Final Vote Totals:
|Allen County Angels||1041|
|Allen County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)||317|
|American Sewing Guild Fort Wayne Chapter||271|
|Boomerang Backpacks of Fremont||21|
|Bridge of Grace||203|
|Catholic Charities Immigration Program||158|
|Christ Child Society Coats for Kids Program||935|
|Fort Wayne Police Department – W.H.A.L.E Program||23|
|LEARN Resource Center||398|
|Lennox’s Legacy Rescue, Inc||91|
|New Haven Food Bank||519|
|New Haven Parks Youth Scholarship Program||1|
|Power House Youth Center||31|
|Rotary 5K to Eliminate Polio||4|
Allen County Angels – Allen County Angels is a Facebook group that links caring, empathetic, helpful citizens together in various avenues to better the lives of those in our community. We have Allen County Snow Angels where we link up volunteers with elderly and disabled citizens in need of help snow shoveling driveways and sidewalks. Over 175 people were helped this past season thanks to volunteers with the Allen County Snow Angels. We hold an annual Allen County Angels Stocking Stuffer Giveaway each year before Christmas. This year we helped 200 children in our community, whose families were in financial crisis, receive toys and stocking stuffers. We also hold an annual Allen County Angels Easter Giveaway helping families in need provide Easter Baskets for their children. This year we are currently making over 70 Easter Baskets packed with candy and toys. We are the home of Re-Bible a ministry that collects new and used bibles to distribute to those in need of bibles in our community. Re-Bible has distributed 230 bibles and bags of assorted Christian literature to our city’s homeless community and others in need since the ministry began. We have Allen County Guardian Angels who network with local homeless ministries helping to raise awareness, funds, volunteerism, and items for the homeless in Allen County. We also advocate for the rights and wellbeing of our cities homeless. We have distributed clothing, candles, sleeping bags, food, medicine, and various resources to the homeless. Our newest project is Growing Blessings. A Facebook group linking experienced gardeners with beginning gardeners. It is a place for those who garden to not only share knowledge and help encourage beginners but a place to share excess fruit and vegetables at harvest time. Not to mention seeds, gardening supplies and plants. Allen County Angels would greatly appreciate any and all funding and donations as it would help us achieve our ultimate goal of restoring faith in mankind and bettering our community through bettering the lives of those who live in our community. Thank you!
Allen County CASA – Volunteers from local CASA programs in Indiana advocated for 16,374 abused and neglected children in 2013 with over 431,451 volunteer hours. Sadly at the beginning of 2014, there were still 2,987 children on a waiting list for a CASA volunteer in Indiana. Right here in our community, the Allen County CASA Program supported volunteers to work with over 380 children in 2014, with many remarkable success stories. Approximately 144 volunteer advocates served these vulnerable children in 2014, but there is a tremendous need for additional volunteers. Allen County CASA Program recruits, trains and supports CASA volunteers as advocates to get to know the abused or neglected child and determine their needs and recommend what is in the child’s best interest. The CASA volunteer communicates this information about the child to the court so the child’s voice can be heard and so the child does not become “lost” in the system. The CASA volunteer helps the child to understand what is going on in the case and provides a friendly face, support, stability, and consistency for the child during legal proceedings amidst a sea of unfamiliar people – including police, doctors, child welfare workers, and lawyers. By presenting the best interests of abused and neglected children to the court, advocates help judges to make better informed and timelier decisions about children so they can be returned home or placed in a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. In addition to speaking for the child in court, CASA volunteers assist children in other ways to recover from the situations that placed them in foster care – providing encouragement and support to enable them to lead healthy, productive lives. Advocates serve as role models to children who often have no one else to turn to. For example, many advocates assist with educational needs, encourage career interests, and develop meaningful relationships with their assigned children that have a lifelong impact on both the children and the volunteer.
