Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County awarded grants, which range between $2,000 and $3,725 each, to enhance early childhood development at these child-care centers: Back-to-Basics Child Care & Leadership Academy, Beacon Heights Preschool, Building Blocks Daycare Ministry, Community Baptist Child Care Ministries, Crescent Avenue Weekday School, EMBC Child Care Ministry, Emmanuel Child Care Ministry, Emmanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Ministry, First Presbyterian Day Care Ministry, First Redeemed By the Blood Ministries, Greater Spirit of Love Childcare Ministy, Heritage of the Lord Daycare Ministry, Holy Cross Preschool, Kingdom's Kidz Childcare Ministries, Little Life Changers Academy, Martini Kids Club Ministry, Matthew's House Child Care Ministry, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Childcare & PreK, New Haven UMC Preschool, Peace Lutheran Preschool, Precious Angels Christian Day Care, St. Paul Lutheran Preschool, Simpson Academy, Trinity Preschool, Trinity Tiger CCM, UBC Child Care Ministry, Waynedale UMC Preschool, and Wonderkids Daycare Ministry & Preschool.
The Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation awarded financial gifts to these organizations: Fort Wayne Children's Choir, $10,000; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $25,000; Fort Wayne Youtheatre, $10,000; History Center, $10,000; Kate's Kart, $15,000; Little River Wetlands Project, $10,000; Mad Anthony Children's Hope House, $5,000; McMillen Center for Health Education, $15,000; SCAN, $12,000; St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, $10,000; Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, $10,000; Wellspring, $10,000; and Woven, $5,000.
The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne awarded grants to these nonprofits: Allen County Education Partnership, $35,000; Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, $20,000; American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, $30,000; Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, $20,000; Blue Jacket Inc., $10,000; Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, $15,000; Community Action of Northeast Indiana, $24,000; Crossroad Child & Family Services, $10,000; Early Childhood Alliance, $40,000; Embassy Theatre Foundation, $20,000; Family and Children's Services of Fort Wayne, $15,000; Fort Wayne Dance Collective, $10,000; Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education, $20,000; Literacy Alliance, $30,000; Martin Luther King Montessori School, $35,000; Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne, $25,000; Northeast Indiana Public Radio, $15,000; Science Central, $20,000; and Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, $50,000.
The Salvation Army needs school supplies for its Tools for School program, which will provide 1,500 students in kindergarten-Grade 12 with a full backpack of school supplies.
Needs include backpacks, notebooks (wide-rule and college-rule), filler paper (wide-rule and college-rule), Kleenex, scissors, binders, pencil boxes, rulers, folders (pocket and three-prong), highlighters, washable markers (thin and fat), crayons (24-count boxes), pencils and pens, glue bottles and sticks, colored pencils, dry erase markers (black, green, red, blue and purple), composition books and monetary donations for specific needs.
Collection sites include Office Depot, 705 Northcrest Shopping Center and 10290 Maysville Road; St. Anne Home, 1900 Randallia Drive; all Walgreen's and Walmart locations, and WANE-TV, 2915 W. State Blvd.
Call 744-2311 for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters announced Tyler Lehman as the recipient of the 2012 Don Wolf Award for his commitment and contribution to youth in this community.