Results include paper ballots and online votes from August 1 – August 31.
Keep voting – and keep sharing on Facebook! Voting ends September 30.
|Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County||102|
|Community Meal Ministry||24|
|Crime Stoppers of Huntington County||26|
|Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI)||8|
|Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc.||1028|
|Huntington County Council on Aging||117|
|Huntington County Free Health Clinic||78|
|Huntington County Humane Society||28|
|Huntington House Homeless Shelter||8|
|Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, Inc.||99|
|Parkview Huntington Family YMCA-Partners with Youth||145|
|Pathfinder Sweet Deals||256|
|The Salvation Army of Huntington County||90|
|Women's Life House||437|
Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County – For over 10 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington have effectively guided thousands of Huntington County youth to reach their fullest potential in life. We serve youth in grades K-12 from our main club campus at 608 East State Street. We also have a second club unit in Warren. Our doors are open to kids from all schools and from all backgrounds. We serve children from every school in Huntington County. Roughly, one-third of our youth come from single parent families and over 70% are from low-income households. Our club runs a First Lego League for our 4-8th graders October-November. Youth meet every day to teach themselves to build and program a robot to go through an obstacle course. The group also has to develop strategies and learn to present on their robot as well as market their project they pick to do as part of the program. This program is an impressive way for our at-risk youth to become exposed to engineering, math, technology, marketing, and public speaking.
Community Meal Ministry – Community Meal Ministry is located in downtown Huntington across from the courthouse. We serve a daily meal to anyone that wants one regardless of their circumstances. This ministry is funded solely on donations and is backed by New Life Fellowship Church.
Crime Stoppers of Huntington County – Crime Stoppers is a community program geared toward public involvement in the fight against crime. It offers cash rewards up to $1,000 and anonymity to citizens who provide information to Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is funded entirely through public donations. Contributions are tax deductible. Citizens with information about any crime are requested to call Crime Stoppers. The caller is assured anonymity by using this method. Crime Stoppers of Huntington County was started in 1988.
Crossroad Connections – Crossroad Connections offers the community three programs, Trading of Skills and Resources, Crisis Assistance and “Directions” , coaching to mentor people, which helps keep them from poverty conditions. Crossroads holds three big outreach events each year : New 2 U Toy Trade at Christmas time, the New 2 U Clothing Trade and the Back 2 School Blast both in August. The Back 2 School Blast offers hygiene items and basic school supplies to the community. We are an outlet for churches to do mission work and help connect people during the tough times. Some projects our voluteers and organization have completed are: fixing damage from tornadoes and floods, and in general fixing roofs and porches. “Empowering Families, Transforming Lives” please vote for us.
Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI) – The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in northeast Indiana. Today, DSANI represents people with Down syndrome and their families in the eleven counties surrounding Fort Wayne, Indiana, maintains a database of over 600 supporters, and provides support and resources to more than 170 member families and professionals, including: member email alerts, a quarterly newsletter, an Annual Report, special events (Tin Caps games, Komets, Mad Ants, Zoo Outing, and more coming every year), annual holiday parties, the Infant – Toddler Playgroup (Birth to age 5), Buddy Club Activites (ages 6-12), the Friendship Club (ages 13-21), activities for Self Advocates (22 and over), access to Camp Red Cedar, Educational Seminars, the D.A.D.S. group to fathers of individuals with Down syndrome, advocacy on public policy that affects individuals with Down syndrome, and outreach to new and expectant parents.
Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. – Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. is an all volunteer cat rescue run solely on donations from individuals and business, adoptions and fundraisers. Opening in January 2003, HPPH has been able to adopt and care for ( including spay and neutering) thousands of cats and kittens. A large majority of the cats coming into HPPH are stray or abandoned cats. Our project would be for the medical needs of the cats. This would include spay/neuter, vaccinations, testing for feline leukemia and fiv and treating any other conditions that they may have. We have had some emergency surgeries that have needed to be done for them including limb amputation or eye enucleation. Life on the streets for most of these cats is not fair and many have injuries. We would appreciate your vote just as much as our animals would!
Huntington County Council on Aging – Huntington County Council on Aging (HCCOA) is a not-for-profit organization in Huntington County focused on serving and assisting senior citizens of our county. The mission statement is to help older and disabled persons in Huntington County maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment through coordinated services, assistance, and activities. HCCOA has been doing this since 1973. We provide services and social activities to the seniors of the county, as well as information and referrals to other businesses, agencies, and individuals that offer senior oriented products and services. We also run Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) which the public transit system in the county. This service is for anyone in the county, not only seniors.
Huntington County Free Health Clinic – The Huntington Free Clinic serves those in Huntington County that have no health insurance. We do not charge anything as we help the impoverished. An example of our helping hand we give is we provide insulin to diabetics that other wise would not get any help. Also, we provide dental care which is utilized and offer many other services to those in need. Please vote for us so we can continue the path we are on with helping those in need!
