Final Vote Totals:
|Alliance Industries/DeKalb Association for Developmentally Disabled||1965|
|Boy Scouts Troop #169||411|
|DeKalb Community Impact Corporation||236|
|DeKalb County 4-H Council||96|
|DeKalb County Community Care Food Pantry||18|
|DeKalb County Ducks Unlimited||32|
|DeKalb Health Foundation||27|
|DeKalb Humane Society||551|
|DeKalb Pregnancy Center||38|
|Garrett Fire Department||59|
|Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana||71|
|Junior Achievement Serving Eastern / Central DeKalb County||25|
|Mount Pleasant UMC||32|
|National Mentoring Program||120|
|Quiet Knight, Inc.||27|
|RSVP-Community Center of Caring Food Pantry||1306|
|St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc.||20|
|Serenity House, Inc.||11|
|Tri Kappa of Auburn||83|
|Women in Transition||3|
Alliance industries/DeKalb Association for Developmentally Disabled – Alliance Industries is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization providing employment for people with disabilities in a supportive environment. Alliance provides services to area industries such as light assembly and packaging. To support our work input and operating expenses, we solely rely on grants and donations.
Boy Scout Troop 169 – It is the mission of Boy Scout Troop 169 to prepare the Scouts of our unit to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
DeKalb Community Impact Corporation – DCIC approaches serious issues with a faith based approach through five programs: Covered with Love, Cup of Cold Water, Upward Basketball & Cheerleading, Financial Peace University, and Samaritan Works. Covered with Love provides children, who have been living in a drug environment, a care package which is complete with a stuffed animal, homemade blanket, and personal hygiene items. In 2009, the DCIC provided 135 packages to local authorities for distribution to those children who are involved in these critical circumstances. Cup of Cold Water provides ¬five meals each week at four locations. This experience provides the opportunity for hungry residents to share a healthy meal in fellowship. This process promotes the understanding that in order to show a hurting person the love of Jesus we must help meet some of their physical needs. Upward Basketball and Cheerleading offer a break from traditional sports programs with a primary focus of developing a winner in EVERY child. In doing so, they are able to build a league that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in all who participate. Financial Peace University is a nine week course that offers solutions that help families eliminate debt through the teachings of God’s ways of handling money. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. Samaritan Works clients will undergo an assessment to determine their current situation; is this a cyclical pattern or situational instance, clients desire for change, dedication to education for change. Samaritan Works will then assign a mentor, who with the client will develop a program tailored to the needs of the client, complete with benchmarks, timeline and resources available to reach the goal of a self-sustaining community member, empowered to serve others.
DeKalb County 4-H Council – DeKalb County 4-H Council is the governing body over our county’s 4-H program. They provide opportunities for our 4-H youth to attend camps, trips and workshops that allow the 4-H’ers to grow by meeting new people, expanding their knowledge on different subjects, and enjoy experiences they might have not had, without their involvement in 4-H.
DeKalb County Community Care Food Pantry – We are a food and toiletry pantry that serves all residents living in DeKalb Co. We also supply volunteers for the Farm Wagon that Community Harvest sends every Tuesday. We are open 2/3 days per week though each household is served only once monthly. The majority of our clients are the elderly or handicapped. We are a ministry operating in Garrett with our sole support coming from food drives, our local churches, and individual donations. We average 200 households per month with less than half of them living in Garrett. Our first goal is to honor God, our second goal is to feed the hungry and help them find any other assistance they may need.
DeKalb County Ducks Unlimited – Ducks Unlimited is a non-for profit organization that holds fund raising events to help aid the preservations of wetlands for waterfowl in our community. Since 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America.
DeKalb Health Foundation – The DeKalb Health Foundation is a not-for-profit set up to receive donations in support of capital needs and equipment for the community’s hospital. This ensures the hospital provides the best quality care possible for its community.
