Final Vote Totals:
|Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County||90|
|Canine Crossroads Training Boarding and Grooming||28|
|Clear Creek Ball Diamond||37|
|Crime Stoppers of Huntington County||4|
|Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc.||2092|
|Huntington County Council of Aging||192|
|Huntington County Habitat for Humanity||15|
|Huntington County Free Health Clinic||107|
|Huntington County Humane Shelter||66|
|Huntington House Homeless Shelter||61|
|Junior Achievement Serving Huntington County||182|
|Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, Inc.||10|
|New Life Ministries||897|
|Pathfinder Sweet Deals||281|
|Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park||26|
Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County – The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County is a safe place where school-aged youth come to learn, grow, and have fun! While members are at the Club, they receive homework help and a nutritious meal. They are also able to take part in specialized programs that focus on Character & Leadership, Education, Health & Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Trained staff walk with youth as they grow and help them set attainable goals to prepare them up for success in life.
Canine Crossroads Training, Boarding, and Grooming – Canine Crossroads is a no kill rescue that takes the stray animals picked up by Huntington County Animal Control. All Dogs are evaluated, spay or neutered, brought up to date on their shots and put up for adoption. Amanda Clark and the Canine Crossroads staff have worked with the Huntington County Animal Control Officer for the past 5 years. Hundreds of dogs and miscellaneous other animals have been given a second chance at life thanks to these amazing people.
Clear Creek Ball Diamond – I would like to nominate the Clear Creek ball diamond as a very worthwhile recipient of Project Spotlight funds. This township property is a central gathering point for the northern Huntington county rural residents. There are a large number of youth involved in baseball and softball teams that practice and play at this field regularly. For every child that is active in a team sport, though, it seems there is at least one sibling that has nothing to do… There is a small playground with two swings, a broken merry-go-round, a climbing structure, a rocking horse, and a bench. I personally installed the bench for the parents’ sake and the climbing structure for kids, but I would love to see more funds available to fix the merry-go-round and purchase a slide. Making this property safe and enjoyable for ALL of the children is the goal.
Crime Stoppers of Huntington County – Crime Stoppers is a community program geared toward public involvement in the fight against crime. It offers cash rewards up to $1,000 and anonymity to citizens who provide information to Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and is funded entirely through public donations. Contributions are tax deductible. Citizens with information about any crime are requested to call Crime Stoppers. The caller is assured anonymity by using this method. Crime Stoppers of Huntington County was started in 1988.
Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. – Helping Paws Pet Haven, Inc. is an all-volunteer cat rescue working solely on donations. 95% of our residents are stray, homeless cats. Most of them have not been altered and many come with additional medical needs. Each cat coming into HPPH is altered, vaccinated, treated for any parasites (fleas, intestinal parasites, ear mites…), FELV/FIV tested and another medical needs met. Some of them have had very rough lives and need attention with bites wounds, abscesses, dental needs, limb amputation & eye surgeries. This project will help with those medical needs, getting them healthy and ready for adoption and their forever homes.
Huntington County Council of Aging – I would like to SHINE A LIGHT on the Huntington Senior Center (Huntington County Council on Aging). The Senior Center has purchased the buildings at 1450 West Park Drive Huntington IN. (the former Huntington Tractor Sales). Now they need monies to renovate the main building into an inviting Senior Center for Huntington Seniors. This facility will be a well-equipped hub of information, programs, and recreational activities. Wabash County and Whitley County have beautiful new buildings for senior activities. We here in Huntington need your financial help to develop 1450 West Park Drive into a beautiful and functional facility for Huntington Seniors! We are currently renting space at the Central Christian Church. We need financial help from the community to make our dreams come true. Please financially support this worthwhile project!!!!
Huntington County Free Health Clinic – Huntington County Free Health Clinic provides free health care and medications to persons of Huntington County who are unable to obtain insurance or Medicaid to cover the expenses of their health or dental care.
Huntington County Habitat for Humanity – Huntington County Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian organization that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Our goal is to eliminate substandard housing in our community, and ultimately, around the world.
Huntington County Humane Shelter – We are a small, not-for-profit humane shelter operating on city funding (ACO), donations, fundraising, grants, and private donations. In 2010 we broke ground for the new kennel area and have been renovating ever since. We are nearing completion but are in still need of funding to finish the projects. We are an “all admittance” sheltering facility, depending on adoptions and rescues for placement of our animals. Our rescue program is growing daily. We occasionally look for those who are willing to help transport animals to meet rescue representatives, if this is something that you are interested in doing contact the shelter and ask for Mary and as always we invite all to visit us at any time, we look forward to each visit.
