Final Vote Tally:
|A Cause for Paws||262|
|American Legion Riders Post 60||13|
|Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services, Inc.||1108|
|Back-Roads Dog Rescue||98|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cass County||8|
|Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force||30|
|Cass County Humane Society||491|
|Civic Players of Logansport||84|
|Emmaus Mission Center||116|
|Habitat for Humanity of Cass County||27|
|Help revive the STATE Marquee||352|
|Lewis Cass Marching Kings and Boosters||1480|
|Logansport Vineyard Community Church||284|
|Mental Health America in Cass County||14|
|Royal Center Lions/ Pioneer School||21|
A Cause for Paws – A Cause for Paws animal rescue helps find homes for homeless animals, offers medical services to injured and elderly animals, fosters animals until they find homes, and gives each animal all vaccinations, spay/neuters and obedience training. This organization includes all volunteers, and they receive no major funding. I created the Paddle for Paws Canoe Race, in its fifth year, to help these local heroes, but they need more money. A Cause used to operate in the Logansport Mall but has recently moved to the Cass County Humane Society. The space they occupy is unfinished due to lack of funds. A Cause estimates $5000 is needed to complete the space. Please help this wonderful organization who has rescued hundreds of cats and dogs in their long history.
American Legion Riders Post 60 – The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Area Five Agency of Aging and Community Services, Inc. – Area Five Agency on Aging and Community Services is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged members of the 6 counties we serve. Counties we serve: Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. Services we offer our communities are: Aging and In-Home Services: Caregiver Program, Case Management, Ombudsman Program, Pre-Admission Screening and Senior Nutrition Program. Community Services Programs: Area Five Mom’s Group (Meld), Covering Kids and Families, Energy Assistance, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Information and Referral (ADRC), Senior Games, Weatherization. Development Programs: Healthy Families, Head Start, Housing/Development, Individual Development Account, Small Business Incubator. We provide programs and services that benefit, directly or indirectly disadvantaged, disabled and/or aged persons, and pursue programs and assist in maintaining maximum independence and dignity for older people and low-income families.
Back-Roads Dog Rescue – Back-Roads Dog Rescue is a small rural not for profit dog rescue based out of Walton, Indiana. The animals are rescued from shelters and bad situations where many were abused, abandoned and not properly cared for. Once at the rescue they are all fully vetted, temperament tested, socialized and then placed for adoption across the U.S. to new loving forever homes. Back-Roads does not only rescue dogs but also has a few cats available for adoption. Currently most of those that are available for adoption are senior dogs and cats who have come to the rescue due to no fault of their own. Many were given up due to their age or health issues. All of the rescues stay in approved foster homes where they are loved, socialized and cared for until they are adopted. If they are not adopted they are cared for as comfortably as they can be as one of the family. Back-Roads is also very community oriented and in the past has helped provide dog houses and straw to those in need in the winter, food on emergency basis and has teamed with other not for profit organizations for both human and canine fundraising events.
Big Brother Big Sisters of Cass County – Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Camp Angel – Camp Angel is a FREE bereavement camp for young people who are coping with the death of a loved one. Regional day camps are designed with elementary aged students in mind, while a weekend teen retreat at Camp Tecumseh focuses on the needs of middle and high school students. Camp Angel’s goal is to help young people find a better way to understand their grief, to find comfort and healing and to make some happy memories along the way.
Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force – Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force is an organization that provides local, confidential, free services to domestic violence victims. They have a 24 hour hotline that is answered by a person in Cass County that is able to help them locally and direct them to a local confidential shelter. The Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force provides support group meetings weekly for victims at an undisclosed location due to safety, providing daycare. At support group meeting, victims can share with the other members their stories and get needed services, often times finding resources that they were not aware of. The Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force sponsors the domestic violence and teen dating/healthy relationship education to the local high schools yearly. The Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force provide speaking engagements throughout the community free of charge for education to businesses for their employees.
Cass County Humane Society – We provide humane care and treatment for animals needing protection in Cass County. We assist in returning animals to their owners or seek suitable homes for animals without owners. If they need medical attention we also see that they are taken to a vet for care.
