2020 Holiday Spirit: A guide for giving

Herald file photo by Marlena Sloss
Amy White of Bowling Green, Kentucky, greets Sophie the dog while Amy's husband, Leroy, greets Sophie's brother, Jack, as the potential family meets for the first time before the dogs' adoption at the Dubois County Humane Society in Jasper.

Editor’s note: Many organizations in the area help others enjoy the holidays or need help with fundraising and volunteer efforts. Here are some of those groups and a summary of how you can help them. The Herald will run this list again in the coming weeks. If you'd like to add something from your nonprofit, email the information to bnorton@dcherald.com or call 812-482-2626 and ask for Brittany.


ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) and DCMC (Dubois County Motorcycle Club) is made up of local motorcyclists that strive to provide some Christmas joy to the less fortunate during the holiday season. Throughout the year, this group raises money by hosting several functions at the Jasper Strassenfest (chili cookoff, barbecue contest, and motorcycle and Jeep shows), selling advertising on the back of the Toys for Tikes T-shirts, and hosting poker runs open to all motorcyclists and Jeep fans.

All money raised is used to support the local food banks, CASA, Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and to purchase toys and clothing for Tri-Cap’s family and children services.

ABATE/DCMC meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 N. Newton St., Jasper. Those interested in joining can attend any meeting.

Anyone wishing to purchase one of the group’s $5 DCMC T-shirts or to make a donation toward its goals may contact Rick Fleck at 812-631-1592, Sylvester Voegerl at 812-326-2232 or Suzanne Eckert at 812-309-8005.

Anderson Woods

Since 1978, Anderson Woods Summer Camp in northern Perry County has been providing summer camp experiences to both children and adults with special needs. During four-day, three-night sessions, campers learn self-confidence, trust and responsibility through working together, caring for animals, tending the garden and enjoying the beauty of nature. It is an opportunity for them to experience fellowship with other campers and the staff while enjoying such recreational activities as fishing, hiking, hayrides, kickball, crafts and more. Full-time counselors and volunteers work alongside the campers to encourage and empower them to fulfill their maximum potential. During the months of April and May, local businesses and groups are invited to volunteer time to help prepare the grounds for the upcoming camp season. For more information on volunteering time or making a donation, visit www.andersonwoods.org or call Megan (Keusch) Gatwood at 812-639-1079.


The City of Jasper has offered an eight week summer camp program — Camp CARE, Campers Are Really Exceptional — for children and adults with disabilities for more than 40 years. The camp’s ability to provide free transportation depends on the funds and donations received. Any and all donations can be made out to Camp CARE to the Jasper Park Department, 1301 St. Charles St., Jasper IN 47546. For more information, call the park department at 812-482-5959 and ask for Janessa Wagner.

Churches Embracing Offenders

Churches Embracing Offenders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on aiding the successful re-entry of non-violent offenders into society. We believe that when Christ becomes the center of an individual’s life and the church becomes the foundation for social activities, lasting positive changes are made.

The group works with Dubois County Community Corrections to match work release offenders with committees in the offender’s chosen church to create a support system to help the offender transition to a normal life. The committees are made of active church members in good standing who meet regularly with and guide the offender through a Bible-based program.

People are needed to join church committees and donations are needed to help the group cover operating expenses.

Tax deductible donations can be mailed to Churches Embracing Offenders, P.O. Box 364, Jasper, Indiana 47546.

For more information, call Executive Director Julie Gollehon at 812-630-7887 or board of directors members Katrina and Scott Buse at 812-481-2017 or Kenny and Donna Schnell at 812-827-6789.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Dubois County Unit #77

We are again collecting items such as sweatshirts, sweatpants, coats, sock hats, gloves, underwear, socks and travel size toiletries. These must be new items. We cannot accept used clothing. The donations will be distributed to needy veterans in southern Indiana. Monetary donations are also appreciated . Checks should be made payable to DAVA Dubois County Unit #77. If there are any questions or you have a donation to be picked up, please call 812-630-3029. Monetary donations can be mailed to Donna Brittingham, 4295 N. Portersville Road, Jasper, In. 47546. Please contact us if you are aware of a veteran in need of anything and we will be sure to get in contact with them.

Dubois County 4-H

Dubois County 4-H is a nonprofit program that serves approximately 850 youth living in Dubois County. Enrollment is open to youth in grades three through 12. Youth in kindergarten through second grade can participate in the Mini 4-H Program.

The Dubois County 4-H Program offers youth a unique growth opportunity. The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who will have a positive impact in their communities and the world. The program provides a wide variety of interests with projects, specialized clubs, trips, camps and workshop opportunities while planting the seeds of self-learning, confidence, decision-making, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving to build life and job skills. 4-H offers more than 100 projects, including speech and demonstration, Junior Leaders, farm scene, animal projects and sewing. Additional opportunities for development are present at special activities like SPARK Experiences, 4-H trips, the 4-H Performing Arts talent show, livestock judging and junior leaders.

