Final Vote Totals:
|Affordable Housing Corporation||14|
|Bridges to Health||435|
|Brookhaven Wesleyan Food Pantry||217|
|Cancer Services of Grant County||55|
|Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Grant County, Inc.||170|
|Cure SMA 2016 Walk-n-Roll||527|
|Family Services Society, Inc. – Healthy Families Grant County Program||688|
|Garden Club of Marion||6|
|Grant County Crime Stoppers Inc.||129|
|Grant County Rescue Mission||15|
|Marion Civic Theatre||76|
|Marion Community School of the Arts||44|
|Marion-Grant County Humane Society||485|
|Marion-Grant County Senior Center||638|
|Salvation Army Marion||175|
|Services for the Visually & Hearing Impaired (Grant County)||2013|
|The Film Project||5|
|The Training Center||43|
Affordable Housing Corporation – Project: Passport Pop Ups – What are the Pop Ups? This spring, Grant County’s Passport to success is coming to your neighborhood. Passport Pop Up events will be happening in and around the neighborhoods of Central Marion, every other week during the months of April, May, June and July. These events are designed to engage the families in the area known as the “Magnificent 7.” Events will be free and fun, but will serve to help students develop assets which will enable them to become successful adults. Passport Pop Up Kick Off (April 14th): Kick the spring season off right with an active mix of fun and games at Marion’s fitness park (corner of Washington and 22nd). You Could Be Anything (April 28th): Doctor, lawyer, astronaut, clown. Your future is what you make it. Join us at the Crossing to explore careers and develop your dreams. (At 7th and Washington) Fun with Food (May 12th): Come out to the Fitness Park to celebrate Fun with Food Day! It’s all about Passport experiences that encourage you to play with your food. (Corner of Washington and 22nd). Growing Grant County (May 26th): At the Flying Tomato, students and families will have the opportunity to put their green thumbs to the test with Passport activities that relate to gardening. (Corner of 16th and Boots) Make Your Mark on Passport Park (June 9th): Tap into your creative side with a series of Passport activities that engage students in artistic expression. (Corner of Washington and Webster) Get off the Bench! (June 23rd): It’s sports day! Come out to the basketball court at 13th and Boots street to get physical with a series of Passport activities focusing on sport and play. Wet and Wild Water Day! (July 7th): Visit the Gathering Place and cool down with a collection of Passport activities that are guaranteed to leave you sopping wet. All events are hosted in Marion, Indiana.
Bridges to Health – Bridges to Health is a 501 (c) 3 charitable clinic that opened in 2005 to serve Grant County residents. Our mission is to provide primary healthcare to individuals and families who lack adequate resources and to provide educational services to empower those individuals and families to lead healthier lives in the Grant County community. Summarily, none of the patients at Bridges to Health have health insurance and their income falls between below and up to 200 percent of federal poverty level. Over the past 10 years we have grown dramatically in our service offerings, and have been the gateway to better health for over 3500 individuals in Grant County. We have seen how a relationship with a primary care physician, access to preventative care and health education and medications can be life changing for individuals who have fallen through the cracks of our health care system. As a charitable clinic, we do not receive federal funds. Bridges to Health is directly supported through monetary and in-kind donations by Grant County individuals, companies and local churches. We also have numerous fundraisers yearly and write grants as they become available. To this end, Bridges to Health is always looking for local opportunities to spread the word about our services, garner financial support in doing so and create partnerships that assist us in our mission to empower individuals in our community to lead healthier lives. We look forward to telling you more about our organization and are hopeful you will join us in keeping Grant County residents healthy.
Brookhaven Wesleyan Food Pantry – Families from Grant County are eligible to receive food twice a year from the food pantry. Every Tuesday the food pantry is open. A list of what types of food that they like is given to them to fill out. Then while volunteers are preparing the groceries other volunteers talk with them about any needs that they have and then pray with them.
Cancer Services of Grant County – Cancer Services is a community based agency, established in 1959, that lifts the burden of illness for local individuals facing cancer. We are not affiliated with any other cancer agencies and all of our funds stay local to help ease the burdens of cancer patients in Grant County. A few years ago we established a program for children facing cancer called the Kids Corner. This little space in our office offers children a place to play, to pick out child sized wigs, hats or take a superman/woman cape or a tutu or even hats and stuffed animals. It’s a bright little corner in the “family room” area of our office. We also have crafts for them to do while we talk to their parents to make sure they have what they need during their cancer journey. Children facing cancer have special needs. Please choose us so that we can put that $1,000.00 toward those needs. Thank you.
CASA of Grant County, Inc. – The mission of CASA of Grant County, Inc. is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in judicial proceedings through the use of specifically trained community volunteers. Volunteers advocate for timely permanence planning for the child in a manner reflecting what is in the best interest of the child regarding safety, stability, and permanency. In 2014, CASA of Grant County, Inc. had 49 volunteers who served a total of 8927 hours in working on behalf of Grant County’s abused and neglected children. The agency advocated for 285 children throughout the course of 2014.
