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    THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DISABILITIES.
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    Priority Iniatives

    Grant Recipients

    These organizations received a grant and share our strong commitment to improve the quality of life for the disability community. To discover more about each organization’s mission, programs and services click on their name to visit their website.

    We appreciate all of the organizations that applied for grants and hope that you will visit the Grant Seekers section of our site to review our guidelines and grant application process.

    Recipients

    Students understand the value of a good education and what it means for them. Adams Central students strive to become the leaders of tomorrow and our educators are here to help them get there.
    It is the philosophy of AWSSC to provide each student with their needed services in the least restrictive environment while offering a full continuum of services as required by law.
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    Impacting our culture for God through the arts.
    Ancilla College logo
    Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.
    Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped and Blind
    For the Earn and Learn program for special needs high school students
    Arts United
    Arts United advances the creative sector by mobilizing resources to elevate our community’s quality of life.
    ASK
    About Special Kids (ASK) is Indiana’s Parent to Parent organization that works throughout the state to give support, answer questions and provide information and resources to families of children with special needs. ASK staff are extensively and continually trained as well as parents of children with special needs; therefore, they can help other families and professionals understand the various systems that families encounter related to special needs.  ASK has a parent liaison in each region of the state with our central office location in Indianapolis.
    Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum logo
    The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum offers over 120 cars on exhibit on three levels, nine automotive themed galleries allow the visitor to experience everything from classic cars (as defined by the Classic Car Club of America), to Indiana built cars, to racing and engineering themed exhibits and the original Auburn Automobile Company showroom and company offices.
    Autism Society of Indiana
    ASI is a leading resource in Indiana for connecting people who live with autism, and those who care about them, with resources, support, advocacy and information tailored to their unique needs. ASI strives to create communities throughout the state in which people on the autism spectrum and their families are empowered, supported and fully embraced by their community.
    AWS Workshop
    Program support for work skills development for special needs high school students at Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools.
    The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Their vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.
    Blue Jacket's mission is to provide training and opportunities to anyone with a barrier who is striving to earn gainful employment.
    The Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School motto is "A place where we all work hard, do our best, and we are good to each other."
    Our mission is to positively impact the quality of life of those we serve by providing professional, caring, cost-effective behavioral healthcare services.
    To inspire all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
    Cahoots Coffee Café
    Cahoots Coffee Café is a non-profit coffee house located in Angola, Indiana that focuses on providing youth with a safe environment.
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    Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience.
    Camp Possibility
    Camp PossAbility's mission is to give young adults with physical disabilities a safe place to relax, spend time with friends, and not have to worry about adapting the world around them.
    Canine Companions for Independence
    Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
    Cardinal Services of Indiana
    The mission of Cardinal Services is to assist and advocate for people with disabilities and challenges to live lives full of dignity, growth, and opportunity.
    Caring About People, Inc.
    Caring About People's purpose is the dedication to providing high quality, comprehensive mental health services.  These services are focused around the clients, families, and groups who are interested in understanding how choices affect lifestyle.  This is accomplished through professional assessments, planned interventions, comprehensive education, and prevention programming.  Their goal is to enhance the resources of their clients so that they may develop and maintain their physical, psychological, social and spiritual health.
    The mission of CASS Housing is to create and maintain Customizable, Affordable, Sustainable, and Safe living arrangements for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities that promote independent living skills.
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    CHAMP Camp provides a summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance. Our campers enjoy and fully participate in outdoor summer camp activities including swimming, canoeing and climbing that encourage independence, confidence, and self-esteem to create memories that last a lifetime.
    Children’s Autism Center
    Children's Autism Center, Inc., is dedicated to providing the highest quality, medically supported therapy to children of all ages with autism and developmental/language delays in Northeast Indiana.
    Children’s Choir of Huntington County
    The Children’s Choir of Huntington County is a music performance program emphasizing music skills and understanding through choral music experience. Rehearsal and performances of quality musical literature form the foundation of our instruction. The choir exists to artistically enrich the lives of the children, their families and the community.
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    Choices Coordinated Care Solutions a national non-profit organization committed to supporting youth with significant behavioral and emotional challenges in community settings by using evidence-informed methods that build on the strengths of everyone involved.
