Want to give back this season? Here’s how

Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Strings, Inc., a violin school based in Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand, is one of dozens of area non-profits that needs help from the community to continue their mission. The group played an annual Christmas show at Brookside Village recently. 

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.

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.

 

Astra Theatre

Next Act, Inc., the 501(c)(3) operates the historic, newly renovated Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper. Its mission is to foster, engage and create cultural and artistic opportunities and awareness in Dubois County.  What that means is bringing programming including concerts, comedians, movies, and education to the Astra.   

Tax deductible donations through the 2019 membership campaign, which includes fun incentives, can be made conveniently online at www.TheNextAct.org, or by mailing a check (payable to Next Act) to P.O. Box 23, Jasper, Indiana 47547. Incentive levels for giving can be found at www.TheNextAct.org.

 

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 depends on the funds and donations received. You can help by mailing a check 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.

 

CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers who are trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. CASAs are the child’s voice during this uncertain time in their lives. Volunteers are needed. More information about the program and volunteering can be found by clicking on the CASA department on the county website duboiscountyin.org, Donations can be made directly to Dubois County CASA and mailed to One Courthouse Square, Jasper or​ to the CASA Endowment through the Dubois County Foundation.

 

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 board of directors members Karina and Scott Buse at 812-481-2017, Alyssa Antley at 812-630-3515 or Kenny and Donna Schnell at 812-827-6789.

 

Crisis Connection

Donations are needed for families affected by domestic and sexual violence in Dubois, Spencer, Pike, Crawford, Orange, Perry and Martin counties. Specifically needed are local grocery store and gasoline gift cards (IGA, Citgo, SUnoco), copier paper, postage stamps, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, school supplies, 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 Kathy Gutgsell at 812-482-1555.

 

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 77 is collecting new sweatshirts, sweatpants, coats, sock hats, gloves, underwear, socks and toiletries for veterans in need. Popular sizes are L through XXL. All donations will be distributed in southern Indiana. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be mailed to Commander Donna Brittingham, 4295 N. Portersville Road, Jasper, IN 47546. Checks should be made payable to  DAVA #77. Arrangements for other items to be picked up can be made by calling Brittingham at 812-630-3029.

 

Dubois County 4-H

Dubois County 4-H is a nonprofit program that serves approximately 900 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 youths 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 interest 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 4-H trips, the 4-H Performing Arts talent show, livestock judging, and junior leaders.

Financial donations support year-round 4-H involvement by helping send 4-H members on trips and to camps and competitions and supporting the Dubois County 4-H Fair and fairgrounds. 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 in Holland, Huntingburg and Jasper. 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 6 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, 2019. Members can enroll by visiting in.4honline.com. To learn more about the program, 4-H enrollment, providing monetary or volunteer donations, visit www.extension.purdue.edu/dubois, contact the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-178 or email at jmonarch@purdue.edu.

 

Dubois County Community Foundation

Every day, we’re making Dubois County a better place. The Dubois County Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation working to improve our community. It does this 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 our community reach its full potential.  To support the work of Dubois County Community Foundation, call 812.482.5295 or visit dccommunityfoundation.org.

 

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 noon Saturdays. The free meal is open to anyone facing a challenge who needs a nutritious meal.

In addition to providing three free meals every week, Dubois County Community Meals also sponsors Backpack Buddies for all school systems in Dubois County. Weekly, during the school year, a gallon-size, zippered bag is provided with food items that can be prepared by a second grader. During the summer break, supplies are provided to the Community CHEW program. In addition, Dubois County Community Meal underwrites the Thanksgiving Day Feast, providing food to families on a dine-in, carry-out or delivery basis in every corner of Dubois County.

Each year, an estimated 15,000 plus meals are provided at the meal site, 8,200 plus inserts are provided for Backpack Buddies and nearly 2,000 meals are distributed on Thanksgiving Day.

For additional information, call Mike Hagerdon at 812-482-1802, ext 210. Support can be directed to Dubois County Community Meals, 1029 Kundek St., Jasper, IN 47546.

 

Dubois County Humane Society

The Dubois County Humane Society, at 426 Wernsing Road in 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.

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 the items to the pet adoption center by Saturday, Dec. 19.

The 30th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive runs through Dec. 23. Especially needed are Purina dry dog food (green bag), canned dog and cat food, Purina puppy chow and Purina kitten chow, clumping cat litter, Clorox germicidal bleach, Lavender Pine Sol, and stamps. Decorated collection boxes are in Jasper at Hometown IGA, Holiday Foods, Rural King, Kmart, PetSense, Dollar General on the north side and the Old National Bank branch on the south side; in Huntingburg at Hometown IGA; and in Ferdinand at Holiday Foods and Dollar General. Items also may be dropped off at the pet adoption center, which is open for Mondays 11-1pm and 6-8pm, Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm, Thursdays 11-1pm, and Saturdays 1-3pm.   The donations from this drive help feed the shelter animals for much of the year.

