DeKalb County Project Spotlight 2024 Nominations

Alliance Industries, Inc. – DeKalb Association for Developmentally Disabled

Alliance Industries is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing employment for people with disabilities in a supportive environment.  Our 40 plus employees perform such services as light assembly and packaging for area industries in DeKalb and Noble Counties.  To support our work input, operating expenses and continued employment for our employees, we receive funds through donations, grants, and fundraising.  Our longevity in the community is a testament to our commitment to providing a safe and productive environment for those with disabilities.

Auburn Main Street


Junior Auburn Main Street is a group of passionate high school students who are committed to improving their local community. The group focuses on projects that impact the Auburn community and hopes to make an impact on the county’s public spaces. We want to create a public space near Auburn waterfront district that honors veterans. This space would also be used for community celebrations and events.

The new Dekalb County Veterans Memorial will include the names of those who have served our country etched on beautiful stone pillars. Benches and ADA accessibility will allow for a space of relaxation and meditation as individuals reflect on the sacrifices service men and women have made to secure our freedom. It will also be a place to gather and hold ceremonies. This project is bringing veterans and youth together to not only install this veteran memorial, but it will also be the first riverfront district project completed along cedar creek for the public.


We cannot accomplish our goal without your support! Your donation will go towards: A beautifully designed memorial honoring all branches of the military; fixtures, flags and flag poles; Trash receptacles; Seating areas (benches, picnic tables); Activating Auburn’s Waterfront district.

This memorial will be a wonderful space for community members to convene, a place to honor those who served, and will activate a previously unused space and begin the development of Auburn’s waterfront district.

Auburn Shifters Car Club Inc.

The Auburn Shifters Car Club is a local 501(c)3 organization established in Auburn Ind. in 1959. We are and have always been a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting our community thru charitable works. Our two main projects each year are our charity car show in July (July 13th, Auburn Outdoor Theater) which the proceeds from that and our other events supports our second project in December. We help support the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department with their “Shop with a Cop” event. There are thirty selected area 5th grade middle school children. They each receive a $300 shopping spree at our local Walmart. We have very generous sponsors both private and business that have allowed us to give back to our community over $10K a year average for the last 12 years in a row. That’s something we as a local car club are very, very proud of.  Thank you for your time.

DeKalb Humane Society, Inc.

At DeKalb Humane Society, we are passionate about finding forever homes for the pets in our care. Whether they are cats, dogs, or other furry friends, our mission is to provide them with a loving and nurturing environment.

The DeKalb Humane Society filed for our Certificate of Incorporation on December 23, 1975 and we were granted 501(c)3 status in March of 1976. We are committed to being a no-kill shelter and serving the DeKalb County area.

Fortify LIFE

Fortify LIFE is a foundation dedicated to providing a safe haven for homeless individuals in DeKalb County. At Fortify Home, our residents stay for an average of 3-6 months. Unlike most shelters that separate females and males, causing additional hardship, we prioritize keeping families with children intact. This approach is unique, and we are one of the few shelters in northeast Indiana adopting it.

We assist our residents in accessing the support they need to make positive changes in their lives. Our programming includes instruction in physical and mental health, financial literacy, employment skills, and other topics designed to help individuals achieve stability.

Additionally, we offer various classes, such as a small-space gardening workshop taught by DeKalb’s Purdue Extension Agent. As one participant remarked, “I’m so excited to learn how to do this so I can do this on my own when I get my own home.”

Another essential aspect of Fortify Home is fostering respect and care from the community towards our residents. Whether through church groups preparing and eating meals with our neighbors or volunteers working on small construction projects, we love connecting our neighbors with the broader community.

At Fortify LIFE, we strive not only to bring stability to our residents but also to connect them with the community, fostering mutual understanding and compassion.

Garrett-Keyser-Butler Education Foundation, Inc.

The Garrett-Keyser-Butler Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2017 to advance and support the education development of the students, staff, and stakeholders associated with the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District.  The foundation promotes the education of students, co-curricular, and extra-curricular education activities.  The foundation currently funds three programs.  These include the Resource Room (used to support teachers and staff with classroom items, and students with classroom, personal and nutritional care items), Innovative Teacher Grants and student scholarships.

Shadarobah Horse Rescue

SHR no animal left behind program allows this local horse rescue, one of very few, also take in animals that are outside the equine realm and help them rehabilitate and find safe homes too.

Rock Steady Boxing NE Indiana

Rock Steady Boxing serves individuals who are experiencing Parkinson’s Disease.  The use of exercise, encouragement, and specifically boxing is used to slow down the progression of the disease and for those affected, to maintain a quality of life as long as possible.

RSVP Community Center of Caring Food Pantry

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) that matches senior citizens with community service project like the food pantry. They also share the Warmth Coat giveaway, school supplies, Vita Tax program. They would use the funds to purchase food for the pantry.