    Churubusco Elementary
    In partnering with families and the community, Churubusco Elementary School empowers students to become responsible, life-long learners by providing quality instruction through comprehensive curricula, high expectations, and a nurturing environment.
    Churubusco Youth Foundation is an organization working to improve the quality of life for all the community's youth.
    Citilink Access
    Citilink Access is Citilink's complementary demand-response van service designed to provide persons with disabilities who are unable to use our fixed route services with an equivalent level of service to that provided by Citilink fixed route service.
    Coesse Elementary
    Coesse Elementary focuses on the development of the whole child as a learner, both in the classroom and in the world outside. We’re a close-knit staff and community with tremendous high parent involvement and a low teacher-to-student ratio. Our students score well, and often above their peers on all standardized tests, including ISTEP and IREAD. Our unique Student Ambassador program builds student leadership through life skills, service and project-based learning opportunities.
    Building a future together.
    Community Transportation Network
    CTN provides full access to community resources through friendly transportation service for seniors, persons with disabilities, children, youth and the agencies that support them.
    Temple Congrigation
    Congregation Achduth Vesholom traces its roots to 1848, distinguishing us as the oldest Jewish congregation in Indiana.
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    Conner Prairie is a unique historic place that inspires curiosity and fosters learning by providing engaging and individualized experiences for everyone.
    CORE, The Resource Store is a creative non-profit organization created to provide a community where business leaders and educators work together to provide materials, services, and learning opportunities that enhance the education of Indiana residents. These opportunities don't always have to be in the classroom. We are here to promote learning to all individuals in the community through our unique recycling efforts and vocational training opportunities.
    Preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s opportunities.
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    Crossroad creates promising futures for children in difficult circumstances by providing therapy, education, and family support services.
    Deer Ridge Elementary
    The community of Deer Ridge Elementary School will develop the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical potential of children in order that each may become a responsible, productive, respectful, and contributing member of society and adopt learning as a continual process.
    Douglass Road Elementary
    Our mission at DRE is to create an environment that promotes strong student-teacher relationships and ensures individual academic growth as measured by state and federal standards. Our staff is committed to providing a comprehensive support system that uses best-practices in assessment and instruction, a challenging and relevant curriculum, and researched-based interventions to ensure that all students succeed.
    Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana
    DSANI represents people with Down syndrome and their families in the eleven counties surrounding Fort Wayne, Indiana. The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
    Drake Goetz Memorial Park
    An All-Inclusive play destination in Huntington County.
    East Allen County Schools
    The East Allen County Schools' mission is to inspire in all students a passion for learning while developing knowledge, skills and character necessary to become responsible contributors to the local and global society.
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    East Noble School Corporation students will be inspired to become life-long learners, engaged by a rigorous, relevant, and innovative curriculum, and empowered through collaboration and inclusion to become valuable, contributing members of a global society.
    Embassy Theatere
    The mission of the not-for-profit Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc. is to preserve and operate one of Indiana's largest historic theatres and restored Indiana Hotel Lobby; to provide and present quality programs for the cultural enrichment of its patrons; to provide a facility and performance center for use by presenters and civic, arts, educational and service-oriented organizations as well as corporate and individual functions; to reflect excellence, innovation, and leadership.
    Erin’s House for Grieving Children
    Erin’s House provides support services for children, teens and their families, who have suffered the death of a loved one.
    Soaring to success
    Family Service Society
    Family Service Society, Inc. exists to encourage, empower and educate children, adults and families to change their lives for good.
    Family Voices Indana's mission is to equip and support families with children and youth experiencing complex care needs or disabilities.
    Fifth Freedom
    The Fifth Freedom Network is a grassroots, cross-disability, consumer organization dedicated to removing the physical and social barriers that often hold people with disabilities hostage to poverty, isolation and underachievement. Their coalition members come together to learn about government processes, disability rights, and state and national legislative change initiatives.
    “Transforming lives through the love of Jesus Christ”
    Fort Wayne Ballet logo
    The Fort Wayne Ballet's mission is to feed the spirit and spark the imagination through the highest caliber professional and academy performances, dance training, and community engagement.
