What makes the Fendig Summer Theatre for Children so unique is that all aspects of the performance is run by the children themselves - even the backstage and technical aspects of the production. The general mission of the theatre is to challenge their children to learn and to get involved in all aspects of the production and to generally provide a meaningful and artistically challenging theatre experience for the community.
However, like many non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fendig Theatre for Children faced some unforeseen challenges. This year the theatre was supposed to put on their 45th annual two act musical theatre production for children grades 4-8, but the in-person performance was quickly cancelled due to the pandemic. Obviously this was very disappointing for many, and it left staff and directors wondering what their next step should be.
Ultimately, they decided that
The ongoing mission of the Boys & Girls Club of White County “is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.” In order to fulfill their mission, the Boys & Girls Club provides youth development programs to over 600 members in the White County area during non-school hours. The Club prides itself on providing a safe place for children to develop character, citizenship, healthy lifestyle habits, and academic success with the help from compassionate adult mentors.
However, as a very traditional hands-on personal service, the Club has been recently tasked with restructuring the format and delivery of their materials in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to an attentive staff, the switch wasn’t too difficult.
“Switching to online programming was not without its hiccups, but it was as smooth as any other new programming we have implemented. We have a very forward thinking staff that is very flexible. They really stepped up to the challenge,” said Unit Director Dan Fry.
At the start of the pandemic, the Club was strictly using social media for online programming and communications with kids and their families, but recently they decided
MONTICELLO, IN - The White County United Way continues to support local nonprofits by providing funding to organizations in need of financial assistance during the pandemic through the Community Relief Fund. For the month of July, the White County United Way has given funding to three local service organizations in the area: the Food Finders Food Bank Inc., CDC Resources, and the Ralph & Lillian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children Inc.
The Food Finders Food Bank received funding to keep up with the increasing food insecurity in the area by using the funds to purchase two food mobiles in Jasper County in August and September, two food mobiles in Pulaski County in August and September, and additional funds to be credited to their agency partners towards food purchase for agencies in White County.
The Ralph & Lillian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children Inc. received funding to pay for
The leaders at the Sagamore Boy Scouts BSA have always aimed to help young people become the best version of themselves through their events, leadership training programs, and scouting programs. The Sagamore Boys Scouts BSA is housed at Camp Buffalo, just north of Monticello, Indiana. Their mission “is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” Their scouting program serves White County and 15 other counties.
The Boy Scouts of America has traditionally structured the scouting program to be delivered in-person by volunteers in community spaces such as church basements, school cafeterias, community rooms, and parks all over the country. However, with public locations closing and social distancing recommendations put into place with the COVID-19 pandemic,
Obviously Programming Director Steve Hinz and all of his teammates on the FIRST #7198 Fearsome Gears Robotics Team of Twin Lakes High School share a passion for robotics, but they also have something else in common - the desire to make the world a better place.
“I would say that our team is built on the love of robotics and engineering along with the overall idea that through that we can help make the world a better place,” said Hinz.
Since the pandemic started, the team has faithfully met via online meetings to keep in touch with one another. During one of these meetings, Hinz suggested that
Every year, the Junior Achievement of Pulaski County and the Junior Achievement of White County host their Annual Campaign with additional events in order to pay for their in-class programming for students that year. Last year the Junior Achievement of Pulaski County raised enough funds through their Annual Campaign to pay for $20,593 worth of programming in the area.
For the 2019 - 2020 school year the Junior Achievement of Pulaski County were on track to spend about the same amount of money on programming, $20,720, while White County estimated theirs to cost $18,875. The two significant fundraisers that have always helped offset these costs in the past were Pulaski County’s annual golf outing and White County’s annual Achieve-A-Bowl event, which would always bring in about $5,000 to $6,000.
However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Achievement Northern Indiana regional office along with
Jordan Day has been with the United Way since May 2020, and is currently working as a Social Media Consultant for WCUW.