Wabash County (City of Wabash)
|Midpoint Vote Tally|
|Free Little Pantry||159|
|F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc.||169|
|Junior Achievement serving Wabash County||24|
|Lagro Canal Foundation||245|
|Living Well in Wabash County||52|
|Old LaFontaine Cemetery and Ashland Graveyard||292|
|Quilts of Honor Quilters||284|
|Somerset Lions Club||176|
|Stockdale Mill Foundation||259|
|Wabash County 4-H||45|
|Wabash County Animal Shelter||382|
|Wabash County Christmas Spirit||57|
|Wabash County Historical Museum||69|
|Wabash Dawg Park||159|
|Wabash Friends Counseling Center||346|
85 Hope – 85 Hope is a Non-Profit Free Health Clinic located in Wabash at the Friends Church. Clients receive free check-ups as needed by Volunteer Doctors of Wabash County or by a Vol. Nurse Practitioner. Many of the clients medications are provided by the clinic. The client is expected to pay a $5 co-pay for most tests. Also surgeries and other treatments are needed and costs are greatly reduced or free. Physical Therapy is also done on site as is Nutritional Education and Counseling. Yearly Pap Smears are done for free in Wabash and in Manchester. Many volunteers are needed to keep the clinic running as smoothly as possible. Including those mentioned above to secretarial staff, greeters, and Registered Nurses, all volunteer many hours. There are only 2 part-time employees. Paying for all these services and medications is very expensive and funds are always needed to be able to help those who have no insurance and no medicaid or medicare.
Free Little Pantry – Free Little Pantry, is basically a small wooden cupboard placed in a public location and filled with canned goods, toiletries, school supplies, etc. Anyone can take from or refill the Little Free Pantry. I received permission from Wabash City Council on Monday, March 27, 2017, to place the first of such pantries at Paradise Spring for a trial run. It is our goal to have other organizations, churches, and private individuals have and/or sponsor other pantries around the county. Wabash High School Assistant Principal Jeff Galley has volunteered shop class students to make more pantries in the fall of 2017. However, we will need assistance in buying wood, stain, roofing, plexiglass, and hardware for the project. Your consideration would be greatly appreciated in making our endeavor possible all over Wabash County.
F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc. – F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc. is a Christian non-profit Food Pantry that serves people in need who live in Wabash County. F.I.S.H. is totally funded by donations from individuals, businesses and churches. F.I.S.H. accepts no government funding. It was started in 1980 by the Wabash Area Ministerial Association. On average they serve around (280) families, which equals approximately (1,000) people, with food every month. They have (1) paid staff member and dozens of willing & hard working volunteers. People in need are able to get food once a month by just showing proof of residency (phone bill, electric bill, etc…) in Wabash County. The volunteers love serving people and in turn serving God!
Junior Achievement serving Wabash County – Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest non-profit 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. Junior Achievement’s programs core content focuses on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The focus of the JA programs ignites the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. JA’s programs to empower the youth are made possible through donations by individuals, businesses, grants, foundations, and from the efforts of the board of directors.
Lagro Canal Foundation – The purpose of this nonprofit is to stimulate the revitalization of the community of Lagro, IN which will result in job/career opportunities, expansion of current businesses, investment in new businesses, and increased property values. This will be done by renovating historic structures, which includes the preservation of the Citizens State Bank, Masonic Temple, and Improved Order of the Red Man. Promoting the natural amenities of the area is another area of interest as well. Those amenities include Salamonie Reservoir and State Forest, Hanging Rock, and Wabash and Salamonie rivers which are used for various types of recreation – hiking, horseback riding, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping and picnicking. Educational endeavors to share the rich history of Lagro with both residents of and visitors to the community will be pursued. Also, leadership opportunities for individuals will be provided as projects are identified for revitalization.
LIFE Center – LIFE Center is a pregnancy resource medical center that provides free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, a clothing room for children in sizes new born through 4T and also offers diapers, wipes, formula, shoes, socks, coats etc.
Living Well in Wabash County – “Living Well Begins with You” is more than a motto at Living Well in Wabash County where we strive to make Wabash County a livable community for all ages and abilities. Dallas Winchester Senior Center is our home base. It is from the Winchester Center that we operate Wabash County Transit, Community Cupboard Food Pantry, Benefits Checkups, SHIP, and Senior Center Activities. Wabash County Transportation is a community asset that removes the transportation barrier to people of all ages and abilities who wouldn’t be able to otherwise connect to the community. Community Cupboard Food Pantry strives to eliminate hunger in Wabash County a community for a lifetime. Last year we served 794 families; on an average of six months. We operate this facet on an income basis, to try to reach those who are most at risk. There is also a senior supplemental food box program, which gets an additional food allotment to those seniors that might not make it through the month without skipping a meal. Through partnerships, we are able to provide an additional supplement through a Tailgate, on the second Friday of every month. It is during this time that anyone in the community can come through and get additional food, regardless of income. It is through the Benefits Checkups that we discover who is eligible for the Senior Box Program, as well as any other benefits that they may not have already applied, such as SNAP, Utility Assistance, and many more government programs. It is during those appointments that they may also be able to apply for assistance with purchasing their prescriptions. SHIP, short for State Health Insurance Assistance Program is another program offered here at the Winchester Center, in which advisors can help compare policies for those eligible for Medicare.
