Holiday Spirit: A Guide for Giving

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.

ABATE of Dubois County
American Bikers Aimed Toward Education distributes new toys, new clothes, nonperishable food and cash to area children in need at Christmastime. All toys and clothing collected are turned over to Tri-Cap’s family and children’s services and the money collected goes to the county food banks.

Donations will be accepted until Thursday. They may be brought to the Saturday ride or pickup may be arranged by calling Sylvester Voegerl at 326-2232.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has several efforts that could use your help. Funds are needed for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, where donated money goes to breast cancer research and local breast cancer programs; Relay For Life, the world’s largest grassroots fundraising effort (the 2012 event in Dubois County is set for June 1); and Daffodil Days, where orders are taken in January and February and bunches of 10 stems of unopened daffodils are delivered in March for the donors to enjoy while knowing they have helped fight cancer with their donation.

Checks to the American Cancer Society should note in the memo the specific program designated for the donation. Checks should be mailed to American Cancer Society, 6301 Old Boonville Highway, Suite B, Evansville IN 47715. For more information, call 812-475-9486.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross helps countless victims of disasters in Dubois County and around the nation. You can help by shopping the Red Cross' 2011 Holiday Giving Catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts.

Gifts can be purchased in honor of family members, colleagues or friends.
Financial contribution may be mailed to American Red Cross of Dubois County, 312 N. Main St., Huntingburg IN 47542.

For more information about the American Red Cross, call county area coordinator Jason Bradshaw at 812-306-7285.

Anderson Woods
Anderson  Woods offers summer camps for adults and children with mental or physical disabilities as well as a residential home in Jasper for adults with special needs.

You can help by sending a check  made out to Anderson Woods Inc. to  3966 Adyeville Road, Bristow IN 47515.

Information on both residential and camp programs can be found at www.andersonwoods.org. For more information, call Judy Colby at 270-957-0260.

Angel Mission for Kids
Angel Mission for Kids needs good used items for babies, including baby blankets, baby sleepers and baby coats, size 0 to size 6T. A monetary fund helps children in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County with school supplies.

A dropbox is at Serenity Shop in Jasper. Checks made out to Huntingburg Foundation, with “Angel Mission” in the memo line, should be mailed to the foundation at 309 Geiger St., Huntingburg IN 47542.

For more information, send an email to dilehmkuhler@hotmail.com, visit www.angelmissionforkids.com or call founder Diane Lehmkuhler at 683-5777.

Animal Control Team of Dubois County
The Animal Control Team of Dubois County is a nonprofit organization that is placing abandoned animals with families and individuals who want them. The organization is raising money to equip a future animal shelter.

Donations of Purina Dog Chow, blankets, toys, bedding, treats, cleaning supplies, leashes, collars and stainless steel feeding dishes are welcome.

ACT also is  looking for people willing to walk and play with the dogs.
Checks made out to Animal Control Team of Dubois County may be sent to 2017 N. Leland Drive, Huntingburg IN 47542.

For more information, call Judi Spencer at 630-4812 or Monica Leitch at 639-7162.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County
The names of low-income children with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County have been selected to be put on an Angel Tree Wish List for Christmas. These children may be sponsored for Christmas by a person, business or group.

To sponsor a child or family, call the BBBS office at 482-2227 for a wish list or send a donation, payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County, to P.O. Box 86, Jasper IN 47547-0086.

BBBS also is sponsoring a gift-wrapping fundraiser throughout December. For a small donation, BBBS staff will wrap your gifts. To make arrangements, call the BBBS office.
   
Camp CARE
 The City of Jasper has offered a 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 has been in jeopardy because of a lack of finances.

You can help by mailing a check made out to Camp CARE to Jasper Park Department, 1301 St. Charles St., Jasper IN 47546. For more information, call the park department at 482-5959 and ask for Dave Lesko.

Crisis Connection
Donations are needed for families affected by domestic and sexual violence within Dubois, Spencer, Crawford, Orange, Perry, Martin, and Daviess counties. Specifically needed are grocery store and gasoline gift certificates, journals and gel pens, copier paper, postage stamps, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, 39-gallon trash bags and tall kitchen trash bags. Monetary donations are always welcome.

