|Midpoint Vote Tally|
|BOOKS (Books Offer Our Kids Success)||24|
|Circus City Festival, Inc.||92|
|Denver Fire Emergency Response Unit||299|
|Habitat for Humanity of Miami County||12|
|Huey 369 Museum||22|
|Junior Achievement serving Miami County||27|
|Macy Food Pantry||101|
|Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council||21|
|Miami County Helping Hands||294|
|Miami County Military Rites Team||826|
|Miami County YMCA; Playground Equipment||131|
|Scratching Post Cat Rescue, Inc.||960|
|The Christmas Tree lady and Friends||244|
|The Rolling Chapel||577|
BOOKS (Books Offer Our Kids Success) – The BOOKS (Books Offer Our Kids Success) program was started in the 2007-2008 school year to help Miami County residents have high quality children’s literature in their very own homes. By the end of this school year, we will have distributed over 40,000 books into Miami County homes. One book is purchased for every Miami County kindergarten student each month school is in session. Along with each book, an informative flier is sent home to help give parents ideas on various ways to interact with the book. Donations for the BOOKS program are sought from private individuals, businesses, philanthropic organizations, and granting entities. Through all of these sources, we are working to simultaneously meet our yearly needs while building a permanent endowment. By building our permanent endowment, the BOOKS program will be able to be self-sustaining in the near future.
The Christmas Tree Lady and Friends – Nov. 2011- The Christmas Tree Lady, began her journey by seeking one artificial Christmas Tree for a friend in need. After receiving thirteen trees, she rehomed each tree to a family in need. Oct. 2012- Alistria Snowball, joined to create the Adopt-a-Family project. Each child is provided with five toy/interest items, two new outfits, a pair of new shoes, and a stuffed stocking. Present- Known as The Christmas Tree Lady & Friends and operating for nearly 7 years; TCTLNF Charities Corp. was incorporated with the common goal of providing year long and free assistance and services to the residents of Miami County. Mission: Reduce the effects of social exclusion caused by poverty by bringing awareness to the needs of others during crucial social events in the lives of individuals throughout the year! We are here to provide the assistance needed to allow families the ability to give smiles during important moments in life. While our general focus is children, we know that giving smiles to all is the central idea for the foundation of our giving process. We value our need to help every individual where possible!
Circus City Festival, Inc. – CCFI sponsors the Peru Amateur Circus, now in its 58th season. Over 200 performers, between 7 and 21 years of age, put on eleven shows in a 9-day period in July, culminating with a traditional circus parade the final Saturday. The circus teaches life skills through the medium of circus and in so doing, produces incredibly exciting and entertaining shows. Shows are accompanied by a 65-piece band. The festival involves nearly 2,000 volunteers in some capacity, making it one of the greatest community events in Indiana or the nation.
Denver Fire Emergency Response Unit – The Denver Fire ERU (Emergency Response Unit) is part of the Denver Volunteer Fire Department. The ERU operates on its own as a separate entity but also as part of the Fire Department. We are members of the local community. As such you might not be aware of our function until we show up on your doorstep responding to a medical emergency or on the highway directing traffic. We assume all functions of a firefighter except fighting a fire. These would include but not be limited to; directing traffic, assisting at a fire scene, assisting at an accident scene, and working at the fire station. Living in a rural community the money and finances necessary to operate a small volunteer fire department is very limited. We depend heavily on fundraisers and donations just to be able to do the basics of day to day operation. If we were to win any money from Project Spotlight it would be used to replace our perishable medical supplies.
Habitat for Humanity Miami County – Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that helps low income families own their own home with some sweat equity and help from their friends, loved ones and the community. The goal is to make a home for them that they can purchase at cost, generally the mortgage is less than any rent you can find.
Huey 369 Museum – They are starting a museum for Vietnam restored Huey 369 Helicopters and to the men and women that served in Vietnam. They have now 4 active Hueys up and flying and are working on another. They are trying to raise the money to build the museum on State Rd. 31 across from Grissom Aeroplex.
Junior Achievement serving Miami County – Junior Achievement is the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s programs-in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy-ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. Our purpose is to inspire and to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement serving Miami County reached approximately 1,495 students within Maconaquah, North Miami, and Peru schools during the 2016/2017 academic year. Junior Achievement programs are developed by professionals and delivered to students by trained volunteers from within the community. Volunteers come from all walks of life. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization. With the help of donations from individuals, businesses, grants, and foundations along with efforts made by our board of directors the various programs can be provided to empower the youth to succeed.
Macy Food Pantry – Macy Food Pantry just recently opened. We serve anyone from the surrounding community in need of food and hygiene items. The pantry is open every other Thursday but if needed can be opened on emergency basis.
Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council – Miami County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s mission is to educate residents of Miami County about Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention. We do this by bringing special speakers to the Miami County Schools, raising awareness with the Celebration of Children during April (Child Abuse Prevention Month) and having Lifesaver day at area businesses. We serve as a resource to the entire community and work closely with CASA and DCS. We would like to expand our ability to raise awareness by being present in the schools and community at more events throughout the year.
Miami County Helping Hands – Helping Hands is an organization who helps the unfortunate with food, medicines, utilities, gas and rent. We go by policy set up with the Board of Directors. We usually serve as many as 150 or more clients a week and the days we are opened we are still getting new ones. We do not receive any money from United Way, state or federal government to do what we do. This organization stays open with the contributions from the public and companies and we rely on two fund raisers a year. We’ve been in operation since 2002 and if not for the help of volunteers, our co-directors and the Board of Directors we could not remain open.
Miami County Military Rites Team – The team performs Military Rites for deceased military veterans of Miami County. The only requirement is the Veteran must have served honorably and the family requests the team to perform the Rites. The team has been performing Rites since 2002. All members are Military Veterans. There are 12 members on the team and they are all volunteers. The team relies on monetary donations to perform their duties. Sometimes the deceased’s family will donate funds for the service. The Team also assists the American Legion Post #555 with the Legion Flag Education program for ALL 4th grade students in Miami county. The team visits the schools and demonstrates the folding of the flag and describes what each fold represents.
Miami County YMCA- child care playground equipment – The Miami County YMCA is a non-profit organization that provides child care and pre-school for over 100 children. Over the years at the playground, several pieces of equipment have had to be removed due to deterioration. Last year the mulched tire base was removed and new gravel put down. Now it would be nice to see some fun/safe/bright items added.
Scratching Post Cat Rescue Inc. – This rescue helps take care of and rehome cats that would otherwise be left on the streets and possibly die because they are not taken care of. They do so much to help the community that it would be great to give back some help to them!
The Rolling Chapel – The Rolling Chapel has faithfully served thousands of school children since 1944. With parental permission, Chapel students attend two years of weekly Bible classes where they sing, read and pray. At the end of the school year, students present a concert for the community. Rolling Chapel receives no state or federal funding, but instead is supported by churches, individuals, civic organizations and opportunities like Project Spotlight.