Wabash County (City of Wabash)
85 Hope – 85 Hope is a nonprofit organization that helps people who don’t have insurance or on any kind of federal or state assistance living in Wabash County. They provide physician visits and free medications that are available, along with some specialty services and surgeries or procedures. The clinic is open 2 days a week, with one day providing doctor services. The majority of the staff is made up of volunteers including doctors, nurses, secretarial and therapy personnel. There are only 2 part-time paid staff. We are all dedicated to this service and see the need and importance of it.
Arc of Wabash County, Inc. – Arc of Wabash is a nonprofit agency that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD) adults, children and their families throughout Wabash County. They provide a wide variety of day service activities both in the community and in their facility on Miami Street. They support adults with IDD to live in their own homes. They also have a very active and productive Sheltered Workshop where people served by Arc can earn a paycheck for the work they complete while learning and refining their work skills in preparation for eventual employment in the community, Arc fosters self-advocacy and creative expression and has a long and highly successful history of serving people in Wabash County.
Ashland Graveyard and the Old LaFontaine Cemetery – Ashland Graveyard and the Old LaFontaine Cemetery had its first burial in 1846. Since that time 563 ancestors and Veterans have been buried in this cemetery. Friends of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery was established in 2014 due to the lack of attention that had been given to the Cemetery. Grave tablets had been broken, most grave stones were leaning and or broken. A Restoration Company gave an estimate of approximately $150,000.dollars plus to repair, clean and restore the Cemetery. There are Civil War and 1812 Veteran’s buried in the Cemetery. The Friend of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery continues to have work day, restoration days, and do fundraising to assist with the costs of Restoring the Cemetery for future generation. Please vote for Ashland Graveyard and the Old LaFontaine Cemetery to restore our Veteran’s final resting place and that of the Ancestors of Liberty Township. For More information visit our Facebook page Friends of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery. Or you can visit our Go Fund Me page Restoration of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery. Thanks for your assistance in preserving the history of Liberty Township/Wabash County.
F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc. – Friends in Service Here – F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc. – Friends in Service Here is a nonprofit organization helping to provide food for the needy in Wabash County. The food pantry is located in the basement of the Women’s Clubhouse at 770 ½ West Hill Street. Open Tuesday- Friday from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. except on holidays. Have you ever been hungry and in need of food? This is the situation for many including people in Wabash County. The purpose of F.I.S.H is to provide food for families and individuals in need; to provide encouragement and assistance in obtaining permanent help; and to act as a referral agency to other resources in the area. The concept of such ministry can be found in the Bible as far back as Exodus. “Fishes” were organized in England during World War II. Individual neighborhoods established headquarters where volunteers donated and distributed goods and services free of charge to the needy. Each headquarters was marked with an Icthos which is the Greek symbol for “fish’ as well as an ancient Christian symbol of recognition and hospitality. One only had to go to the door with the fish for help and each “Fish” was sponsored by its community for its community. On March 3, 1980, F.I.S.H. a Christian based charity was established in Wabash County. The Wabash Area Ministerial Association suggested the creation of “Fish” for Wabash. Working with local churches, F.I.S.H. and a Board of Directors was established. While F.I.S.H. provides the same or similar services as other Fishes, Friends in Service Here and the acronym F.I.S.H. are unique to Wabash. Friends in Service Here hopes to continue serving the needs of our community for many more years. With everyone’s help we can flourish. For more info on our location, history, pantry needs and to volunteer visit our website www.fishofwabash.org. F.I.S.H. thanks every person, business and organization for recognizing that people are hungry everywhere.