Cure SMA 2016 Walk-n-Roll – My name is Jessica Griffin. My beautiful baby boy was born Nov 18, 2014 and was diagnosed with SMA on January 13, 2015 after being flown to Riley Hospital January 6, 2015 where he later passed away from this heartbreaking, terminal disease on January 26, 2015. SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, in simple terms, is a disease that affects the muscles of innocent children robbing them of the ability to move, eat, and even breathe on their own. SMA is the number one genetic killer of infants under the age of 2. Until that horrific day on January 13th, after watching helplessly as my son lay in a hospital bed on a ventilator with a feeding tube, I had never heard of SMA. After hearing those three letters be his diagnosis and our world being turned upside down I vowed that no other parent should have to go through this pain and shock of hearing your child will not survive from a terminal diagnosis that only became part of my vocabulary thirteen days before watching my child pass away in my arms. My husband and I are currently working with Amber Snyder, a Development Manager for Cure SMA, on doing a fundraiser to raise money for finding a cure for SMA. Not until after we met with Amber did we find out that other people in our community have been affected by SMA in some way. We want to let those in the community know that they are not alone and that we are working hard to find a cure. We will be having a “Walk-n-Roll” in Matter Park on August 13th. Amber said that she would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Her contact information is: Amber Snyder| Development Manager, Central Cure SMA| Make today a breakthrough. 800.886.1762 x6339| cureSMA.org
Family Services Society, Inc. – Healthy Families Grant County Program – Family Service Society is a voluntary parent support program for new parents/families of infants. Regular visits in the home provide education about child development, nutrition, brain development and positive interacting and bonding with your child. The program connects families with vital community resources that can assist them in meeting basic needs. Families can join the program prenatally or until the baby is 3 months of age and can remain in the program until the child is 3 years old. In 2014, 316 families received services. Participating families also receive incentive items such as diapers, baby hygiene items, books and other useful items. Project Spotlight prize money would be used to purchase incentive gifts used to keep families engaged in this important program.
Garden Club of Marion – The Garden Club of Marion is creating a Butterfly garden in Matter Park. It will include a Monarch Butterfly Waystation to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. The use of herbicides, frequent mowing along roadsides and land development has eroded their habitat. The club will provide milkweed and nectar sources for the butterflies and intends to educate the public with tours and programs about the development and migration of the Monarch butterfly.
Gilead Ministries – Gilead is a unique non-profit that has been providing emotional, spiritual and practical support for cancer and long term illness patients and their families for over 16 years. Gilead currently serves over 2,800 families through cards, calls and one day projects.
Grant County Crime Stoppers, Inc. – Crime Stoppers was started in Grant County in May of 1987 and since that time: Over 3250 calls have been received. Over 600 cases have been cleared. Over 550 suspects have been arrested. Over $320,000.00 worth of stolen property has been recovered. Over $11,150,000.00 worth of drugs have been seized, that will not be sold on our streets. Over $60,000.00 in reward money has been paid. There are three essential parts of a Crime Stoppers program: The community because the citizens make up the board of directors (all volunteers) that oversee the program and conduct fundraising activities. The media helps by promoting and broadcasting the Crime of the Week. The last element is law enforcement, because they are responsible for taking and processing the tips that are called in. How Crime Stoppers works: Subjects in Grant County can call 765.662.TIPS (8477) to give information 24 hours a day. When they call in, they are assigned a tip or code number. This tip or code number is used in subsequent calls to Crime Stoppers and if and when any reward is paid to the caller. All callers remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity, and still collect their rewards. Once the information is received it is referred to the law enforcement agency investigating the crime. If the caller’s information results in the felony arrest or indictment of someone, the tipster is eligible to receive a cash reward. Eligible tips are voted on by board members and the amount of the reward is based on several factors. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is funded entirely through fund raisers and donations. Monies raised are used to pay rewards and for operating expenses.
Grant County Rescue Mission – GCRM is a homeless shelter that provides food, clothing, shelter, counseling and educational opportunities to people who are homeless or in need.
H2O Community – H2O Community provides financial assistance to families or individuals struggling to pay their water bills.
Homeland Mission – We are a food pantry that serves approximately 1,000 families per month at our location, providing a great need in the Grant County area. We are open Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. to Noon, and on Friday, Noon to 3 p.m. We also have special days for give-away of new clothing and household items in our basement to our food pantry patrons. We have loyal volunteers who do the work of the pantry – serving the families, stocking shelves, unloading supplies from our truck, and driving our truck to locations to receive food, cleaning supplies, laundry and personal items.
Marion Civic Theatre – For over 60 years, the Marion Civic Theatre has been a volunteer-based public theatre in Grant County. In the not too distant past the Marion Civic Theatre has brought to the stage “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Annie,” “Oliver, “The Music Man,” & “Miracle on 34th Street.” Most recently, the Marion Civic Theatre served as the stage for the world premiere production of “if by yes.” Written by a local Ball State University Student, “if by yes” is based on E. E. Cummings poem, “anyone lived in a pretty how town,” set in a highly surrealistic world and written in poetic language. “If by yes” was well received by the Grant County Community and the Marion Civic Theatre looks to continue this tradition. With a bright future on the horizon, the Marion Civic Theatre is looking forward to all the new talent, directors, a patrons and are yet to come to the stage. The Marion Civic Theatre believes in the theatrical arts and wants to ensure that classic shows and new favorites are brought the stage for many more years to come.
