Results include paper ballots and online votes from August 1 - August 31.
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|Amboy Volunteer Fire Department||38|
|Birthright of Peru||132|
|Churches of Northern Miami County (Food Bank)||23|
|Circus City Festival, Inc.||86|
|Converse Volunteer Fire Company||113|
|Denver Emergency Response Unit||537|
|Grissom Air Museum||16|
|Harvesting Capabilities, Inc.||290|
|Maconaquah Fine Arts Foundation||12|
|Macy Beautification Committee||66|
|Miami Co. 4-H and Livestock||108|
|Miami County Helping Hands||72|
|Miami County Master Gardeners||31|
|Miami County Military Rites Team||369|
|Mr. Strong Foundation||23|
|North Miami Youth League||12|
|Our Father's Library||55|
|Peru Miami News||118|
|Peru Rolling Chapel||433|
|Scratching Post Cat Rescue||534|
|Weekend Meal Deal||401|
Amboy Volunteer Fire Department - Amboy Volunteer Fire Department is in need of a newer tanker truck to cover their territory. One of the two tankers they have is in need of replacement. It is a 1988 international truck with over 200,000 miles on it. It currently is in need of major repairs to make it driveable and the water pump is not fixable. We have begun the process of looking for a newer truck but that will cost roughly $100,000. We are a completely volunteer department covering almost 90 square miles so the truck is needed for public safety. We also use their tankers to assist other departments because there are no hydrants in their territory and very few in the surrounding areas. We have some money raised through fundraising and donations but I know they are short of having enough to update the truck.
Birthright of Peru - Birthright of Peru is a ministry to women. Last year, they served 879 clients, provided and assisted with 132 pregnancy tests, provided 37 layettes, and provided 15 breast pumps. Every lady receiving a positive pregnancy test will be given a packet of information pertaining to smoking, seat belt safety, nutrition, and a handmade blanket.
Churches of Northern Miami County (Food Bank) - The Churches of Northern Miami County supply food to needy families as well as other various necessities.
Circus City Festival, Inc. - Each year Circus City Festival Inc. develops approximately 200 young people, ages 7 to 21, supported by a tremendous number of adult volunteers to present 10 performances during an eight-day period in mid-July. This non-profit organization provide scholarships for students that perform for 3 of their 4 high school years.
Converse Volunteer Fire Company - We, Converse Volunteer Fire Company, are a volunteer fire department with 35 members servicing roughly 75 square miles in Miami, Grant, Howard and Wabash counties in North Central Indiana. Our sister station is located in Somerset, IN near Mississinewa Reservoir. We have the capability to respond to structure fires, grass & field fires, hazardous material spills, vehicle accidents and many other emergency situations. We are glad and always willing to help surrounding volunteer companies such as Amboy, Swayzee, Greentown, Pleasant Township in Sweetser and Noble Township in Wabash when they need mutual aid. Our actual building is located in Miami County. We would use the money to update fire suits for our volunteers for their safety.
Denver Emergency Response Unit - Denver E. R. U. is a vital part of the Denver Fire Dept. We are the first line of response in medical emergencies, accidents, fires, etc. Also, we serve the Denver area and are on call for all of Miami county.
Grissom Air Museum - Veteran Memorial Trail: This concrete walkway winds through our air park which is the home of twenty-five (25) military aircraft. This trail allows our guest with mobility issues an easier way to move about the park. Included along this trail are 10′ by 10′ concrete slabs called “Landing Pads” which will be furnished with benches, canopies, and possibly water coolers. Most of the trail has been completed or has funding to finish it. What we need are funds to help to furnish the Landing Pads. We would appreciate the communities help in either raising funds to purchase the equipment, or having the equipment donated.
Harvesting Capabilities, Inc. - Harvesting Capabilities has been serving Miami County since 2007. Our main project since 2010 is installing ramps for people with disabilities and senior citizens who cannot afford them. Our MRAMP Lending Project has provided 12 ramps to date and we have current requests for another six. We have found that aluminum ramps are much more durable and portable and require less maintenance. They are constructed professionally according to ADA standards. However, they are expensive. We are requesting funds to provide more aluminum ramps for Miami County residents.
Maconaquah Fine Arts Foundation - The Maconaquah Fine Arts Foundation exists for the continuation of arts in the Maconaquah School Corp. We have noticed families somtimes have to make hard choices for their children based on what the family can afford and we want to step in and help with some of those financial needs! Students fare much better in our educational setting when they can participate in such activities as band, choir, speech team, etc. because their educational is much fuller, and their experience much more memorable. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated!