Gene Stratton-Porter Hopewell Foundation, Inc. – Our foundation received its nonprofit status in June 2013. Hopewell Church, the home church of Wabash County author Gene Stratton-Porter, was to be razed. The cemetery board was contacted, and the board gave the church to a small group of local people. These people got together and formed our foundation. We have had various fundraisers in the last two years, including an annual ice cream social in August. We have removed debris from the inside of the building and planted old-fashioned flowers at the entrance, installed electricity in the building, repaired the outside doors leading to our basement so it is secure, and braced the floor on the north side of the building. A retired minister and his wife volunteered to repair and paint the outside doors and the vestibule. We would appreciate financial assistance to purchase tables and chairs to use for our activities. Renting these items is a major expense for us. The board’s goals are to continue to restore the church and have activities for people to learn about our local history and the contribution our ancestors have made to our lives. We are especially interested in developing programs for children to encourage them to follow their dreams. Thank you for considering our project for funding.
Habitat for Humanity – Wabash – Wabash County Habitat for Humanity will be breaking ground on a new build in Wabash on April 2nd. This build will go to provide a stable and affordable home for a young family in Wabash. This family will help build their own home while also participating in several volunteer activities to give back to their community. Wabash Habitat for Humanity hopes to complete this build and dedicate the home in a ceremony in July. Then they will gear up for a build in North Manchester this fall. Wabash Habitat for Humanity not only thrives on community involvement and support they also advocate and push for all partner families to get involved in their communities by volunteering. Congratulations to Wabash County Habitat for Humanity for not just building houses in Wabash County for 25 years, but building homes for the members of our community.
Heartland Career Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality – The Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Academy at Heartland Career Center works in all facets of the culinary industry. The students involved in this career field will have the opportunity to learn the many aspects of food preparation; from safety and sanitation to customer service and business management. These experiences at Heartland Career Center allow the students involved to gain hands-on, practical experiences that can lead to jobs in the hospitality industry. Because the Heartland Career Center Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students cater and serve numerous meals to community leaders and local civic groups throughout the school year, the students gain great experiences in the processes necessary to operate a high quality hospitality business. To continue to increase the professionalism of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at Heartland Career Center, instructor Chef Bradley Luzadder is proposing to implement a standard uniform for all of the participants of the program. This professional chef’s attire will outfit each of the aspiring chefs in a unisex black chef’s coat, black chef’s pants and a black chef’s skull cap. This will not only benefit the class as a whole by providing the professionalism demanded in the hospitality industry, but it will also increase the students’ self-esteem because everyone will be identically attired. Funding this Project Spotlight proposal will alleviate any challenges students may face due to financial struggles which may create barriers to purchasing their own chefs attire. Heartland Career Center has made great strides in equipping our students with the skills and knowledge to make themselves marketable in the ever competitive environment of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management industry. It has been said that students who do not have to worry about their outward appearance can then concentrate on their studies rather than what they look like.
Hoosier Helping Heroes INC – Since Nov 2006 we have been sending care packs to HEROES serving in Hot Zones around the world every 30 days of their deployment until they all come home.
Ivy Tech Community College Wabash Instructional Site – Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s community college system. The Wabash Instructional Site serves primarily Wabash County students. Through the Ivy Tech Foundation, we raise money for scholarships for Wabash County students. Our recent fundraiser netted $32,000 for scholarships, but there is still a great need. These scholarships can make it possible to attend college or reduce the need for student loans. About half of our students are 24 or under. Most students are independent and hold down jobs while working on their education. Scholarships are a real blessing to them.
LaFontaine Liberty Volunteer Fire Dept. – Our Fire Dept. is in need of an EMS first responder vehicle. We have been raising money for this vehicle for almost 2 years. We currently use our grass fire truck as a first responder vehicle We have twice as many first responder (medical) runs than we do fire runs and a first responder vehicle would carry more first responders to our medical calls. LaFontaine is an older community and would greatly benefit from having this vehicle. This would also relieve the stress and wear and tear on the grass truck. The grass truck hauls water and on a medical call we do not need water.
