A CASA volunteer and a child in court. Photo provided.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: Ashley Soldaat—  Join Delaware County CASA’s commitment to helping victims of child abuse and neglect heal, and making sure all children feel safe and loved. Anytime a child is abused or neglected, it’s a tragedy – one that all too often scars victims for a lifetime. The latest statistics from…

Gracie, a 10-week old Shih Tzu/Dachshund Mix.

$8,000 Donated in Four Days for ARF Rescue Dog ‘Gracie’ UPDATED

By: Dee McKinsey— Muncie, IN—Tiny Gracie, an ARF rescue, is going to get her heart operation, thanks to the generosity of Hoosiers and the support of the news media. Gracie, a 10-week old Shih Tzu/Dachshund Mix with a heart murmur, sees a Purdue veterinarian cardiologist at 10 a.m. on Tuesday….

Members of the Islamic Center of Muncie, Mayor Tyler and his wife, and other community leaders gather on March 12th, 2016. Photo by: Bibi Bahrami

Celebration of Diversity Day at the Islamic Center was a Great Success

By: Jason Donati— Muncie, IN—The Islamic Center of Muncie partnered with R.A.C.E. Muncie to host a ‘Celebration of Diversity’ meet and greet at the Islamic Center on Saturday, March 12th. The celebration followed a recent resolution unanimously passed by Muncie City Council to promote religious freedom and respect for all…

Prairie Creek Reservoir. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Foundations Bring Grantees Together to Share Lessons Learned, Visit Prairie Creek

MUNCIE—Two Muncie-based family foundations are hosting a summit this week that will bring together grantees focused on the environment, outdoor education, and outdoor recreation. Ball Brothers Foundation is the lead host of the summit which will introduce Muncie area grantees to like-minded organizations from the Leelenau area of northern Michigan…

Michael Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer, Ontario Systems and President of Sustainable Muncie. Photo provided.

Michael Wolfe Turns to “Makers” To Enhance Downtown Culture

By: Shawn Rogers for the Muncie Journal— “Makers, and the art of making – whether we’re talking about art, science, manufacturing – are in Muncie’s DNA.” It’s obvious that Michael Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer for Muncie’s largest technology firm, is enthusiastic about invention. From his office at Ontario Systems headquarters,…

Reading Club volunteers Ben and Karen Howells engage students during Reading Club at Longfellow Elementary School. On average, Reading Club volunteers give 60 hours of their time helping students during a school year. Photo provided.

Muncie-Delaware County Honored as a Pacesetter for Early Literacy Work

Muncie, IN– Our community has been honored as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for making measurable progress on eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers. “Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Campaign,” said Ralph Smith,…

Anderson-Muncie Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Photo provided.

Donate Wigs and Celebrate Cancer Survivorship This Saturday

By: Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey— The Anderson-Muncie Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a Public Service Organization) invites the community-at-large to a free event to Celebrate Cancer Survivorship, this Saturday, March 12, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm at Union Missionary Baptist Church (A.L. Dew Memorial Chapel), 1103 N. Macedonia, Muncie, IN….

Photo courtesy of: Kyla Bartle

Muncie Fundraiser Draws Crowd to Fight Hunger

By: Karen McTague— The chill in the air made for a great day for a bowl of soup at the first annual Delaware County Fill-A-Bowl fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB). Nearly 200 people gathered at the Second Harvest office and warehouse to share a meal and learn…

Photo courtesy of: Minnestrista Heritage Collection

IHS Exhibit Explores Impact of Ball Brothers Canning History

By: Rachel Hill Ponko—  The old-fashioned art of canning and preserving foods is enjoying new popularity, and a new Indiana Historical Society (IHS) exhibition is taking guests back to its Hoosier beginnings. The newest Indiana Experience offering, You Are There 1948: Communities Can!, explores the impact the Ball Brothers Company from Muncie, Ind., had…

"Spirit of Community" (Faulkner Painting)

Applications for 2016 David Sursa Leadership Award Available

Muncie, Ind. – The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are being accepted for the annual David Sursa Leadership Award.  The award will reward, recognize and encourage extraordinary leadership by a nonprofit board member in Delaware County. Standing behind the belief that every community benefits from leaders who…

Whitely Community Council held a planning session for their campaign, the Year of Color, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Olivia Fellows, co-chair of goal 7 for Whitely Community Council, collaborates with local volunteers participating in their Year of Color campaign. Photo provided.

Whitely Community Council to Partner with Muncie Fire Department

By: Rebecca Parker— The Whitely Community Council furthers its Year of Color Campaign by gaining approval from the Muncie Fire Department to paint fire hydrants in the community. This is the council’s first step in gaining access to community property for its beautification efforts. The campaign focuses on the integration…

Tim Kean, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank makes remarks about the merger at a news conference held at the Innovation Connector. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Two East Central Indiana Non-profits Merge for Greater Impact

Muncie, IN—The Board of Directors for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana and the Board of Directors for TEAMwork for Quality Living announced earlier today that their organizations have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding by which TEAMwork for Quality Living will merge with Second Harvest Food Bank effective…

A view of downtown Muncie at the north end of Canan Commons. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Marta Moody Shares Muncie Downtown Development Partnership Successes

By: Marta Moody, 2014-2015 MDDP Board President— As outgoing president of Muncie Downtown Development Partnership (MDDP), I am pleased to share our 2015 overview of Downtown Muncie. Changes over the past few years have been dramatic. MDDP is a self-sustained, private, not for profit organization whose functions are only accomplished with the…

Indiana Pacer's Darnell Hillman. Photo provided.

Indiana Pacers Darnell Hillman Gives Basketball Clinic at YOC

By: Genet C. Soule— Pacers legend Darnell Hillman, offered a basketball clinic for 32 youth in the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) gym on Wednesday afternoon, February 16th. Hillman began with a motivational talk about old-school values: respect for self and others, dedication, accountability, responsibility and commitment. Then he did some…

Inspire Awards from 2015 are pictured. Photo courtesy of Vicki Rubio and

Ontario Systems Congratulates Local Finalists of ‘2016 College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards’

Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections will honor higher education, career focus, culture, diversity and community service February 25th. MUNCIE, Ind.  – Ontario Systems, a leading technology and services provider to the healthcare and accounts receivable management industries, congratulated Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington,…