Donations may be delivered to the Crisis Connection office at 1500 S. Meridian Road in Jasper between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call Patty Klem at 482-1555.
 
Disabled American Veterans
Disable American Veterans Chapter 77 and Auxiliary are collecting sweatshirts, sweatpants, toiletries and monetary donations for homeless veterans. Popular sizes are L through XXL.

Donations may be taken to 2389 Poplar Ave., Jasper, or arrangements may be made by calling Patti Goepfrich at 630-4821.

Dubois County Community Meal
The Dubois County Community Meal is a cooperative work of several area churches and community groups to combat hunger. Hot and balanced meals are prepared in the kitchens at Ozanam Hall, 1402 S. Meridian Road, Jasper. Meals are served from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The meal is open to anyone facing a challenge in the ability to have a nutritious meal.

Checks made payable to Dubois County Community Meal may be sent to the organization at 1029 Kundek St., Jasper IN 47546. Volunteers to help prepare and serve the meals also are needed.

For more information, write to the listed address or e-mail hunger@insightbb.com.

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

Throughout the season, a tree at the pet adoption center will be decorated with ornaments listing items that each dog and cat at the shelter would like to have. Community members are invited to take one of the ornaments, purchase one or more of the items and bring them to the pet adoption center by Wednesday.

The 27th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive runs through Dec. 28. Decorated collection boxes are at various local businesses. Especially needed are Purina Cat and Dog Chow and clay cat litter (or Oil Dry).  Items also may be dropped off at the pet adoption center, which is open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The donations from this drive help feed the shelter animals for much of the year.

Volunteers 16 and older are needed to assist with shelter duties, walking dogs, cleaning, adoptions, fundraising, groundskeeping and other duties. Volunteer orientation is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the Humane Society at P.O. Box 408, Jasper IN 47547-0408, may be made through Paypal at www.duboiscountyhumane.org or may be brought to the pet adoption center during adoption hours.

Dubois County Leukemia Association
The primary purpose of the Dubois County Leukemia Association is to offer counseling, support and vital information to newly diagnosed leukemia patients in the area and their families. This is done through a network of local volunteers familiar with leukemia, its treatments and the emotional effects of this type of cancer. The association also offers financial assistance to newly diagnosed patients and their families that is not normally covered by insurance during treatments. These expenses may include travel, food, lodging and loss of short-term income.

Checks made payable to the Dubois County Leukemia Association should be mailed to P.O. Box 75, Huntingburg IN 47542. The organization’s single annual fundraiser benefit dance and auction is set for Saturday, March 31, at the Huntingburg Event Center; it will feature The Marlins and Celebration Singers.

For more information, call Mike Uebelhor at 683-2833 during the day or 630-0221 on evenings and weekends.

Dubois County Museum
The Dubois County Museum is an all-volunteer organization with many opportunities for service. Volunteers are needed to operate the model trains (a background in trains is desirable), to greet visitors, to work in the gift shop, to give and assist with tours, to help with special events, to assist with exhibits or seasonal decorations, to work in collections (Tuesdays), to keep an area clean and to be part of marketing.

Checks made out to Dubois County Museum should be mailed to 2704 N. Newton St., Suite A, Jasper IN 47546.

See the website at www.duboiscountymuseum.org for a volunteer form or call 634-7733 and ask for Janet Kluemper.

Dubois County Special Olympics
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Dubois County program offers participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the area.

Volunteers are needed, as are monetary donations to help provide uniforms, equipment and transportation and assist with overall training expenses for the athletes.

Checks payable to Dubois County Special Olympics may be mailed to the organization at P.O. Box 355, Jasper IN 47547-0355. To find out about volunteer opportunities, call 630-4292 or email duboiscountyspecialolympics@yahoo.com.

Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club
The Dubois County Sportsmen's Club spearheads the local Hunters for the Hungry program. Harvested deer that are donated through the program go to Community Food Bank in Jasper and the Shared Abundance food pantry in Huntingburg. Hunters who legally harvest a deer and want to donate the meat may take it to either Betz Family Deer Processing in Schnellville or Ferdinand Processing. 