Life Center – Life Center is located at 78 W. Hill St in Wabash in an old house and is currently running out of room and is looking for a bigger better building. Life Center is totally funded by donations from area Churches, individuals, and fund raisers. The main goal of the Life Center is to be a place where young girls and women and mothers can get support for themselves and the babies they are expecting or children they have. ALL of the Life Centers services are totally free to women, mothers, and their children. The Center is a Pro-Life organization and gives total support and direction for women who may be questioning their pregnancy and their future. Free Pregnancy Test and counseling Free Ultra Sound Free Prenatal vitamins Free Educational Videos and they are awarded a free car seat and/or Pac N Play/ Free Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Baby Cereal and Food once a month Free Gently used and some new donated clothing, shoes, coats and numerous other items every month until the age of 5 yrs. old There are only 3 Part time paid employees at the Center Director, RN, and Counselor Coordinator. All board members, counselors, and clothing supply workers are totally volunteer. The Life Center continues to be available for all young ladies in the county and hopes this can continue. The Beacon Spotlight award would be greatly appreciated by the board and staff and those we serve. Thank you for your consideration.
New Beginnings of Wabash County – New Beginnings is non-denominational ministry which reaches out to young men from 18-35 who are wanting to begin a new life away from drugs and alcohol. We have also expanded our ministry to house homeless individuals who need a temporary place to stay while in transition. We offer a safe place to stay, food, clothing and personal hygiene items if needed, and the opportunity to stay up to 18 months if they would choose to enter our program. We offer the opportunity to get their GED, on-site training in job skills, faith-based classes, community service projects, job search, and family skill building for those with children. Our dream is to begin an on-site business to begin teaching them a responsible work ethic and to help invest in the ministry financially. We just recently hired a new director who has a great love for people trying to bring about life change. He has already touched the lives of two young men in a very meaningful way.
New Journey Community Church – New Journey Community Church has been in the Wabash community for five years now. Most recently they purchased the old W.C. Mills School. The desire to serve the community through the W.C. Mills property is one focus that constitutes ‘Raising the Bar’ in Wabash. We are poised to utilize areas of the building so that other agencies can use the space, whereby establishing a community hub for various services. Currently we are partnering with the Summer Lunch Program with plans to utilize two classrooms for the YMCA Early Learning Program when the 2015-2016 school year unfolds. There is potential to work with the Community Theater as well, but that is only in the discussion stages between the two entities. Additionally, partnering with the Wabash City Parks Department with an agreement for use of the green space for team practices and functions. Our hope is to reach out to other groups/entities that need space to operate as well. With this opportunity to buy the building and property comes various updates that will help serve the community better. Currently the gymnasium/auditorium does not have air conditioning. We are currently assessing the investment of air conditioning in this space to make it much more comfortable for the three community services along with the congregation on Sunday mornings.
Senior Center Community Cupboard – There are many families in Wabash County that utilizes the Community Cupboard. It helps each family to stretch their food expense each month. I am amazed how many do use this wonderful service.
Somerset Lions Club – Our club does a lot of good in our community. We have provided park equipment for the two parks. We have purchased trees for the park. We provide eye glasses for children and adults as needed. We give funds to many charities at Christmas time. We have provided needed items when necessary. We sponsor Leader Dogs for the blind. We do eye screenings for school children.
Sons of the American Legion Post 402 – This is a group of sons of veterans who work to serve veterans in our community. Free meals are scheduled and prepared for local veterans. Firewood is cut to help local veterans heat their homes. Christmas goodies were made and delivered to our local nursing home veterans. Fund raising meals are prepared to help raise money to keep the Laketon American Legion open. Thank you for your consideration of our organization!
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.
The Lord’s Table Outreach Project to the Resting Cornerstone – The Lord’s Table is a church that is wanting to work with the community in seeing the need for a structured home for women. A home for women coming out of Prison, wanting to set in place goals for achieving lasting sobriety. It will be a place not only for recovery, but learning and building one another for a better future in our lives and community.