DeKalb Humane Society – The mission of The DeKalb Humane Society is to provide animal welfare activities and services primarily in DeKalb County, IN. These activities and services include animal acquisition, evaluation, veterinary care, fostering and housing, rehab and training, and adoption into an appropriate home or setting. Adoption includes screening of potential adopters and follow-up evaluations of placements. The DeKalb Humane Society seeks to raise awareness of, and respond to, animal neglect and abuse situations, as well as educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership and animal welfare issues.
DeKalb Pregnancy Center – The DeKalb Pregnancy Center has served DeKalb County since 1985. We are a faith based, life affirming 501c3 offering support, friendship, education, referrals and material assistance to pregnant women and those with children under 3 years of age. It’s our desire that every baby is carried to term and that it has a good, healthy start.
Garrett Fire Department – The City of Garrett Fire Department serves the Citizens of Garrett, Town of Altona, and Keyser Township. The Garrett Fire Department was established in 1879 in Garrett Indiana. The fire department operates with a staff of 32 active volunteers, 3 Pumpers, 1 Rescue, 1 Tanker, and a Grass rig. The fire department responds to approximately 300 calls per year which includes: fires, alarms, field fires, auto accidents, industrial accidents, hazmat spills, carbon monoxide alarms and other emergency situations. The Garrett Fire Department also assists DeKalb County EMS. The Garrett Fire Department is made up of an all-volunteer crew. The Garrett Fire Department spends time participating in Community events and being very involved in things such as: Relay For Life with their Color Guard, A Benefit Victory Run for Dawson, Helping Santa make his visits to Community locations and bringing smiles to those they visit. They meet and practice on Wednesday evenings to keep their skills current. Several of the Garrett Firemen have made a journey to “Ground Zero” to pay their respects for their “fallen fire fighter brothers” on numerous occasions. The Garrett Fire Department always put others first as they protect and serve the Garrett Community.
Girl Scouts – Girl Scouts works with girls from Kindergarten through high school, helping them to know that they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to. Girl Scouts want to help guide girls to be future leaders, girls of character and confidence. Here in DeKalb County we also like to have fun and need funds for events.
Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana – Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana’s Critical Home Repair Program, helps low-income homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes. This is a home preservation program that provides needed interior and exterior repairs for low-income homeowners, so that they may maintain a safe, decent, and affordable place to live. Through CHR, they are able to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. CHR addresses the health and safety of the individual residences in a neighborhood, strengthens connections within the community and helps preserve affordable housing stock. This program focuses on safety, security, accessibility, weatherization, and keeping houses up to city codes. Through project management oversight which typically includes volunteer labor, Habitat will assist families with completing home repairs. The Critical Home Repair Program is designed to provide a hand up, not a hand out, to homeowners who are in need such that they may feel proud and dignified about the place they call home.
Inspiration Ministries – Inspiration Ministries operates out of the Cupbearer Café in downtown Auburn. It was started by Andy Foster four years ago after he served time in prison and decided he wanted to devote himself to helping men and women transition from incarceration to freedom by focusing on helping them grow in their Christian faith. IM has managed to make connections with several other area organizations to assist with housing, writing resumes, and job placement. I’ve become a board member in the past year and am very impressed with their commitment to serving the community. Thanks for your consideration.
Junior Achievement serving East/Central DeKalb County – Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. At every grade level JA programs expose students to basic business concepts and the skills that enable them to understand real-life economics. With this knowledge, they build an understanding regarding economic choices and the resulting consequences of each decision. This prepares them for economically independent futures based on strong economic knowledge and solid personal financial management skills. In partnership with educators, adult volunteers deliver professionally developed learning activities and share their experiences with students. They are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in the 21st century global marketplace. Junior Achievement serving East/Central DeKalb provides Pre K-12th grade programming to approximately 4,000 students annually.
Mount Pleasant UMC – Our reading program provides a book for each child in kindergarten, to keep for themselves, at the end of each school year. The books are age and ability appropriate. The books encourage the children to read over the summer, and helps them maintain or sharpen skills they learned during the school year. Further it encourages family participation in education by reading.