The Humane Society also has 2016 calendars available from its Pet Photo Calendar Contest for $15. The calendars can be purchased during adoption and office hours, as well from Hedinger Beverage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to assist with cleaning, laundry, feeding and walking the dogs.  We are also looking for dedicated volunteers to train to be part of our adoption and abuse/neglect team; must be 18 years or older for these duties.  Volunteers 16 and older are needed to assist with walking dogs, cleaning, fundraising, grounds keeping and other shelter duties. If interested in volunteering, email adoptatDCHS@gmail.com.

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

 

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 and lymphoma 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. For more information, call Mike Uebelhor at 812-683-2833 during the workday or 812-630-0221 on evenings and weekends.

 

Dubois County Motorcycle Club

The Dubois County Motorcycle Club is made up of approximately 50 local motorcyclists that strive to provide some Christmas joy to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Throughout the year, the group raises money by hosting several functions at the Jasper Strassenfest — the chili cookoff, barbecue contest and motorcycle and Jeep shows — selling advertising on the back of the DCMC Toys for Tikes T-shirts and hosting a poker run open to all motorcyclists.

All money raised is used to support the local food banks and to purchase toys and clothing for Tri-Cap’s family and children services.

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

Anyone wishing to purchase one of the group’s $5 DCMC T-shirts or to make a donation toward its goal may contact Faron Lasher at 812-309-8389, Sylvester Voegerl at 812-326-2232 or Suzanne Eckert at 812-309-8005.

 

Dubois County Museum

The Dubois County Museum is an all-volunteer organization with many opportunities for service. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and collect admissions, 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 operate the model trains (a background in trains is desirable, but not necessary), to keep an area clean and to be part of marketing.  Most volunteers give about 4 hours of service a month. If you love the history of Dubois County, you would love volunteering at the largest county museum in Indiana.

Admissions charged and donations given are a large part of keeping the museum operating. If you wish to donate to the museum or purchase a yearly membership, checks made out to the Dubois County Museum may be mailed to 2704 N. Newton St., Suite A, Jasper IN 47546 or stop in at the lobby.

See the website at www.duboiscountymuseum.org for a volunteer or membership form or call 634-7733 and ask for Kathy Bachman.

 

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 who are 8 and older. Dubois County Special Olympics offers swimming, track and field, bocce, cycling, bowling and corn toss. Recently, the group added a Unified Fitness Club to our program which promotes healthy habits and an exercise program outside of our regular practice and competition schedule. 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.

Dubois County Special Olympics offers all programs to participants and families at no charge and relies solely on donations and fundraising to run the local program. 

Volunteers are needed, as are monetary donations to help provide uniforms, equipment and transportation and assist with overall training expenses for the athletes. Please feel free to check out the Dubois County Special Olympics Facebook page for more information about the local organization.

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 812-630-4292 or email duboiscountyspecialolympics@yahoo.com.

 

Food banks

Items including canned soups, canned fruit and vegetables, pastas, cereal, Hamburger Helper, saltine crackers, stuffing mix, macaroni and cheese, sugar, vegetable oil, cake mix, feminine hygiene products, diapers, liquid laundry soap and bar soap are needed.

Checks made to Community Food Bank of Jasper, 1404 S. Meridian Rd., 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 made to Christian Ministries of Huntingburg may be dropped off at the pantry or mailed to P.O. Box 282, Huntingburg IN 47532.

In Dale, the North Spencer Community Action Center is at 24 S. Washington St., and donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT weekdays. Checks made out to the center may be dropped off at the food bank or mailed to P.O. Box 79, Dale IN 47523.

 

Fraternal Order of Police

Fraternal Order of Police Wood Capitol Lodge 138 sponsors Cops and Kids. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, when officers from all the law enforcement and corrections agencies in Dubois County and some from surrounding counties will take 60 to 65 children shopping at Walmart Supercenter. Walmart is a financial partner in this project, along with other donors throughout the community. When shopping is complete, the officers will form a parade of police cars, complete with lights and sirens, from Walmart to the Jasper Moose Family Center. The children will ride on buses. The Jasper Moose donates lunch for the officers, children and families. Children who participate are from the Head Start program. The FOP also receives requests for assistance from families not enrolled in the Head Start program.

Checks should be made to Cops and Kids FOP No. 138 and mailed to the attention of Officer Adam Bower 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 Bower at the police department at 812-482-2288.

 

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 35 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 812-631-1725. Monetary contributions should be sent to the Freedom Reins riding center at 1077 N. Meridian Road, Jasper IN 47546.

