Final Vote Results:
|American Heritage Girls Troop IN0410||56|
|Birthright of Peru||294|
|Converse Volunteer Fire Dept.||210|
|Denver Emergency Unit (E. R. U.)||834|
|Distinguished Young Women of Miami County||49|
|Junior Achievement serving Miami County||72|
|Kicks 4 Kids||90|
|Lighthouse Youth Outreach Center||812|
|Lori Care Club||12|
|Maconaquah All Inclusive Playground||44|
|Maconaquah Marching Band Boosters||164|
|Macy Beautification Committee||42|
|Miami County 4-H Fair||197|
|Miami County Adult Education Association||85|
|Miami County Animal Shelter||153|
|Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council||19|
|Miami County Helping Hands in Peru, IN||151|
|Miami County Military Rites Unit||2092|
|Miami County Museum||27|
|Military Order of Purple Heart||9|
|Our Father's Library, Inc.||88|
|Peru Animal Care and Control||60|
|Peru Rolling Chapel||723|
|Scratching Post Cat Rescue||1225|
|St. Vincent de Paul - Peru, IN||34|
|Weekend Meal Deal – UWMC||91|
American Heritage Girls Troop IN0410 – American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop IN0410 is a Christian scouting organization that meets bi-weekly in Bunker Hill. Our mission is “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.” The AHG program emphasizes life skill enhancement, girl leadership, spiritual development, social development, teamwork, community service, and character development. AHG helps girls acquire skills that will assist them in all areas of life. These skills may include outdoor skills, how to use a computer, sew on a button, protect themselves, learn about their ancestors, or what it takes to be an astronaut, as a few examples. The Badge program provides opportunities for girls to interact across age groups, as older girls teach younger girls, with 92 badges to earn. There are five program levels in American Heritage Girls for girls from age 5-18. The national organization was founded in 1995, with our troop chartering in 2004. We are nearing 1,000 troops nationwide, with over 100 troops in Indiana! For more information, you can visit the national website at www.americanheritagegirls.org
Birthright of Peru – For many years Birthright of Peru has provided free, confidential services to pregnant women in Miami County who are in crisis situations. In addition to providing friendship and emotional support, they provide free pregnancy testing, financial counseling, maternity clothes, infant and toddler clothing, transportation, temporary housing, adoption services, and medical and legal referrals. This non-profit organization is staffed by trained volunteers. They do not charge for services and rely solely on donations from local churches, businesses, service organizations and individuals. There is such a great need in Miami County for the services they provide – Birthright of Peru is vital to Miami County.
Converse Volunteer Fire Dept. – We recently purchased a brand new tanker that we are raising funds for. Converse Volunteer Fire Company was incorporated in 1950. However, we have meeting minutes dating back to April, 1903. We are a volunteer fire department with 35 members servicing roughly 75 square miles in Miami, Grant, Howard and Wabash counties in North Central Indiana. Our sister station is located in Somerset, IN near Mississinewa Reservoir. We have the capability to respond to structure fires, grass & field fires, hazardous material spills, vehicle accidents and many other emergency situations. We are glad to help surrounding volunteer companies such as Amboy, Swayzee, Greentown, Pleasant Township in Sweetser, and Noble Township in Wabash when they need mutual aid.
Denver Emergency Unit (E. R. U.) – The Denver Emergency Unit (E. R. U.) operates as a vital part of the Denver Fire Department. We work within the fire department providing any and all services needed to assist the dept. in their service to the community of Denver and surrounding Miami County. We essentially do all the job duties of a fireman except fight fires. The Denver Fire Department is not only on call for all of Miami County, but responds to mutual aid to surrounding counties. We are an all-volunteer, not for profit organization open to anyone living locally and aged 18 yrs. or older. The fire dept. is in many cases the first line of response to pages such as structure fires, vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies; but not limited to only these. The funding for a small volunteer fire department is woefully inadequate. We depend heavily on grants, donations and fundraisers to cover just the basics of medical supplies, fire and rescue equipment, training and vehicles. Your votes in operation spotlight will help us greatly in purchasing much needed supplies and equipment. Thank you.
Distinguished Young Women of Miami County – Distinguished Young Women is a unique program that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers Life Skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. Each year we make over $1.1 billion dollars in scholarships available and it costs nothing to enter! The program is a national program that starts at the local level with their community support. Each Distinguished Young Women program evaluates participants in the following categories: Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%). Local program winners, advance to the state level. All state winners participate in the National Finals which is held in Mobile, Alabama the June after you graduate from high school. In addition, through our Life Skills program, which includes workshops and online resources, participants can learn skills like interviewing, public speaking, self-confidence building and much more. These skills not only prepare everyone for our program but also for the world after high school and college. Our state and national level have the 501c3 organization status, so for Miami County, checks must be payable to: Distinguished Young Women of Indiana and Miami County Scholarship put in the memo of the check.