Old LaFontaine Cemetery and Ashland Graveyard – Friends of the old LaFontaine Cemetery and Ashland Graveyard is a volunteer group that is helping to restore and maintain the Cemetery and Graveyard. The Cemetery is located in Liberty Township. The friends (Volunteers) started in 2015 to clean, restore, map and find graves, reset headstones, and fundraise for the Cemeteries. The work is still in progress with over half the Cemetery to restore yet. The Cemeteries have many of our Veterans from 1812 and Civil War. The Friends of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery and Ashland Graveyard need your support to continue the restoration and maintenance of these historical Cemeteries.
Quilts of Honor Quilters – This group is making patriotic quilts for county veterans. The plan is to give a quilt to each vet from Wabash County. Members provide their own fabric and time. Last year donors helped with machine quilting costs. Linda Cearbaugh, from Creative Stitch, in N. Manchester will quilt for us at a reduced price.
Somerset Lions Club – The Somerset Lions is a service organization. We do a lot of different things in our community and surrounding areas. We provide eyeglasses for children and adults when needed. The motto for all Lion clubs is WE SERVE.
Stockdale Mill Foundation – The Stockdale Mill is a 159 year old water-powered flour mill on the Eel River in Wabash County, and is under the direction of the non-profit Stockdale Mill Foundation. It is staffed by community volunteers and is open to the public for tours on Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm and at other times by special appointment. The Stockdale Mill is in need of a new roof and any restoration to the mill is dependent solely on donations.
Wabash County 4-H – 4-H benefits many youth in our county from many different backgrounds. It builds leadership skills and many important communication and public speaking skills. With so many families with both parents working, one parent families, & schools cutting what youth need most basic skills. 4-H is a tradition, but teaches what is needed even more.
Wabash County Animal Shelter – The Wabash County Animal Shelter is a 501C3 limited admittance shelter located in Wabash County. They provide food, shelter and vet care to homeless cats and dogs – both stray and owner surrender- until they find a forever home. Every animal adopted goes to their new home already spayed/neutered and UTD on shots. The shelter recently started a fund called “Hope for the Hopeless” which is a special account set aside for animals they cannot afford to medically care for out of their regular medical fund. With the donations made to this fund, they are now able to treat heartworm positive dogs and animals that were previously deemed too injured to rehabilitate. In addition, the shelter is often overloaded all spring, summer, and fall with 2 to 3 times more cats then we have room for. We also end up with a waiting list for people to bring in stray cats and kittens that take us months to get through. We do not adopt out any animals from the shelter that are not spayed or neutered. The spay/neuter expense is our largest animal expense. When we get the cats are fixed, they will also get a rabies vaccination and ear tip. (Ear tipping is a little slice in the top of the ear that you can easily see that the animal was fixed. This procedure is commonly done to community cats.) A Community Cat Program helps eliminate the millions that end up euthanized every year. The shelter has connections with low cost spay neuter clinics to get the cats fixed, ear tipped, and a rabies vaccination for about half the cost that the public would pay for the same service.
Wabash County Christmas Spirit – Wabash County Christmas Spirit’s mission is to receive all of Wabash County’s gifts – their time, energy, and charity – repackage it, and distribute it as hope to all of those families in need in Wabash County. By this gift of hope, they wish to build neighborly love throughout the community and to maintain Christmas Spirit all year long.
Wabash County Historical Museum – The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, document and display aural, visual, and physical artifacts which tell the history of life in Wabash County. This mission shall be driven by a passion for presentation that will attract visitors having both casual and research interests. The museum’s role has expanded to be much more than a collection of artifacts and photos but an interactive and educational experience that engages visitors of all ages into our county’s past. Many of the museum’s exhibits have been expanded and updated to appeal to more audiences. They have increased programming which includes speaker series, the showing of Indiana based movies, preservation workshops, monthly family fun days, and the opening of the Parkview Wabash Education Center. By expanding their hours to increase accessibility, developing new hands on learning activities, better engaging with local schools, and creating a refreshed image the museum has increased its annual attendance from an average of 5,000 guests in 2013 to more than 15,000 visiting in 2016. In addition, they have seen a dramatic increase in attendance from regional and local school systems and families with young children. The museum has truly become an attraction for the young and old alike.
Wabash Dawg Park – The Wabash Dawg Park is a non-for profit organization dedicated to bringing dogs and families together. The Dawg Park will be handicap accessible. Access will be provided to facilities in the community with client/patients with special needs that might otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with dogs. A variety of events are planned in the future that will be open to community. The Dawg Park will be working closely with the Wabash Co. Animal Shelter helping to provided forever homes to dogs and their families.
Wabash Friends Counseling Center – Wabash Friends Counseling Center is a place of healing and a start of hope for many individuals and families in the Wabash community. The center provides a variety of care that attempts to use sliding scale billing and medicaid billing to help even those that are struggling financially to be able to afford the mental health support that is needed. Hope Brown, the WFCC director and pastor of counseling services, and her team work to address the addictive and broken relational behaviors that keep people from leading healthy, productive, and whole lives. This organization helps make Wabash a better place to live by helping the people who live here to find value in their lives and relationships, and to live out their ability to be productive, contributing members of our community.