Celebrate Recovery – Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ Centered 12-Step program to help people with all kinds of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Recovery can be found for emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, drugs and alcohol dependency, anger management, love relationships, and so much more. Celebrate Recovery serves dinner each week and it has Large Group Lesson and gender specific Open Share Small Groups. It is open to the public on Fridays beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Large Group Lesson at 6:30 p.m. CR is a safe place without judgement.
Civic Players of Logansport – Since 1958, Civic Players of Logansport has provided live theater to Logansport, showcasing the talents of citizens of Logansport and the surrounding communities. This fills a community need by exposing our community to live theater and by teaching important skills to our participants and cast members. Civic Players owns a building located at 1115 Erie Avenue in Logansport, which is used for auditions, rehearsals, and cast parties, as well as set construction and storage of costumes and props. There are two separate sections of roof (a flat section and a metal section), both of which leaked badly. We have recently scraped together enough money for a roof repair, but there is lots of interior work still to be done (replacing ceiling tiles, installing insulation, etc.). Any money raised through Project Spotlight will be earmarked for our Building Renovation Fund. A long-term solution to our ongoing building repair issues will allow us to focus on continuing the tradition of bringing live theater to our community … a tradition that now spans more than 55 years!
Emmaus Mission Center – Emmaus Mission is an organization that provides short-term residential shelter to homeless families and single women and men. Emmaus also provides food thru their food pantry to over 300 families. Persons that have been victims of house fires are provided clothing and furniture free of charge thru the Thrift Store. The thrift store also offers a place for the community to shop for clothing and miscellaneous items at low cost. In addition Emmaus provided Christmas packages to over 300 local senior citizens. These packages have included food, personal items, paper goods and gifts. For many of these persons this is all of the Christmas they receive. In addition, Emmaus will share meals at the shelter with community members in need. Other projects have included assisting with the summer meal program for children. Should Emmaus be awarded funds through this nomination, the money would be used for the Senior Citizen Christmas project. This year it is anticipated that 350 packages will be distributed if not more.
Habitat for Humanity – HFH of Cass County works to provide affordable housing for low income families. Families work in partnership with HFH as they become home owners. HFH works in Cass County assisting people with home repairs, rehabilitating properties, and building new homes.
Help Revive the STATE Marquee – Support The State!!!!! The new State Theatre Preservation Society needs our help!!! The State Theatre is now a non profit organization. Please vote for The State and help with the preservation of this Historic Landmark!!!
Lewis Cass Marching Kings and Boosters – Kings are the band and guard of Lewis Cass Jr. Sr. High School. They number about 125 members and have won many awards including marching in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
Logan’s Landing – Logan’s Landing is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making Cass County’s downtown between-the-rivers district a viable place to operate a business, a rewarding place to live, and a fun place to visit. Multiple events are held downtown each year, which help attract visitors to the community. Beautification projects help improve Logansport’s curb appeal and make it more welcoming to potential investors.
Logansport Vineyard Community Church – Each summer, for the past 10 years, Vineyard Community Church has provided Free Sack Lunches and hosted a Backpack Party for elementary age students. Lunches are given away 2 days a week in front of a local elementary school during the months of June and July, with 1100+ total lunches passed out. We know that sometimes these lunches are the only meal that child is getting for the day. At the Backpack Party event, backpacks filled with school supplies are given away to children in grades K-5th who are in need. We also provide carnival type games with small prizes, free food, and a safe, fun afternoon for families. In providing these summer services to the families of the community we have seen them grow beyond the capacity of our annual church budget and beyond what our congregation is able to give. These events cost close to $6000. Our congregation is able to raise funds for part of this amount, but donations from outside resources are a welcome help to the church to provide these necessary service. Thank you for your vote!
Mental Health America in Cass County – Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.
Royal Center Lions/Pioneer School – The Royal Center Lions is a local organization that wants to help Pioneer School Corporation. We would like to be able to buy dictionaries for third grade students and golden books for the lower grade students. We want to provide eyeglasses for Pioneer students whose parents can’t afford them.