    Fort Wayne Center for Learning
    The mission of the Fort Wayne Center for Learning is to help children develop a positive self-image through the improvement of the critical learning skills necessary to be successful learners.
    Fort Wayne Children's Choir
    The mission of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir is to provide a choral program exemplifying artistic and educational excellence for children from diverse backgrounds.
    Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
    Connecting kids and animals, strengthening families and inspiring people to care.
    Civic Theater
    Fort Wayne Civic Theatre entertains, educates, inspires, and enriches the community through exceptional live theatre experiences.
    Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation
    The Mission of FWCS is to "educate all students to high standards enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens.
    Fort Wayne Curling Club
    The Fort Wayne Curling Club offers leagues for curlers of all ages and abilities, Learn to Curl sessions, private events, corporate events and activities for those with special needs.
    Fort Wayne Dance Collective
    The mission of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective is to inspire and empower people of all ages and abilities through movement and rhythm.
    Fort Wayne Housing Authority
    The mission of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Wayne is to provide good quality, affordable housing and superior services to eligible members of the Fort Wayne community and to maintain an atmosphere which encourages self-sufficiency.
    Fort Wayne Museum of Art
    The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will collect, preserve and present American and related art to engage and educate broad and diverse audiences throughout the region to add value to their lives.
    The Fort Wayne Park Foundation was founded in 1973 as the charity of record for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Through the years, these two organizations have worked hand in hand to preserve the City's green spaces, create a lasting legacy for the citizens of Fort Wayne and Allen County and provide free and affordable leisure opportunities for all ages.
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    The Fort Wayne Philharmonic's mission is to foster and instill a lifelong love of symphonic music through performance and education.
    Fort Wayne Youth Theater
    Youtheatre's mission is to educate, engage, and entertain youth through theatrical experiences.
    Friends of the Rivers has been established to preserve, protect and foster the vitality of the St. Joseph, St. Mary's and Maumee Rivers for the human, animal and plant communities within the regional watershed.
    Gigi’s Playhouse
    GiGi's Playhouse makes a difference every day. Our unique points of difference empower individuals and their parents to achieve their greatest potential with confidence, independence, and joy. We have a "place": we will never let location be a barrier to success. We have "programs": we will never let curriculum be a boundary to achievement. Most importantly, programs are free. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults.
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    GiveHearr's mission is to build the self-worth of individuals by restoring their hearing potential and providing them with opportunities to engage with their communities through service to others.
    Providing an opportunity for ALL individuals with an interest in rowing for sport and/or physical fitness to participate to the best of their abilities.
    Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
    Goodwill is a 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities and employment barriers have the opportunity to become contributing citizens and taxpayers through full-inclusion in the community’s competitive workforce.
    Greater Fort Wayne, Inc
    Together, we’re growing a more prosperous, vibrant community in Greater Fort Wayne.
    Habitat for Humanity logo
    Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry uniting volunteers and local investors with qualified families to build safe, stable and affordable homes in the Greater Fort Wayne area. We seek to put God’s love into action by providing hardworking families a chance at homeownership. This not only helps to serve a growing need for affordable housing, but has a positive impact for generations to come, both for those individual families and our whole community.
    Headwaters Counseling
    Headwaters Counseling is a private, not for profit counseling agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They provide outpatient counseling services for persons who have behavioral health needs or are at risk of harmful involvement with alcohol or other drugs. Services are available to children, families, and adults of all ages.
    Healthier Moms and Babies’ goal is to reduce infant mortality and improve the outcome of pregnancy in Allen County by offering health education and case management services to low-income, high-risk pregnant women and their families.
    Heartland gives access to the benefits of singing. Singing gives access to self, voice to the spirit, and unity in community. On the forefront of the vocal music profession in the region, Heartland strives for excellence and innovation in all concert productions, serves as a proactive resource for music education, advocates for the vocal arts and vocal artists, and is a catalyst for encouraging all citizens to sing. Heartland is Changing Lives through Song.
    Huntington University
    Huntington University is among the top Indiana Christian liberal arts colleges with a strong historic and ongoing relationship with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA. With the conviction that all truth is God’s truth, the University exists to carry out the mission of Christ in higher education.
