Here are some examples:
The Exotic Feline Rescue Center
The mission of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is to provide permanent homes for exotic felines that have been abused, abandoned, or for some reason have nowhere to live out their lives, while educating the public about these beautiful cats. The EFRC has over 230 cats from 24 states on 108 acres in southwestern Indiana.
The EFRC has brought a sophisticated level of care to each of its cats, providing them with proper nutritional diets, a high-degree of social interaction, preventative medicines and prompt veterinary care in the on-site clinic. They believe that the cats deserve to be treated in a humane and dignified manner.
The EFRC provides education and outreach programs, field trips, and internships. For more information, go to www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program helps ease the stress unique to members of the armed forces and their families by providing humanitarian and financial assistance, as well as emergency communications.
The SAF serves as a link between members of the armed forces and their families. It is able to communicate vital information about family emergencies such as illnesses, deaths, and births since it has personnel on-site at more than 200 military bases worldwide. These messages help military personnel make decisions about leave, deferment, compassionate reassignment, and dependency discharge.
The Red Cross offers social services, referrals and counseling during these emergencies as well as financial assistance such as grants or interest-free loans to support emergency travel, burials, and health or welfare needs.
For more programs provided by the American Red Cross, go to www.redcross-indy.org/Services
Soon after David came to Bosma Enterprises, he was handling products for Bosma Enterprises.
David began enthusiastically switching from one department to another, doing a variety of tasks. Finally, Bosma Enterprises decided they needed him in more than just one department. They created a position for him called Production Technician. This would allow David the opportunity to train others, while becoming trained in many different types of positions.
"I can work almost every machine in Sign Solutions; I can change the ink for Document Imaging; I can get a paper jam out; I can change the tape machine; I can fix the tape machine; I can run the food wrap machine; I can do wiring. You could say I possess a variety of different trades," says David.
"I appreciate that Bosma Enterprises has given me the opportunity to help others learn," he says. "When people come to me asking for help and I can get them on the right path – at the end of the day – it makes me feel like I've done something right."
Giving David the freedom he loves has placed him in the perfect environment – one in which he can flourish. For more success stories, go to www.bosma.org.
Boys & Girls Club of Evansville
In addition serving over 2,000 kids at four sites, the Boys & Girls Club is reaching another 4,000 young people through the SMART Moves Program in schools.
Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs for children 5-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff.
They nurture young people's self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. The Boys & Girls Club does this daily by providing young people with one-on-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club programs, please visit www.bgca.org.
Hope House Addiction Recovery Center
Hope House Addiction Recovery Center in Wayne County provides emergency shelter to homeless men, many with addiction problems; a residential, mutual-help alcohol and drug recovery program; and other services aiding addicted individuals in transforming their lives and re-entering the community as constructive and productive members.
The emergency shelter for homeless men is both a life-saving service and a point of attraction for the recovery program. It provides overnight shelter, an evening and morning meal, and other services.
A motivational tract for those desiring to free themselves from addiction includes a 12-step-based educational program called Recovery Dynamics and an opportunity to serve others receiving emergency shelter.
For more information, go to www.hopehouseaddictionrecoverycenter.org.
Gleaners' BackSacks program provides children in low-income areas with six weekend meals. A donated backpack is filled each Friday (and before holidays) with kid-friendly food that's nutritious and shelf-stable—ensuring that each child has enough to eat during weekends and holidays. The program is offered at Kids Café sites, Boys & Girls Clubs, and participating schools.
Children in poverty are the most generous of any group of children I have ever worked with! Here at IPS School #14, we have to teach the children that their BackSack food is just for them and not for everyone else. Normally with elementary children, some would think it is just the opposite. However, children in poverty think about food as "we have this" versus "I have this." This thinking comes into play when the children take the food home on the bus. The kids know who is hungry when they go home, so on Fridays, the kids would open up their BackSack bags and they would pass out the food so they can make sure everyone has a snack on the bus. This means the child may go without over the weekend, but everyone ate on Friday. It is both heart breaking and touching to teach the kids not to do this.
– Teacher at IPS #14
For more information, go to gleaners.org.