Midway Point Vote Totals:
|Akron 4th of July Committee||19|
|Fulton County 4-H Fair Association||100|
|Fulton County 4-H Horse & Pony Club||61|
|Fulton County Animal Center||500|
|Fulton County Chamber||6|
|Fulton County Council of Aging||59|
|Fulton County Habitat for Humanity||218|
|Fulton County Historical Society Inc.||52|
|Fulton County Pack a Backpack||83|
|Fulton County Park and Recreation||184|
|Fulton-Liberty Lions Park Playground Equipment Fund||609|
|Junior Achievement serving Fulton County||164|
|Out-of-School Job's for America's Graduates (JAG)||15|
|Rochester Downtown Partnership||203|
|United Ministries Food Pantry||21|
|United We Stand Ministries of Akron, IN||142|
|Wee Care Children's Ministries||543|
Akron 4th of July Committee – Every year the committee puts together a festival of activities for the people pf Akron around the 4th of July. The committee is in charge of handling and helping set up vendors, hiring bands, setting up games for the kids and putting together the Akron pageant. The winner of the Miss Akron Pageant (ages 15-18 yrs. old) is able to go on to the Miss Fulton County Pageant. There is also a younger pageant for Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker (ages 4-7 yrs. old). The committee also puts together an Akron Car Show during the festival.
Fulton County 4-H Fair Association – The Fulton County 4-H Fair Association works to maintain the Fairgrounds to provide a place for Fulton County 4-H members to show their projects each year to the community. As expenses increase the Fair Association struggles to keep the buildings and grounds maintained in a well-kept manner. Currently we rent the facilities out year round to generate income to support out needed projects. A major project we are currently working on is renovation of the Bathroom’s in our community building. Part of the reason we need to renovate it to meet the building codes for Handicap accessibility in that building. The building was built in 1992 and at the time met all ADA compliances but since is now no longer compliant. We have raised $5,000.00 to get the project underway but the total cost is $14,800 to complete the work. We are currently working on ideas to raise the rest of the money for this project. It would be appreciated to be considered for Beacon Credit Union Project Spotlight. Thanks!
Fulton County 4-H Horse & Pony Club – The Fulton County Horse and Pony 4H Club strives to educate members on the proper care, training, and overall wellness of our equine companions.
Fulton County Animal Center – The Center began as a Fulton County Leadership Academy project in 2008. A dream from the tragic death of a young girl named Samantha Yates. A fund was created in her honor through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation of Fulton County, Indiana. Many wonderful people joined in the cause to show their support in finding a “halfway” house to the homeless cats and dogs waiting for a forever home. In our desperation to find a facility before the existing animal shelter closed at the end of September 2011, the Manitou Training Center stepped forward and allowed us to use one of their buildings until we found something more suitable to our needs. We now own the building but are looking to launch a Capital Campaign to build a new addition this year. Our hopes is with a new adoption building we will be better able to serve the animals and members of our community. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated and put towards a great cause.
Fulton County Chamber – Fulton County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1945 and has served members throughout Fulton County since that time. 220 members strong, the Chamber has undergone changes throughout the years but has consistently served as the hub for business information in the community, sponsored community events such as the Round Barn Festival and the Chili Cook-Off, and supported local businesses. In 2014, based on input from our members, the Chamber unveiled new initiatives that support our members through networking, promotion, and educational opportunities.
Fulton County Council of Aging – The Fulton County Council on Aging provides services and programs that enable and encourage senior citizens, low income individuals, and disadvantaged persons to maintain independent lifestyles as long as possible. We strive to add life enrichment programs and activities that will appeal to the senior population and benefit their lives physically, emotionally, or socially. We are a non-profit organization and we are located in the Community Resource Center in Rochester, Indiana. We would use the funds to help out in our activity department as well as our transportation department. Your help would be of a great benefit to Fulton County.
Fulton County Habitat for Humanity – FCHFH is a Christian organization that builds homes for those persons who don’t qualify for a conventional loan. Their income must be between 30-80% of the AMI of Fulton County. They must be willing to partner and have 75 hrs of community service per adult before breaking ground. They must also work on their home for 225 more hours/ adult and 15 hrs / child before they qualify to become the homeowner. They will then have a mortgage to pay back their loan.
Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. – The Fulton Co. Hist. Society Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit that runs the Fulton County Museum and Living History Village to preserve Fulton County History. FCHS also holds 2 living history festivals the Redbud Trail Rendezvous in April and the Trail of Courage Living History Festival in September, co-host the Fulton Co. Hist. Power Show in June and also does a Haunted Woods Trail in October as fundraisers. The Historical Society budget comes from membership, donations, fundraisers listed above and room rentals and meals that are catered at the museum. We are not a county funded entity – but do receive funds & grants from the Fulton Co. Tourism and have endowments in the community foundation that we receive interest from once a year. This year part of the projects that will be happening is a storage building 32′ x 40′ to be built and repairs on the blacksmith shop in the living history village. Additional maintenance needs done on other buildings as well and we are trying to build up our maintenance fund so that these projects can be done in the near future. We are also raising sponsorship monies to help pay for expenses for all the festivals.
