Non-Profit News

Results of the 2017 United Way Campaign are unveiled as members of the campaign team take the stage at Cornerstone. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

United Way Surpasses 2017 Campaign Goal

By: Allison Gregory— Muncie, IN— United Way of Delaware County’s (UWDC) 2017 campaign raised $1,427,079, surpassing its $1.2 million goal by nearly 19 percent. By engaging a broad spectrum of community support to tackle the organization’s long-term goal to end generational poverty, the campaign exceeded expectations in the following key…




Frances Petty Sargent is pictured receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards.

Frances Petty Sargent Had Tremendous Impact on Muncie Community

  Muncie, IN—Frances Petty Sargent, 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Muncie. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, community volunteer, and philanthropist, she will be dearly missed in the Muncie community and beyond by family and friends alike. Frances was born on October 9, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia,…



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Cornerstone’s Spring 2018 Classes And Workshops

By: Jessie Fisher—  Muncie, IN—Cornerstone Center for the Arts had an incredible year providing arts education to over 2,000 youth and adult students in Delaware County and the surrounding areas. The organization is looking forward to continuing its goal of providing high quality, low-cost arts education to all in 2018….




Chad Zaucha, President and CEO of the YMCA of Muncie presents during the YMCA's announcement on December 13th. Image courtesy of Mark Slusher, Endpoint Creative.

YMCA of Muncie to Offer ‘Access for All’ Membership

By: Kristen McConnell— The YMCA of Muncie is offering new membership categories and pricing to enhance their community service. Muncie, IN– The YMCA of Muncie announced at a press conference, a recent demographic and community needs study prompted a revamp of membership categories, rates and the financial assistance process. The Y,…


The Cast of Son of Scarevania, recipients of the 2017 Judith Barnes Spirit of Service Award Photo by: Chelsea Scofield

Cornerstone Recognizes Founders at Annual Donor and Community Reception

By: Lauren Hansen— Muncie, IN—On Tuesday, December 5, Cornerstone Center for the Arts hosted its Annual Donor & Community Reception. This is the third year for the event which recognizes the founders of the organization with awards named in their honor. This year, Cornerstone served over 2,000 students in educational…


Elizabeth Kester and Paul Ward. Photo provided.

Youth Opportunity Center Welcomes New Staff Members

Muncie, IN—The Youth Opportunity Center recently hired two new staff members: Elizabeth Kester as Director of Customers Relations, and Paul Ward as Spiritual Life Coordinator. Elizabeth Kester, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, joins the YOC team with several years of experience in customer relations. She received her Bachelor of Science degree…


Loading cover crop seeds into a hi boy at the Hults Environmental Learning Center in Albany. Photo provided.

Ball Brothers Foundation Awards Rapid Grants Totaling Nearly $100,000     

By: Jud Fisher— Muncie, IN—Over twenty non-profit organizations were awarded Ball Brothers Foundation Rapid Grants totaling nearly $100,000 during the second half of 2017. “BBF’s Rapid Grant program allows our foundation to quickly respond to funding requests in Muncie and East Central Indiana. Non-profit organizations can apply for up to…


Muncie Mission Ministries. Photo provided.

Muncie Mission To Host Free Christmas Dinner on December 17th

By: Frank Baldwin— Muncie, IN—The 87th annual Muncie Mission free Christmas dinner for residents and community guests will be Sunday, December 17th.  A Christmas celebration service will begin at 11:30 a.m., dinner will follow at 12-noon.  Everyone is welcome. Last year, 200 Christmas dinners were served at the mission for…


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Cornerstone’s Fall Celebration To Take Place Dec 10th

By: Sarah Shaffer, Education and Marketing Coordinator—  Muncie, IN—Cornerstone Center for the Arts will conclude its fall class session with its Fall Celebration on Sunday, December 10. This recital will include dance and music performances as well as a student art gallery. The show will begin at 2 p.m. in the E.B….


A story and a dream— an abandoned house in Muncie. Photo by: Omowunmi Lawal, Ball State University

First Thursday: Kick-off Event Muncie Land Bank 100 Stories & 100 Dreams

By: Dr. John H. West, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, BSU— Muncie, IN—Muncie Land Bank is a new non-profit organization focused on the issue of property abandonment, vacancy and blight. It will ease transition from abandonment to reuse by enhancing community engagement, sharing information with the public, and lowering the cost of…