Here are some examples:
The annual summer camp program lets children with disabilities experience life without limits, and adventures that help them build confidence and friendships. The camp sessions take place among the trees and cabins of the 2,500 acre universally accessible outdoor recreation facility, Bradford Woods.
Every summer, Camp Riley welcomes more than 215 children between the ages of 8 and 18. Thanks to donations, Camp Riley never has to turn away a camper due to financial need.
Campers have opportunities to experience a wide range of outdoor adventures often for the first time. A day at Camp Riley could include horseback riding, swimming, waterskiing, archery, climbing towers and even zip-lining through the trees.
For more information, visit http://www.rileykids.org/about/camp-riley/.
Vanderburgh County Humane Society
The Vanderburgh County Humane Society (VHS) in Evansville provides protection for homeless animals, intervention for animals in abusive environments, and community education to encourage prevention of animal abuse and pet overpopulation.
They have weekly adoption events for cats, dogs, and other animals in need of safe homes. VHS also offers vaccines to keep local animals healthy.
For more information go to: http://www.vhslifesaver.org/.
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
The Food Bank of NWI is leading the fight against hunger in northwest Indiana by acquiring and distributing more than 4.3 million meals annually. They work with partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and day care centers to serve more than 145,000 households each year in Lake and Porter Counties.
Hunger relief programs like BackPack, CSFP (Senior-focused hunger relief), Summer Food Assistance Program, and Pantry on the Go are a life-line to men, women, and children throughout the region.
For more information go to: http://foodbanknwi.org/.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis
The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Today’s girls have it tough. In greater Indianapolis alone:
Since 1969, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has set out to reverse these disturbing trends and promote a community that’s positive and empowering for girls.
The programs offered work to free girls from gender stereotypes, truly allowing them to be themselves. Girls Inc. empowers girls to be confident in their own skin, prepared for their futures, proud of who they are, and ready to take their place in the world. By partnering with schools and community organizations, Girls Inc. offers educational and empowering programs to girls at their facilities.
Girls Inc. provides guides and tips for girl advocates in a number of key areas including bullying and cyber-bullying, body image, and narrowing the “STEM Gap”. The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; fields in which women are underrepresented. Girls Inc. provides tips on how parents and role models can encourage girls to explore their interests in STEM fields.
For more information visit: http://girlsincindy.org.
Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN)
The Indiana Afterschool Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a sustainable network of cross-sector partnerships at the state, regional, and local levels to advance public policy, increase funding and resources, and promote quality afterschool and summer learning programs throughout Indiana.
Implementing this mission means bringing together civil and community leaders throughout Indiana to: Influence public policy on behalf of youth programs; Leverage funding and resources to expand afterschool programs, and; Enhance/promote quality standards and evaluation.
The term “afterschool” is meant to be an all-inclusive term for youth development programming that occurs beyond the school day, including before school, after school, weekends, vacations, and summers.
IAN also works to promote advocacy and research into the importance and impact of afterschool programs. Research has found that afterschool programs matter because they keep children safe, inspire learning, and support working families.
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For more information about IAN go to: http://www.indianaafterschool.org.
Evansville ARC (member of The Arc of Indiana)
Evansville ARC is a non-profit organization that provides services to both adults and children living with disabilities through a variety of programs. Their mission is to advance the value of and respect for all individuals with disabilities by providing opportunities for development, employment, and independence.
Evansville ARC has a number of programs available to participants. One such program is Successful Transitions, designed to assist students with disabilities as they transition from high school special education programs into their adult life with minimal delay or interruption. There is often a gap in the services offered by the school and those offered by adult service agencies. Specially-trained staff members meet with the counselors, parents, and program participants to plan for their future.
Another program offered is the Adult Day Program. Halie is 25 years-old and has attended the program for more than five years. Halie’s disability requires her to use a wheelchair and have a caregiver or staff member with her at all times. Halie does not let this hold her back. She is an active advocate for people with disabilities. She is involved in the South Western Advocacy Group at Evansville ARC and is also a self-advocate through the Arc Network, a program administered by the Arc of Indiana through which she speaks to groups about advocacy issues.
For more information go to: http://www.evansvillearc.org/