 

Generations

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.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County seeks to provide strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in the form of affordable housing for hard-working families who do not qualify for a traditional mortgage, but who are willing to partner with us through sweat equity to help build their house and pay for it through monthly mortgage payments. Because of generous donors, we were able to build our sixteenth house in Dubois County this past summer, and a single mother and her four children will be able to enjoy this Christmas in their new home.

Donors finance the house, which is still a costly endeavor, despite donated labor, lumber, and other materials. Donations are always the most beneficial way to support Habitat. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 149 Jasper, IN 47547 or delivered in person to the ReStore at 4232 S 170 E in Huntingburg. Every dollar goes to finance our 2019 home build.

Corporate sponsorship packages are available. If you’re looking to partner with Habitat for Humanity, or have any questions about the programming, contact Executive Director Sarah Weatherwax at 812-482-5995 or duboishabitat@gmail.com.

 

Home Instead Care

Each year the Home Instead Senior Care office in Jasper spreads holiday cheer to isolated, lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Generally speaking, the gifts fulfilled through the program are not luxury items but more likely necessities, like  blankets, toiletries, slippers, stationary and postage stamps.

It’s easy to help out. Go to one of the participating locations  (BeASantaToASenior.com) and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior holiday tree on display from through Dec. 7. Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.

The success of the program is achieved through many professionals in health care working with long-term care facilities, in-home agencies, and senior centers who seek out those seniors who are lonely or financially-challenged. 

Anyone wanting to make contributions or volunteer can call 812-482-3311 or email
rachelle.beckman@homeinstead.com.

 

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 Ferdinand Processing, Sanders 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, 131 deer were donated. Since the program began in 2005, 1,151 deer have been donated to the program and distributed to area food banks resulting in over 47,034 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.

 

Lincoln Amphitheatre

After a successful 2018 campaign, the Lincoln Amphitheatre’s offseason is filled with programming planning, capital improvement implementation, and fundraising initiatives. The 1,500-seat, fully-covered Amphitheatre’s programming and facility management efforts are all driven by a unique financial makeup comprised of public, private, corporate, and charitable giving dollars. Your support is much needed to help offset programming, utility, and maintenance costs for the 32-year-old facility. An online donor portal, as well as traditional downloadable donor forms, can be found at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.com. Checks (made payable to Lincoln Amphitheatre) can be sent to Lincoln Amphitheatre, P.O. Box 216, Lincoln City, IN 47552. All donations to the Lincoln Amphitheatre are tax deductible.

 

Marine Corps League

The Southern Indiana Leatherneck Detachment of the Marine Corps League is again conducting the Toys for Tots campaign, through Dec. 16. Toys that are collected will go to disadvantaged children in Dubois and three adjacent counties.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off in Jasper at Nonte Chiropractic, Rural King, The Sun Station, both Dollar General stores, German American Insurance, Kid City USA, all Springs Valley Bank locations, Uebelhor Toyota and American Legion Post 147; in Huntingburg at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Optimal Performance Chiropractic, at Dr. Bruce Nonte and Holiday Foods; in French Lick at American Legion Post 76, Dollar General and in Santa Claus at Christmas Lake Village main gate.

The Toys for Tots Train Cut-Out Program also will take place again this year. Customers visiting participating convenience stores will have the opportunity to purchase a train cutout for $1 when they check out. They then write their name on the cut-out, and it is displayed in the store. The program has money boxes placed at various locations in the county, including Circle A and Marathon stations in Jasper and Casey’s in Huntingburg.

Monetary donations also are accepted. Checks made out 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 information on how to obtain or donate toys, call the Toys for Tots hotline at 812-309-4321; visit www.jasper-in.toysfortots.org or www.sildmarines.com and look for the Toys For Tots link; or visit www.facebook.com/SILDMarines and find the link to the Toys for Tots site.

 

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. Services offered include a telephone hotline at 812-683-2111, 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 Memorial Hospital Foundation office at 812-996-8426.

 

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Volunteers

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is continually seeking volunteers to continue to live out the hospital mission and the mission and vision of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. This can be done by sitting with patients, praying with patients, assisting patients at the information desk, helping serve patients in clinical settings, assisting with transportation from the parking lot, and so much more. For more information about volunteering, call 812-996-0504 or email dboyles@mhhcc.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 asked to spend four hours each month with the youth they are paired with for one year. Additionally, Mentors for Youth of Dubois County is asking for cash 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.

 

Paraclete CEO Ministries (Catholic Evangelization Outreach)

Paraclete is a lay ministry whose mission is to do the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy in the Jasper Deanery and surrounding areas.