Huntington House Homeless Shelter – The Huntington House Homeless Shelter provides short-term immediate housing for families, women with children and single women who are in need. In addition to housing & meals, we offer budgeting classes, cooking classes, local GED, literacy class, RRH assistance, guidance for daycare, job search, HAT (Huntington Area Transportation) passes to assist with transportation and more. Our staff meets with the resident to set goals that pertain to their needs, then weekly to assure the resident is moving forward with goals. The goal of the Huntington House Homeless Shelter is to provide assistance and guidance as the resident seeks to overcome their unique barriers and the cause of their homelessness. The Huntington House collaborates with all mainstream resources. Our residents have the opportunity to get into section 8 housing when available. All our residents are sent to the local Family Resource Services (Medicaid and food stamps), Work-one & Pro Resources & Vocational Rehab (job opportunities), Parkview Health (Health & Mental health), Pathfinders Services (Transition Housing & Permanent Supportive Housing for people with intellectual disabilities), and Social Security office for Social Security eligibility and Community & Family Services for WIC, and the local Free Clinic and Section 8. Here at the Huntington House Homeless Shelter children receive the opportunity to eat healthy by providing daily balanced meals, fruits and vegetables. Children are enrolled in school and connected with the McKinney-Vento Act program. This pays for their meals, books and also provides transportation to and from school. Children and youth enrolled in this program have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. While here at the shelter children have the opportunity to receive a free library card, and also a $25 voucher to spend at our local our Goodwill. We do everything possible to help individuals become independent & self-sufficient.
Junior Achievement Serving Huntington 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. In Huntington County, Junior Achievement reaches approximately 2,000 students each year with our financial literacy programs. The goal of local organization is to grow our reach with more programs offered in multiple grade levels.
Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, Inc. – Little Blessings is a not-for-profit Child Care Ministry. We take care of children from 6wks to 12yrs. of age. We are raising funds for a pull alarm system in order to get into the Voluntary Certification Program and Paths to Quality.
Love INC – As a ministry of Love INC, the Huntington Community Food Pantry is committed to providing basic human needs, such as food and supplies, to families in our community. In 2014, the food pantry saw almost 1,250 different families seek assistance at least one time and the majority requested assistance multiple times; the pantry provided enough food to feed almost 16,000 people during the year. To carry out this mission, we rely solely on community donations. Most people recognize the need for food to feed the hungry and that families may receive assistance from SNAP (food stamps). But did you know??? SNAP dollars cannot be used to purchase “luxury items” such as laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, shampoo, feminine hygiene products and other personal care or household items. As you can imagine these basic needs can quickly deplete funds for those living on a limited budget. Due to pantry budget constraints, the amount of funds available to purchase these supply items has been greatly reduced during 2015. With an award from the Beacon’s Project Spotlight, the Huntington Community Food Pantry will be able to again stock the shelves of the Supply Closet. The hope is to not only ensure food in stomachs, but also clean homes, clean bodies, and clean clothing for all in Huntington County.
New Life Ministries – New Life Ministries consist of two ministries. The first is the Meal Ministry. It is a soup kitchen that provides and serves a daily meals to the people of Huntington, IN. The meals are free to people. There are no requirements needed to come and eat. This ministry is open to all people. The soup kitchen has been open for eight years. Meals are served seven nights a week including holidays. The second ministry is the Women’s Life House. This ministry is designed for women who are at a crossroads in life. This ministry has three parts to it. It is open as a shelter for a few days. There is a program for women who need 3-4 months stay and then there is the long term program for up to a year. Both programs have mandatory classes.
Pathfinder Creative Abilities –Creative Abilities Art Studio, located at 2806 Theater Ave, Huntington, IN 46750, provides creative opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities who are served by Pathfinder Community Supports’ Day Services program. This program offers adults full or part-time person-centered activities to facilitate life skills through community and center-based activities. The Creative Abilities Art Studio is an expansion of the current art program at Pathfinder Community Supports and provides a space within the community where artists can paint, sculpt, sew, draw and craft jewelry. The works of art will be sold at community events and through HumleBuy.org, an online store featuring various products created by individuals with disabilities. The proceeds from the sale of the art go back to the artist and Community Supports to sustain the program.
Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park – Open since 2014, this dog park was donated by the widower of Susan Sharpe noted dog trainer and animal supporter in her memory on land where the Huntington County Humane Shelter is located. Funds are needed to maintain the dog park and purchase additional items for the patrons and dogs. Chairs or benches for the large dog portion and obstacle course items for the dogs and owners to make it a learning experience for the animals. The dog park is the only one in Huntington County and the annual fee to be a member only pays for just some basic maintenance.