Wabash County Project Spotlight 2023 Nominations

The Arc of Wabash County Inc.

The Arc of Wabash County Pre-Employment Transition Summer “Camp” for High School students with disabilities. Arc conducts a six week summer careers “camp” for qualified high school students with disabilities. In a fun, interactive, peer group setting, students explore career interests, vocational dreams, and the skills necessary for entering the workforce after high school. The “camp” includes a short, paid work experience with selected local employers in order to gain valuable work experience and gain confidence that comes from a workplace mentoring relationship.

Babe of Wabash County

BABE is an incentive-based program that partners with different businesses and organizations in the county that promote good health, education, and connections. Parents earn boutique coupons whenever they take their children to these partners. Coupons can be redeemed for diapers, wipes, clothing, cribs, etc. They have educational programs as well as a playroom where parents are encouraged to bring their children at any time during operational hours BABE is NOT income based and they encourage families of all income levels, shapes, background, and sizes to participate in the programs which helps build stronger families and communities.

Cannonball Disc Golf

Cannonball Disc Golf is a local club promoting disc golf in Wabash County. They host tournaments and club play. Cannonball club assists with keeping the disc golf course at the Wabash City Park well maintained.

Common Ground Prayer Ministry

The Common Ground Prayer Ministry is a great hub for people to come together or alone in Wabash. They are hoping to connect all of the Churches in Wabash and surround our area with prayer. CG hosts several events throughout the year, the largest is typically the National Day of Prayer. They have hosted training workshops on prayer and worship. Also, several prayer walks happen throughout the year. Many small groups meet at the prayer room for weekly prayer meetings. They deserve this award to continue to serve our community in the most important way possible, building relationships with each other and our God.

F.I.S.H. of 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 act as a referral agency to other resources in the area.

Junior Achievement serving Greater Wabash

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.

LaFontaine/Liberty Township History Club-John Ell Sutton Museum

The history club plans to bring together people interested in the history of LaFontaine and Liberty Township of Wabash County. Its major objective is to protect and preserve the history for our community and to revive the interest and encourage the young people to get involved with the community. The club will obtain any materials which may help to establish and illustrate the history of the area. The history club would like to use this Project Spotlight to purchase a computer for genealogy research and purchase a television to present programs on history at the museum.

Lagro Canal Foundation

Lagro Canal Foundation (LCF) was established as a non-profit in 2017 with a mission to revitalize the Lagro community through education, historic preservation and to inspire a movement of restoration in our community. Buildings have been renovated and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. New businesses have opened and living spaces are becoming available which contributes to the Wabash County focus on economic development. Encouraged by the efforts of LCF volunteers, residents in and around Lagro have become inspired to undertake other renovation projects. Visit Lagro to see the changes. Your votes for Lagro Canal Foundation will support continued work in Lagro!

Life Is For Everyone, Inc. DBA LIFE Center

LIFE Center is a nonprofit pregnancy resource center providing free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited OB ultrasounds. A Mommy and Me Boutique for children in sizes preemie through 5T and maternity clothes.

Roann Covered Bridge Lions Club

Cook and serve Donuts to raise funds to improve the town of Roann, also sponsor Roann festival, and raise funds for the Caboose, Log Cabin and Pulling Field. Also host a day of caring and help members of the Roann community that need assistance and cannot afford to hire it done.

Wabash County 4H Junior Leaders

Wabash County 4-H Junior Leaders is a county wide 4-H project that is designed to teach leadership skills to students in grades 7 through 12. Junior Leader members provide community service through hands on activities with the citizens of our county. Some of our activities include: appreciation dinners, providing companionship to the elderly, and serving at public dinners just to name a few. We enjoy interaction with others and servicing our community to provide great leadership skills to the youth members of 4-H. We hope that through the skills we learn, other members will be encouraged to join Junior Leaders. These experiences will go before us into the future and help us with many life skills.

Wabash County Animal Shelter

The Wabash County Animal Shelter is a small non-profit tasked with the huge responsibility of providing care for the homeless dogs and cats of Wabash County. Our mission is not only to provide medical care and find homes for unwanted, neglected and abused animals, but also to educate the public on proper animal care and help those who want to keep their pets find a way to do so by assisting with food and supplies. We rely heavily on donations from the public to provide a safe caring environment for the animals until they find a home. Unfortunately, this leaves little, if any, funds to improve the actual building and grounds. This year would like to raise funds to have our flagpole (which has been broken by the wind) and the area around it redone and add more fencing to the back yard to create multiple play areas for the dogs.

Wabash County Christmas Spirit

Our mission is to provide Christmas gifts to Wabash County children whose caregivers may otherwise not have the means from which to provide these gifts. It is our desire to ensure every child in Wabash County has an opportunity to experience the JOY and HOPE of Christmas by providing gifts to those children who may not otherwise have this opportunity. 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.