    At Indian Springs Middle School, we're dedicated to education through inquiry and the development of young people who will become responsible and respectful citizens.
    Dedicated to promoting the educational, social, spiritual, physical and personal development of individuals with a hearing loss, or who are related to individuals with a hearing loss.
    To use our resources to provide poor people with a wide variety of aggressive, quality legal services which will effectively help them to gain equal access to the courts; empower them to control their lives; and impact on the major causes and effects of poverty.
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    Indiana University's mission is to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge.
    Interdisciplinary Community Autism Network (ICAN)
    ICAN specializes in comprehensive diagnostic, therapy, and educational services for individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and caregivers, and the community they live and play in. ICAN believes in and provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.
    IPFW is a comprehensive university that provides local access to globally recognized baccalaureate and graduate programs that drive the intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement of our students and our region.
    Ivy Tech
    We partner with donors to invest in Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, and programs to build stronger communities and a better Indiana.
    At Joe’s Kids, special children receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy in order to help them reach their maximal level of independence in the areas of gross motor skills and mobility, fine motor skills, sensory processing, self care, feeding and swallowing, and speech and language.
    Junior Achievement
    The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
    To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
    To impact the community by helping our disabled Adults gain continued knowledge, skills, and confidence by participating in an environment that appreciates them for there unique abilities, gifts, and personalities. It is our mission to empower our students to achieve there personal goals and overcome obstacles that prevent them from making positive connections and impacts on the community around them.
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    Little River Wetlands Project's mission is to restore and protect wetlands in the historic watershed of the Little River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, and to provide educational opportunities that encourage good stewardship of wetlands and other natural ecosystems.
    Lutheran Social Services of Indiana expresses the love of Jesus Christ for all people through services that empower individuals and families to move toward social, emotional, and spiritual wholeness.
    McKinney Harrison Elementary
    The mission of DeKalb Central Schools is to develop socially responsible students who are literate, academically successful, engaged in all aspects of their education, and prepared for success in the 21st century.
    McMillen Health
    The mission of McMillen Health is to provide vital, effective preventive health education that promotes physical, emotional, and social well-being.
    Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana
    The mission of Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) is to ensure that all individuals facing mental health challenges are supported and gain access to the resources they need.
    Town of Monroeville
    Founded in 1851, we are a community of around 1,200 residents within town limits and many more county residents calling Monroeville home. With pride and confidence to the Northeast Indiana Region, we endeavor to progress while respecting our heritage.
    The mission of the Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne, Inc. is to provide household furnishings to families and individuals as they rebuild their lives after suffering disaster, personal tragedy or other misfortunes.
    NeighborLink
    Our mission is simple: Practical, neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God's love.
    North Side High School
    The mission of North Side High School is to support the personal growth of its students in their development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills; the most important skills to be taught are how to think and how to learn.
    NIGCC provides genetic diagnosis, counseling, and treatment. The NIGC provides medical genetic services to patients ranging from prenatal to children with special health care needs to mature adulthood.
    The AIM of the Northern Wells Community Schools is to equip students to maximize their present and future success.
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    The goals of One Heart Disability Ministry is to be a place of learning and fun for disabled adults where they can volunteer, serve, and use their talents.
    Park Center's goal is to provide quality care and support to promote wellness and healing for clients of all ages and at every stage of recovery. At Park Center, we offer a comprehensive selection of services in the professional setting you expect, while tailoring treatments to achieve the personal care you deserve.
    Parkview Huntington YMCA
    To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
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    The Mission of Fort Wayne Public Television, Inc. is to provide high quality telecommunication and developmental opportunities through educational, informational, cultural and entertaining programs and service.
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    Purdue University Fort Wayne is a comprehensive university that provides local access to globally recognized baccalaureate and graduate programs that drive the intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement of our students and our region.
    Riley’s Children Foundation
    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals. Expert, family-centered pediatric care is available at Riley for every child who needs it. 
    Riverfront Fort Wayne
    Riverfront Fort Wayne exists to delight, energize and unite our community through moving experiences and extraordinary places.