Anyone older than 18 who donates a deer is eligible to win a 12-gauge shotgun donated by Dr. Greg Gordon and Jasper Optical Lab.

Money is needed to help pay the meat processing  costs. Checks made out to Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club, with “Hunters for the Hungry” in the memo line, may be mailed to the  attention of Gene Kuntz at P.O. Box 304, Jasper IN 47547-0304.

Family Palliative Care
The mission of Family Palliative Care of Memorial Hospital is to keep patients as comfortable and alert as possible in their last stage of life through palliative care services, including free symptomatic and supportive care. Assistance and support are also provided to the patient's family during this time, and bereavement care is available for the family after the death of a loved one.

A community Christmas tree is being decorated with ornaments in honor and memory of loved ones. The “Light Up a Life” Christmas tree is displayed at Hometown IGA at The Crossing in Jasper through Christmas. An ornament inscribed in honor, memory or celebration of a loved one may be added for a $5 donation.

Donation forms are available at the store and at the hospital information desk. Donations also may be mailed to Family Palliative Care, c/o Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, 800 W. Ninth St., Jasper IN 47546.

For more information, call 996-0235.

Food banks
Items including canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, cake mixes, tuna, cereal, vegetable oil, sugar, cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, flour, juices, Hamburger Helper, applesauce, ketchup, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, liquid laundry detergent and diapers are needed. Checks to help buy food are also appreciated, as are volunteers to help stock shelves.

Checks made out to Community Food Bank of Jasper, 1404 S. Meridian Road, may be dropped off at or mailed to the food bank. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Shared Abundance food pantry in Huntingburg is at 321 E. Fourth St. Checks may be made to Christian Ministries of Huntingburg and mailed to the food pantry. Food pantry hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

In Dale, the North Spencer Community Action Center also needs canned goods. The center is at 24 S. Washington St., and donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST weekdays. Checks made out to North Spencer Community Action Center may be dropped off at the food pantry or mailed to the action center.

Fraternal Order of Police
Fraternal Order of Police Wood Capitol Lodge 138 sponsors “Shop with a Cop” each year.

Checks should be made out to Shop with a Cop FOP No. 138 and mailed to the attention of detective Sgt. Lisa J. Miller at the Jasper Police Department, 309 E. Sixth St., Jasper IN 47546. Toys may be dropped off at the police station.

For more information, call Miller at the police department at 482-2288.

Freedom Reins
Freedom Reins therapeutic riding center, a nonprofit organization and an accredited center for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, aims to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of horse therapy. The program currently serves 28 riders. 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 skills, listening skills and the ability to learn new skills. Volunteers are key to the program.

Those interested in volunteering should call Linda Klem at 695-5361. Monetary contributions should be sent to Mark Soukup, Freedom Reins treasurer, at 1280 W. 20th St., Jasper IN 47546.

Friends of the Dubois Library
The Friends of the Dubois Library group was formed to provide volunteer and financial support to Dubois Branch Library. Interested patrons can contribute to a fund to purchase flowers to be planted next spring in the large outdoor planters. To donate to the flower fund or for information about joining the Friends group, call Cathy Leistner at 678-5356.

Other opportunities for support include purchasing a commemorative brick, or one of the benches or planters around the library. These funds go directly to help with programming and to purchase special items for the library. The contact for the bricks, benches and planters is Anita Murphy at the library. The address is 5506 E. Main St. and the phone number is 678-2548.

The library also would appreciate donations of Legos and money to support the Lego Club.
 
Generations
The Area 13 Agency on Aging, Generations serves Dubois, Pike, Daviess, Greene, Knox and Martin counties. Two of the programs it sponsors are Meals on Wheels, which provides meals for homebound older adults, and AngelWorx, a volunteer program that promotes socialization for homebound individuals.

Donations for either AngelWorx or Meals on Wheels may be sent to Generations, P.O. Box 314, Vincennes IN 47591. To volunteer, contact the appropriate program: Meals on Wheels, Robin Winkler at 367-2990, or AngelWorx, Dodie Uhl at 639-2388 or uhl@fullnet.com.