Huntington County Humane Society – Huntington County Humane Society is a local shelter for the care of animals and adoption of same or transition to a rescue. We utilize the Community Outreach Program which offers assistance in the form of temporary food, information on low cost neuter/spaying and shots, leashes and collars. Also, we provide lower cost euthanasia for owners who have ill or dying pets. Coming soon will be a dog park dedicated to the memory of Susan Dreyer Sharpe founder of Canine Companion and renowned dog trainer.
Huntington House Homeless Shelter – The overall mission of the Huntington House, a not-for-profit community action agency, is to lead low-income families and individuals toward independence and self-sufficiency. The Huntington House Homeless Shelter not only provides a refuge for those who need it, but also involves its residents with an array of services aimed to address barriers and the causes of homelessness. Assisted by shelter staff, Huntington House residents develop goals that will aid them toward long-term success. We provide short-term, immediate housing for homeless families, women, and women with children who are in need. In addition to housing and meals, weekly case management is provided to assist and guide homelessness in order to become independent and self-sufficient citizens. This year our maintenance project will be putting in new sewer lines.The total cost for this project is approximately $2000.00. We are doing our best utilizing a few fundraisers to raise some of the cost. We continually strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for our residents. Please vote for us so we can complete this project this fall.
Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, Inc. – Little Blessings is a non-profit organization and a ministry of Christ the King Episcopal Church. We care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Little Blessings is a full service childcare facility devoted to providing a loving, caring and learning atmosphere for all children to grow. Little Blessings goal is not only to help each child discover their true potential as an individual through social interaction and structured activities, but also how to appropriately act as an individual in the community. We take several field trips throughout the year to give the children an opportunity to experience new things. We have age appropriate curriculum and enrichment activities geared towards each child’s stage of development. Staff attend regular in-service trainings on food and nutrition, child safety, and early childhood education. We accept C.C.D.F. vouchers. Our facility is inspected by the Fire Marshall, the State of Indiana, and the Indiana Department of Food and Nutrition.
Parkview Huntington Family YMCA-Partners with Youth – The YMCA’s Partners With Youth campaign helps ensure that no one is turned away from YMCA membership, programs or services based on inability to pay. Last year the YMCA awarded more than $35,000 in financial assistance and we are on pace to exceed that amount in 2014. Help us deliver programs to the greater Huntington community that support Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility!
Pathfinder Sweet Deals – In collaboration and with the support of friends and family in honor of Brandi Linville, pathfinder Services re-opened Pathfinder Sweet Deals in May, 2013. Since then, Pathfinder Sweet Deals has been providing basic life needs at an affordable cost to those in the community and also offers an opportunity for job training for those who are served through Pathfinder Resource Connection. In addition, Pathfinder Sweet Deals provides an opportunity for community members to generate revenue by consigning gently used merchandise. All proceeds from the store benefit the programs and services offered by Pathfinder Services. Buy, Donate, or Consign today by visiting: Pathfinder Sweet Deals 1274 S. Jefferson Street Huntington, IN 46750 Monday – Friday, 10:00AM to 7:00PM Saturday, 10:00AM to 5:00PM www.pathfindersweetdeals.org or www.facebook.com/PathfinderSweetDeals
The Salvation Army of Huntington County – The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization that help others in our community with financial needs as well as food pantry, pastoral care, and supportive services to help families become more self sufficient.
Women’s Life House – Women’s Life House is a Christian based shelter for homeless women. It has three different programs to help women get back on their feet. They are: Emergency Shelter – There is a place for those who need a temporary place for shelter, food and safety. This part of Life House is for those who need short term emergency shelter. Step Up Program – This is a program where there is an extended stay. The stay for these women is 30 – 60 days. Here is where they get a step up in life. This will be a stay where we will help them over-come things that had initially brought them to Life House. The Step Up program will allow the women in this program to enroll in classes that will strengthen their work skills and help them make better decisions in life. In this program finding a job is a major priority for the women. Every person enrolled in the Step Up program is required to attend all classes, church services, and to abide by the schedule of the day. For longer stays there will be a need for approval from the Director. Fresh Start Program – The Fresh Start Program is for those who need a longer stay to heal, over-come obstacles, and to find the skills that will help them in life. Here they begin to learn about forgiveness, healing, love, and peace. They will learn; confidence, leadership, responsibility, understanding consequences, and have the opportunity to learn to live a victorious life with Jesus. This is a stay from 3 –12 months. Every person enrolled in the Fresh Start program is required to attend all classes, church services, to abide by the schedule of the day, and acquire employment at some point. We will not carry an individual but we will walk with them on this journey. It is their responsibility to make it happen. This ministry is funded by donations but backed by New Life Fellowship Church.