    Forming saints and scholars in Christ.
    Sara’s Garden
    Sara’s Garden provides health and education services to families from across the country who have been told there is no hope for their loved ones to lead a healthy, independent life.
    SCAN
    SCAN protects children, prepares parents, strengthens families and educates our community to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.
    Scherer Resources, Inc. is dedicated to providing vocational training which empowers young adults with disabilities to obtain meaningful employment in the workforce and to ultimately live as independently as possible.
    Science Central
    Science Central is a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for people of all ages.
    The mission of Shepherd's House is to rebuild the lives of those who society views as hopeless into sober and productive assets to the community.
    Preparing today's learners for tomorrow's opportunities.
    SPEAK MODalities is dedicated to providing the best evidence backed software solutions for developing language skills in children with autism and delays in speech development.
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    The Special Olympics Indiana mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offering them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
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    Preparing today's learners for tomorrow's opportunities
    The Arc Advocacy Network provides information, referral and advocacy in the areas of: career pathways and employment; understating and applying for government programs; insurance information, advocacy and referral; community connections and natural supports; self-advocacy and self-Advocates of Indiana.
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    The mission of Arc of Wabash County is to challenge, empower and support individuals with disabilities to reach their highest level of independence.
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    The Community Learning Center's core beliefs further our community in the areas of Health and Wellness, Work Force and Economic Development and the Performing and Fine Arts to support Social and Emotional well being.
    The Honeywell Foundation is a public charity dedicated to the enhancement of social, artistic, recreational, and cultural opportunities for all.
    The League
    The League's mission is to provide and promote opportunities that empower people with disabilities to achieve their full potential.
    Our mission is to support and maximize the quality of life, the functional abilities, and the mental and physical well-being of persons with developmental disabilities. We pride ourselves on having a person-centered, community-based approach toward providing the supports necessary for each individual to enjoy a meaningful life within the community.
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    The MINDCAP Center was founded in 2015 as a for-profit organization with a specific mission to unleash the limitless potential of every person to think, learn, and thrive.
    Town of Waterloo
    The Town of Waterloo was established in 1856 – During the era of the construction of what is now known as the Norfolk -Southern Railroad.
    Town of Winona Lake
    Winona Lake features a beautiful lake for boating and fishing, a newly restored historical district with quaint artisan shops and eateries. Two museums which focus on the history of the town and the famous evangelist, Billy Sunday, are also open. There are many beautiful and unique homes, a college and seminary, and golf courses.
    Trine University promotes intellectual and personal development through professionally focused and formative learning opportunities, preparing students to succeed, lead and serve.
    Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of Faith and Reason, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service.
    Visiting Nurse provides compassionate care to alleviate suffering and ensure quality of life for those affected by serious illness.
    Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential.
    Volunteer Lawyer Program
    The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, Inc., (VLP) offers free legal services for low-income individuals and families. The VLP serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties.
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    Believing in the inherent value of all people, We Carry Kevan mobilizes individuals with disabilities by redefining accessibility as a cooperative effort.
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    Preparing today's learners for tomorrow's opportunities
    Whitley County Foundation
    It is the mission of the Community Foundation of Whitley County to inspire philanthropy, enrich community, and serve donors by creating an enduring source of charitable assets.
    Whitley County Consolodated Schools
    At WCCS, you’ll quickly find we are a district that has its priorities straight. Our one focus is to prepare our students to be world-class adults—armed with the skills they need to be critical thinkers and exceptional leaders. Whatever their vocation.
    Women's Bureau
    Project C.A.R.E. sexual assault and prevention program
    Woodside is committed to providing its student population with varied learning experiences that promote the lifelong development of a strong self-concept and high academic achievement. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to collaborate, reason, and become productive citizens in a global community.
    World Baseball Academy
    The mission of World Baseball Academy is to use the platform of baseball to exemplify excellence and leadership beyond the game.
    To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
    To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
    We help catch children who have fallen… Fallen on hard times, fallen between the cracks, fallen from grace. We pick them up. We stand up for them. We teach them to stand on their own. Then we watch them give back to their families, their neighborhoods, their communities, their world.
    YWCA Northeast Indiana's Mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley Counties