County, and Non-Residential Case Management services as well, in an attempt to eliminate re-victimization. It is Heminger House’s long term mission to break the cycle of violence and poverty by providing a caring, healing, and educational service for victims of abuse.
Junior Achievement serving Marshall County – Junior Achievement serving Marshall County’s mission is to prepare Marshall County youth to succeed in the global economy. Working closely with the local business and education communities, JA delivers programs that teach pre-K through 12th grade students, age-appropriate, hands-on lessons about how to develop job skills, make smart education and career choices, and become financially literate adults able to succeed in the global economy. All JA programs communicate JA’s Three Pillars of student success-work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship- and help youth transition into self-sufficient adults through exposure to basic business concepts and the skills that enable them to understand real-life economics. In the past 2 years, JA serving Marshall County has grown from reaching 500 students in 20 local K-12 classrooms, to 2,400 students in 95 classrooms during the 2014-2015 school year, with a goal of reaching 4,000+ students in 166 classrooms by the 2017-2018 school year. Students that participate in JA are more likely to graduate high school, pursue post-secondary education, have a better understanding of how the real world operates, have increased problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills, and score significantly higher than their peers on assessments that measure financial literacy. JA students develop the skills necessary to be confident adults, be financially literate, be able to set and achieve goals, be part of an educated local workforce, create new jobs and businesses, and raise families without outside financial support. Investment in Junior Achievement is an investment in the youth and future of Marshall County.
Marshall County Council on Aging – Our agency is in need two new replacement wheel chair assessable vehicles. We applied for a grant from State with a match requirement of 20%. We will use dollars to help with the match of $15,365.00.
Marshall County Neighborhood Center – Healthy, Happy, Holidays! We hope to provide 100 local families with a carefully planned, nutrition-packed Thanksgiving Meal. With this project, The Neighborhood Center will focus on low-income households with special dietary needs. We will provide groceries for a complete holiday meal, including fresh produce, meat, & dairy; healthy eating tips & recipes; and shopping guides for affordably stocking their home pantries. We serve dozens of families who struggle with long-term instability due to health conditions. By sharing good food and information, we can give a gift of well-being and help empower our neighbors to improve their health this holiday season!
WorkOne’s – At its core, WorkOne’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in Marshall 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 Marshall 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!