Junior Achievement serving Miami County – Junior Achievement’s mission is to prepare young people to succeed in the global economy and to 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. Junior Achievement of Miami County is a local board of director providing education in schools within the county. The local board was established in 1983. JA partners with businesses and community volunteers to provide the professionally developed programs to the students at North Miami, Peru, and Maconaquah school corporations today. Educators are seeking ways to provide economic education and real-world applications that complement state learning standards and school curriculum to best prepare all students for post-school life. They also value the learning students gain from the inclusion of experiences from positive role models who can demonstrate the adult world beyond parental guidance and discipline, educator-based lessons and testing. JA also collaborates with businesses that want to help shape the workforce of tomorrow and to support their tomorrow and to support their community.
Kicks 4 Kids – Kicks 4 Kids is a non-profit organization that provides new shoes to kids in need in the Peru area.
Lighthouse Youth Outreach Center – The Lighthouse is an organization on a mission to bring hope back to the community of Bunker Hill by investing in young people. We have weekly gatherings where kids in grades 6 – 12 eat, play, and learn together. We are like a youth group, but we’re not associated with a specific church. With an average of fifty kids and fifteen adults, we have outgrown our current meeting location. We are preparing to construct a new building on a 3-acre property in Bunker Hill that was the old Bunker Hill grain elevator. The property has a small house and a very large barn on it. We will be adding a 7,000 sq. ft. building behind the house and converting the old barn into a gymnasium, with the whole property becoming the Lighthouse Youth Outreach Center. Imagine with me – walking into the house, it feels like home, smells like dinner in the oven (because there is), you are welcomed warmly and you feel safe. As you move through the house and into the connection center, you see kids and adults playing music in the recording studio, playing ping-pong, air hockey, etc., and it just feels like a place you want to be. We also have a lesson on topics relevant to teens each week. For more information, you can visit the website at www.LHBH.org
Lori Care Club – We go to nursing homes and visit the residents. We make sure that everyone gets a gift at Christmas. We have other events each month. We bring refreshments and some kind of party favor, such as hats or masks for St. Patrick’s Day. We bring something special for Mother’s Day. We have brought house plants for those residents who want one, and we go once a week to care for the plants. We go year round to bring some cheer to their lives.
Maconaquah All Inclusive Playground – This will be a playground that will be all inclusive (fully handicap accessible) wheelchairs will be able to go anywhere and everywhere. Swings that are designed for children with less trunk control, area pods that will allow autistic children to remove themselves from the commotion and still enjoy activities, sensory activities throughout and a pavilion for you to pack lunch and sit and enjoy under.
Maconaquah Marching Band Boosters – We are the parents of the students who march in the band. We collect funds from fund raisers and different things to raise money to support the kids.
Macy Beautification Committee – We are a group of people that are trying to put unity back in our community by beautifying the town, etc.
Miami County 4-H & Livestock Association – The 4-H Association in Miami Co has been an established and important part of youth education and development for over 60 years. The Miami County fairgrounds is used for more than just the week of the 4-H fair. Several events are held year round including weddings, graduation parties, church services, meetings, auctions, yard/garage sales, etc. Our grandstands are also used for several events throughout the year. The grandstands and the community building are the two biggest revenues which help to maintain and keep our fairgrounds operational year round. Recently, the Miami County Fair Board was presented with an opportunity to purchase grandstand seating from the International Daytona Speedway at a fraction of the cost of new seating. Our current grandstands are almost 50 years old and are in need of many repairs. This was too good of an opportunity to pass. With the help from our great community of businesses and individuals, we are hoping to raise enough funds to complete this project and have the grandstands along with several other very much needed improvements in operation come fair of 2018. We appreciate your vote and any support you can provide to the Miami County Fairgrounds.
Miami County Adult Education Association – One of our past students came to us with a dream of opening his own auto and truck repair facility. He was an excellent mechanic. His only problem was that he could not read or write, even his own name, and had a first grade skill level in math. After a year in our classes, he was reading on an eleventh grade level and was working on algebra in math. He opened his repair shop and is a business owner contributing to the improvement of Miami County today. Another student had been homeless starting in the sixth grade and had made some choices that resulted to time in jail. He wanted to turn his life around, so he joined our classes. After six months, he earned his GED and is working toward a degree in youth counseling. In order to continue to make these types of life changes for our students, we need these funds. We have helped many students earn their diplomas and go from welfare to work. We are a not-for-profit organization which is funded entirely by state and federal grants through the Indiana Department of Workforce development.
Miami County Animal Shelter – I adopted my current dog there. They care for the animals and have compassion for each one of them. I understand it is a no-kill shelter. My dog ran free with another dog for several months. She has adapted very well in my household and is a sweet dog.
Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council – Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness in our community about Child Abuse. CAP Council funds several organizations that help prevent child abuse such as Healthy Families and Nurturing Parenting. CAP Council is completely volunteer driven and does not have any paid positions. CAP Council needs additional funds to accomplish their goals of providing more services to our community.