Macy Beautification Committee - The Macy Beautification Committee is a group of people working hard to create a better town for the citizens of Macy. Currently, we are working on a project to try to get our volunteer fire department a camera. This camera is important because it will help them see through thick smoke if a person is in a home or building during a fire. Previously, we have worked on making the park look nicer and have provided beautiful planters uptown that flowers are put in during the summer. Also, when a house burned down we paid to have it torn down and buried as a safety feature for the public. We are aware that there are alot of the walks that need to be replaced which is why we believe we are great candidates for Project Spotlight. We have numerous ideas and projects that the money could go towards and we appreciate any consideration.
Miami Co. 4-H and Livestock - 4H is a program for youth to join with many activities to chose from that can allow kids to make friendships that will last a life time. It teaches leadership skills, how to finish projects in a timely manner, and many, many more life skills.
Miami County Helping Hands - Volunteers at Helping hands will help with keeping our clients files in order, answering the phone, writing up thank you letters to people or businesses who have contributed to Helping Hands and organizing daily reports for the 3 mornings of the week we are opened. Most people probably don’t realize that we are solely operable on contributions of individuals and businesses. We help the unfortunate with medicines, gas, heat, food, utilities and rent. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we are open and receive new clients. There is a greater need for our presence in the community. We could utilize any extra help possible and funding would be beneficial.
Miami County Master Gardeners - The Miami County Master Gardeners strive to educate our community about growing gardens or flowers. At this time we maintain the flowers in downtown Peru, the island between McDonald’s and Krogers, three spots along the Nickel Plate walk in Bunker Hill and the barrels at the MC Fairgrounds, and the Community Garden. We will be holding sessions free to the public on different subjets thru the summer.
Miami County Military Rites Team - The Miami County Military Rites Team performs for deceased military veterans of Miami County. The only requirement is the veteran must have served honorably and the family requests the team to perform the Rites. The Team has been performing the Rites since 2002. All members are military veterans. There are 12 members on the team and they are all volunteers. The Team relies on monetary donations to perform their duties. Sometimes the deceased family will donate funds for their service.
Mr. Strong Foundation - Our goal is to provide financial assistance for therapy services to families with children who have special needs. Our vision is for no special needs child to be denied therapy services due to financial restraints and/or lack of insurance coverage.
North Miami Youth League - The North Miami Youth League is a baseball/softball league made up of kids ages 4-14 years. We strive to give our local youth a great experience while teaching them to grow as individuals, as team members, and as a league. Organized sports help children learn and grow in many ways. It promotes fitness, and exercise, and most importantly, the child’s self-esteem. It also teaches them teamwork and leadership skills that will be valuable later in life. We are trying to update our park, fields, restrooms and concession stand and could really use the help financially.
Our Father’s Library - Our Father’s Library,established on April 18, 1983, is non-profit non-denominational Christian lending library that is open to the public. The ministry was founded in obedience to Jesus’ command in Mark 16:15: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The library consists of approximately 21,000 items: a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books on CD & cassette, DVDs including family friendly movies and group study sets used in Sunday school and small groups. The ministry is operated solely on donations of materials and money. It is kept open daily by dedicated volunteers.
Peru Miami News - Peru Miami News is a nonprofit organization and functions for the benefit of all current and past residents of Miami County by providing the local community with information about the activities of local government, police agencies, community organizations, churches, schools, citizens and any other group, individual or activity relevant to Miami County. All the news and information we provide is free to everyone without a subscription required. Our goal is to provide nothing but local news from around Peru and Miami County. We want to feature everything that happens in our little corner of the woods from T-ball to church events, from city council meetings to the park department and everything in between. Since we started in October of 2013 the community has responded favorably and we have reached over 78,000 different people who have viewed our website over 300,000 times.
Peru Rolling Chapel - Peru Rolling Chapel offers Biblical teachings to 3rd. & 4th. grade children. Currently we operate at Blair Point, but hoping we can start our program at North Miami this fall! We are spreading the Gospel to God’s children in a fun and safe environment.
Scratching Post Cat Rescue - Scratching Post cat rescue is in desperate need of funds to renovate an existing building and bring it up to code. Right now, the cats are being sheltered in a garage until the building can be renovated to Indiana Code.
Weekend Meal Deal - We are asking for your help with an initiative in Miami County. The Weekend Meal Deal program began in 2012, in collaboration with Food Finders Food Bank to provide weekend food for children. The program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends. Qualified students are sent home every Thursday with a backpack full of nutritious, kid friendly food. The Weekend Meal Deal program provides backpacks of food at Elmwood and Pipe Creek Elementary, for the Head Start children and a portion of the free and reduced lunch kindergarten students at Elmwood, Pipe Creek and North Miami. Our goal is to expand to include all kindergarten children in the free and reduced lunch programs in Miami County. Did you know that over the last few years the poor economy has resulted in one in every eight Americans needing food assistance? In Peru alone, it is one in seven! The Weekend Meal Deal program is specifically aimed at students who are experiencing critical periods of growth and development, whereby even mild malnutrition deficits may lead to reductions in physical growth and impaired brain function.