National Mentoring Program – The National Mentoring Program matches adult positive role models with students that are at risk in DeKalb County. Mentors spend 8 hours per month or 2 hours per week with students ages 9-17 with an emphasis on 9-12 year olds. The goal is to increase school attendance as well as prevent other at risk behaviors such as truancy, school failure, drug & alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and gang activity. Last year the program increased from 5 mentees to 15 with a projected increase of 20 in the next year. Mentors are interviewed, have extensive background checks, and participate in ongoing training. I have been a mentor for 2 years and the mentees could use the additional support. Thank you for considering voting for the National Mentoring Program.
Quiet Knight, Inc. – Quiet Knight is a 501c3 founded to provide assistance to veterans and others in NE Indiana. QK is a privately funded organization that relies on direct donations from individuals and companies along with profits from the operation of a reception hall to fund our assistance efforts. We are unique in the fact that we have 3 different funds that donations can be directed (General, Veteran, Building) toward and are able to accept and distribute monetary and tangible goods to provide a leg-up to those in need based on the direction of the Donor. Our General Fund provides assistance for any qualifying resident of the 4-Counties in NE Indiana; our Veterans Fund provides the same for Veterans only; our Building Fund directs funds to operating costs of the organization and the real property owned and operated by QK. QK provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, medical, fuel, insurance, etc.; advice to recipients on fiscally responsible behavior; and everything ranging from appliances, wheelchairs, furniture, etc.
RSVP – Community Center of Caring Food Pantry – The RSVP-Community Center of Caring Food Pantry serves an average of 439 families each month representing 1,689 individuals. These families and individuals are able to come to the RSVP-Community Center of Caring each month where they receive assistance with their nutritional needs. Individuals are provided with meat, fresh or canned vegetables, cereal, fresh or canned fruit, and other staples to assist them with their need. RSVP Volunteers serve these individuals who also are able to receive backpacks filled with school supplies for children on the free and reduced lunch program and warm winter coats for those in need during the fall and winter months. Last year a total of 1,155 unduplicated families and 4,037 unduplicated individuals were assisted in DeKalb County. The volunteers are always willing to serve those in need at the RSVP-Community Center of Caring.
St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. – St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. provides quality medical care for acute and chronic conditions, dental, optometry and medication assistance services for the uninsured in DeKalb County. It is a full-service clinic that meets the needs of its residents and is impacting many individuals and families in DeKalb County who would otherwise have no access to healthcare. All services provided at the clinic are at no charge to its patients. St. Martin’s Healthcare is the only clinic serving the uninsured residents of DeKalb County. It is estimated that 25-30% of DeKalb County residents will be uninsured at some point during their lives. To the majority of patients, St. Martin’s Healthcare is their medical home. The clinic is supported completely by grants, foundations, community donations and fund-raisers.
Serenity House, Inc. – Serenity House, Inc. operates alcohol and drug abuse residential recovery homes in Northeast Indiana. We were founded in 1994. We opened our first recovery house in 1995 thanks to the generosity of several anonymous and public donors. Today, we have two homes for women and four for men. Serenity House, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. The elements of our program are based entirely on the principles, practice, and theory of 12-step recovery as presented by the time tested, experience proven, process that became the model for all 12-step programs. All Serenity House facilities and all our resources are dedicated to the concept that, with the help of other recovering people, men and women can achieve lasting sobriety with a quality of life they never imagined possible.
Tri Kappa of Auburn – Tri Kappa of Auburn is a philanthropic organization that supports individualized projects within the community in the areas of charity, culture and education. Our local projects include outreach programs for children and families with special needs, annual scholarship awards to DeKalb High School students, an annual scholastic honor ceremony recognizing outstanding DeKalb High School students, cultural events within the community, an annual Christmas Boutique for children and an annual kid’s triathlon. We also work with our wonderful community generating awareness for the importance of women getting their mammograms during our “Pink Out DeKalb County” event.
Women in Transition – This group is about learning coping tools in dealing with all the feelings and issues that one can run into when faced with a transition. This group is about expressing feelings, receiving support from others who have been though similar transitions, learning how to let go of the old, and create new beginnings.