Wabash County (City of North Manchester)
Laketon Lions Club – One project the Laketon Lions club does is buy dictionaries for all third grade students in Manchester Community School system. Often extra dictionaries are donated to the Learn More Center.
Learn More Center – The Learn More Center was founded in 2002 by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) grant in an effort to respond to the unmet challenge of adult illiteracy in Wabash County. Today, the Learn More Center seeks to eliminate illiteracy, encourage educational attainment, and advance employability through its programs. Students who work with staff and volunteer tutors strengthen math and language skills, develop skills for job advancement, gain confidence, and become lifelong learners. Since inception in 2002, 303 students have earned their high school equivalency diploma. For those taking the test in 2013 the pass rate was 98%. The reach of these students’ education extends past the classroom; studies show that the transfer of enthusiasm for learning from parents to their children has been found to occur when adults are involved in literacy programs. All services are free to students, making the Learn More Center accessible to those most in need. Donations are crucial to the sustainability of the Learn More Center. Support for the Learn More Center comes from a mixture of private donations, foundation grants and Workforce Development assistance. The organization currently operates in two locations; Wabash and North Manchester, Indiana.
Manchester Early Learning Center – Manchester Early Learning Center is committed to providing quality care and developmentally appropriate education for children, two months to twelve years. We believe healthy growth, learning and development begin at birth; therefore, we play a significant role in promoting the well-being of children. We provide an environment that nourishes and cherishes all children, families, staff, and community members who invest themselves in the belief that we all have a responsibility to support young children.
Manchester Fellowship of Churches – The Manchester Fellowship of Churches has different groups under their umbrella which include: “REACH”, the Thrift Shoppe, food pantry, Thursday’s Child, and Open Table. REACH assists North Manchester residents with utilities, rent, and some medical expenses. The Thrift Shoppe supplies residents with closing at very reasonable prices. The food pantry is the only food pantry in the area which assists the community in meeting their nutritional needs specifically for lower income families. Thursday’s Child provides FREE clothing, diapers, wipes, and other essentials. Parents and guardians of children in need of clothing sizes 0-4 may visit once a month. This service is open in North Manchester on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. except holidays. Open Table is a project to help people get off public assistance. A round table of 10-12 volunteers, helping a couple or 1 person to get back up on their own and eventually be able to take care of themselves without any monetary assistance. The volunteers walk alongside the person for approx. 1 yr. Open Table is a part of the Manchester Fellowship of Churches.
North Manchester Fire Department – North Manchester Fire Department takes fire prevention very seriously. Every year in October, during fire prevention month, NMFD goes to our local grade school and teaches K-1 the importance of fire safety. We are able to show them what could happen in their home with our animated smoke house. Thru this we can teach them about safety in the house. Also we could never forget to bring Sparky the Fire Dog to help teach them life saving tips. All the material is from donations. During our town’s annual Fun Fest activities in August, we also have the firetrucks and a display to help teach about the importance of fire safety.
One World Handcrafts – This is a World Mission, fair trade bazaar. We have beautiful, useful, & unique items from all around the world, including our own & surrounding communities. We exist to help financially-challenged artisans, offering fair prices, insuring safe working conditions, and making available low-interest business loans through our fair trade networks.
The Firehouse – For 15 years The Firehouse, located in North Manchester, has supported the engagement and enhancement of area youth through the celebration of local arts. The Firehouse specializes in supporting local musicians, artists, and thespians with a strong focus in developing these skills in the area’s younger generations. This year The Firehouse will put any and all Project Spotlight donations toward installing an air conditioning unit in the facility. Having air conditioning will allow an opportunity for the Black Box Theater space to be used at any time during the hot weather months. There is a strong support for theater in Wabash County and North Manchester has a very unique spot in the Firehouse’s Black Box Theater to not only hold theater productions but also provide a space for workshops and other creative environments. Thank you for your support!