To learn more about either program, call Generations at 812-888-5138 or visit www.generationsnetwork.org.

Guadalupe Center
The Guadalupe Center offers support and services to the Spanish-speaking residents of southwest Indiana. The center offers faith development and English as a second language and other classes. Translation, transportation, immigration and health services are available. Special programs for families, including a Christmas party, are offered. Gifts for children and families, especially art and craft supplies, are welcome.

Gifts or donations may be mailed to or dropped off at the Guadalupe Center at 511 E. Fourth St., Suite 1, Huntingburg IN 47542. For more information, stop by the office or call 683-5212.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County is a nonprofit, Christian organization that works in partnership with the community to build decent and affordable housing for people in need. Since its beginning in Dubois County, Habitat for Humanity has built 11 houses in Dubois County, and is working to find a qualified family, a buildable lot and the necessary funds to start its 12th house in 2012.

The organization needs volunteers and donations. It is seeking volunteers willing to serve as board members, serve on committees, work in the ReStore or help with pickups and deliveries. The organization is also seeking individuals, corporations and religious organizations to help swing hammers on a build site.

Habitat has received a limited supply of Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits for monetary donations made before the end of the year, which allows donors to receive a tax credit based on their donation amount and availability of NAP tax credits remaining.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in 2009 to provide year-round income to support the mission. It is open to the public and sells new and used items for home improvement including building, remodeling and decorating. It also has an inventory of new and used furniture. The ReStore is at 1127 S. State Road 162 in Jasper, across from the Dubois County Highway Garage.

For more information, call the office at 482-5909 or visit www.duboishabitat.org.

HUMmingbird Day Care Ministry
HUMmingbird Day Care Ministry and Nursery School is a nonprofit child care program that has been serving Dubois County for 25 years. It recently acquired the former Dutch Haus Restaurant in Holland and is planning the building’s complete renovation.
Cash donations are needed for a capital campaign, and volunteers are needed to help with the labor. Three “mission trip” weeks will be scheduled early in the new year for volunteers to help with the work.

To volunteer, call 686-2270 or 536-4626. Monetary donations should be mailed to HUMmingbird Day Care Ministry, 205 N. Second Ave., Holland IN 47541.

Huntingburg Assistance Fund
Huntingburg residents in need of assistance are helped through the coordination of the Huntingburg City Office and the Huntingburg Foundation. Contributions to the fund are given to local charities to assist families, the elderly and schoolchildren with items such as food, clothing, housing and medical care.

Monetary donations should be sent to Huntingburg Assistance Fund, c/o Huntingburg Foundation, 309 N. Geiger St., Huntingburg IN 47542 or dropped off at Huntingburg City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St. Checks should be made payable to the Huntingburg Foundation.

Huntingburg Foundation
The Huntingburg Foundation is accepting gifts for any of its permanent funds that provide continued support for local charities that include education, religious, historical, cultural and community-based causes.

A complete list of causes to support is on the website at www.huntingburgfoundation.org. Funds having a direct impact on the less fortunate during the holidays include the Huntingburg Assistance Fund Endowment, which is outlined above.

Checks made out to the Huntingburg Foundation should be sent to the foundation at 309 N. Geiger St., Huntingburg IN 47542. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call the office at 683-5799.

Jasper City Mill
Volunteers are needed to work at the country store at Jasper City Mill. Those interested should call the park department at 482-5959 and ask for Kelley.

Jasper Community Arts Commission
The Jasper Community Arts Commission, a department of the City of Jasper, exists to stimulate and encourage an appreciation of and participation in the arts. Donations are accepted throughout the year to help support a variety of JCAC programs and services. The JCAC operates the Jasper Arts Center and Krempp Gallery and presents a range of programming opportunities for Jasper and the surrounding area. These programs include national-touring performing arts programs, monthly exhibits of local, regional and nationally recognized artists in various media in the gallery, educational outreach including performances, workshops, master classes and residencies and year-round instructional art programs for adults and children. More than 350 volunteers contribute thousands of hours to help the JCAC annually.