The group has an active Prison Ministry at Branchville Correctional Facility.  Spiritually it provides spiritual retreats on Divine Mercy and the Holy Spirit as well as helping provide opportunities for healing and growth in the Catholic faith. 

To donate, visit the ministry’s website at  http://paracleteceo.com/evangelization-and-outreach or make checks payable to Paraclete CEO Ministries and mail to 650 W. 1st St. Huntingburg, IN 47542.

 

Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition

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

At present, a historic one-room schoolhouse has been moved to be near the Schaeffer Barn area and will be adjacent to the future Cultural Center.

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.

 

Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition

The Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC) is a non-profit organization that provides services to children who are victims of abuse and the professionals tasked with investigating such cases.

The organization has four sites serving Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, and Spencer counties through its mission to provide a safe reporting location for victims of crime and their families with community based multidisciplinary teams that provide support, promote justice, and help prevent violence. SWICACC is the only organization to provide such services to children in the seven county region. The organization also provides training for team members including prosecutors, Department of Child Services, law enforcement, medical, and victim advocates to ensure children receive quality services from trained professionals.

The child advocacy centers are in need of supplies such as office supplies, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, subscriptions to magazines for ages 2-18, cleaning supplies, and cash donations.

SWICACC is also seeking volunteers to serve on the board of Directors and assist with awareness projects.

Donations can be mailed to SWICACC at P.O. Box 252, Jasper IN 47547-0252 or online www.swicacc.com.

For additional information in volunteering or donation of items, contact Director Tammy Lampert via email at swicacc@gmail.com.

 

Strings Inc.

Strings Inc. is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students in south-central Indiana. Although located primarily in the Jasper/Huntingburg area, during its history Strings has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties.

Strings Inc. was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer stringed instrument instruction in their schools. Through professional, self-paced Suzuki violin instruction, Strings’ mission is to develop the natural musical ability, self-confidence and personal achievement of area youth. Strings strives to share with the community the talents of these youth and to encourage an appreciation and enjoyment of music through performances and demonstrations at local schools and public events.

In 2018, thanks to donations and grant funds, Strings Inc. was able to offer scholarships to children of low-income families.

For more additonal information about the program or to make a donation, contact Rafaela Schaick, direct or of Strings Inc., at 505-615-4956 or rafaelaschaick@gmail.com.

 

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- and 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 to chaperone special events and the recreation nights. Volunteers are also needed from Dubois County to serve as committee members for the youth organization. The committees meet monthly to discuss proramming, facility maintenance and the strategic direction for the organization.

Individuals interested in being on committees or otherwise volunteering should call Youth Director Lauren Sergesketter at 812-683-TEEN (8336). Checks to help supplement programming costs and improvement needs should be made to Huntingburg Teenage Canteen and mailed to P.O. Box 4, Huntingburg IN 47542. Donations can also be given to their endowment at the Dubois County Foundation in support of Teen Outback.

 

Tri-Cap

Tri-Cap’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families, and improve communities. For the fifth 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 and are able to “shop” for their children 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. 117. 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 Zion United Church of Christ 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.

 

Vincennes University Jasper Campus

Vincennes University Jasper Campus is sponsoring its 17th annual Mitten Tree. All donations will be distributed through local charitable organizations and social service agencies this season 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 VU- Jasper Administration Building, 850 College Avenue,  December 1 thru 20. The lobby isaccessible from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call 812-481-5909 or send an email to jmcfaul@vinu.edu.

 

Youth Villages

Youth Villages is seeking Holiday Heroes for children who are receiving care in Jasper and the surrounding areas.  Holiday Heroes fulfill the Christmas wish lists for children who have experienced trauma or have a history of emotional or behavioral health issues and family challenges.

Holiday Heroes have the option of donating money for the purpose of purchasing gifts or personally shopping to fulfill a child’s holiday wish list. A $100 donation will cover a child’s complete holiday wish list. However, any donation amount is appreciated.

Items on wish lists generally include: art supplies, sporting equipment, CDs and DVDs, board games, winter hats, gloves and scarves, E-rated Xbox/Play Station games and gift cards from popular stores like Best Buy, Walmart and Target.

To become a Holiday Hero, individuals, families or groups (such as businesses or church congregations) may request a wish list by visiting www.youthvillages.org/holidayheroes and selecting Indiana to contribute. Online donations can also be made at www.youthvillages.org/holidayheroes

The deadline for gifts and donations is Friday, Dec. 7. Items can be dropped off at the Youth Villages office, 901 Newton St., Jasper. For more information, call Krystin Stethen at 812-285-7120 or email Kyrstin.Stethen@youthvillages.org.

 

The Herald will run this list again in the coming weeks. If your nonprofit organization has an addition, email it to dmazur@dcherald.com or call 812-482-2626 and ask for Dawn Mazur.




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