Marion Community School of the Arts – The Marion Community School of the Arts was incorporated in 1995, and began providing six classes of art instruction in the basement of the St. John Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana. After seeing tremendous growth, and several location changes, the Marion Community School of the Arts acquired a large downtown building on the courthouse square in Marion, Indiana. The Community School of the Arts has grown to serve students from Grant, Wabash, Blackford, Delaware, Madison, Howard, Hamilton, Johnson, and Allen Counties, and offers over 200 classes, a pre-professional theatre company, a pre-professional dance company, a recreational dance company, a variety of private music lessons, original and Broadway productions, community art partnerships and public school performances. $100,000 in scholarship opportunities are available to students enrolled in classes, and senior graduating students pursuing a degree in the arts were awarded nearly $500,000 in collegiate scholarships to universities across the country in 2015. The purpose of the Community School of the Arts is to provide arts education and enrichment, developing quality educational opportunities, and exposing the arts to the community.
Marion-Grant County Humane Society – In 1958 the first board president was elected and the membership established under the name of the Marion Humane Society. It was not until 1960 that the Marion Humane Society was incorporated as a not for profit organization and in 1963 the name was changed to the Marion Grant County Humane Society Inc. whereas Grant County began to contribute financially to the Humane Society. In 1968 a shelter was built by the Society on Tulip Drive in Marion, IN and although small in size with 13 indoor kennels and a 10’ x 10’ room with stacked cages the humane society never lost focus of their purpose to aid in the prevention of cruelty and harm in all its various forms upon animals. In November of 1997 the Society through generous donations and fundraising efforts bought an existing building on Avon Avenue in Marion, IN and renovated it into a 40 dog kennel shelter with an open area for kitty condos and within a few years established the Marion Grant County Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic in an offsite rented facility. For many years up until 2008 the Marion Grant County Humane Society was responsible for the contractual services to the City of Marion and of Grant County for animal control. Eventually due to insufficient funding and deterioration of the shelter building and with the addition of a city operated animal control facility the Humane Society was forced to close their shelter. The Marion Grant County Humane Society’s work continued in spite of not having an actual building through foster care homes, the operation of the spay neuter clinic, organized adoption events and fundraisers. By April of 2011 the Society had regrouped and through generous donors, dedication and determination had officially reopened a 5,000 sq. ft. facility, now called the Marion Grant County Humane Society Animal Orphanage and Rescue, with the spay neuter clinic on site, spacious kennel areas, a cat aviary with outside access, a large exercise yard for the dogs, quarantine areas and a separate mother and babies room. The Marion Grant County Humane Society’s goal is to operate as a no kill animal orphanage and rescue facility and to work diligently “Until They All Have a Home”.
Marion-Grant County Senior Center – The Center works to enhance the quality of life for Grant County senior citizens through social, educational, recreational, nutritional, and health programs. As part of this programming, we serve a lunch Monday thru Friday at the Center for senior citizens. Government funding has been cut and therefore the Center must look towards other means of funding.
Salvation Army Marion – The Salvation Army started in Marion, IN in 1899. They offer many assistance and youth services such as: Worship Services and Christian Education, Food Pantry, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Disaster Assistance, Christmas Assistance, Pathway of Hope, CenterShot, Archery, Supper Club, Beginner Band, Kidz Worship, Creative Ministries, Moonbeams (Boys & Girls Ages 2-6), Sunbeams (Girls ages 7-12), Girl Guards (Girls ages 13-18), Adventure Corps (Boys ages 7-18). These services offer a valuable resource in Grant county and rely on donations and volunteers to continue their mission and out-reach.
Services for the Visually & Hearing Impaired, Inc. – Our organization is a United Way agency that provides the following services to our clients in Grant and Blackford Counties: counseling services for visually and/or hearing impaired individuals and their families; support group for the visually impaired and their families; obtain and instruct in the use of independent living aids; Braille classes; sign language classes; vision and hearing testing at health fairs, day cares, health care and assisted living facilities, and some schools; limited financial assistance for people who are income qualified and need glasses or hearing aids; and we provide educational presentations for clubs and civic organizations, in-service programs for schools and nursing classes, and newsletters for our clients.
The Film Project – Photographer gifting professional family portrait to those who may have a limited time left with their loved ones due to a life threatening illness. The family receives a free portrait session a print package and a mobile phone app. This is all done by the volunteers of local photographers.
The Training Center – The Training Center is an academic enrichment program committed to helping elementary and jr high students who may be at risk either academically, socially, physically or combination. Partnering with families and the community for offer a free program that allows children to begin to excel and to dream of future that offers hope for success. The Training Center is completing our fourth year of operations. This year the Training Center has served 51 students and 26 families. Through our partnership we continue to see children improve academically, in character and community.