Donations may be sent to the JCAC, 951 College Ave., Jasper IN 47546. Volunteers are needed to serve as committee members, help with events, work backstage at performances and work at a variety of other activities.

For more information, visit www.jasperarts.org or call 482-3070.

Jasper Train Depot
Volunteer train attendants are needed for the Spirit of Jasper trips. Anyone interested should call the park department at 482-5959 and ask for Kelley.

A Kid’s Place
A Kid’s Place was founded by a group of citizens striving to provide quality and affordable child care for Dubois County and surrounding areas. The not-for-profit 501(c)(3) agency has been in operation since 1991. It provides care and education for children 6 weeks through 12 years old. Approximately 21 percent of the children cared for live at or below the national poverty level.

You can help A Kid’s Place continue to improve its program for local children by sending a monetary donation to A Kid’s Place, P.O. Box 374, Huntingburg IN 47542.

Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association
The Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association is the nonprofit organization that manages the 1,500-seat Lincoln Amphitheatre. Individuals and businesses may donate monetarily to the general fund to support the events held at Lincoln Amphitheatre.

Donors may send checks payable to the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association or to P.O. Box 721, Lincoln City IN 47552; donate online at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.org under the “Support” tab; or call the theater box office at 800-264-4223 and donate with a credit card.

Volunteers — individuals, businesses or groups — are needed for the 2012 summer season to work as ushers, parking attendants, concession stand attendants, golf cart service attendants and as other guest service representatives. Volunteers earn volunteer credit and receive complimentary tickets.


For more information, visit LincolnAmphitheatre.org or call 800-264-4223.

Marine Corps League
The Southern Indiana Leatherneck Detachment of the local Marine Corps League conducted the Toys for Tots campaign this season. Monetary donations are still being accepted. Checks made payable to Toys for Tots should be mailed to Marine Corps League, c/o Toys for Tots, P.O. Box 184, Jasper IN 47547-0184.

For more information, visit www.sildmarines.com or call Pat Moriarty at 695-5061 or Dave Englert at 630-2099.

Marine Family Support Group
The Marine Family Support Group is part of the Marine Corps League. Group members meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Jasper American Legion to talk about what is going on in the lives of their military family members and share support.

 The group sends care packages four times a year to any military member — not limited to Marines — for whom a request is made. Donations make the care packages possible.

To donate money or items for the care packages, call Cindy Hembree at 695-2661 or Pat Moriarty at 695-5061.

Matrix Lifeline of Dubois County
Matrix Lifeline of Dubois County is an all-volunteer, pro-life organization founded to assist women and families experiencing a stressful pregnancy. This is accomplished via a telephone hotline at 683-2111.

Services offered include crisis counseling, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, food and nutritional counseling, legal counseling, short-term emergency housing and adoption assistance.

Matrix Lifeline also makes available through its storeroom at no cost to the client maternity and baby clothing, diapers and layette items for children up to 2 years old.

Monetary donations may be mailed to Matrix Lifeline, P.O. Box 75, Huntingburg IN 47542. Material donations for the storeroom may be taken to the St. Vincent de Paul store at 1402 S. Meridian Road, Jasper.

Memorial Hospital Foundation
The Memorial Hospital Foundation offers an opportunity for the public to help support the work of the hospital in providing health care for area residents unable to afford it.
Monetary donations may be made to a specific cause such as heart, skilled, pediatric or cancer care, for example, or may be unrestricted.

Contributions should be sent to Memorial Hospital Foundation, 800 W. Ninth St., Jasper IN 47546. Credit card contributions may be made by downloading the donation form on the hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.org; click on “Foundation” and select “Donation Form.”

For more information, call the foundation office at 996-8426.

Northwood Retirement Community
Northwood Retirement Community, 2515 Newton St. in Jasper, is asking for donations to decorate the Christmas tree in the front lobby. All proceeds will go toward resident needs or resident activities.

With each donation, a card is added to the tree with a message from the donor.
To make a donation or for more information, stop by Northwood or contact Jenny Goller at 482-1722 or jgoller@good-sam.com.