Fulton County Pack a Backpack – Fulton County Pack a Backpack supplies children from low income families in the Fulton County area with backpacks filled with necessary school supplies to be successful in their educational journey. Last year, Fulton County Pack a Backpack supplied almost 500 children with backpacks.
Fulton County Park and Recreation – The Fulton County Park and Recreation is a nonprofit organization. The County Park’s current project is to put a trail from the fairgrounds to Prairie Edge Park in order to provide safety for people walking or riding bicycles to Prairie Edge Park.
Fulton-Liberty Lions Park Playground Equipment Fund – The Fulton-Liberty Lions Club plans to purchase a playground equipment piece for the Liberty Township Park in Fulton. There will be other Fund Drives as this will take thousands of dollars. Those wanting to contribute directly may contact treasurer Melody Dalton. Many votes will be needed for Project Spotlight to help the club start on this funding.
Junior Achievement serving Fulton County – Junior Achievement’s mission is to prepare young people to succeed in the global economy and own their economic future. Hand in hand with caring adults concerned about the future success and economic health of young people and the communities in which they live, JA empowers young people to make good academic and financial decisions by enhancing the relevancy of their education. Hands-on, classroom-based activities enable students to learn the work-builds- reward fundamentals important to improving the quality of their lives. JA students develop the skills necessary to be confident adults, able to set and achieve goals, be part of an educated local workforce, create new jobs and businesses, and raise families outside financial support.
Matthew’s Market – Matthews Market is a food pantry and ministry outreach of The Cross in Rochester. They supply needed food resources to Fulton County, serving over 7,000 families in 2014. They also partner with other agencies in the community to help provide food security for those who need it.
Out-of-School Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) – At its core, WorkOne’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in Fulton County, a nonprofit effort, focuses on helping at-risk youth strengthen their decision-making, life- and employability skills sufficient to enter, compete and succeed in a workforce or post-secondary education. WorkOne’s Out-of-School (OOS) JAG program seeks to build awareness of the challenges that dropout-recovery poses in Fulton County: in terms of interconnected issues regarding the economy, education, crime and other societal aspects, as well as renewing opportunities so that young Hoosiers can accomplish the intellectual, emotional, academic and other work necessary to improve their lives; at its core, the OOS effort seeks to open opportunities to individuals who hold the key to their own success or failure; and the key, as noted, is whether a young man or woman makes a personal decision to accomplish the emotional, spiritual, academic and other required work to become fully employment-ready OUR MISSION: We exist to get people jobs as quickly as possible at the highest possible wage by meeting the needs of regional employers!
Rochester Downtown Partnership – The Rochester Downtown Partnership is an alliance of community members focused on creating a positive atmosphere for the city of Rochester, to stimulate economic development, enhance the quality of life, promote a center of activity, and support the preservation of downtown Rochester. We are a completely volunteer-based organization.
United Ministries Food Pantry – This organization has been around for approximately 20 years. The United Ministries Food Pantry provides for residents of Fulton, Liberty and Richland Townships. They get their donations from some of the local stores, farmers and donations from the public. I’ve been involved since 2009, helping to raise funds for this worthwhile organization. Residents are able to come in once a month and shop for their family.
United We Stand Ministries of Akron, IN – UWSM is an expansion of the work the Henry Township Ministerial Association was doing prior to 2004. Eight local churches combined their effort to represent the love of Christ more efficiently and personally, more specifically through addressing the local needs of those who have fallen on difficult times who live in Henry and Newcastle Township by primarily providing financial assistance for housing, medicine, heat, electric, food, and other requests are reviewed one on one by the in-take person. Their local food bank is housed in the Akron Church of God, and they can provide budget training. A steering committee is made up of pastors and lay representatives of the Akron Church of the Brethren, Akron Church of God, Akron United Methodist Church, Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Olive Bethel Church of God, Olive Branch Church of God, Omega Church and Silver Creek Church of God. The group helped with the Habitat of Humanity Home during their building in the Akron Community, plans time for community worship and celebration throughout the year, organized local mission work.
Wee Care Children’s Ministries – Wee Care Children’s Ministries is a registered ministry childcare facility that provides yearlong quality Daycare to infants through fifth grade children, After School care and Preschool. It is a ministry of Akron Church of God, but financially independent. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks are offered. Both indoor and outdoor activities are planned daily, age-appropriate curriculum is incorporated, and state regulated staff-to-child ratios are maintained. Wee Care is the only registered ministry childcare facility in the Akron area. Families from three neighboring counties (Miami, Wabash, and Kosciusko) are served by Wee Care. Supportive funds are needed to assure continuing quality care and enriching curriculum that includes field trips for children who attend every day all year. Working parents often cannot take time off work for special activities.