Miami County Helping Hands – I feel Miami Co. Helping Hands is a great non-profit organization for Miami County. I’ve been a volunteer for five years and counting. Every day is an experience and rewarding one. When I see the clients walk through our doors, needing either food, utility, rent, gas or medicine we do our upmost to help them. Without the support or donations of businesses, individuals or others, we could not do the work we do for so many of the unfortunate. We are so blessed to have some wonderful caring people to volunteer their time to Helping Hands three mornings out of the week.
Miami County Military Rites Unit – We are a group of veterans that provide final military honors to veterans with an honorable discharge. We also are available to provide honors at various military gatherings (Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc.). We have also provide educational events about our flag in schools and nursing homes.
Miami County Museum – The mission of the Miami County Historical Society, Inc. is to discover, collect, preserve, educate and disseminate the history, historical records and data, and traditions which establishes or illustrates such history as it relates to Miami County and its environs, and to provide board governance of the Miami County Museum.
Military Order of Purple Heart – The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart,” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans’ service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans. Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level, from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.
Our Father’s Library, Inc. – Our Father’s Library is a non-profit non-denominational Christian lending library that is open to the public. It was established in April of 1983. The library consists of approximately 20,000 books, DVDs and audio books. We have books for all ages and all interests. Some of our sections include: Children, Young Reader, Novels, Christian Living, Family Living, Reference, Christian Education, Movies, Audio books, and Group Study videos. The ministry is operated solely by donations of materials and money. It is kept open daily by volunteer help. We serve patrons from Miami, Howard, Cass, and Wabash counties. Check out our website: www.ourfatherslibrary.com to search our collection online.
Peru Animal Care and Control – Peru Animal Care and Control is the city shelter for Peru, Indiana. They save lots of animals from bad situations and find them new forever homes with loving families or help them to be placed with rescues. They educate the public on spay and neutering their pets, have helped set up spay/neuter clinics for the shelter animals and those in the public, they provide microchipping to the public for their own personal dogs and have worked so hard to help provide the public with a wonderful dog park. Peru Animal Care and Control or PACC as they are known is needing help providing proper sturdy beds such as Kurunda beds for the animals to sleep on instead of the hard floors when brought into the shelter.
Peru Rolling Chapel – Peru Rolling Chapel is a one-of-a-kind community ministry to the children of Peru, Indiana. Peru Rolling Chapel is a voluntary Bible education program serving public schools. Founded in 1944, more than 20,000 students have participated in this local Bible literacy program. Students attend during third and fourth grade, with one year of Old Testament studies and another year in the New Testament. Students sing song, memorize Bible verses and read the Bible together. Peru Rolling Chapel is a legal program under Indiana statutes, but completely independent from government resources; this program receives no state or federal funds. We are supported by the generosity of our community through gifts from churches, civic organizations, individuals, and opportunities like Project Spotlight. Thank you for reading and considering our program.
Scratching Post Cat Rescue – Scratching Post Cat Rescue has renovated a 4500 sq feet building over the last year & half to be able to help Miami County’s overpopulation of cats. This has all been done on their own dime with a few donations along the way. They do not receive any public funding whatsoever. Their love of cats inspired them to purchase this building to get it ready for rescuing kittens/cats and help as many as possible to find permanent loving homes.
St Vincent de Paul, Peru IN – St Vincent helps people in Miami County who are in need with utilities, rent and clothing. They also help with gas money for doctor’s appointments that are out of town. They also are working the CASA to provide bags for children that are taking out of meth houses.
Weekend Meal Deal – UWMC – United Way Initiative: This initiative helps meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, especially on weekends. Our efforts are specifically aimed at students who are in a critical period of their development. The program provides backpacks filled with up to 8 pounds of nourishing, child-friendly food that students can take home each weekend. The non-perishable, easily prepared, and vitamin fortified food will be discreetly distributed to children on the last day before a weekend. Mission: The Weekend Meal Deal backpack program provides take home food on weekends for Head start students in Miami County. They currently serve all Head Start students at Maconaquah, North Miami, and Peru. Their goal is to provide service to all kindergarteners who are eligible for free lunch assistance. Budget: Weekend Meal Deal will purchase food from Food Finders Food Bank for $3.00 per child per weekend. That amounts to $112 per child for a 36-week school year. Approximately $19,000 is needed for grants and donors to sustain the program for Head start students and kindergartners. Eligibility: Over time, we would like to increase the percentage of eligible students participating at Peru, North Miami, and Maconaquah to include all Kindergarten students on free and reduced lunch program. Continuing Efforts: Miami County Weekend Meal Deal will continue its effort as long as there is demonstrated need. Miami County United Way has declared their interest in the program, and they plan to participate and seek funds. Our immediate plan is to involve churches, service clubs, and fraternal organizations as the volunteers who stuff the backpacks each week and hand them out to the children on Fridays as they leave school. Once they are involved as volunteers, we will solicit those organizations for financial support in the future.