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Miami County #GivingTuesday

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) celebrated #GivingTuesday on November 29th with a live broadcast on WARU. The MCCF also invited community members to stop by the office for hot cider and doughnuts. During the event, 10 gifts were made, totaling $5,300. $2,500 of those gifts were matched by the MCCF.

#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. The social media tag encourages individuals, families, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations to share with one another how they’re making a difference on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It also encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local need. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of the generosity of people around the world to bring real change in their communities.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more. This was the MCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.

The Miami County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public trust. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes. We do this by building endowment funds for our communities with contributions, both large and small.

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Connie Cutler at the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859.

Boomerang Sisterhood Awards Grants to Four Charitable Organizations

Vickie Schoenberger, Junior Achievement educator; Wendy Atkinson, Junior Achievement representative; Teresa Galley, Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Manager; Kim Martino, BOOKS Coordinator; Deb Wallick, United Way of Miami County Executive Director.

August 24, 2016 – This year, the Boomerang Sisterhood selected four charitable organizations to receive grant dollars for the work they do to better the quality of life in Miami County. The organizations chosen support the health and education of Miami County youth.

Among all of the grant applicants, a committee within the Boomerang Sisterhood chose the finalists. The Sisterhood then held their annual event at Garden Gate Greenhouse on Tuesday, August 23, during which they listened to presentations made by the finalists.

The members of the Sisterhood voted for the organization they most wanted to support, and the grants were then presented. All finalists received grant dollars.

The first place recipient was the United Way Backpack Program, which was granted $1,500. The program provides nutritious food to all Head Start students in Miami County receiving free and reduced assistance. United Way partners with Food Finders Food Bank and local volunteers to distribute food every weekend to provide these students with proper nutrition when they are not receiving school meals. This is the sixth year for the program.

$1,000 went to the second place winner, the Books Offer Our Kids Success (BOOKS) Program. BOOKS supports family literacy and inspires lifelong learning for Miami County residents. The program has placed over 36,000 books into the homes of community members over the last nine years. One book is purchased for every Miami County kindergarten student each month while school is in session. The books are high quality and are written by well-known authors.

Honeywell Foundation Visual Thinking Strategies and Junior Achievement BizTown were each the winners of $500.

The Honeywell Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which owns and manages the Honeywell Center. The Center offers many programs, including the Educational Outreach Program (EOP). The grant will support the EOP Visual Thinking Strategies program, which involves having Miami County 3rd-5th grade students look at works of art and participate in a student-centered conversation about the art. The program strengthens students’ critical thinking skills, as well as their analytical reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

Junior Achievement’s mission is to prepare young people to succeed in the global economy and own their economic future. It empowers young people to make good academic and financial decisions by enhancing the relevancy of their education. Junior Achievement’s BizTown is an authentic, life-sized town and interactive program that involves students in the management of a simulated economy. Students earn, lend, save, and spend money. They run a business and make choices about what to buy and how to use money and resources.

The Boomerang Sisters fulfill their mission through annual dues of $120 to the Miami County Community Foundation. Half of the dues are distributed each year through grants. The remainder are put into a growing endowment fund for current and future grant cycles.

Women interested in joining the Boomerang Sisterhood should contact Connie Cutler, Director of Development for the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859 or e-mail