American Sewing Guild – The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is a national nonprofit organization [501(c)(3)] dedicated to individuals who believe sewing is a rewarding and creative sewing activity . The national headquarters are located in Houston, TX. More about the history of ASG can be found at ASG.org. Our chapter received the ASG Charter in 1996 when a group of ladies who had been meeting as a sewing group for a number of years decided to join this national organization of home sewers. We currently have about 120 members. Community Service is our main goal. We want to be able to use our talents and resources to help others. Our ten Neighborhood Groups also contributes to the following places; Cancer Services, Riley Hospital, Miracles Around Us, Area Hospitals (Pediatric Wards), Women’s Shelters, Food Pantries, American Legions, and Oncology Centers. We schedule all day sew-in to construct fleece hat/mittens/scarf sets, angel gowns, children hospital gowns, cosmetic bags, pillowcases, and chemo hats for other nonprofits in our area as well as other chapter wide community service projects. Please vote for us! We need your support!
Boomerang Backpacks of Fremont – This is a non-profit that services close to 100 students with weekend food items. It is for Kindergarten through 4th grade students who are have signed up to receive a Boomerang Backpack. The Backpacks contain at least 8 food items (which include: cereal, juice, fruit, an entree – that can be mac and cheese, soup, ramen noodles, etc.) All items are purchased through donations. Fremont students are in charge of ordering, packing and delivering the backpacks. They also help with the fundraising events.
Bridge of Grace – Our mission is to encourage our southeast Fort Wayne neighbors to develop confidence and self-sufficiency by empowering individuals and families through a Christ-centered approach that endeavors to meet the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional needs of our community. We do this through educational programs such as tutoring and mentoring, crime prevention measures like home safety assessment, neighborhood beautification, and finally through life skills training in areas like financial literacy, parenting, ESL, and other helpful classes.
Catholic Charities Immigration Program – In its ninety-one year history, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has demonstrated its commitment to quality services. The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, a national accreditation body that identifies national standards for human services. The Fort Wayne office’s immigration program has also been recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) since 2002. Luz P. Ostrognai, our immigration supervisor www.ccfwsb.orgor was approved for partial accreditation for the third time on March 18, 2011 pursuant to Title 8, Section 1292.2(d), and Code of Federal Regulations. Due to that we are able to serve about 500 refugees and immigrants a year.
Christ Child Society Coats for Kids Program – The Christ Child Society of Ft Wayne is an organization comprised of over 200 women who volunteer their time to the underserved school age children of our area. Last Year the coat program within the Christ Child distributed 2,200 new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to 79 area schools and social service agencies. This year we are excited to expand the program to include shoes and boots for the children. With no paid staff, Christ Child is proud to be able to funnel all monies raised into programs directly benefiting children in need. I thank you for the opportunity to nominate the Christ Child Society Coats for Kids Program for the Beacon Project Spotlight Program. Sincerely, Janet Didier Christ Child Society Chairman
Fort Wayne Police Department – W.H.A.L.E Program – Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of kids. Why? In many cases, children are either not properly buckled into their safety seats or parents don’t realize that a booster seat is vital to ensuring children fit safely in their vehicle’s seat belt. Don’t take a chance. Children may be riding in a vehicle with parents, grandparents, daycare providers or others. In an accident, if the adult in the vehicle is seriously injured or unable to talk, those responding to the emergency have no easy way of identifying the child. The W.H.A.L.E.™ Program is intended to give parents (or other caregivers) the voice and tools to help emergency rescue efforts go more smoothly. W.H.A.L.E.™ stands for “We Have A Little Emergency.” This car seat safety program was developed by Connie Day, a caregiver from Virginia. In the event of an automobile accident that incapacitates the adult driver and passengers, rescue personnel will have a difficult time identifying children riding in car safety seats. In some situations, these adults may not be related to the child passenger; therefore, conventional means of obtaining information will be useless. In these cases, W.H.A.L.E.™ can make a significant difference. Most laws require that all youngsters under 4 years of age or up to 40 pounds must be seated and harnessed in an approved child safety seat when riding in a car. Now that same child safety seat can provide vital information about its young occupant in the unfortunate event that the driver of the car is incapacitated in a car accident. W.H.A.L.E.™ stickers are placed on both rear side windows of the car and on both sides of the child safety seat so that emergency personnel will know immediately that there is vital information pertaining to the child on the back of the car seat. The W.H.A.L.E.™ car sticker contains the child’s name, medical history, names and telephone numbers of two guardians and up to three other emergency names and telephone numbers. The program consists of three parts: 1. An Information Label is attached to the back of the car seat, which provides important information about the child, such as name, date of birth, medical history and who to contact in case of emergency. The label is placed on the back of the car seat where it is not visible from outside the vehicle. This ensures the privacy of this personal information. 2. Two W.H.A.L.E™ Car Seat Stickers are attached to the sides of the seat. 3. Two W.H.A.L.E™ Vehicle Stickers are attached to the rear/side windows of the vehicle. Each of these stickers depicts the W.H.A.L.E™ logo and will alert emergency personnel that the occupants participate in the program.
