A Ministry of the North Judson United Methodist Church
Meeting the needs of children across Starke County
Since 2013, Kids' Closet a ministry of the North Judson United Methodist Church has been putting the needs of several hundred Starke County children in the spotlight. What began as an idea of Linda Lewandowski, who wanted to reach out and help kids in Starke County, has turned into a community-wide support system for kids and their families.
With help from community members, volunteers, and grants from the Community Foundation and others, Kids’ Closet provides necessities like shoes, clothes, backpacks, and school supplies for children of all ages in need.
Read more about this outstanding program, and how you can get involved.
Local Women Joining Together
Women's Giving Circle Awards $6,000 at Annual Banquet
The Fulton County Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) selected the winners at their annual gathering banquet held at the Akron Community Center. A total of $6,000 was awarded to five local charitable organizations.
Judy Climie, Giving Circle chairwoman, welcomed attendees and thanked all for making the event and grants possible.
A report was given by Karen Camp Drone, on a 2014 WGC grant that brought a vocal group from Russia to the community. Karen shared how LYRA, a classically trained acapella vocal group from St. Petersburg, Russia, performed the music of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as other Russian folk songs. IMPACT!, a cooperative of area churches was awarded the grant for the program.
Learn about the organizations that received grants and how you can join the Giving Circle.
Held during the Peru Circus City Festival
Nearly $30,000, was raised thanks to a local scholarship recipient
More than sixty walkers and runners turned out for the First Annual J.U.G. Walk/Run during the Peru Circus City Festival on July 18th 2015.
Jessica Monnot, a sophomore at IU Kokomo, started the memorial event to give back to the community and celebrate the life of local physician James U. Guthrie, who devoted himself to the practice of General Surgery.
“I received the James U. and Betsy Guthrie Health Scholarship when I graduated from North Miami High School in 2014,” said Monnot. “I called the Community Foundation because the scholarship came through their organization. I wanted to know if they could point me in the right direction for showing my appreciation,” Monnot continued.
See lots of great photos of the event!