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Fall 2018 Good Deeds Grant Recipients Announced

The Community Foundation of Wabash County distributed $92,500 in its 2018 fall grant cycle, supporting local nonprofits that meet the urgent needs of county citizens or provide opportunities for people with minimal resources. Thirty-five organizations were awarded grants for projects in education, the arts, food insecurity, support for youth, and more.

Arc of Wabash County received a grant to purchase new technology required by federal regulations to provide increased employment services for disabled adults.

Blessings in a Backpack (North Manchester) received funding to provide food for 400 children weekly, which includes 2 entrees, 2 breakfast foods, and 3 snacks to carry home at the end of each school week.

Education for Conflict Resolution will utilize grant money to provide attendance/truancy mediation for Wabash County school students, families, and school personnel.

Family Services Society received a grant to supplement the Wabash County Hands of Hope Victim Outreach to assist individuals in abusive situations needing financial assistance to leave unsafe situations.

Grow Wabash County will use a CFWC grant to support Leadership Development Wabash County’s Leadership Training Program, which brings together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders.

Habitat for Humanity of Wabash County received funding to send two Board of Director members and the new Executive Director to the Indiana Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference to provide them the knowledge required to govern and guide the organization.

Honeywell Foundation will utilize a grant to support the Educational Outreach Program Arts Integration, which will bring six professional artists into local classrooms to teach Language Arts through use of vocal performance, instrumental music, theatre, and storytelling.

Kids First Child Care Ministry received funding to purchase required curriculum necessary to obtain a Level 3 Paths to Quality rating.

Living Well in Wabash County CoA received a grant to supplement their Community Cupboard food pantry and Senior Supplemental Food Box program.

Manchester Community Child Care Association will use grant funding to send Manchester Early Learning Center staff to the 2019 IAEYC Conference for professional development.

MCS - Manchester Jr/Sr High School received funding to purchase art supplies.

North Manchester Civic Symphony Society will use a CFWC grant to offer free group ukulele lessons as part of their outreach to local communities and to support music education.

Tippecanoe Audubon Society received a grant to address invasive species in the Flory-Gemmer Marsh.

Wabash County Early Childhood Education Coalition received funding to supplement CLASS assessment training for Early Childhood Education programs.

Wabash County Lighthouse Missions will utilize CFWC grant money towards the purchase of a new facility to better serve the Wabash community.

Wabash County Probation Department received funding to implement a mentor program, increase family engagement and program understanding, and continue to find ways to incentivize target behaviors of participants.

Wabash County Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant for fish ladder monitoring in an effort to protect and restore fish habitat at the Stockdale Dam.

Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition will use a CFWC grant to support the Wabash County Baby and Me Tobacco Free programs, which provides smoking cessation help for pregnant women.

Wabash Presbyterian Church (The Presbyterian School) received funding to support enrichment curriculum for early learning among Preschoolers of Wabash County.

Wabash Street Level Ministries (The Access) received a grant to support Family Nights and the Weekend Partnership Programming, which provides activities for students and their families.

Wabash Woman’s Club House Association received funding to implement STAR – Start Talking About Reading – for local school children.

WCS – OJ Neighbours Elementary School will utilize grant funding to provide free snacks for 3rd and 4th grade students whose families are unable to provide snacks for their daily snack break, as well as purchasing reusable water bottles for all students.

WCS – Wabash High School received funding to support the County College and Career Fair held at Wabash High School for all 7-12th grade Wabash County students.

White’s Residential & Family Services’ Offering Wabash Families Life-Altering Change Program, funded in part by a CFWC grant, will allow children in foster care to experience summer camps, band camps, and musical/athletic/arts instruction.

Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana received a grant to support Wabash Campus Life programs in Manchester, Northfield, Southwood, and Wabash High Schools and Wabash Middle School. Campus Life emphasizes the importance of balancing the mental, social, spiritual, and physical aspects of students’ lives.

Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County provides the Safe Place program, which provides youth with immediate crisis intervention and resources to Wabash County at-risk youth with the help from CFWC grant funding.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church received a grant to purchase necessary equipment and renovations to accommodate Daniel’s Place, an upcoming respite care facility for adults with special needs.

The Good Deeds grant program was established in 1993 to ensure that unrestricted grant money would be available to the Wabash community to support nonprofits and fund initiatives and programs aimed at advancing educational attainment and supporting citizens with critical needs. To date, more than $4.5 million has been distributed from the Good Deeds Endowment. Grants are awarded twice a year – April 15 and October 15. Guidelines and applications for the upcoming Spring 2019 grant cycle are available online at www.cfwabash.org. Contributions to the Good Deeds Endowment can be sent to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, 105 West Second Street, Suite 100, North Manchester.