Financial donations support year-round 4-H involvement by sending youth to camps and trips around the state and nation. All money stays right here in the county, supporting Dubois County 4-H members, and may additionally be used for club programming and facilities. 4-H is also always in need of people willing to donate their time and service to help youth in the community. Some ways area residents can get involved include 4-H Council member, livestock committee members or club leaders. Right now, 4-H is looking for more club leaders for Robotics Club. Clubs can cover a variety of 4-H project areas or focus on just one, such as computer science or livestock. Short-term volunteer opportunities — including volunteering at the fair or leading a Spark Club — are available. A Spark Club is a short-term, 4-H learning experience (lasting about six hours) that focuses on a particular topic area. The topics are not limited to traditional 4-H project areas. New volunteers who would love to share their passions with the youth of Dubois County are needed.

Interested in becoming part of the 4-H community? Enrollment is going on now and will last until Jan. 15, 2021. Members can enroll by visiting v2.4honline.com. To learn more about the program, 4-H enrollment, providing monetary or volunteer donations, contact the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-1782 or email at lisawilson1@purdue.edu.

Dubois County Community Foundation

Dubois County Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation working to improve the community. This is done by supporting visionary donors with effective charitable giving, by making grants to nonprofits working for positive change and by being a leader in Dubois County to help the community reach its full potential. The Community Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted charitable partner in shaping the future of the community. To learn more about how to work together or how to make a gift to charity through a will, call 812-482-5295 or visit www.dccommunityfoundation.org.

Dubois County Humane Society

The Dubois County Humane Society, 426 Wernsing Road, Jasper, is committed to reducing the pet overpopulation in the community, finding homes for abandoned and homeless animals and preventing animal neglect and cruelty through community education programs.

The 35th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive runs through Dec. 23. Especially needed are Purina dry dog food (green bag), Purina dry cat food (blue bag), canned dog and cat food, Purina puppy chow, Purina kitten chow, clumping cat litter, Clorox germicidal bleach, Lavender Pine Sol, paper towels, antibacterial hand soap and dish soap, laundry detergent, Clorox wipes. Decorated collection boxes are in Jasper at Hometown IGA, Holiday Foods, Rural King, and PetSense; in Huntingburg at Hometown IGA; and in Ferdinand at Holiday Foods. Items also may be dropped off at the pet adoption center, which is open from 3  to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The donations from this drive help feed the shelter animals for much of the year.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the Humane Society at P.O. Box 408, Jasper, IN 47547-0408 or may be made online at http://www.duboiscountyhumane.org.

Freedom Reins

Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization, aims to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities through the use of the healing power of horsemanship. The goals of the riding program include improving balance, relaxing muscle tone, improving body control and building self-esteem, trust and self-confidence, as well as growth in the areas of social and listening skills, while learning horsemanship skills. Volunteers are extremely necessary to the therapeutic riding program.

Those interested in volunteering should contact the program director, Jennifer Branch, at 319-504-3507. Monetary contributions should be sent to the Freedom Reins Riding Center at 1077 N. Meridian Road, Jasper, IN 47546.


Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, serves Dubois, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Knox and Martin counties. The agency offers older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life. To learn more about Generations’ services, call Generations or visit www.generationsnetwork.org. Donations may be sent to Generations, P.O. Box 314, Vincennes IN 47591, or call 800-742-9002.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families build a place to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong, stable communities. Those in need of affordable housing apply for homeownership when our application cycle is open and are selected based on three criteria: the applicant’s level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable mortgage payment.

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help build houses for our future Habitat homeowners. Every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County goes directly to build homes in Dubois County. We ask that you consider making a special donation this holiday season to help make homeownership possible for our current family.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County, make a donation, or to volunteer, visit our website www.duboishabitat.org or contact Michael Richard, executive director at 812-482-5995 or michael@duboishabitat.org.

Hunters for the Hungry

Area hunters who would like to donate legally harvested deer to the Hunters for the Hungry Program can take them to Sander Processing in Celestine, Cannelburg Processing or Ohio Valley Custom Deer Processing in English. The processing fee will be paid for by the Dubois County Sportsman’s Club through a grant from the Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund.

Every hunter who donates a deer is eligible to win a gun, compliments of Dr. Greg Gordon and Jasper Optical Lab.

Participating hunters should sign a deer donation log when having a deer processed.

Last year, 95 deer were donated weighing an average of 55.08 pounds and yielding 5,233 pounds of ground meat. Since the program began in 2005, 1,256 deer have been donated to the program and distributed to area food banks resulting in over 52,267 pounds of meat for needy families.

For more information, contact Gene Kuntz at 812-482-2131.