LEARN Resource Center – In 2016, LEARN Resource Center will celebrate its 50 anniversary serving the East Allen community. It currently provides before and after school programs for 130 students at 3 elementary schools. In the summer, LEARN provides a full-day, 9-week program for over 50 students. Students participate in a wide variety of activities including literacy, STEM, homework assistance, Boy Scouts, 4-H and sports/recreation. The organization has a proven track record of helping participants achieve school success. Students attending school year programs pass ISTEP+ at a higher rate than the school’s rate.
Lennox’s Legacy Rescue, Inc. – We believe that every animal deserves a FOREVER home. No animal should be confined to a shelter cage for the remainder of their life. Our goal is to find every animal safety and comfort as well as eliminating the selfish need to breed while shelter animals die. Each animal is given the care, space and training needed to recover, without time limitations. We save animals from neglect, abuse and slaughter situations, placing them into the safety of rescue.
Nana’s Creations – Loretta Loy creates and distributes blankets to children in need. Loretta has created over 3,000 blankets to children who have been victims of fires and to those who simply cannot afford to have an object that belongs just to them. She spends all of her free time making blankets for the children. Loretta has been recognized by a number of new stations and has received an award for her service to East Allen County Schools. Loretta contributes a number of her own funds to the project when her donors fall short. She has been able to fill every order from schools and organizations for blankets. Loretta will be partnering with Beacon Credit Union and the Allen County Angels for the upcoming Christmas Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. The Allen County Angels donate gifts and donated items to families in need. Loretta will be making 200 blankets to give to the children who sign up for this year’s Christmas giveaway.
New Haven Food Bank – New Haven Food Bank (NHFB) is a part of the Associated Churches Food Bank Network and serve families in the greater New Haven, Indiana area. Since January 2000, NHFB has provided a hand up in the form of food to thousands of New Haven area residents. NHFB, in association with Fort Wayne Free Pet Food Pantry, is now offering free pet food to area residents. Beginning in October 2016, NHFB will be providing gently used, free winter coats to area residents in need. NHFB counts in donations of food, coats, and cash to operate. With an all-volunteer staff, every donated dollar is returned directly to the community. Please vote for us many times and please pray for us.
New Haven Parks Youth Scholarship Program – The New Haven Park and Recreation Dept. Youth Scholarship Program allows low income youth between the ages of 5 and 18 to participate in park activities including swim lessons, tumbling, basketball, golf, tennis, nature camp, etc. for little or no cost. This program is run strictly off of donations.
Power House Youth Center – Power House is Christian youth center in New Haven. Our mission is to provide the youth of this community with positive alternatives to negative behaviors in a safe, drug free environment surrounded by caring Christian adults. We provide afternoon school programs that include tutoring, like skills training, drug and alcohol education, and mentoring.
Rotary 5K to Eliminate Polio – Six years ago, the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club of Fort Wayne initiated an annual 5K run to earn funds to go toward our annual contribution to Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign. This has been a very successful race, as you can see by the following net amounts which have been sent to Rotary International: 2009–$2,608; 2010–$1,592; 2011–$2,538; 2012–$2,571; 2013–$3,657; and 2014–$1,374, for a total of $14,340. Beginning with this year’s race the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne will be joining us as a co-sponsor of this race, and we are making great strides toward making our race a signature race here in Fort Wayne. Obviously, our goal each year is to solicit enough sponsors that all race registration fees will go entirely toward our net profit. And, if we get enough sponsorship money, even some of that money will add to our total! Every Rotary Club throughout the world is asked each year to pledge a certain amount of money toward this effort, and Rotary International has been a significant contributor to the world-wide effort to eradicate polio. It would be a great honor for our Fort Wayne Clubs (Anthony Wayne Rotary and the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne) to be the recipient of the Beacon Credit Union’s Project Spotlight prize money in order for us to do an even better job of helping to fund this tremendously worthy project.