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. In 2011, decorative flags were added to the beautification project, along with the planting of 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 is developing the area along the Patoka River in Jasper, building economic development through tourism.

The Jasper City Mill, Spirit of Jasper train and Schaeffer Barn are the cornerstones of ROJAC development. Future projects are completing the boulevard with a fountain, seating and landscaping; adding a welcome arch entryway on Third Avenue; and creating berms along Jackson Street and Third Avenue.

Donations my be made to specific projects within ROJAC or to the general fund. Checks payable to ROJAC should be mailed to Jasper Chamber of Commerce, 302 W. Sixth St. Jasper IN 47546.

Teen Outback
The Teen Outback in Huntingburg provides opportunities for youth in Dubois County to socialize in a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

The mission of the Huntingburg Youth Board, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is to serve the youth of the community by offering alcohol- drug- free programming that promotes healthy lifestyles through education, recreation and spiritual activities in a safe, modern, fully functional facility known as the Teen Outback.

Volunteers are needed from Dubois County to serve as committee members for the youth organization. The committees meet monthly to discuss programming, facility maintenance and the strategic direction for the organization.

Volunteers also are needed to chaperone special events and the recreation nights. Individuals interested in being on committees or otherwise volunteering should call Ralph Begle at 683-TEEN (8336). Checks made out to Teen Outback should be mailed to P.O. Box 4, Huntingburg IN 47542 to help supplement programming costs and improvement needs.

Tractors for Trenton
Tractors for Trenton is providing farm-related toys, books, clothing and other items to children from Dubois, Pike and Gibson counties at Christmas.

Especially needed are  blankets, socks, underwear, hats, gloves and mittens, as well as baby dolls, Barbie dolls and girls’ toys. Specific sizes are needed in children’s clothing; to help fill those orders, call Amber Leighty at 812-354-9311. Wrapping paper, tape and medium boxes also are requested.

Collection sites in Jasper are Dubois County Tire, Felts Lock & Alarm Co., Maurices and Wright Stemle.

Tri-Cap
During the Christmas season and throughout the year, Tri-Cap provides for emergency needs of families. Items needed include baby clothes, disposable diapers, baby wipes; new toys, books and games for toddlers and preschoolers; basic items such as laundry detergent and shampoo; and money to help with other emergency needs such as rent, utilities and groceries.

Monetary donations should be in the form of checks made payable to Tri-Cap Emergency Family Fund. Donations for the program, monetary or otherwise, may be dropped off at Tri-Cap, 607 Third Ave., Jasper. To anonymously sponsor a family this holiday season, email angiem@tri-cap.net or leave a message for Angie at 482-2233, ext. 117.

For more information, call 482-2233 or visit www.tri-cap.net.

Tri-State Alliance
The Tri-State Alliance serves low-income families and households impacted by HIV and AIDS in a three-state area, including Dubois 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 TSA Holiday Project may be sent to TSA Holiday Project, P.O. Box 2901, Evansville IN 47728. Donations may be made online at www.AIDSHolidayProject.org.
 
Vincennes University Jasper Campus
Vincennes University Jasper Campus is sponsoring its 11th annual Mitten Tree. All donations will be distributed in late December to needy families in the area.

New mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, for children and adults, may be added to the tree in the lobby of the VUJC Administration Building through Thursday. The lobby is accessible from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 481-5909.

Volunteer Dubois County
Volunteer Dubois County connects volunteers with opportunities to serve in the county. The website at www.volunteerduboiscounty.org, allows nonprofits to post their volunteer opportunities and special events where volunteers using the site can see them. Volunteers can register and create a free profile on the site, which allows them to directly contact nonprofits and track their inquiries. In addition, the website features a community wish list, a discussion forum that connects the material needs of nonprofits with potential donors.

Donations are accepted through the website or may be mailed to 850 College Ave., Jasper IN 47546. For more information, send an email to info@volunteerduboiscounty.org.

The Herald will publish this list weekly until Christmas. To have your nonprofit group’s efforts included, send information to The Herald at P.O. Box 31, Jasper IN 47547 or email it to mrasche@dcherald.com.




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