United Way
United Way
of DeKalb County
Issue: 27
Dec. 2016
Impact DeKalb Newsletter
In This Issue
Mark your calendars!
It's the holiday season!

December 15th (4pm):
United Way & DeKalb Chamber Partnership Joint Holiday Open House 

December 23rd & 26th (all day):
United Way & DeKalb Chamber Partnership offices will be closed in observation of Christmas. We will reopen Tuesday, December 27th at 8am.
Holiday Open House


Please join us for our Annual Holiday Open House with the DeKalb Chamber Partnership tonight Thursday, December 15th from 4-6pm. The event will take place at the Waterloo Depot at the corner of Lincoln and Center Streets in Waterloo. This is a laid back event to bring everyone together for an enjoyable evening of mixing and mingling. As always, we will provide food and beverages. Don't miss out!

Partner Agency
Food Pantries 

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Catholic Charities - RSVP

This facility is located at 113 W. 5th St. in Auburn and has food pantries hours three days a week. 

Monday: 4:30 - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30 - 11:30am
Wednesday: 1:30 - 3:30pm

You must be a DeKalb County resident and know the birth dates of all household family members to use this resource. Please contact their office at (260) 925-0917 with any questions!


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DeKalb County
Council on Aging

This facility is located at 1800 E. 7th St. in Auburn and has food pantry hours Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 - 11:15am.

It is available to DeKalb County residents who find themselves running short on non-perishables.  It is small and not meant as a substitute for the larger pantries in the area. It is an assistance program meant to serve either when other pantries are closed or the need is so great that assistance is needed from multiple sources. 

If help is needed outside of advertised hours, please contact (260) 925-3311 for an appointment. 
2-1-1 Information and Referral Service

Check out our videos!
Agency Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters
  Big Couple Josh and Emma and Little Brother Robert.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana serves over 100 children in DeKalb County with the support of United Way. Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measureable impact.

Our programs help children reach their potential in life. The School Buddy program matches adult volunteers with elementary students for the student's lunch period once a week. During the 45-minute meets, Bigs and Littles have lunch together, read a book, play a game, or simply hang out.

The Community Based Mentoring program allows volunteers to spend time with a Little in the community. It's the simple things that make the biggest difference! Bigs and Littles play in the park, cook, or go to a ballgame. 

There is always a need to serve more children in DeKalb County. Please contact Ashley Robertson, your local Community Development Coordinator, at 260-456-1600 or ashley.robertson@bbbsnei.org to learn more. 

Start Something BIG in DeKalb County today! 

#GivingTuesday Recap

Thank you so much to everyone who helped our 2 nd  annual backpack drive be successful on #GivingTuesday.  In 2015, we received 64 backpacks. This year we were able to exceed our goal of 120 and reach 126 backpacks donated on #GivingTuesday. Plus, we received and extra $320 in monetary donations to help purchase the school supplies that will fill each backpack.  WOW! 

These backpacks and school supplies will be used for United Way of DeKalb County's (UWDC) Kindergarten Countdown Campers in the summer of 2017.  Kindergarten Countdown Camp (K-Camp) is a program offered by UWDC as part of our early learning initiative. K-Camp focuses on developing skills in literacy and social-emotional adjustment for children preparing to enter kindergarten. One in four children are not ready for Kindergarten, but through intensive intervention by programs like K-Camp, we can make an impact on the lives of these children today and well into the future! 

Last summer, UWDC's K-Camp partnered with two of the three county's school districts to host 80 children during the 4-week, half day program. Children were invited to attend the camp based on their Kindergarten screenings. Each child was provided with transportation, breakfast and lunch, a Live United t-shirt, one book each day they attended camp (a total of 20 books!), a bookshelf for their new home library, a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year, and 80 hours of instruction with a certified teacher to give them the boost they needed to hit the ground running when school started in August!

Thank you again for all your generous donations on #GivingTuesday 2016!  
Year-End Giving

Unite Us: Make a Difference. United Way of DeKalb County (UWDC) is an effective and powerful way to invest in your community. Every dollar donated goes towards funding local programming and initiatives: 18 partner agencies, the annual Day of Caring, 2-1-1 information and referral service, Let's Talk, Kindergarten Countdown Camps, FamilyWize, Ramp It Up, Women's Leadership Council, and over 20 other charitable organizations throughout the county. 

The 2016/2017 campaign goal is $700,000 and we are making steady progress towards achieving that goal, but we cannot get there without donors like you.  There's still time for you to make your contribution to the DeKalb County United Way's 2016/2017 Campaign! If you've already given through a workplace campaign or any other one of our campaign events, 
THANK YOU we appreciate your generosity immensely!  
Call, text, or mail a check to donate. 

Text CAMPAIGN to 91999, call (260) 927-0995, or mail to 
PO Box 307 Auburn, IN 46706. 
Cancer Services' Board Chair Receives Leadership Award
Ed Souers, chair of the board of directors for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, was named a 2016 Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award winner by 1
st Source Bank. Souers designated Cancer Services as the recipient of a $1,000 donation from the bank.

The Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award was established by 1 st Source Bank to honor people who demonstrate a leadership role through their volunteer service. The award also honors Ernie, Chair Emeritus of 1st Source Corporation, who set an outstanding example of leadership throughout her career by giving her time and talents to help others.
Each recipient is honored at a reception, presented with the Globe of Leadership, and given the opportunity to make a donation to the charitable origination of their choice.
"Ed Souers' bold leadership has helped Cancer Services offer innovative programs and ensured that we were able to keep up with the increasing needs of families touched by cancer in our community," said Dianne May, president and CEO of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. "We are grateful for his leadership and his generosity in designating this gift to help cancer patients."

Souers has served on Cancer Services' board for three years and served on the organization's finance committee prior to his board services.    

For more information, visit www.cancer-services.org .

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