North Manchester Project Spotlight 2023 Nominations

85 HOPE Free Medical Clinic

85 HOPE Free Medical Clinic provides free medical care and medications to low-income adult residents of Wabash County who are uninsured or under-insured. We have two clinic sites located in Wabash and North Manchester serve over 130 unduplicated clients. In 2022, over 1,000 people walked through our doors. Clients receive free medical exams, medications, physical therapy, lab and radiology testing, flu vaccines, mammograms, colon cancer screening, and assistance with dental, optometry, mental health, and other specialty care needs. We seek to provide a convenient access to healthcare and healthcare-related services to our neighbors in need.

Junior Achievement serving North Manchester

Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community.

Laketon Lions Club

We do so many things for the community of North Manchester and Laketon. Recently held our annual Easter Egg Hunt with over 1000 eggs for the children to find and crafts to do. We donated dictionaries to the Amish School and the Learn More Center. We are working on building two raised garden beds to be placed at the North Manchester Public Library for the children to plant items and take care of their plantings. We donate annually to the Public Library Summer Reading Program, 85Hope, Center for History, Junior Achievement, Indiana Firefighters Burn Camp and many more as well as our Lions State and District projects.

Learn More Center

Learn More Center is the only adult basic education center in Wabash County. They assist out of school learners 16 and above to attain high school equivalency diploma, increase workforce skills, and transition into college and career trainings. Learn More Center offers individualized instruction, expert instructors and tutors, learning materials, and a nurturing learning envirnoment. All services are free.

Manchester Early Learning Center

Manchester Early Learning Center is an important part of our town. Quality child care is very important to the families in our community. Here at Manchester Early Learning Center we want all children to be able to attend a quality program like ours. We are dedicated to providing an enriching, nurturing environment for the children. We provide fun, age appropriate activities to engage their minds, hearts and bodies. We also provide healthy, balanced breakfast, lunch and snacks too. We would love to win this support to help carry on our schools mission.

Manchester Recreation Association (MRA)

The local MRA was started in 1984 and runs the youth baseball and softball programs. The complex location is called the Glenn W. Ruppel Sports Complex and has four fields, which is utilized by the high school as well for girl’s softball and tournaments for all ages. A building for concessions and restrooms is located on site which could use some monetary attention. The community also congregates there to use the basketball court on this property. A playground is also on the property to occupy and create a safe environment for the younger children. Members of the community also do what they can to make the property of the complex inviting and beautiful.