Non-Profit

Letter Carrier Brings More Than Mail to United Way

By Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—When Debbie Edwards Thompson makes her rounds as a letter carrier, she often brings much more than the mail to children on her route. She delivers smiles. She delivers excitement. And, most importantly, she delivers opportunity. Because inside those packages are books that are part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides one book each month for children, from birth to age 5, enrolled in the program in Delaware, Henry and Randolph counties. Thompson, who has…

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Fields of Faith 2020 To Be Held on September 30th

By Jeff Mosier— Muncie, IN—Fellowship of Christian Athletes of East Central Indiana has been approved for a crowd size variance for Fields of Faith 2020. The event will take place Wednesday, September 30thon the Shawnee Heights softball/football Field, 1600 E. Fuson Rd., Muncie, IN 47302. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Music begins at 6:40. Program begins at 7:00. Bring your ticket, your friends, and your chairs or blankets. Masks and social distancing will be required and enforced throughout the evening….


Kiwanis Club of Muncie Celebrates 100 Years with Reading Oasis Project

By Susan Fisher, Member, Kiwanis Club of Muncie— Muncie, IN—August 2020 marked the 100th Anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Muncie. Chartered in 1920, the club, perhaps best known for its annual Christmas tree sales, has changed a lot over the years.  One thing hasn’t changed: the motto of “Serving the Children of the World.” The club spearheads fundraising efforts throughout the year to support its service projects. The service projects include supporting Riley Children’s Hospital since its founding, building…


Daniel Stallings Receives 2020 Ruth Freund Award From Motivate Our Minds

By Farmhouse Creative— Muncie, IN—The award recognizes a volunteer who has made an extraordinary volunteer commitment to continue the mission of Motivate Our Minds. The award was announced during the Motivate Our Minds virtual luncheon on August 7th. This was a great opportunity for community members to learn more about the organization as well as how Motivate Our Minds has been supporting students and families during the past few months. Ruth Freund was an extraordinary friend of Motivate Our Minds….


Raise Your Voice, Give a Gift, Advocate for United Way’s Day of Action

By Jeffrey Scott— You might think today’s pandemic is causing others to give less and keep more for themselves. But it’s just not true, best I can tell. And I’ve talked to a lot of local business leaders and community advocates these last several weeks as co-chair of the 2020 United Way fundraising campaign for Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counties. You’ll have a chance this year to contribute to the annual Day of Action/Caring in ways that are limitless and…


Ben Buehler Awarded Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award from The Community Foundation

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has announced that Ben Buehler has been awarded the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award to recognize his innovation through collaboration in the classroom. Buehler, a science teacher at Yorktown High School, was nominated by YHS principal Stacey Brewer for his commitment as an educator to push himself, his students, and his colleagues to continue to learn and grow every day. In addition to his…


United Way’s 2020 Day of Caring Goes Virtual

By Juli Metzger— Muncie, IN—Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 is United Way’s Day of Caring. Traditionally on this day, individuals from around the community gather to serve partnering non-profits by completing volunteer projects. This year, to ensure the safety of volunteers and our non-profit partners, Day of Caring volunteers will continue to make an impact for struggling, working families through virtual advocacy opportunities. Prior to the pandemic, ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) data showed that 43% of our communities’ households are under…


Jim Williams Named 2020 Recipient of The Community Foundation’s David Sursa Leadership Award

By: Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has announced that Jim Williams has been awarded the 2020 David Sursa Leadership Award to recognize his dedicated service to Muncie Community Schools. Williams was nominated by Muncie Community Schools and Ball State University for his service on the Muncie Community School Board since 2018. He assumed this role shortly after the Ball State University and Muncie Community Schools partnership was approved by the Indiana State Legislature….


Shafer Leadership Academy’s Mitch Isaacs to Lead Indiana Leadership Association

By Arrick Garringer— Muncie, IN—Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director for Shafer Leadership Academy, was recently installed as the President of Indiana Leadership Association (ILA). ILA facilitates best practices of leadership in and for the good of Indiana communities. ILA is made up of individual members and organizational members. According to Isaacs, “ILA connects our members through regional events and an annual statewide conference. Most counties in the state have some type of leadership academy. ILA’s job is to provide information, partnership,…


9 Delaware County Non-Profits Receive $200K in Grant Funding From Community Foundation

By Kallie Sulanke— Muncie, IN—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $87,746 to 9 non-profit organizations during the third Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2020. The Community Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in Muncie and Delaware County for this generation and generations to come. Quarterly Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, human services,…