Visual and Performing Arts Cooperative – The Visual and Performing Arts Cooperative is a project that includes students from all Wabash County schools. What began as an enrichment program for students in grades three through six in the summer of 1985 has grown into a program for students in grades 2 through 12. It was originally begun with funding from the state as a gifted and talented program, with all three corporations paying a percentage of their GT grant money to operate the programs. The schools continued to fund the programs with part of their operating budgets until six or seven years ago. Today, the program is funded by grants, donations, class fees paid by participating students, and financial backing from the Honeywell Foundation. The major components of the programming are Summer Art and Summer Theatre. Summer Art is for students in grades 2 through 11. Elementary classes are held in Wabash and North Manchester. The Jr. High and high school class is held in Wabash for all of the students with transportation provided for Manchester students. Art classes meet from 8:00 to 12:00 noon Monday through Friday for two weeks. Summer Theatre is for students in grades 2 through 12 with all classes held in Wabash. Busing is provided from Manchester. The classes meet from 1:00 to 4:00 every weekday afternoon for three weeks. The students are split into 3 separate groups: grades 2-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-12. Each section presents a musical show to culminate the classes. The VPA program has brought enriching art and musical opportunities for our county students for 36 years. We hope that you will vote for our organization to help support the continuation of our classes as we help provide a solid base for arts learning.
Wabash County Animal Shelter, Inc. – We are need for monies to help pay the cost of test, medicines, spay/neuter fund and vaccines. Specifically, the spay/neuter fund is the largest expense for the shelter. We will spend about $22,000 for medical test, treatments, and vaccines for our animals every year to protect the public as well as other animals they may come in contact with. We find that not all shelters provide this service which makes our animals much more desirable and affordable to the public. This gives us an advantage in getting our animals adopted out.
Wabash County Christmas Spirit – Our 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, we wish to build neighborly love throughout the community and to maintain Christmas Spirit all year long. Our committee meets year-round but really starts to get into full swing in October. We put together shopping trips and have various occasions for the community to get involved. Generally, the second Saturday in December is delivery day. Volunteers deliver boxes of Christmas gifts to the underprivileged children in our towns and neighborhoods.
Wabash County Historical Museum – County museums are often perceived as dull, and stale, with lackluster exhibits. That is not the case with the Wabash County Historical Museum in downtown Wabash, Indiana, which is often boasted as the best county museum in the state. The WCHM was recently featured in an article titled “Powering the Museum of the Future.” This article is a great summary of all the innovative changes that have occurred at the museum over the past few years. The museum has successfully made learning about Wabash County history fun, as you explore an interactive environment that is stimulating for adults and children alike. One of the new exhibits that the museum needs help funding is the Education Center and educational programing. This center is an amazing resource for school groups, home-school students, and families to learn about life in Wabash County in a safe and hands-on educational environment. Dedicated to all youth in the county, the museum recently launched a program to grant free annual memberships for families’ in-need of assistance. Other quality programs they offer include: the Lincoln Speaker Series, History Hunters, Red Carpet Club Movie Nights, and celebrations that highlight local celebrities and significant events. It is only through philanthropic gifts that this great asset to our community is able to continue serving its mission. According to the museum’s website the museum strives to be a living, breathing exploration center for local history, not a graveyard for old stuff. In pursuit of that goal, they continually are changing, improving, and growing. Vote daily for the Wabash County Historical Museum in the Beacon Project Spotlight to help them continue to grow!
White’s Residential and Family Services, INC – White’s Residential & Family Services is a nonprofit social services organization that works to redirect, rebuild and restore children, teens and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. For more than 160 years, starting in Wabash County and now licensed throughout the state of Indiana. White’s has helped families in crisis, in transition and in need of support through its accredited and comprehensive continuum of community- and home-based services, foster care, adoption and residential treatment programs.
Winchester Senior Center – Winchester Senior Center serves Wabash County, including North Manchester. They provide a transit service, Community Cupboard Food Pantry, and an active Senior Center where people can have lunch, enjoy a variety of programs and activities, and socialize every day. It serves as a place for people to go who might otherwise be alone. The Pantry uses one ton of food each week to serve those in need. Transit is for all ages, and the most common uses are for work, school, doctors, shopping, and visiting. Fees are nominal for most, and by donation for those over 60. Therefore any and all donations, grants, and gifts are very much needed and appreciated. They truly are used by a great many people in the entire community.