Lifespring Health Systems

LifeSpring Health Systems is a not-for-profit community mental health center serving residents of Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Orange, Perry, Harrison, Floyd, Washington, Clark, Scott and Jefferson counties. The center offers a full range of mental health and counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. After-hours emergency services also are provided, as are psychiatric and nurse practitioner, case management and homemaker services as well as youth programs. LifeSpring supports four group homes in Dubois County.

To contribute to the mental health needs of residents of Dubois County and beyond, contact the LifeSpring Foundation of Indiana at 812-206-1209, or mail contributions to LifeSpring Foundation of Indiana 460 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130. Additional information about LifeSpring can be found at www.lifespringhealthsystems.org.

Mentors for Youth of Dubois County

There are currently youth in Dubois County on a waiting list to be matched with a mentor. Volunteer mentors are needed to spend four hours each month with the youth they are paired with for the duration of one year. Additionally, Mentors for Youth of Dubois County is asking for monetary donations, office supplies (such as printer paper, stamps, three-prong glossy folders with pockets, mailing labels) or Walmart gift cards. Gift cards for mentors to use with youth activities would also be appreciated. For more information, call the Mentors for Youth office at 812-482-2227 or visit the website at www.mentors4youth.com. Donations, payable to Mentors for Youth of Dubois County, may be sent to P.O. Box 86, Jasper, IN 47547-0086.

Patoka 2000

Patoka 2000 is the beautification committee for the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

As the welcoming area for the City of Jasper, the Patoka River Bridge is a prime area that Patoka 2000 maintains and beautifies. Decorative flags have been added to the beautification project, along with plants during the various seasons.

The group’s motto is “Plant. Preserve. Educate. Promote.”

Donations may be mailed to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 307, Jasper, IN 47547-0307.

Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition

The Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition formed in 2003 to develop the area along the Patoka River, building economic development through tourism.

At present, ROJAC is working on audio, video and interior displays at the historic one-room schoolhouse near the Schaeffer Barn, east of the new Cultural Center. This educational tool will preserve our unique history while also paying tribute to George and Margaret Wilson, teachers and historians. A spring 2021 grand opening is being planned.

The Jasper City Mill, Spirit of Jasper Train, Jasper Train Depot, and Schaeffer Barn are the cornerstones of ROJAC Development. Support by German American Boulevard, Eagle Scout Projects, and Labyrinth by Jasper Desk show continued enhancements to improve a once blighted area. A pioneer sculpture by local artist Zach Dawkins is located by Schaeffer Barn. Future plans are to support Jasper’s Downtown Revitalization Plans by connecting the Courthouse Square to the Riverwalk through landscape, streetscape, and infrastructure. Checks are payable to ROJAC and should be mailed to Jasper Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 307, Jasper, IN 47547-0307.


Tri-Cap’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families, and improve communities. For the sixth annual Tri-Cap Holiday Shoppe, clients who are working to improve their lives, are given the opportunity to earn “credit” that can be spent on high-quality items that have been donated. By doing this, families are able to feel that they earned these items. (Due to the pandemic, our Holiday Shoppe will be conducted via “drive through” only this holiday season.) The format matches Tri-Cap’s goal of having our families reach and enjoy the benefits of self-sufficiency. For those who want to help but don’t have time to shop, donations may be made directly to the Tri-Cap Family Assistance Fund at any German American bank in Dubois, Pike or Warrick counties. Tax-deductible donations in the form of checks payable to Tri-Cap and with “Holiday Shoppe” in the memo line may be mailed to Tri-Cap, P.O. Box 729, Jasper IN 47547-0729.

To be a sponsor of the Holiday Shoppe or donate items, email nikki@tri-cap.net or call 812-482-2233 and ask for Nikki at ext. 130. For more information about Tri-Cap programs and current events, see the website or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tricapcommunity.

Tri-County YMCA

Tri-County YMCA, serving Dubois, Spencer and Perry counties, seeks to build better communities by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Through financial assistance, the Y allows families that may not be able to afford it the opportunity to participate in membership and programs. These scholarships are supported by an annual campaign.

To make a donation, contact Mike at the Y at 812-367-2323 or mike@tricountyymca.org.

The Y also is seeking volunteers to help staff at the courtesy desk and a child watch program. Volunteers are asked to work a two- to three-hour shift one day a week. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call the Y. For more information on the Y in general, visit www.tricountyymca.org.

Tri-State Alliance

The Tri-State Alliance serves low-income families and households impacted by HIV and AIDS in a three-state area that includes Dubois County and surrounding counties. The group’s holiday project includes filling gift requests of individuals signed up for assistance.

To sponsor a family, to help wrap gifts, to help make deliveries or for more information, contact Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 or wallypaynter@aol.com. A check payable to the Unity Fellowship c/o Tri-State Alliance may be sent to TSA Holiday Project, P.O. Box 2901, Evansville, IN 47728. Donations may be made online at www.AIDSHolidayProject.org.

Those sponsoring a family can request that the sponsorship be for a local family.

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